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Best-selling author of Good to Great

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Former CEO of General Electric and best-selling author

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Best-selling author of the Five Dysfunctions of a Team and other leading management books.

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George Levy Speaking at World Innovation Forum

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International Spanish music superstar

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Fashion designer and CEO – Creator of one of the world’s leading fashion empires.

I had the pleasure today to work on an Online Seminar with Bestselling author and World Innovation Forum 2011 speaker M.S. Krishnan. Krishhan is Joseph Handleman Professor of Information Systems and Innovation for the Ross School of Business at University of Michigan and co-author of The New Age of Innovation: Driving Cocreated Value Through Global Networks with the late C.K. Prahalad.

Among the many areas covered in today’s online seminar, Krishnan explained how widely available connectivity, digitization, the rise of cloud computing & converging technologies plus social networks and globalization have all come together to give rise to a new world of opportunities for wealth creation.

I found the message and the opportunity to work with Professor Krishnan on this 60 minute online seminar extremely valuable one, and I highly recommend that you view the HSM online seminar if you have not had the opportunity to do so.

Today’s event was recorded for On Demand viewing and is now available for free at:


LinkedIn demographics as of February 2011LinkedIn‘s audience may not get as much attention as Facebook’s current 600MM+ and Twitter’s 175MM+ members.

The site has been on the Internet since May 5th, 2003 – and now boasts more than 100 million members in over 200 countries. To put that number in perspective, that would make LinkedIn the 12th largest country in the world just behind Mexico in terms of total population. (By comparison, Twitter would be the 7th largest and Facebook the 3rd.)

The demographic infographic picture shows a detailed view of the site’s audience.

(Click here or the image on the left for a larger version)

By leveraging this vast business-focused audience with a diversified business model based on multiple revenue streams, LinkedIn yielded its first profit ever in 2010 on $243MM in net revenue.

What do you think about LinkedIn?

Are you on LinkedIn?

I am. You can view my profile at http://www.linkedin.com/in/georgelevy

Music video by Nirvana performing The Man Who Sold The World. (C) 1994 Geffen Records

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Amazon KindleAmazon.com has just announced that they are launching a new version of the Kindle eBook Reader device at a lower price point for customers that are willing to view ads along with their eBooks.

The new offering called Kindle with Special Offers presents a new pricing model which allows the company to gain a new revenue stream from advertising, while passing along a portion of those earnings as additional savings for customers willing to view the ads.

The new Kindle with Special Offers will be available at Best Buy and Target, in addition to the Amazon.com site starting on May 3rd but you can already pre-order it on the Amazon.com website at this link.

Initial advertisers include General Motors Buick, Procter and Gamble and Visa Inc.

There is already a fierce battle in the eBook Reader market. With Kindle currently positioned as Amazon.com’s best selling product bringing in $5.42 billion in revenue according to Caris & Co., this new revenue source and the ability it offers Amazon to lower the price of the device, allows it to compete even more aggressively against other top players including Barnes & Noble’s Nook, currently starting at $149 for the WIFI only model and the Kobo eBook Reader starting at $139.

I happen to already own an Amazon Kindle 3G model and I love it.

On a personal note, I don’t see this new lower priced, “Ad enhanced” Kindle as something I’d buy… The last thing I want to interrupt my peaceful reading is dealing with more advertising.

How about you?

Would you be willing to save an extra $25 off the price of your eBook Reader in exchange for “Kindle special offers?”

MS Krishnan

Next Tuesday April 19th at 1pm Eastern Time, I will be online with MS Krishnan, co-author with C.K. Prahalad of the bestselling book, The New Age of Innovation, Driving Cocreated Value Through Global Networks.

M.S Krishnan is Professor of Business Information Technology at the University of Michigan Business School.

He is also Co- Director of the Center for Global Resource Leverage: India at the Michigan Business School. His research articles have appeared in several journals including Management Science, Strategic Management Journal and Harvard Business Review.

To register for this online seminar for free, simply visit the following link:


What the Webinar will cover:

In today’s world, companies must continuously reinvent their processes and culture in order to sustain innovative solutions. The key to creating value and future growth of every business depends on accessing a global network of resources to co-create unique experiences with customers one at a time.

I’ve reviewed the material to be covered and can vouch first hand that it’s top choice.

Hope to “see you” at the webinar!








Digiday Video Upfront ConferenceI will be attending the Digiday Video Upfront Conference in New York City on April 12th held at the Hilton Hotel located at 1335 Avenue of the Americas.


I always enjoy the events organized by Digiday, have attended their Digital Publishing and Advertising Conference on several occasions, and have received a lot of value each time as well as made some excellent connections.

From the Digiday Video Upfront Conference event website:


The State of The Digital Video Upfront: The best and the brightest in digital video, emerging platforms, plus media, marketing, publishing, and television executives will converge in New York City and Los Angeles to address the future of video programming and advertising. During this high-level event, Top Brand Marketers, Agency Executives, Publishers, Content Owners, and Video Technology experts  will come together to discuss and explore the shape of the burgeoning Upfront Digital Video Advertising Market. The conference will take a deep dive into the advertising and content market, the buying and selling opportunities, the projected growth, and the way brands and agencies are harnessing the power of digital video to engage today’s multi-screen consumer. Join us and we will show you how the 2011 market will shake out and what it means for you. This is an event you can’t afford to miss!


View the full New York event agenda at this link (There is a Los Angeles, California version of this event taking place on April 14th. I will not be attending the LA version but you can see the Los Angeles event full agenda at this link.)


If you are planning on attending the New York City event, let me know by replying to this post or via Twitter @georgelevy – let’s connect!

If you have not yet registered for the NYC event, you can register at this link.

And in the spirit of Video… Here’s one that deserves a Hall of Fame Classic spot on this blog:

Music video by The Buggles performing Video Killed The Radio Star. (C) 1979 Island Records

This was the first music video shown on MTV in the U.S. at 12:01am on August 1st, 1981

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George Levy is an award-winning digital marketing and CRM expert with more than 15 years of experience creating and executing online and mobile strategies.
He is the former Vice President of Online Marketing for World Business Forum (WOBI) and a co-founding team member of Yupi.com, an Internet startup acquired by Microsoft Corporation to become what is now MSN Latino. Continue Reading ...

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