20 November 2011

TED: Simon Sinek & Steve Jobs - Leadership by why

I first found an intersting speach from Simon Sinek today (under Most viewed on TED).

How great leaders inspire others by telling why.

On Simon's homepage was a video about purpose. You can skip to the end, where he summarise a few things about leadership in the military. It's worth hearing.

Then, I heard the speach from Steve Jobs who inspired Simon where he says follow your heart.

Steve mentioned a book 'Whole Earth Catalogue' that I wish I knew about when I was young.
I would had been a perfect, if I only had known english as today.
I like the end: Stay hungry. Stay foolish.

11 September 2011

A day made of glass

Watch "A Day Made of Glass" and take a look at Corning's vision for the future with specialty glass at the heart of it.

Startup Genome - The Growth cycle of Startup companies

Since February we've amassed a dataset of over 3200 high growth technology startups. Our latest research found that the primary cause of failure is premature scaling, an affliction that 70% of startups in our dataset possess.
The difference in performance between startups that scale prematurely and startups that  scale properly is pretty striking. We found that:

 - No startup that scaled prematurely passed the 100,000 user mark.
 - 93% of startups that scale prematurely never break the $100k revenue per month threshold.
 - Startups that scale properly grow about 20 times faster than startups that scale prematurely.

World GDP & Freight correlation

World GDP % change* has a strong correlation to Suez canal cargo by weight % change*

* on a year earlier.

Link: Economist

Distribution of prosperity

THE 5 percent of Americans with the highest incomes now account for 37 percent of all consumer purchases, according to the latest research from Moody’s Analytics. ...
Continue to read
...and how Taxes has changed...

08 August 2011

Household debt to income ratio by country

Debt amount to Yearly Income ratio + Monthly Cost of debt to Monthly Income ratio (note: old data).
Link: texterity

07 August 2011

Color name survey

Interesting map. Also split by guy/girl names.
Link: xkcd, datapointed

Chart chooser from Extreme presentations

A good idea that is worth expanding. Surpriced it was 4years since I read this blog post.
Link: extremepresentation, pdf, old post

Congressional Conversation Index (CCI)

What problems are discussed (solved)? Do you think it correlates with the annual budget (amount)?
Link: kstreetcafe

Food infographics

Interesting information
Link: foodandtechconnect

Intelligence vs Social ineptness & Human contribution

Also for Nobel prize winners?
Link: myconfinedspace

Idiagram: Problem solving or Confusion

Interactive chart.
Link: Idiagram

US - Tax alternatives (simple visualisation)

Simple visualisation of the different alternatives
Link: Washington post

02 August 2011

Eye candy

Source: Slideshare

Sensory Mapping

An interesting way to map out an experience of positive/negative feelings across all five senses.
Source: Here

311 call in NewYork

What are the most common complaints (311 calls) and when are they made.
Source: Wired

Human Development Index - USA

Interactive map. Data from 2010-2011
Source: HDI-USA

WeatherSpark, Historical climate + forecast

The bottom slider can go back until 1973.
Link: WeatherSpark

28 July 2011

27 July 2011

Tipping Point for the Spread of Ideas, just 10%

Scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have found that when just 10 percent of the population holds an unshakable belief, their belief will always be adopted by the majority of the society.

The finding has implications for the study and influence of societal interactions ranging from the spread of innovations to the movement of political ideals. As an example, the ongoing events in Tunisia and Egypt appear to exhibit a similar process, according to Szymanski. "In those countries, dictators who were in power for decades were suddenly overthrown in just a few weeks."

"In general, people do not like to have an unpopular opinion and are always seeking to try locally to come to consensus. each of the individuals in the models "talked" to each other about their opinion. If the listener held the same opinions as the speaker, it reinforced the listener's belief. If the opinion was different, the listener considered it and moved on to talk to another person. If that person also held this new belief, the listener then adopted that belief.

Source: Science Daily

How do you measure wellbeing and happiness

The Office for National Statistics in UK was asked by the Prime Minister David Cameron last November to find out - or at least to work out how to find out.
After a six month-long consultation the wellbeing project came to the conclusion of a crucial difference:
* happiness is one intangible thing.
* wellbeing is - they say - measurable in the same way our economy is.

The project leader said:
It is essential that the set of measures of well-being is relevant and well-based in what matters to people, both as individuals and for the UK as a whole

So, how will they do it? The study has been split into a search for two types of indicators - subjective ones about how we feel and objective measures of things that affect our wellbeing.

On top on 4 extra questions in the Integrated Household Survey (IHS), they plan to investigate four major areas:
* Childhood
* Economy and inequality
* Health
* Work/life balance

The first results are expected back in July 2012.

