To Doodle or Not To Doodle?

4 08 2014

Do you doodle?

I do doodle!

Doodle

Source: Doodlerblog.com

According to the Wikipedia page about Doodles the term is:
“A doodle is an unfocused or unconscious drawing made while a person’s attention is otherwise occupied. Doodles are simple drawings that can have concrete representational meaning or may just be abstract shapes.”

Although I love technology, I always have a notebook and pen with me. I never thought why I love to doodle when I am on the phone or in a meeting, but after reading an article about Mark Parker, Nike’s CEO, I know why. And, I am convinced why you should doodle too.

The article “Nike CEO Mark Parker Shares His Secret To Success” on SoleCollector.com gives the following conclusion:

… have you ever wondered what his secret to success is?

Its simple really, doodles. You read that right, Mark Parker’s secret is his doodles. They help him clarify the brainstorming process. And, increasingly, scientific research backs up that claim. According to Business Insider, doodling can help people stay focused, grasp new concepts, and retain information. A blank page also can serve as an extended playing field for the brain, allowing people to revise and improve on creative thoughts and ideas.

The studies say:

• Doodlers had 29% better recall of a recorded telephone message than a control group when given a surprise memory test.

• Doodles help guide the “default network” of the brain, which allows you to better pay attention.

• For people who have a higher optimal level of stimulation — like those with ADHD — doodling helps them focus.

• Doodles help people express emotions that are hard to fit into words.

Please let me know if you doodle too 🙂

 



Nominated for Entrepreneurs Award by City of Amsterdam

31 10 2013

I am proud to announce that the City of Amsterdam, nominated our company, Ace Jewelers Group, as one of the 15 nominees to win the Entrepreneurs Award 2013!

Announcement Nominees Ondernemersprijs 2013 City of Amsterdam

The City of Amsterdam nominated 15 entrepreneurs from 69 candidates for the Ondernemersprijs 2013.
First in the list: Alon Ben Joseph of Ace Jewelers Group 🙂
This is the sixth time the City of Amsterdam organizes this Award and last year ID&T won the prize.
Our company will be audited next week and we hope we will make it to the last three. The Award will be announced on November 27th, 2013.

For additional information, please visit: www.amsterdam.nl.

 



Speaking at Thuiswinkel Update 2012

23 08 2012

I have been asked to speak for the second time at the leading eCommerce event in The Netherlands: Thuiswinkel Update. This time I am one of the CEO’s participating as a panel member during the so-called: CEO Debat. The event will take place in DeFabrique in Utrecht (The Netherlands) on September 27th, 2012.

Please come and join the discussion on September 27th, 2012 in DeFabrique in Utrecht. Get your tickets via: http://www.thuiswinkelupdate.nl and join the buzz via: @T_W_update and #TWU12.

I hope to see you all there :)

 



Book Review: “When China Rules The World” by Martin Jacques

9 10 2011

Usually I send out a ping/tweet about books that I read, liked and think my friends should read to. I just finished a book that I like so much, that I am posting a short review about it. I liked it so much, as it really opened up a new world to me and created a ‘wow-effect’, maybe even an enlightenment moment.

Martin Jacques

For the over a decade everyone is speculation that China is going to rule the world, but as China is slowly growing and becoming its own self fulfilling prophecy, nobody really quantified why and/or if China is going to rule the world. When I heard about Mr. Martin Jacques, and his newest book: “When China Rules The World: The Rise of the Middle Kingdom and the End of the Western World“, I knew I needed to read it immediately. (By the way, I first heard of him via TED.com, where I learn many mind gobbling things 🙂 ).

Although it is a thick (441 pages) and rather academic, it does read rather smooth. This book is not just a in-depth analysis of the current situation of China and where it is moving, but gives an deep, full historical understanding of the 3000 years old Chinese culture. It gives an inside view, seen from the Asian perspective AND Western perspective. Very well done.

As I declared this book as a ‘must-read’, I don’t want to spoil too much… The books concludes in “The Eight Differences that Define China”:

1. China is not really a nation-state in the traditional sense of the term but a civilization-state.

2. China is increasingly likely to conceive of its relationship with East Asia in terms of a tributary-state, rather than nation-state, system.

3. There is the distictively Chinese attitude towards race and ethnicity. The Han Chinese conceive of themselves as a single race, even though this is clearly not the case.

4. China operates, and will continue to operate, on a quite different continental-size canvas as continental in scale.

5. The nature of the Chinese polity if highly specific. Unlike the Western experience, in particular that of Europe, the imperial dynasty was neither obliged, nor required, nor indeed desired to share power with other competing institutions or interest groups, such as the Church or the merchant class. The Confusian ethos that informed and shaped it for some two millennia did not require the state to be accountable to the people, but instead insisted on its loyalty to the moral precepts of Confucianism.

6. Chinese modernity, like other East Asian modernities, is distinguished by the speed of the country’s transformation. The Asian tigers are time-compression societies. They embrace the new in the same way that a child approaches a computer or a Nintendo game console.

7. Since 1949 China has been ruled by a Communist regime. Paradoxically, perhaps the two most significant dates of the last half-century embody what are seemingly entirely contradictory events: 1989, marking the collapse of European Communism and the demise of the Soviet bloc; and 1978, signalling not only the beginning of the most remarkable economic transformation in history but also one presided over by a Communist Party.

8. China will, for several decades to come, combine the characteristics of both a developed and a developing country. This will be a unique condition for one of the major global powers and tems from the fact that China’s modernization will be a protracted process because of the country’s size: in conventional terms, China’s transformation is that of a continent, with continental-style disparities, rather than that of a country.

As quoted in the final chapter of the book. It also contains a great Guide to Further Reading on pages 438-441.

If you have read the book already, please share your thoughts. If you are interested in China, world politics and/or economics, please do read this book.

I really enjoyed it and learned a great deal from it.

看到您的到来 (Kàn dào nín de dàolái) = See You Soon

 



Gold ATM Machine

2 10 2011

The title sounds a bit weird, but now you can get physical gold bars from an ATM machine instead of cash money. The first gold vending machine that actually spits out gold was presented in (where else) Dubai. But this week I ran in to one in Europe. Now where else than in London, United Kingdom. This is a picture I took of the machine at Westfield London White City Shopping Mall:

GOLD TO GO ATM Machine at Westfield London White City

This surprised me a bit and made me curious if there is a serious business (plan) behind this, or it’s just a good marketing stunt?!

The company that created these gold vending machines is: Gold to Go. And, they seem very professional and serious…

This is what they write on their homepage:

“A simple and brilliant principle: put your money in and pick your gold!

The GOLD to go™ vending machine is an unmanned point of sale. It offers an extraordinary opportunity to purchase gold bars and coins of assured quality, backed by the security of a Swabian Fort Knox® and with the ease-of-use of a vending machine. Prices are updated in real-time. The GOLD to go™ gold vending machine is largely burglar-proof and tamper-resistant. It has an excellent user guidance, which makes it very easy to handle.

geschenkbox-krugerrandIn the standard version, our GOLD to go™ ATM’s are equipped with the following products (alternative product portfolio is possible, depending on the requirements of the respective location):

Gold Bars 1 gram, 5 gram, 10 gram and 1 ounce

Krugerrand 1/10 ounce, 1/4 ounce and 1 ounce

Kangaroo 1/10 ounce ($15) and 1 ounce ($100)

Maple Leaf 1/10 ounce ($5)

All these come in a precious gift box.”

Today, there are already 27 ATM machines installed: 15 in Germany, 8 in The UAE, 2 in Italy and one each in The USA and The UK.