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Brand Quotient 2

1. Which IT major can be associated with this?
2.The first product of this company was an Integrated circuit based computer for the US Air Force in 1961. It led to the invention of the first ever Transistor Radio. Name the company.
3.Founded by Fredrico Faggin, a part of the name of the company was derived from the phrase 'Integrated Logic'. Identify the company.
4. Put Funda. (Hint- The answer is a Gaming Major)
5. To which company does this belong to?

6. Whose head quarter is this?

7.What was formed by the conjuction of the names Kagemasa Kozuki, Yoshinobu Nakama, and Tatsuo Miyasako?
8. Identify the device as well as the company.

Quiz Time 110

1. Connect
2. If  Google's : Picasa, CyberLink's : MediaShow... then  Apple : ?
3. Altius  is the code name of which recently launched device ?
4. If GSM uses TDM(Time Division Multiplexing) then what  does CDMA use for communication of data ?
5. ALOHAnet inspired which popular networking technology?
6.What is the dubious claim to fame of this product ?
7. 'X' is a competitor of Google search. Its a Chinese website and is the most visited website in South Korea according to Alexa. It is owned by 'Y' who have also created the 'QQ'. Identify X and Y.
8. Which online designer eyeglasses retailer supported numerous bad reviews of his website saying "each bad review boosts my site's PageRank, meaning that the site comes top of Google's ratings for many of the products I sell"?

Tough Time 11

1. What is his claim to fame?

2. What is this?
3. Name this.

4. X is a specialized instant messaging program and service that allows unlimited texting to other Apple devices running iOS 5 or later. Identify it.
5. In context of Apple Inc. what is Lightning?
6. What is so special about this?
7. Identify the device-

8. Which recently launched device boasts of a Poly-Amide glass fibre casing which makes it water resistant and allows immersion under 1 metre of fresh water for up to 30 minutes?

Brand Quotient - 1

1. X is a raster graphics system initially designed for Apple LISA , which defines the pixel as its basic unit of graphical information. It is a core part of the classic Macintosh OS. Identify X.

2. This commercial section of Apple Inc. was codenamed 'Nexus'. The first of its type was started at Tyson's Corner mall on May 19. What is it?

3. It is a  backup device sold by Apple Inc. featuring Network Attached Storage(NAS) and was codenamed M52. Name it.

4. Put Funda.

5. This is the succesor of which famous technology?

6. Codenamed- Springfield, its was a website that allowed users to create webpages, program snippets and mashups. This was a project under Microsoft. Identify it.

Quiz Time 109

1-Which great tech builder is the software and hardware contractor for NASA?
2-AT&T's system v and University of Berkeley version 4.2 are two major types of what?
3-What's "HOME BUS SYSTEM" in the context of  artificial intelligence?
4-What type of boot is called when a computer is switched off and switched on?(Hint-sense of touch)
5-What does CP/M stands for?
6-GCOS is an operating system designed for the computers of which company?
7-"KALPANA", "COLUMBIA" and "PLEIDES" are types of what machines developed by NASA?
8-Gemini digital computer was the first of its kind.What was it? and Who developed it?
9-What is his claim to fame ?

10- Which was the 1st Indian company to be listed on NASDAQ?
Forgotten Plans for Heliports
Last week I went over to the University of Liverpool to give a seminar in the Department of Geography and Planning. It was a friendly event and I tried out a new talk on the historical geography of the helicopter and unrealised planning for city centre heliports in the 1950s. This is a fairly new strand of research coming out of the broader Mapping Manchester project and more directly from the successfulInfra_MANC exhibition that I co-curated last spring.

If you're interested you can browse through the slides on 'Vertical Urbanism and the Forgotten Plans for Heliports'. The image above is an example of the kinds of unrealised plans for rooftop heliports that I am examining. This particular drawing, from the early 1950s, was for a helicopter station in the centre of Liverpool but was not actually built. (Image courtesy of Liverpool City Archives.)

I am giving an amended version of this heliport talk at a one-day workshop in Birmingham next week on…
By Raviraj Jain

It’s incredible to see so many students starting up right after HBS and many more inclined to pursue the path of tech entrepreneurship in the coming years. Entrepreneurship is difficult and odds are against you, which make aspiring entrepreneurs wonder what qualities are needed to become a successful tech entrepreneur? Being aware of these qualities can help aspiring entrepreneurs identify the skills they would like to sharpen.
Based on the questions I asked a number of successful entrepreneurs, I have compiled a list of 5 most important qualities which are very important to be a successful technology entrepreneur.
1.Technology vision: An entrepreneur needs to be a visionary and should have an informed view of where a particular technology is trending towards. Predicting upcoming trends can be a huge asset in this fast moving industry where new technologies can completely swamp the world in a matter of a few years
2.Product Sensibility: No, unlike popular perception you do…

Entrepreneurial truisms and the action bias

By Will Dinkel

In today's hyper-blogging, ultra tweeted world of early-stage ventures everyone has advice for aspiring entrepreneurs... and that is a problem. On our Silicon Valley IXP, thirty-eight Harvard students listened to advice from VC's, entrepreneurs, and advisors nonstop for eight hours a day for five days straight. While the speakers did deliver value, I was amazed by the sheer number of contradictions in their statements.
Just after listening to an entrepreneur tell us to, “take advantage of low-cost programming labor in Asia,” Ben Horowitz informed us that outsourcing development is a recipe for creating a “bag of crap” company.
In another instance, we were told that the best way to create a company is to, “build something that you yourself need,” and then later told to, “go out and find real world problems,” or to, “focus on pain killers not vitamins.”
And, perhaps the best one of all, we were told by a famous venture capital partner that we should, “never set out t…

Why Not Boston?

