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How I Taught Steve Jobs To Put Design First
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The following is an edited excerpt fromKeep It Simple: The Early Design Years of Appleby Hartmut Esslinger. My first encounter with Apple was at the ICSID World Design Congress in Helsinki in 1978, where the company had installed a working Apple IIe system. I liked Apple’s technology and price and how well these rudimentary products worked. Apple’s funny rainbow logo had the words “apple computer” scrawled across in an ugly typeface. As for product design, it looked like a clunky old typewriter without its ribbon and roller, and the keyboard stood at a wildly non-ergonomic height above the desktop. Two primitive 5 ¼–inch floppy disk drives mad ... Read More →

100% Design 2013 doors open
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100% Design 2013 has officially started. Queues started early and the crowds piled in for the official opening with London Design Festival co-chair Sir John Sorrell and Minister for Culture Ed Vaizey. Watch 100% Design's official teaser video below: This year's entrance tunnel is longer than ever, over 60m long, and is a great precursor to the main venue, which packed full of new products and feature content. Richard Rogers opened this year's Talk with 100% Design with a packed auditorium as he discussed his impressive career in architecture.Sector(s):  Eco, Design & Build, Emerging Brands, Interiors, International Pavilions, Kitchen & Ba ... Read More →

My Way To Steve
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On October 9, 2013 frog founder Hartmut Esslinger will publish his new book Keep It Simple – The Early Design Years of Apple, an insider’s account of the origins of Apple’s iconic products and brand. In this abridged chapter of “Keep It Simple,” Esslinger recalls his first meeting with Steve Jobs and how this encounter eventually led to “one of the most successful and influential alliances between a designer and an entrepreneur in the history of consumer technology.” We invite you to read this chapter and share your thoughts.Didn’t get to bed last night.Back in the USSR First ImpressionsMy first encounter with Apple was at the ICSID World Desi ... Read More →

When Big Companies Support Start-ups, Both Make More Money
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by Sramana Mitra  |   11:00 AM September 23, 2013 In the technology world, we’ve seen the tremendous impact that eBay has made in helping small e-commerce businesses get off the ground. Many of them started off selling merchandise from their apartments or homes, and some evolved to become power sellers. Today there are hundreds of thousands of people around the world making their living selling merchandise on eBay. In its turn, eBay has made commissions from every single transaction that has occurred on its platforms.Now imagine if eBay went beyond providing a technology platform and entered the field of business incubation in a meaningfu ... Read More →

The Recipe of Great Leaders: WHY, HOW, WHAT
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clip_image002“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” — Bill GatesSeasoned leaders focus on WHAT, and then HOW.Smart leaders start with WHY.So the obvious conclusion is that the right recipe is WHY, WHAT, HOW.But that’s the surprise.The most effective leaders know the recipe is WHY, HOW, WHAT.HOW is the key to success for the long-haul.HOW is often the difference that makes the difference.HOW is where execution happens.HOW is where you figure out sustainable ways.HOW is where you figure out Operating Principles so you can take on big challenges and nail whatever WHAT that comes your way.If you master ... Read More →

In search of the meaning of African innovation
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August 27, 2013 • Opinion, Top StoriesMention the word Innovation and few people would have anything concrete to say about Africa. The Western response is predictable – Apple is the easy answer. Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Intel, GE and P&G round out the list. Others will point to any number of hot startups coming out of Silicon Valley.Ravi ChhatparMore nuanced answers may point to the contributions of fundamental R&D-heavy industries like pharmaceuticals and chemicals. A deeper probing may result in stories about the Western education system, its entrepreneurial and funding culture, or how innovations spread through social messaging and comm ... Read More →

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