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NATO on Duty interactive map

Down here a screenshot of the interactive map of NATO capabilities.

© NATO

© NATO

From the map you can have access to information about NATO’s capabilities, such as air-, missile- and cyber-defence, special operations forces, precision munitions, maritime surveillance, etc…

From Wikipedia: NATO is a political and military organisation based on the North Atlantic Treaty which was signed on 4 April 1949. The organization constitutes a system of collective defence whereby its member states agree to mutual defense in response to an attack by any external party. NATO’s headquarters are in Brussels, Belgium, one of the 28 member states across North America and Europe, the newest of which, Albania and Croatia, joined in April 2009. An additional 22 countries participate in NATO’s Partnership for Peace program, with 15 other countries involved in institutionalized dialogue programmes. The combined military spending of all NATO members constitutes over 70% of the global total. Members’ defense spending is supposed to amount to 2% of GDP.

If you are interested in this topic, you can check this post about world fire-power: Full Ranked List of Global Firepower 2014.

Here is an interesting PROS and CONS of NATO from wiki.answers.com:

PROS: United we stand, divided we fall.

CONS: Everybody wants to be the boss.

What do you think of NATO as organization, does it facilitate peace or, instead, it is a US tool to gain more international power?

Slides for Presentations and Slides for Handouts

I must keep in mind the “Font size rule” when making a slide for presentation, and the “Minimal text rule” as well… Thanks David!

David Cummings on Startups

Earlier today we put on a program connecting executives from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta with health IT startups from the Atlanta Tech Village. Seven startups had 15 minutes each — five minutes to present and 10 minutes of Q&A — followed by lunch at the end. Most of the presenters used slides with limited product demos. While the event was a success and everyone received value, five out of seven startups used slides on the big screens that were designed as handouts, not for presentations.

Here are a few thoughts on slides for presentations, as different from slides for handouts:

  • Slides should have minimal text (I like to have no more than 10 words)
  • Font sizes shouldn’t be smaller than half the oldest age in the audience (e.g. if someone in the audience is 60, the font size shouldn’t be smaller than 30)
  • Tell a compelling story while still getting to the value proposition quickly
  • Make the…

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Google Glass, my first time

Have you ever stopped a man walking in the street because of something he wears that has shocked you? Well that’s exactly what happened to me today when I saw for the first time in my life one of the 7 Google Glass explorers of Italy wearing a pair of Google Glass in Milan!

Then I asked the explorer if I could wear them and…

I think my face tells it all… Even if I’m 27 I look like a little boy with his toy.

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My first time with the Big G Glass

Global press freedom map 2014

Press freedom globally has declined to its lowest level in over a decade, a report conducted by American NGO Freedom House* has found examining legal, political and economic factors affecting the media in 197 countries.

To note that Ghana, Costa Rica, Suriname and Belize enjoy more Press Freedom than Italy.

Press Freedom 2014 map

Press Freedom 2014- the global picture

The project director for Freedom House, Karin Karleker, explains:

We see declines in media freedom on a global level, driven by governments’ efforts to control the message and punish the messenger. In every region of the world last year, we found both governments and private actors attacking reporters, blocking their physical access to newsworthy events, censoring content and ordering the politically motivated firing of journalists.

In 2013 we saw more cases of states targeting foreign reporters and media outlets. Russian and Chinese authorities declined to renew or threatened to withhold visas for prominent foreign correspondents, but the new Egyptian government went a step further by detaining a number of Al Jazeera staff on charges of supporting terrorism.

*Although, must be said, the American NGO Freedom House it is not considered absolutely impartial and free itself.

Source: The Guardian

The Four Stages of a B2B Startup

You are never too old to learn. Thanks David Cummings.

David Cummings on Startups

In thinking through the two most recent posts on 5 Ways to Identify Product/Market Fit and 5 Quick Steps to Go From Product/Market Fit Focused to Customer Acquisition Focused, it became clear to me that there’s value in organizing the startup lifecycle into generic stages. With simple stages, it’s easier to communicate and focus in on what’s important when talking with entrepreneurs (e.g. how often have you heard entrepreneurs worrying about scaling their product when they don’t have customers yet).

Here are the four stages of a B2B startup:

  • Stage 1 – Search for Product/Market Fit (1 – 2 years)
    This involves putting the core team together, building a simple version of the product, signing the first 20+ customers, and honing in on the needs of the market. Most startups fail in this stage.
  • Stage 2 – Build a Repeatable Customer Acquisition Process (1 – 2 years)
    This involves…

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