By Jonathan Lai On the last day of Launching Technology Ventures class, Jeff asked us all a question that had been on his mind – why not stay in Boston and be an entrepreneur here?  Why go all the way out to the Bay Area or migrate down to New York City when there were so many great opportunities in Boston?  There were cash-flushed VCs in Boston and a great talent pool from some of the world’s top universities.  Not to mention that it was significantly easier for HBS students to network with the local community compared to flying out to Silicon Valley or taking the bus down to NYC.  So why not stay?

A few students tossed out some reasons that came to mind – lack of good PR on companies in Boston, a perceived regional focus here on healthcare/telecom, bad weather, etc.  At lunch after class, a few of us continued talking about this topic and a number of themes came up that were interesting.
1)It’s a personal choice.  It’s not always about the career – while Boston might be able to offer j…

Three Styles of Successful Product Management

By David Miller
During our panel with VPs of Product at Boston tech companies, a student asked the panel, “How can product managers (PMs) establish credibility with technical coworkers?”  Credibility is a key issue in the product management function.  While all new employees may feel a need to prove themselves to coworkers, the product manager has an additional need to focus on credibility.  The product manager role typically has ownership over all aspects of a product and is therefore responsible when anything goes wrong.  However, the product manager does not have any direct reports, and therefore is only able to accomplish objectives by persuading coworkers to contribute to a particular product.  Credibility is the currency that product managers use to get their job done.
The panel responded the question by listing three ways that product managers get jobs done, which I have characterized by celebrity personas.

The Jamie Foxx PM The first way a product manager may establish credibility…

A smart investor fortunate enough to gain Harvard admission should get an MBA

By Mike Rothenberg
I’d like to write a response to a WSJ editorial by 24-year old college drop-out Dale Stephens earlier this month, entitled “A Smart Investor Would Skip the (Harvard) MBA”.
In a nutshell, Mr. Stephens argues—without getting an MBA—that the time and money invested in a (Harvard) MBA would be better spent investing in yourself, building tangible technical skills and using the funds to selectively network.  This perspective seems logical if you’ve never been through the two-year HBS program.  However, after talking to approximately 1,000 people who received a Harvard MBA, I’ve found fewer than 5 (yes, <1%) who were unhappy with their choice to pursue a Harvard MBA.  Is the MBA that valuable, or is cognitive dissonance that amazing? 
Here’s my take:
1. It’s about your value system.  If you value relationships and experiences, there is no substitute for an MBA.  If you value the NPV of the expec…

Are Harvard MBAs Solving Real Problems?

By Dmitry Kozachenok
Recently HBS student groups on Facebook have seen an increase in the number of posts related to new ventures. The reason is very simple - first year students are launching micro-businesses as part of a Field course, introduced last year. As I read these posts, I realize that ideas haven’t changed since last year. Food delivery from Harvard square, mani pedi services, laundry pick-up and delivery, monthly subscription for [fill in any category], etc. My team last year was not much better - we were working on a taxi sharing service called Glimpsy.
Then I think about the student business plan competition, which is not a required part of curriculum and, therefore, attracts only the entrepreneurial-minded students. The types of ideas people pursue there are not much different. As one of the judges put it: "Year after year we read through tens of the same fashion business plans".
Finally, I remember the conversations with entrepreneurial classmates about their fu…

B2B is the new Black

By Cara Hoy
Everybody’s doing it. Back in November, Fred Wilson summed up the waning interest in consumer and the growing interest in B2B nicely with his blog post on what has changed.With the maturation of the consumer web, and later stage money focused on investing in enterprise, droves of 2014 and 2015 business school students will jump at the next hot thing (remember the school wide pep talk from the start of the year about how its okay to just do what everybody else is doing), and enterprises should brace themselves for the onslaught of startups that are coming their way.Or will they? Does Enterprise have the same appeal to would-be B-school entrepreneurs as Consumer?
One of the big debates on campus is whether successful founders need to be fundamentally passionate about the problem they are solving, or whether it’s enough to jump at a well-studied opportunity.I don’t think it is important to pick sides here, as I believe Enterprise has something for everyone.For opportunists, th…

Love that Dirty Water?

By Greg Ayres

Throughout the course, we met entrepreneurs and venture capitalists from Boston as well as from Denver, New York, and the San Francisco Bay Area.But for entrepreneurs, is Boston the best place for entrepreneurs, or can they do better in another city?I decided to take a deep dive into the data to dispel three common entrepreneurial myths about Boston.

Myth #1: Boston is not a good place to live
By some, Boston is seen as a laggard in quality of life issues: weather, nightlife, fun.But when Bloomberg ranked the most desirable U.S. cities in 2012[1], Boston and San Francisco were both in the Top Five.The rankings considered educational attributes, economic factors, crime, air quality, and especially leisure amenities (restaurants, bars, libraries, museums, professional sports teams, and park acres by population). Who didn’t make the Top Five?San Jose, New York, Denver, Los Angeles, Austin, Chicago, San Diego, and other top tech cities.

Myth #2: Boston lacks venture capital
To g…