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Why Samsung had it coming

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Samsung in the news these days:

Samsung: Another Smartphone Exploded and It’s Not the Galaxy Note 7 (Fortune)

The Fatal Mistake That Doomed Samsung’s Galaxy Note (Wall Street Journal)

Samsung’s Doomed Note 7 Is Shackled To The Heroic Galaxy S8 (Forbes)

Among many (many) other headlines, here is a glimpse of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 crash. A drama of worldwide and scary proportions.

We are talking about a smartphone which has been officially banned by airlines, a botched recall and exploding (again) replacements. In the end, a catastrophic time for Samsung which may sound the bell on an era when they could still compete with Apple.

The beast is now wounded and the predators are circling.

But should Samsung not have known better? Let me delve into my personal Samsung history to shed some light on battery issues.

At first was the dumbphone

My first encounter with a Samsung mobile phone dates back to a dozen years ago. At that time, not yet utterly concerned by the works to tech, I had only heard friends complaining about the low quality of batteries on their Samsung phones and the fact that they would tend to “die” easily.

That is when my father purchased his very first mobile phone. A Samsung. Keep in mind that with about no technical literacy, his mobile phone was the most basic of dumb phones and the use of it mostly limited to phone calls here and there.

Yet, even with a very reasonable usage, the battery started draining utterly fast after a few months and literally died within six. All hail dumb phones, a new one could be bought… for a price.

When smartphones die

Time to move on to my second encounter with a Samsung phone. A smartphone I actually bought in a moment of weakness – as a replacement after my iPhone 4 was stolen. I can not remember the exact model, an average one which still promised strong features.

It remained strong for a few weeks, until I had downloaded apps and started using it “at scale”. However, the most concerning feature was the heavy heating of the battery when charging it or using mobile data. Not long later, followed by sudden shutdowns and slow starts.

Until, within I think 4 months of purchase, it completely died while I was using it.

The poor thing froze, went dark and never restarted.

Second sudden death.

I will not run through another long story. My mother later bought the same model (I told her not), went through the same rollercoaster of slow system, overheating phone and sudden death.

A corporate failure

At this point, my personal experience is only similar to thousands of others. And when such similar issues occur over a lifetime, there is no way they are not documented and identified.

With a normal next step being to act on them.

This is where Samsung has failed completely. They have failed to acknowledge these issues and take actual action to correct these recurring problems.

It still is difficult to define precisely the root causes of the Galaxy Note 7 without internal data but Samsung’s past always hold clues about such a regular problem.

Not paying attention to these (enough?) seems to have led to a catastrophic outcome.

At least for Samsung. There could hardly have been any worse time for this fail than now. With Google announcing the Pixel phone, Kodak trying to rise from its ashes, LeEco entering the US market with a bang and Huawei ruling the smartphone world, good competitors are not lacking. And they will, no doubt, fill the empty seat.

 

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Making IT great again

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Yes we can! Make IT (Information Technology, Duh!) great again. While borrowing some catchphrases to make this Sunday post a little more appealing, I am staring at my screen thinking that, yes, IT infrastructure is definitely not the sexiest of themes.

Yet, once again I have been proven wrong. In recent news, coming from the land of the rising sun – Japan – IT infrastructure may become appealing again. In order to generate or increase interest in this matter, our Japanese friends have found a new way to get students to focus on their textbooks rather than their manga.

Enter the “Systers”, a group of fairies living in IT devices. These cute anime girls are actually part of a project aiming at generating interest from students for the less “sexy” topics of technology such as building computer networks (the subject of the first volume).

And, would you believe it, it works! :)

Well then, Japan seem to have found the solution to fix failing education systems.

Let’s Learn with Anthropomorphisms! The name of the series and quite a fitting rallying call too.

Making IT great again ;)

 

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Teckxit: Startups in London anxious about the outcome of Brexit

(Reuters) – Britain’s tech start-up scene was having a bumper year in terms of new company creation, fresh funding and acquisitions by global tech players before voters decided to leave the European Union in Thursday’s referendum. Now high-profile companies are threatening to pull out or slow down plans to enter the UK market, international employees…

via Teckxit: London start-up scene fears impact of Brexit — VentureBeat

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Millennials: A generation of pussies?

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Millennials. THE population in fashion nowadays. The rulers of the new world and face of the startup world. Apparently.