Source: The Guardian

03 June 2011

Google statistics

"I guess Google Correlate [googlelabs.com] is a dream come true for any person appreciating statistics and social science (or just likes to explore which line graphs match up). It is Google's newest addition to its already rich and powerful collection of data tools, which already include Google Data Explorer, Google Trends, Google Insights for Search, Google Fusion Tables, Google Visualization API, Google Chart API, or Google Wonder Wheel."

Link: Infosthetics

Best Expat country

The interactive, geo-located bubble world map is based on a large survey of about 4,000 expats conducted in 2010.
Link: Expat explorer

23 February 2011

Difference in Pay

Does this reflect inequality or not?

06 February 2011

24h body clock - groundbreaking discovery

A group of Cambridge scientists have successfully identified the mechanism that drives our internal 24-hour clock, or circadian rhythm. It occurs not only in human cells, but has also been found in other life forms such as algae, and has been dated back millions of years.

"The implications of this for health are manifold. We already know that disrupted clocks – for example, caused by shift-work and jet-lag – are associated with metabolic disorders such as diabetes, mental health problems and even cancer."

A second study identified a similar 24-hour rhythm in marine algae. This groundbreaking research shows that body clocks are ancient mechanisms that have stayed with us through a billion years of evolution.

Source: Gizmag, Ancient body clock discovered that helps to keep all living things on time


Så mycket betalas ut av Försäkringskassan till andra länder. Vore intressant att ställa det i relation till hur mycket som betalas ut inom Sverige.

Källa: DN:Miljarder hamnar utomlands

Recession - Time to recover

This is an intersting graph comparing the time to recover from a recession. I think it would be equally interesting to view the opposite; Boom - Time to turn. Also it would be interesting to see how the stockmarket reacted. Their job is to know what will be known, soon.

Source: NY Times - Comparing recoveries: Job changes
Normal salary: Levels of income

28 January 2011

State of the Union Address 2011

U.S. President Barack Obama has released his State of the Union Address of the year 2011, with Infographics - like a mixed video & ppt slide presentation.
The speach in itself is impressive but the edited version makes it is far better.
Since the best companies usually has the best leaders, when USA now has probably the best leader it is going to be very interesting to see what will happen. I sincerly hope he can keep his job long enough to change the world.

Source: information aesthetics

16 January 2011

SlimScan - Wallet sized receipt scanner

A receipts scanner to keep a record of your daily expense.
Don't expect to scan too many receipts. Their pen version has a battery time of max 200 scanned pages and a transfer rate of  about 10pages/minute.
Links: PlanOn SlimScan, Engadget
Current price: US$119.99

10 January 2011

Exoplanets Atlas (infographic jpg poster)

Interesting map. Even though the negative temperature scale is wrong.
Source: Wired

Updated 2013-01:

In the media

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09 January 2011


https://www.openanalytics.com.sg/tour.aspx, http://www.openmeasures.com/, http://blog.analysis-one.com/

GDP/captia trends
GDP/captia trend: http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2011/jan/07/gdp-projections-china-us-uk-brazil
Taiwan: http://www.economist.com/blogs/asiaview/2010/11/taiwan_and_japan?fsrc=scn/tw/te/bl/breakingformation

How to tell a story: http://infosthetics.com/archives/2011/01/research_telling_stories_with_data.html
Dataquilts: http://infosthetics.com/archives/2010/11/geneaquilts.html
Media hypes: http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/play/mountains-out-of-molehills/
School reform: http://infosthetics.com/archives/2010/11/explaining_education_reform_through_interactive_infographics.html

Pyramid of needs: http://brilliantgem.blogspot.com/2007/05/maslows-hierarchy-of-needs.html
Pyramid of wisdom: http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/2010/data-information-knowledge-wisdom/comment-page-1/#comments
Definitions: http://www.businessballs.com/maslow.htm
Taxonomy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloom%27s_Taxonomy
Human Development Index: http://hdr.undp.org/en/statistics/mpi/

Defrag only files: http://wincontig.mdtzone.it/en/index.htm
Remove in picture: http://www.mydigitallife.info/2010/12/27/inpaint-serial-key-free-download-to-remove-unwanted-objects-in-photo/
Map ftp drives: http://www.netdrive.net/index.html
Right clikc: http://www.moo0.com/
Academic edition of Office 2010: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/igeneration/about-time-office-2010-academic-edition-microsoft-actually-listens/3560, http://www.microsoft.com/student/en/us/techg.aspx, http://store.digitalriver.com/store/msshus/DisplayStudentHeroRegistrationPage?resid=TAIWhwoHAi0AADaYHCgAAAAM&rests=1291670179836
Pregnancy tester: http://www.gizmag.com/duofertility-ovulation-temperature-monitoring-system/16718/

03 January 2011

Creating Value - 4 cornerstones of Corporate finance

In this 40min video presentation, McKinsey partner Tim Koller explores the four guiding principles of corporate finance that all executives can use to home in on value creation when they make strategic decisions.
I found the 2nd part 'Core-of-value principle' and the last part of 'Best-owner principle', most interesting.