Ali Akbar Hakim

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Timeless Branding Lessons From A Young Steve Jobs

To understand how a legacy lasts, let’s flash back to when Steve Jobs rebuilt his own.<p>“It’s a complicated and noisy world,” mused a younger Steve Jobs, “and we’re not going to get a chance to get people to remember much about us. “<p>That chance to make a memory, he says, is the essence of brand …

Brand Marketing

Good Companies Are Storytellers. Great Companies Are Storydoers

Discussions about story and storytelling are pretty fashionable in marketing circles. I have ambivalent feelings about this. On the one hand, as a lifelong advocate for the power of story in business, I find this very encouraging. For all companies, having a story and knowing that story are crucial …

The Rise of People Living Alone Has Led to More Sustainable Cities

Are social stock exchanges the great equalizer to democratize development finance?

This past June, the world was introduced to two social stock exchanges.<p>In London immediately ahead of the G-8 Summit, U.K. Prime Minister David …

Stock Markets

The Googlization Of GE: Targeting New $514 Billion IT Market

The machines are taking over big data. In 2008, the number of things connected to the Internet exceeded the number of people on Earth, according to Cisco. Last year, IDC estimated that in 2020, there will be 26 times more connected things than people. And this week, Wikibon issued a forecast of …

Reading the world in 196 books

Writer Ann Morgan set herself a challenge – to read a book from every country in the world in one year. She describes the experience and what she learned.<p>I used to think of myself as a fairly cosmopolitan sort of person, but my bookshelves told a different story. Apart from a few Indian novels and …

Turning modern art’s faces into real-life portraits

Artists have interpreted the human face to imaginative effect. What happens when a photographer tries to replicate their visions?<p>In the eyes of modern artists, the human form has become a design ripe for reappraisal. Exaggerating angles and skewing features, they have transformed our familiar …

Art

Do You Know Where You’ll Be 285 Days From Now At 2 P.M.? These Data-Masters Do

Microsoft researchers have developed a mobility prediction system that knows where you will be, even years down the road. What does this mean for the future of business?<p>Would you like to know how crowded your drive to the beach will be in three weeks? Or where your ex will be on a Friday night next …

Four Square

'Big Data' for development: What is it, and why you should care

The U.N. High-Level Panel report on the post-2015 agenda has a section entitled “Wanted: A data revolution” that has caught the attention of …

How Africa's New Urban Centers Are Shifting Its Old Colonial Boundaries

The continent's booming new economic zones are outstripping the ability of weak central governments to retain their hold on them.<p>Twice as populous today as the next biggest African country, Nigeria, which was cobbled together as a colony 100 years ago, has always stood out on its continent as the …