Funny how when you’re in school (at least for me), writing is such a chore. It’s homework and something you loathe to do…now I’m paying money (via this domain) and putting in my (non-existent) free-time to write.
After my first “roundup” post, I went and hid for two weeks….some interesting things happened in those two weeks.
- Congrats to Spain for winning the world cup. On that note, Spain’s Rafael Nadal also won Wimbledon….Wow, Spain’s turning into a sports powerhouse: Soccer, Tennis, many basketball players in the NBA…now only if they could turn their economy around…
- Lebron James joined Dyawne Wade and Chris Bosh at the Miami Heat. Would’ve been nice if he took the minimum and joined the Blazers =), but that would be a dream. I thought Bill Simmons said it best here:
13. I think it’s a cop-out. Any super-competitive person would rather beat Dwyane Wade than play with him. Don’t you want to find the Ali to your Frazier and have that rival pull the greatness out of you? That’s why I’m holding out hope that LeBron signs with New York or Chicago (or stays in Cleveland), because he’d be saying, “Fine. Kobe, Dwight and Melo all have their teams. Wade and Bosh have their team. The Celtics are still there. Durant’s team is coming. I’m gonna go out and build MY team, and I’m kicking all their asses.” That’s what Jordan would have done. Hell, that’s what Kobe would have done.
In May, after the Cavs were ousted in the conference semifinals, I wrote that LeBron was facing one of the greatest sports decisions ever: “winning (Chicago), loyalty (Cleveland) or a chance at immortality (New York).”
I never thought he would pick “HELP!”
And more on the random side here’s some neat posts I wanted to share:
- Interesting thought about mobile email. Is using a mobile device a free pass for typos, spelling/punctuation mistakes, and being terse?
Sent from my iPhone”, “Sent using BlackBerry”. Why am I beginning to dislike those little tags at the bottom of email responses?
Because there’s an implied apology built into them.
- Business week wrote about a study showing the monetary return on a college education. Kinda neat that MIT came out on top, but not sure if this is the right study to do for undergraduate education. I would more like to see this study done for MBA programs.
- Professional sports are a way to spur the local economy and help build the community. With the whole Lebron courtship, it can be viewed not just as basketball but an investment for the city. This thought was written about here:
But if Ohio is willing to give business incentives, financial incentives, and tax incentives to encourage companies to move to Ohio, why not consider kicking in financially to try to keep one of the state’s prize assets. Turn LeBron into his very own “enterprise zone.”
Even Major Bloomberg has voiced that Lebron should come to NY. And I think it was great to see cities getting involved to this level. One person can help change a city (for better or worse), especially someone like Lebron.
My first roundup.
WORLD CUP – When I watch the World Cup, I feel like a citizen of the world, it’s something you can talk about with anyone. Some of the interesting tidbits to me thus far.
- South Korea-Uruguay: Second time ever Korea made into the elimination round. The match against Uruguay was intense. On one “hand” South Korea got lucky for the handball that wasn’t called, but it didn’t help as the Uruguay striker, Luis Suarez, made an amazing goal.
- US-Ghana: Another exciting match. I hope this World Cup coverage continues to help grow the sport in States. I wish for soccer to become huge in America.
- England-Germany: Bad bad call ref. I wonder how much that goal would’ve changed the match? Definitely the mental game changes when you are tied, or when you are losing.
- North Korea-Portugal: I thought it was fitting that North Korea lost 7-0 when it is the first time they aired live coverage of the game in their country. For their own propaganda, it’s kinda hard to spin this in a good way.
TENNIS – I have one picture to describe the week at Wimbledon.
I grabbed the screen shot here. It’s going to be a while until these match records are broken. 70-68 in the last set. That’s insane. To me this match falls into the category of Eric Gagne’s 84 consecutive saves record and Wilt’s 100 point game, i.e. something we may not see again. Oh yeah, in lesser new, the Queen of England visited the tennis courts.
BASKETBALL – I can’t believe the Blazers fired their GM one hour prior to the draft. That’s not even comprehendible to me. I’m not going to judge the reasons for the firing, but I did feel that more communication could’ve been made with the fans. The open letter from Pritchard, I felt, was a classy gesture, it gave me a tiny bit more closure to the whole situation. I wonder how Blazer players feel about all this? Most, if not all, of them came into Portland while Pritchard was a part of the organization.
After taking a good amount of time to finally make a webpage and blog, there I go neglecting it for a month. Now that I’ve finally settled into my internship and new location (sunny California), there’s a few ideas that I want to implement to avoid being a one and done blog.
1. Having been away from school for a month+ now, there’s some interesting perspective I’ve gained looking back over my first year MBA experience. I’ve had the privilege to do a lot of neat things and I want to share some of the highlights and notable moments from the year.
2. Being accused of “reading the internet” daily by friends, I want to try to put a weekly summary of my favorite links/posts/stories, mostly surrounding technology and sports.
3. Outdoors . I figure a blog would be a good way to share some of my neat outdoor experiences, and practice some of my (super) amateur photography with friends (i.e. the majority of the people, after begging, to even read this blog…).
We’ll see how many of these ideas stay alive after a month…
From a recommendation from a classmate (Thanks Ernest), last minute I was graciously allowed to volunteer for the TechCrunch Disrupt conference held in NYC. Aside from a variety of interesting speakers and panelists, famous people walking around, Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz getting angry, Major Bloomberg talking startups in NYC, and a showcase of a bunch of cool startups, I had got to hang out with a large volunteer base from a lot of other schools and companies (MIT Sloan had 10+ volunteers, great representation).
If I were to sum up the future of where technology is going, as I personally gleaned from the conference, it would be three words (and it probably won’t surprise anyone):
- Mobile (everything is going mobile)
- Social (apparently we’re not social enough already)
- Local (location, small businesses, communities, etc…)
As an aside, as we heard news about Apple surpassing Microsoft in market cap, just by observation, it was amazing to see the number of iPads being used at the conference. Many of my personal friends can’t even buy one because of the shortages, and yet this conference was full of them. As a rough rough estimate, I’d say about 10% of the attendees had them, and the number would jump to 30% for those that were a part of startups. And of the laptops being used, I’d gander a majority share were Macs (I can’t say the same about my MBA class). Again this is just by my personal observation. I guess for this crowd, it’s not too surprising, but still…is this an indication of an even bigger trend to come?
Technically this is my second post…