Gustavo Ballvé on December 31st, 2010

In this post we collect interesting links on Groupon, the inventor and world’s largest player in the collective buying market. We have always found the business model very interesting, and since Groupon is in the news with a US$ 950mm offering – having rejected weeks ago a US$ 6 billion offer by Google – our interest was renewed. Also noteworthy is the Brazilian Groupon “clone”, Peixe Urbano, which has dominated the local market and made Groupon’s life difficult in Brazil.

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Gustavo Ballvé on December 29th, 2010

Our hopes for mankind were renewed when we received a great suggestion by a reader today. Better yet, this reader has sent great stuff before and this is no exception. Keep those suggestions coming! We have the full BBC documentary with global health professor Hans Rosling inside. There’s also more on Hans Rosling and data visualization, including tips on how to build your own presentation with this data.

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Gustavo Ballvé on December 28th, 2010

We often find relevant articles related to subjects we’ve already discussed at, and we post them as updates while linking to the original post(s). While each update should be interesting on its own, the idea is to read the whole “thread”, especially as time goes by and we develop a sense of history. In IP’s case, our Intranet dates back to 2003 and back then we made an effort to find older articles about companies and sectors we were studying. Being able to tap into this rich history is quite valuable and we hope to build the same wealth of links at In today’s piece we’re posting two updates about different subjects: crowdsourcing and e-publishing/ the “Web is dead” debate.

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Gustavo Ballvé on December 25th, 2010

Yesterday was Christmas eve and we had a bonus post, but we have more: a great 52-minute video with Carlos Brito, CEO of AB-InBev, on High-Performance Culture. It’s very interesting to note that the “speech” doesn’t really change over the years – but why should it change? The “recipe” of Dream, People, Culture resonates well and in their case has been implemented with so much discipline and energy that they have achieved huge success over +20 years in the brewing business (even longer than that if you count the Banco Garantia golden age).

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Gustavo Ballvé on December 24th, 2010

Continuing a yearly tradition, here’s a link to fill your Christmas holiday with great reading material: Kevin Kelly’s “The best magazine articles ever”. The top-25 listed right in the main post include some magnificent pearls of journalism and story-telling, some of which we highlight inside. However, the fact that one of the top-25 is extremely well-written and yet wrong – Jon Krakauer’s “Into Thin Air”, as we’ve discussed here – is a great reminder that prose and fact don’t always travel together. Keep an eye out for bias, causality/ factual mistakes, incoherence and always seek the contrarian opinion.

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Gustavo Ballvé on December 23rd, 2010

Consider this: you’ve built a diverse, intelligent, hard-working team that successfully leverages individual abilities and skill sets into a higher collective intelligence. Then the same group of people have lunch in the nearby shopping mall and do dumb things (such as spending more on a “premium” brand) because they’re in a group… Gotta love us humans. Inside we highlight two articles on the good and bad of group “intelligence”.

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Gustavo Ballvé on December 22nd, 2010

A recent article about a subject we’ve blogged about last year serves as a reminder for newcomers that Buysiders already has some 18 months of content “hidden” in the back pages. So how to go about searching Buysiders’s archives for the material you’re interested in?

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Gustavo Ballvé on December 21st, 2010

It’s no secret that Wikileaks can bring some measure of light into otherwise obscure systems. It brings biases of its own, and has to be taken with lots of “salt”, but overall it seems to be working for the good of transparency. This posts highlights some “competitors”. We wonder how long before such initiatives find a vehicle in Brazil…

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Gustavo Ballvé on December 20th, 2010

The New York Times recently dedicated a special Science section to the science of puzzles and problem-solving. At least one of the articles raises important questions, and in aggregate it’s a very interesting read. The (weak) analogy would be to relentlessly seek to build up your arsenal of mental models and knowledge – the point is to be better suited/ “fertile” for the associations and “click” moments. But there’s more…

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Gustavo Ballvé on December 17th, 2010

We’ve all heard about the Social Network movie, but a better time allocation is the Web2.0 Summit interview with the man himself, The Time Magazine Person of The Year, Mark Zuckerberg. Before we poke some fun at Facebook, here’s a thought: we do make fun of what’s relevant to us the more mainstream it gets, yet it doesn’t necessarily mark the end of an era. Think of Microsoft Windows, the OS we all have loved to hate for the last 25 years or so and it’s still there. The “winner takes all” aspect of the network effect in Facebook’s case is a fragile argument – what network are we talking about, and why will we have to interact with it the Facebook way? Just because we can’t see today what could topple Facebook, it doesn’t mean something – or likely a combination of “things” – won’t.

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