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Hello my name is Jeevan Padiyar. This is my personal and professional blog.  It's a place for me to think out loud and learn, talk about things that inspire me, and share my observations with the world. If you feel like my musings are misguided or just plain wrong please feel free to reach out and correct me. I would relesh the opportunity for discourse. Thanks for visiting.

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Sunday
Apr132008

K.I.S.S - Presentatons

As someone who is continually pitched new company ideas, I sit through mountains of powerpoint presentations. Most of them are just dreadful! The speaker, either "memorizes a speech" and doesn't really interact with his/her slides, or reads whats on the screen verbatim.

The worst presentations. by far, are those that are crammed with text, coupled with presenter who is adding his own message to the pitch. I can usually only focus on one thing, either reading the slide or listening to the speaker, if the two don't mesh, then I am automatically frustrated.

A couple of suggestions for those out there who are looking to empassion their listeners.

a) Keep you presentation to 15 to 30 slides, MAX. 

b) Spend about a minute and a half per slide

c) Whenever possible use pictures instead of words. Keep text to a minimum.

c2) Use exciting imagery

d) Make one point per slide

e) Make sure your entire presentation tells a compelling story, that is, it starts with a one line sentence of what you are going to be talking about, presents a problem, offers a solution and then informs the audience why you are qualified and how you are going to enact that solution.  

f)Keep the mood light. Add a few pre-rehersed and relevant jokes.

g) PRACTICE!

 

 Below is an excellent presentation on creating compelling presentations.


Thursday
Apr102008

Are they on Crack?!?!?!?!

I just read about yahoo's supposed leak. Apparently Yahoo is giving up on Microsoft, is in talks to acquire AOL and wants to test google adsence on its network. Now I can understand that with Yahoo's traffic, google adsense would seem like a viable option, but isn't their market portal and search based ads?!?!?! This would be akin to starbucks saying they wanted to start selling dunkin donuts coffee. This sounds like desperation to me.

And merging with AOL?  The blog post says it best.

 "But rather than a synergistic powerhouse, a merger of these companies is more like two louts coming together to make one cretin."

Perhaps Yahoo is not really examining its books closely enough when it says that it is being undervalued by microsoft, so I thought I would lay it out a little more clearly. Yahoo, if you are listening please take note.

 
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Yahoos stock price steadily declined and was probably well on its way to obscurity until microsoft entered the arena a potential buyer in Feb of 08. What was the reason for the drop, well take a look at the fundamentals.

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  1. At the end of the day Yahoo brough home earnigns  849m in 2007 on 6.9B in revenue. For an internet company that should be running on a 30-40% margin, Yahoo's 12% doesn't quite cut it. This means that their operation is bloated and inefficient.
  2.  Compared to its peers in search Yahoo's earnings per share and EBIT growth are anemic. Both Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) and Ask.com parent IAC (Nasdaq: IACI) are growing their online advertising much faster than Yahoo.
  3. Yahoo's platform is outdated. The idea of a single closed portal that doesn't tie into the rest of the social graph is past its prime.

Then in february came the offer from microsoft and Yahoo's P/E shot through the roof. This morning it is 60x,  almost double that of google at 35x.

What yahoo fails to realize when it claims it is undervalued is that most of its value comes from the potential of being bough out by microsoft.  Once this possibility dissapears, I feel that a market will be a cruel place for Mr. Yang and his cohorts. 

And if they are looking for AOL to save them...OY! That is another bowl of mess.

Sunday
Apr062008

If these walls could talk.

 If we haven't already started to see a transition in the way learning, socializing and functioning in the world has changed, we will in the next 2-3 years. While not revolutionary in observation, but evolutionary in effect, TIVO, wikipedia, google, youtube, Facebook, Myspace, IM, Social Documents and the open source movement are laying the groundwork for the new economy where highly relevant information is culled from the social collective, processed, and grown into innovation through multiple inputs.

These future workers of economic change, now students in college, are well versed in world affairs, multitasking, and the tools used to sort through through mountains of static in order to reach specific conclusions. It is time for the real world to catch up or be left  behind.

 If you haven't checked it out yet, there is an excellent course syllabus on the UC Berkley site that helps explain the impact and use of collaborative technologies.

Monday
Feb042008

Completely Missing the Mark

While I usually agree with what NewTeeVee says about new media, I am astonished by the shortsightedness of Wagner James Au’s latest comments on Obama’s ‘Yes we can’ viral video. Politics aside, the piece is not about the celebrities endorsing Obama for personal gain. The celebrities are merely a medium through which Obama's message is conveyed. To imply otherwise would be akin to finding fault with Hillary Clinton as a candidate because she was endorsed by the New York Times or with John McCain because he uses the web (another popular medium) to deliver his political platform.

If my point is unclear, let me explain further. The beauty of ‘yes we can’ is in its use of popular culture to covey a message of hope and change. The idea here is to let voters know that we are all in this together, and we can make a difference; that the 2008 election is the starting point of a revolution to return America to its former glory as a superpower of generosity, intellectual curiosity, innovation, freedom, and equality.

If you remove Obama from video, the message remains the same – “Now is the time to make things better for everyone.” Prognosticating Obama’s downfall simply because his medium of delivery is popular art not only shows a lack of understanding of the political process in the United States, but also of how to start conversations in the new mediascape.

Please comment if you feel strongly about an opposing viewpoint.


 
 
Friday
Jan112008

Don't believe the hype

 

I'm gonna go against the grain a bit here and try and deflate the bubble a bit. 

Spoiler alert...

 Internet video is not the second coming.

 Yes, it's a new business and yes it's exciting in many ways.

Will it change the world?  No.

Will it make some people some money? Sure.

 

Will it kill "old" media? Of course not.

Just like radio didn't kill theater and movies, TV didn't kill radio, Cd's still haven't killed vinyl, and video tape didn't kill everything.

New media formats appeal to new needs and desires (some created by marketers and advertisers, some genuine.)