Gridskipper Sydney- Trendy quirky colorful Medusa Hotel is in the recently renewed urban area of Darlinghurst. Jane Jacobs, rejoice!
Medusa is located in the epicentre of fashionable Darlinghurst, which has been likened to New York's Soho. Darlinghurst is within walking distance of the CBD, Sydney Harbour, The Opera House, The Botanic Gardens and many fine art galleries and museums. It is also a gourmet metropolis with many of Sydney's finest restaurants and hip bars.
Medusa Hotel, +61 2 9331 1000
Gridskipper London: Izima Kaoru is a Japanese photo and video artist. His most recent solo exhibition was titled Landscapes with a Corpse.
Formerly the chief editor of zyappu... One regular feature of the magazine was a short pictorial called "Serial Murders of Actresses." It featured photos of an imaginary murder of a famous Japanese actress who lies dead in a river, road, or elsewhere while wearing brand-name clothing cited in the caption.
Izima Kaoru's work will be on display at f a projects 28 April - 25 June. Link
Gridskipper Brazil: Brigadeiros are a sweet Brazillian delicacy that promise to melt in your mouth faster than a drunk Carnival date.
These sweets made with condensed milk and chocolate belong to that marvelous category of Brazilian "docinhos." ... They were named after Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes, a very famous Air Force commander from the forties. A considerable number of Brazilian desserts are named after a famous personality.
Gridskipper São Paulo - We hate a bad tamborim player just as much as the next gringo. So where do you go for some sassy samba music when you're stuck on a layover in São Paulo?
Bambu Brasil, in Vila Madalena, is the kind of place you won‘t read about in guide books. It just reopened, after being closed for ten years. Caboclada used to play there in 1993... It's an excellent venue for Brazilian music. A lot of people talk about Blen Blen Brasil - a more popular club in Vila Madalena. But Bambu Brasil is where people who are really into Brazilian music go for a good live show.
Jason Bermingham interviews three locals to find good food and great music. A Good Gig in Sao Paulo I realized I knew little about the São Paulo music scene off the pub circuit. So I got to asking around. Where do paulistanos go for a good gig? Here‘s what three locals in the know had to say.
Patents are like nuclear bombs, you just got to have some.
IP battles are like the cold war. Those who have patents can keep others honest because nobody wants to start a war that might end in everyone's destruction. But those who have no patents are sitting ducks and don't have the weapons to keep others honest... My advice to entrepreneurs is always file a bunch of patents. But don't expect that they'll ever do more than keep others at bay.
Bombay’s creaking infrastructure and fall from grace is direct result of the far reaching power of crime lords in that city. The technology boomed in India, just not in Bombay. Progress? Not in Bombay. Its the past. If he is looking for future, then Chris should have gone to Pune. A few hundred miles from Bombay it will soon be on the lips of everyone involved in the pharmaceuticals business.
Today, an internet company named GoDaddy will be presenting two SuperBowl commercials. I am going to tell you a little bit about this company's history, and then I will tell you why they are amazingly profitable enough to afford this expense out of their excess cash reserves.
Many years ago, the United States government handed out the role of assigning top-level domain names to a company named Network Solutions.*** Top-level domain names- or TLDs- refers to .com, .net, .org and .edu. Also, Network Solutions was previously known as InterNIC, and domain names used to be free. Network Solutions happily registered domain names to internet users for $35 per year. As the internet became more popular, so did domain name registration. What was initially a government hand-out to outsource responsibility and administrative headaches soon turned into a multi-million dollar business for Network Solutions.
After receiving complaints about unfair pricing, the United States government assigned an independent board of advisors - known as ICANN - to bust up the Network Solutions monopoly on domain name registration. A year later, in 1999, the first competitors began offering domain name registration. Some, like Register.com, didn't exactly make free market history. (Their prices were equal to Network Solutions.) Others, like TuCows and Joker.com, offered significant price discounts but often confusing sign-up procedures or bulk-order requirements.
GoDaddy began offering its services in 2000 with rock-bottom domain name pricing. $8.95 per year was almost half of what the other low-cost registrar, Joker.com, was providing. Because the set fee for each registrar was around $7 or $8 per domain name, many questioned how GoDaddy could stay in business long enough to uphold their registrations.
Today, almost five years later, GoDaddy.com will be showing two advertisements on the SuperBowl. How did an entrepreneurial ex-Marine Vietnam Veteran named Bob Parsons turn GoDaddy into the #1 domain name registration company? Two words: Full service. Parsons realized that GoDaddy was not in the domain name registration business. If you have ever signed up for a domain name using their service, you have probably noticed the number of pages offering you full service domain name features. GoDaddy Spam Guard, GoDaddy Web Hosting, and GoDaddy Home Page Software - these are all amazingly profitable web services to offset GoDaddy's bargain basement domain name pricing. With millions of domain names currently under management, GoDaddy needs only a very small percentage of value-added clients to enrich its bottom line.
What Bob Parsons realized with GoDaddy is an example of what we're seeing with open source software right now. I learned about about Clayton Christensen's book, The Innovator's Dilemma, in a speech by Tim O'Reilly where he quotes Christensen's Law of Conservation of Attractive Profits.
When an industry becomes commoditized, value migrates to adjacent levels.
O'Reilly shows examples of this law in the commoditization of the IBM personal computer and the resulting rise of Microsoft. As thousands of parts suppliers bubbled up, value moved away from the hardware and into the software.*** Today's example is open source, enabling companies like Amazon.com and eBay to offer web service platforms using commodity software.
I think that Bob Parsons of GoDaddy realized a similar commoditization was about to happen in the domain name market. All he had to do was create the adjacent layers, and value would naturally migrate in.
After three months of Indian food - pictures that I took around Maharashtra state dining establishments, my first American snack was cheddar cheese covered bite-sized pretzels, roasted in the toaster and dipped in Pace Picante mild salsa sauce.
I'm having a little trouble with breakfast. I want to eat something warm, easy and non-egg. Thus far it has been peanut butter and jelly on toast.
What do you eat for breakfast? E-mail me.
On the airplane from Milan to Atlanta, I sat next to a man who worked for a very large oil consulting company. British Petroleum is installing an 800km natural gas pipeline in the Thailand region. The contract calls for $400 million dollars of steel pipe.