Posted on January 23, 2010 by matthewdbenson
Hans Rosling, using Gapminder to ‘wow’ audiences with his ability to cross-reference UN and similar data sources
As a practicioner of ‘due diligence’ I consider one of the key skills to be seeing through numbers/data and finding a way to present, in a very succinct manner, a key trend/issue. There are several key elements to this:
- the ability to hypothesise the outcome, and then consequently choose and develop the appropriate data sets and presentation format (without random trial and error, which is too slow);
- analyzing the data to determine key trends, even when the data may not appear to exhibit trends; and
- the communication of the finding in a compelling, interesting and succinct manner.
Filed under: Global economic environment | Tagged: Bill Gates, data analysis, due diligence, Gapminder, Google, Google docs, Hans Rosling, killer charts, Malcolm Gladwell, motion charts, Outliers | 11 Comments »
Posted on January 5, 2010 by matthewdbenson
Most of the discussions around the future of smartphones consist of comparisons of existing functionality on other platforms, taking the best bits of competing smartphone models, or hopes for incremental improvements in power/memory/speed. Relatively few discussions take a more creative approach to considering where the next generation of smartphones might come from.
In this post, I comment on the potential challengers to Apple’s smartphone throne and attempt to brainstorm some more creative thoughts about where smartphones might head next in the charge for market share.
Filed under: Internet & technology | Tagged: Apple, augmented reality, Droid, Google, iPhone, iPhone killer, mobile payments, Motorola, Nexus one, smartphones, software development kit, the Internet of Things | 10 Comments »