Archive for December, 2007

holiday07_1.gifTony Fish, a member of Gerbsman Partners Board of Intellectual Capital, posted on his blog Open Gardens, an interesting comment a few days back in regards to Google Gears. Click here for the full entry.

Anit Jaokar, a partner of Tony Fish, discusses Google Gears. Google Gears is comprised of a local database, local processes and a web server – with the logic being written in Java script. Hence, Gears potentially fits in well with Mobile Ajax and Gears as well as with Mobile Web Widgets (and by that I mean Widgets created using Web standards as opposed to Widsets and similar products).

It’s a very intriguing thought in regards to mobile offline browsing. When looking on Java, Mobile Flash, Adobe Air, and MS Silverlight – something emerges. The thought of synchronizing online applications onto mobile device or desktop for later access is what web services and online services have missed out on. It is in fact so, that everyone is not online all the time – and most people unplug to get productive.

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linkedin1.jpgLinkedIn will soon release an open API where 3rd party developers will be able to aggregate profile data to enhance the user experience and productivity for LinkedIn’s users with widgets and other enhancing applications.

The company, which was the fastest-growing social network in October, has attracted about 17 million registered users globally and about 5 million unique visitors in the United States in October. Answering to the competition from Facebook and others, LinkedIn will use Google´s OpenSocial structure to open their “made-for-business” service.


One example that LinkedIn has crafted is in a partnership with BusinessWeek. Visitors to the BusinessWeek site, who place their mouse pointers over certain keywords will trigger a pop-up box detailing how many of their LinkedIn contacts are related to the company or keyword.

Finally, the Web 2.0 is making its way into productivity and business applications for real. Social Networking has long been a supernova on the horizon and hordes of people are using them. With this entry into business tools like LinkedIn´s network – Web 2.0 will now be available for business users as well.

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bookcover.gifMarvin Davis, a member of Gerbsman Partners Board of Intellectual Capital has just released his new book; “Take No Prisoners”.

“Whether you are a manager, corporate director, executive, or business owner, this book supplies an effective no-nonsense action plan for fixing problems, strengthening weak spots, and building profitable competitive operations”.

As a seasoned turnaround expert, Marvin Davis has seen companies make the same mistakes over and over again. In TAKE NO PRISONERS, he shows companies how to achieve their full profitability potential by asking themselves some very basic questions and analyzing their operations properly, Packed with dozens of real-world examples and ready-to-use worksheets, the book shows you how to critically investigate every aspect of your operations….from marketing strategies to pricing policies, from products and services to operating costs and overhead….uncovering devastating inefficiencies as well as hidden opportunities for enhancing profitability. These often simple, proven ideas have worked for organizations small and large, both public and privately held and they can help yours too.

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Gerbsman Partners has published a new story on our website; “The Tipping Point – Its Here”. It makes for some thoughtful reading and discusses some well formulated insights and observations on the economic and political issues for maximizing enterprise value in the upcoming business crisis.

“As time passes, we have become increasingly struck by our inability to predict events on a macro scale and by the fundamental randomness of such events. We also note that most professionals whose business it is to make such predictions, such as security analysts, marketing strategy consultants, economists and mutual fund managers, have an abysmal record. It is very educational to look back five years at their predictions and compare such predictions to what actually occurred. Most of these professionals simply project forward existing trends and miss “Black Swan” events, such as the Crash of 1987, the Savings and Loan crisis, the September 11 attacks, the current Sub-Prime Mortgage, or more positively, the impact of the Internet.”

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