A few years ago when I was living in France, my elder brother visited me. We both walked down to the small city centre in hope of finding a home theatre system for me. Back then, I was a novice to the audio world with very limited knowledge on available systems, whilst my brother had years of experience of assembling speakers, woofers, sub-woofers and amplifiers on his own to achieve the best sound effect and quality.
We entered a store that sold several systems. My eyes were immediately caught by popular brand names such as Sony and Yamaha, particularly with the display of large multi-component systems. The intricacies intrigued me and were compelling evidence for what I perceived to be high quality.
While I kept myself busy with the popular and catchy systems, I realized my brother was stationed in a corner looking at what appeared to be a black box akin a computer CPU.
I recently met Dominique Busso, founder and CEO of Happy Blue Fish Studio, a small video game start-up in Saint-Malo, France, that focuses on “LifeStyle Gaming” and “Edutainment”. It recently launched Feng Shui, a casual memory training game for the Apple iPhone, iPodTouch and iPad, where the gamer’s goal is to increase your Positive Energy and Zen Time while keeping Master Ki balanced!
Talking to Dominique brought up quite a few interesting illustrations of critical success factors that in one shape or form we have discussed in this blog: time-to-market, quality, simplicity, and customer experience, all bound together and enabled by Happy Blue Fish’s ePublishing choice. Let me explain. Read more…
In her blog entry Microsoft’s challenge: innovation, innovation, innovation, Mary-Jo Foley invites “Other thoughts about how — and if — Microsoft can become more innovative?”.
Let’s do with the if first and fast: if they don’t innovate with a sense of urgency, they’ll die. It may be a long, slow death given how they currently dominate their sector, but sure enough they’ll run out of steam in an industry where the pace of change and innovation continues continues to accelerate. Other giants such as Google are lurking in the shadows, and who could say that a small, unknown David will not emerge to deliver a killing blow to the Goliath of OS?
Then the more difficult question: how should they go about innovating? Here are two suggestions. Read more…