Category Archives: Influences

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True Stories Behind Car Company Logos

Find out why Ferraris prance, Chevys wear a bowtie and much more

By Nick Kurczewski
True Stories Behind the Company Badge

Did a wallpaper pattern in a Paris hotel room inspire the famous Chevrolet Bowtie emblem? Does the blue and white BMW roundel really symbolize a propeller and sky? And was the Porsche logo first sketched on a napkin in a New York City restaurant? In the world of automobile logos, truth can be stranger than fiction—though a good story can go a long way toward embellishing a brand’s corporate identity.


From Ferrari’s Prancing Horse to Cadillac’s crest, automobile logos appear on everything from steering wheel hubs to giant billboards, and even the lapel pins on the suits of company executives. This kind of flexibility is one of the design elements needed for an effective and strong logo, says Jack Gernsheimer, Creative Director of Partners Design Inc. and author of Designing Logos: The Process of Creating Symbols that Endure. Read the rest of this entry

Just Manic Enough: Seeking Perfect Entrepreneurs

DAVID SEGAL, On Sunday September 19, 2010, 2:09 am EDT
Cambridge, Mass.

IMAGINE you are a venture capitalist. One day a man comes to you and says, “I want to build the game layer on top of the world.”

You don’t know what “the game layer” is, let alone whether it should be built atop the world. But he has a passionate speech about a business plan, conceived when he was a college freshman, that he says will change the planet — making it more entertaining, more engaging, and giving humans a new way to interact with businesses and one another. Read the rest of this entry

20 Amazing Women Entrepreneurs

These days, it seems successful entrepreneurs are popping up everywhere.  And some of the most impressive entrepreneurial success stories are those of women who have accomplished amazing things in every area of business imaginable.  From IT to retail, and from marketing to inventions, women have shown they are a force to be reckoned with.  So we’ve put together a list of 20 of these amazing women to pay tribute to their accomplishments and recognize their contributions to the entrepreneurial world.  They are truly an inspiration to us all. Read the rest of this entry

Advertisers to Spend $1.7 Billion on Social Networks in 2010

The latest numbers from eMarketer project that advertisers will spend nearly $1.7 billion in the U.S. on social networking sites in 2010. Worldwide, spending will hit $3.3 billion according to the report.

The numbers represent a significant bump up from estimates published by the research firm at the end of last year, when they projected $1.3 billion would be spent on the space in the U.S.

Not surprisingly, eMarketer sees about half of that money (in the U.S.) going to Facebook, with MySpace continuing to see a smaller share of the pie. Separately, the firm estimated that Facebook’s 2010 revenue would hit $1.2 billion in a report published last week. Read the rest of this entry

Joan Daemen – INSPIRATION!

Joan Daemen (Dutch pronunciation: [joːˈɑn ˈdeːmən]; born 1965, in AchelLimburgBelgium) is a Belgian cryptographer and one of the designers of Rijndael, the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), together with Vincent Rijmen. He has also designed or co-designed theMMBSquareSHARKNOEKEON3-Way, and BaseKing block ciphers. More recently, he co-designed the Keccak cryptographic hash function that is one of the candidates for SHA-3.

In 1988, Daemen graduated in electro-mechanical engineering at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. He subsequently joined the COSIC research group, and has worked on the design and cryptanalysis of block ciphersstream ciphers and cryptographic hash functions. Daemen completed his PhD in 1995, at which point he worked for a year at Janssen Pharmaceutica in BeerseBelgium. He subsequently worked at the BACOB bank, BanksysProton World and then STMicroelectronics.

Joan Daemen – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Vincent Rijmen – INSPIRATION!

Vincent Rijmen (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈrɛimən]; born 16 October 1970, in Leuven, near Brussels,Belgium) is a Belgian cryptographer and one of the designers of the Rijndael, the Advanced Encryption Standard. Rijmen is also the co-designer of the WHIRLPOOL cryptographic hash function, and the block ciphers AnubisKHAZADSquareNOEKEON and SHARK.

In 1993, Rijmen obtained a degree in electronics engineering at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven(K.U.Leuven). Afterwards, he was a PhD student at the ESAT/COSIC lab of the K.U.Leuven. In 1997, Rijmen finished his doctoral dissertation titled Cryptanalysis and design of iterated block ciphers.

After his PhD he did postdoctoral work at the COSIC lab, on several occasions collaborating with Dr. Joan Daemen. One of their joint projects resulted in the algorithm Rijndael, which in October 2000 was selected by the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) to become theAdvanced Encryption Standard (AES).

Since 1 August 2001, Rijmen has been working as chief cryptographer with Cryptomathic. From 2001–2003, Rijmen was a visiting professor at the Institute for Applied Information Processing and Communications at Graz University of Technology (Austria), and a full professor there from 2004–2007. Since October 2007, Rijmen is an associate professor (hoofddocent) at K.U.Leuven, working once again with the COSIC lab.

Vincent Rijmen – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Billionaires pressed to donate half wealth!!

So in 2006 Warren Buffet said he’d donate 99% of his wealth eh?  How much does he have now and how much did he donate? Bill and Melinda gates, may we audit yoyour charity?  😉

Investor Warren Buffett and Microsoft founder Bill Gates called upon hundreds of billionaire Americans on Wednesday to donate at least half their wealth to charity in the Giving Pledge campaign. Read the rest of this entry

Microsoft offers free software training

Technology giant Microsoft Corp. will offer free software training and certification to 26,000 Massachusetts residents through a partnership with the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, the Patrick administration announced today. Read the rest of this entry

MiamiRSVP Launches $1 Million Global Business Competition to Fuel State’s Innovation Economy

MiamiRSVP Launches $1 Million Global Business Competition to Fuel State’s Innovation Economy.  After reviewing and inspiration from MassChallenge’s new venture in Boston.  WE CAN DO IT!!!!!!  We need underwriters and partners, asap!  Any one interested in investing, bring it, this is the best time. Seriouosely, we are focused on encouraging innovation, convinced that entrepreneurship is the answer for everything to unemployment to the housing crisis to pollutione. Read the rest of this entry

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