Or, according to a recent article by the French magazine Stratégies, millennials are whiners, precious, superficial, narcissistic and so on… . In a few words a bunch of spoiled pussies, with no spark but the fear of life.

Millennials” is a word used by everybody and for every reason. Mostly a marketing tool rather than proper language. However, it is now embedding everything that is wrong with society nowadays. Or seems to as the magazine points.

Beyond a single case, they are following on other news outlets now pointing the finger at a generation whose only goal is to “live life” while actually wandering through it aimlessly, so young and so tired at the same time. The Walking Dead anyone?

The writer gives the example of young employee, in her twenties, so bored of her job and her life. Until colleagues mention “pizza day”. Turning yet another dark gloomy pointless day into the #BestJobInTheWorld with a young lady suddenly pointing that she is  #LovingMyLife #Lucky, at least on Instagram. Hashtag galore to hide life despair.Poor baby.

Here we are now, Millennials, modern zombies roaming the world with no aim but likes on social media. We are afraid, bored and pointless.

“We” because I am a millennial. But as much as I may agree with the article Stratégies published, I can not deny the shameless attempt at creating buzz and sales that its very title is. The point here, beyond playing on people’s feelings (against younger generations) the way governments currently do with foreigners, is obviously clickbait.

And it worked. The article has been buzzing in France. Millennials are “shocked”, of course, others agree, and the noise does not stop.

I will leave the debate aside but, from a sheer marketing point of view, take note. They used cats (remember, cats and babies sell…), a seemingly aggressive title but worded in a way that makes it look neutral (in French at least) and a topic/keyword that is a trending one (Millennials and the lost/useless/whining generation).

Welcome to the triangle of buzz!

So, bottom line, which millennial do you think you are? ;)

Winning? Startup Equity Split

How Startup Funding Works: Equity Splitting

As a startup founder, should you hold on to your 100% ownership of the company or let go of some equity in the funding process? Bottom line, are you going to end up an employee again? And how does the pie-cutting work?

In a few words – graphics in fact, Funders and Founders have put together a great piece of information. An infographic about the splitting of equity, from startup idea to IPO:

“A hypothetical startup will get about $15,000 from family and friends, about $200,000 from an angel investor three months later, and about $2 Million from a VC another six months later. If all goes well.”

Infographic: How startup funding works

[Infographic via Funders and Founders]

Keep reading on the Funders and Founders website, the full article is HERE.

Social Media for Business: Avoid the Dark Side of the Hype

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Teens are on Snapchat. Facebook is dead – but records 1.55 billion users. Pinterest was and is the new visual thing while Instagram is in the top 3.

In a few sentences, that is the logic of social media summed up.

It is a strange, ever-changing world of magic and fantasy where trolls cross path with gurus and ninjas.

As businesses are making their way towards digital and social media adoption, they also face the dark side of this force to be reckoned with.

Every business can easily create a Facebook page, a Twitter account or any other presence on one – or many – of the numerous networks available. Yet, social presence, especially for businesses, has to be handled like the business itself.

Social media require strategy

A business plan is a mandatory path to starting a business and following a defined line. Strategy and planning is similarly needed for social media. Here are some of the basics to keep in mind when getting started:

  • Audit your brand, message, audience and competition. Define where you stand, what the voice of your business is and who – and where – your audience is.
  • Define the main – most relevant – media to use to listen, reach out and engage with your audience. Nobody can be everywhere and do everything. Select the top 3-4 relevant networks and focus on these. Add some others, if relevant, once the foundations have been set.
  • Create a playbook. Every network has its own parameters and special features. Prepare materials and documentation for all of them. Starting with profiles. Even if the profiles have to be consistent, the size of pictures will differ and so will banners (where some may be leveraged for added communication) and the number of characters allowed in each bio. Get some templates ready for posts and pictures as well.
  • Plan. Planning is the crucial part. Put together an editorial calendar and global repository (if many team members are involved) for content. Create and curate content relevant to your market and industry, stay on top of trends to feed your content machine and plan the posting.
  • Be human. No need to be a robot. No need to wear a positivity mask (I would call your bullshit). Just ensure having human beings behind the tools. Acting like humans.

There is plenty more to say but follow these pieces of advice and you should, at least, be off to a good (educated) start.

Then, I am only a tweet or email away – and a human ;)