Showing posts from September, 2013

Why Do Women in Copenhagen Do Not Wear Heels?

Since I joined the advisory board of Crimson Mim , a fashion-forward retailer of women's apparel, I am paying more attention to what people choose to wear and why. During my recent visit to Copenhagen, Denmark I observed that most women walking in the city do not wear heels. They dress very well and usually wear colorful sneakers. This behavior is different compared to what women wear in other cities I have visited (Paris is another place where many women do not wear heels or colorful sneakers but that is a different story). I was curious to find out why. I learned that the reason is neither philosophical nor cultural. Women in Copenhagen do not wear heels because of a very practical reason i.e. the walking streets look like this:  Do you want your Louboutin stuck in this? Most Copenhagen women keep a pair of heels at work and wear them when they are at the office. By the way, the colorful sneakers they wear look really good on them. 

Getting What You Want

People want many things in life: love, money, relationships, entertainment, exploration, respect, comfort, etc. If you only want one thing in life and are willing to give up everything else for it then the chances are that you will get want you want.

Speed and Anger

Anger makes you faster. When angry, you think faster, breath faster, speak faster, and move faster. Is it possible to be slow and angry? 

3-4-5 of Innovation: 3 Ways to Innovate; 4 Steps to Commercialization; 5 Challenges

Last week, I gave a keynote speech at the  Innovation in Mind  conference at Lund University, Sweden. Innovation in Mind focuses on how innovation begins with human consciousness, coupled with ideas from different disciplines coming together. The conference reminded me of  TED . I was honored to be invited to this fantastic conference as a keynote speaker. My keynote speech was titled, " Innovation and its Challenges ". Based on my experience creating new things and accelerating the adoption of innovations ( WiFi  as a paid location based service,  UMTS  at the expense of  WiMAX ,  Mjedi ,  Wearable Devices , Solar-powered cellphone charging and  LED  solution for emerging markets, etc.) I discovered that there is a 3-4-5 of innovation: 3 Ways to Innovate; 4 Steps to Commercialization; 5 Challenges. Watch my keynote speech: And, here is the presentation I used in the speech: Thanks to a brilliant artist, Louise Wester , who made my first caricature: