Why Google Bought Motorola

In the first quarter of 2013, Samsung captured over 90% of all Android profits, as reported by Neil Mawston of Strategy Analytics. Because analysts are contributing this substandard market chunk to Google’s purchase of Motorola last year, I decided to chip in my two cents.

While Samsung is dominating the Android market and making the most majority – Google isn’t Samsung’s rival, it’s Samsung’s partner. Google doesn’t mind as long as people keep buying their apps on Play and getting their mobile ads from Google. And Google didn’t buy Motorola because “it decided to bring manufacturing in house”. Check your facts. Google got approval of all their partners in the Open Handset Alliance (including Samsung) before buying Motorola.

The reason they bought Motorola was for their patents which would help Android (and Samsung, HTC and other Android partners) fight Apple, Nokia and Microsoft in court. In fact, Google has done nothing with Motorola except cut spending because they were making losses that were affecting Google’s profits. The “pure” Galaxy S4 is for developers, not to gain market, the price of it itself made it obvious. Developers need to test their product and the newest software using the most popular hardware. That combination would be pure Android on the GS4.

About the author: Zohaib is former CEO of Nadia Textiles and currently a franchisee for Pearl Continental Catering in Lahore and investor-founder of several B-corporations, notably Uth Oye.

What We Can Learn From World War Z And Man Of Steel

World War Z
Point # 1, the book was amazing. That said, it would not make a very good movie. A movie needs characters that you can both relate to and feel for. The book jumps around too much for a movie. This looks like they are going to take elements from the book and meld them together into a story about one man.

Point # 2, an examination of human behavior; I’ve always been kind of fascinated by the idea of a zombie outbreak. Not because of the carnage or gore factor of it, but because of the idea of a serious outbreak that threatens society. This is similar to what happens to the world when a super virus hits or there is a lethal outbreak of the flu like in the 1920′s. But its intensity is raised up a notch. One thing that I’ve always been curious about is what the people at the top of the governments do when faced with these sudden bizarre circumstances. How do the governments, with all their resources and contingencies for different scenarios, handle this sudden unexpected fast moving lethal plague?

Previous movies have touched on this idea, but they have a throwaway line like, “I’ve heard rumors that the government has gone to a secure location,” or “the government is collapsed, we’re all that’s left.” I’ve always wanted to know the story of what’s going on behind the scenes in the war rooms. It’s fun to see a zombie movie where the guy who used to make french fries at the local burger place wakes up and everyone is gone or turned into zombies, but I want to know what happens when the type of people who beat the axis powers in World War II go into action. These are the people who break down all the logistics and factors such as developing new science like the atomic bomb, or understanding how taking out a ball bearing factory in Austria will weaken the enemy, or breaking a code can change the outcome of a military campaign. How do these people deal with this new threat to civilization? World War Z looks like it will be the first movie to explore that idea on a large scale and that’s why I’m pretty much ready to line up to buy my ticket today.

Man of Steel
Superman movieWe live in a world of terrorist threats and have to ask ourselves if an alien not from this world be looked at not just as a national threat, but also as a global one. I think that’s the tone this film is taking. How does someone like Superman fit in a world full of cynics, fear, and doubt. Most of us grew up accepting Superman because he was our comic savior, but if this was real there would always be doubt about his intentions. As seen in the trailer, one of the ways he deals with this is willingly submitting himself to questioning in handcuffs. He’s submitting himself to Earth’s security. He shows he does not see himself above the law. This is what distances Superman from Batman. This is a powerful, iconic image. Superman fights for those who can’t fight for themselves.

I’m hoping this story-line or at least the ending stays true to “Superman: Birthright” since they have clearly followed the comic legion religiously. The “S” logo was originally a modified version of the symbol for the House of EL in Kryptonian, but after the Birthright story arc in comics, it became a symbol for hope… which roughly translates as the same thing since Jor-El refused to leave Krypton before it’s fall as he believed he could save it. When it became apparent he could not, he sent his son Kal-El to Earth.

Somewhere in heaven, Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel are crying tears of joy. Here’s to hoping Cinepax doesn’t encounter any government issues acquiring distribution rights for either of them.

About the author: Zohaib is former CEO of Nadia Textiles and currently a franchisee for Pearl Continental Catering in Lahore and investor-founder of several B-corporations, notably Uth Oye.

Hannibal So Far

I recently watched ‘Red Dragon’ and this TV show, based on the same characters, trumps that movie. It has aspects of a procedural cop show, but it’s really not the focus of the show.

The show isn’t doing ‘killer of the week’ in the traditional sense where the bulk of the plot is them hunting down the killer. The show needs that formula to even exist on network television, but it’s subverting that entirely by making the hunt for the killers mostly tertiary to the plot while the major serial elements move forward as the true meaning of the story. Not to mention that the killers themselves often act as thematic reflections of what’s going on in the parallel overarching story. This week, Henriksen was a killer whose obsession with methodically creating a legacy was revealed to be misguided mistake, which can be applied to how Hannibal is currently trying to build this pseudo-family and proteges out of both Alana and Abigail. Both of those will eventually come to a head.

This show isn’t getting the credit it deserves for circumventing the bull that network shows have to include to be funded and aired in increasingly clever and ingenious ways. I’m not really bothered by the number of serial killers they are finding at this point. I saw a documentary a few years back where the FBI claimed that by their estimate there are over 300 active serial killers in the US at any one time. Obviously the people you’d go to when you suspect a serial killer would be the FBI.

You have to be able to suspend a degree of realism to believe someone like Hannibal is out there anyway. They’ve found cannibals quite a few times, and Hannibal and Norman Bates are both based on the same killer. But there’s never been a serial killer/cannibal that has the medical and psych background that Hannibal has. So as long as they don’t ramp up the numbers to the point that its completely laughable I’ll go along for the ride. I will be so disappointed if this show isn’t back for a lengthy run. There is not another show on TV that even comes close to this.

About the author: Laila Rehman is an associate with SIlkSKIN in the corporate sales team. She can be reached on lailar@silkskinonline.com for business meetings.

5 Reasons To Vote For PML-N

There are lots of reasons to vote for a party, but the most important reason should be how one feels about the wave-length similarity with the party leader.

We would all love to earn more, bargain prices to the ground and never pay taxes. We break red lights yet insult the traffic police. We bribe media planners to run ads on our TV channels yet accuse politicians of accepting bribes for various development projects. There is truly no better criteria for choosing a candidate than how similar his or her values are to your own. So for that reason, the top five reasons to vote for PML-N are:

1. Ittefaq Foundries Scandal (Loan Defaulters)
Wouldn’t we all like to take enormous loans from banks under the pretense of corporate interests, then make ourselves lavish houses or businesses which would be followed by refusal to repay the loan and for good measure, threaten the family of the underpaid government/bank auditor if they don’t comply. If you stand on any traffic intersection for more than 5 mins (with or without traffic police), you can gain a true insight into the true nature of the Pakistani people.

2. Breakout Tax Evasion
The government is good for nothing, taking a huge chunk of your salary and capping more off for capital gains, we would all like nothing more than to claim bankruptcy while clearly living in mansions.

3. Supported Zardari in Order to Get Next Term Guaranteed
Its a dangerous and cut throat world out there, and we’ll readily (metaphorically) slice the knees off our office competition for that promotion because weddings and diapers aren’t going to pay for themselves. There’s also great value in picking and dropping your boss’s kids so that one day when he becomes CEO, you can get a spot in the C-suite too.

4. Keeping 1.14 Million Kids Away from Schools in Punjab
Hey, inflation is biting at us all and you’ve earned the right to snake away PKR X million from your firms budget to redirect towards your uncle’s brothers nephews BTL agency regardless of their inability to remotely attain any of the KPI’s.

5. No solution to the load shedding problem in Punjab (it is a provincial matter as well after 18th amendment)
Look, the oil and energy sector makes the highest bang for its buck, so it makes sense to keep them happy by killing the power supply for citizens and thereby increasing the demand for fuel resources and artificially sky rocketing the price. Heavy payments, also known as bribes consultation fees, are also bigger for the whole family when said industry is earning off the misery of others.

About the author: Laila Rehman is an associate with SIlkSKIN in the corporate sales team. She can be reached on lailar@silkskinonline.com for business meetings.

Social Media And ROI: The Addiction To Perpetual Failure

But, as he clearly pointed out, the concept of ROI is a purely financial metric and should always be seen that way. Simply getting likes means nothing.

Nokia has the most likes in Pakistan and is rapidly losing its grip, foothold and brand preference in Pakistan. While it does have brand awareness, it has no brand preference. Its the difference between someone saying “Yeah I’ve heard of Nokia” and saying “Yeah I’ll buy Nokia”. I’ve heard of thieving political parties (awareness) but I won’t vote for them (preference). This distinction is critical. David argues that the end objective should be viewed first and as a result the digital platforms strategy. As seen from the clear non performance of most digital campaigns, people opt for the ‘in’ platforms before seeing if it will have a quantitative and qualitative impact on their sales and ROI objectives. And no, likes, reach and PTAT is not a good enough ROI in the true sense.

This also applies to the strategy taken to earn the attention of the Chief Justice for the recent teen killing in Pakistan. While we know that in the previous similar instance, the elites of social media and arm-chair activists resorted to endless Facebook pages and imagery shares, we also know that this strategy resulted in many likes and no justice for the victim. And this time around, the same “strategy” is making the rounds. Its either perpetual laziness or lack of foresight, but these aspiring revolutionists really need to rethink their means in reaching the CJ – maybe protest outside his residence, go on a hunger strike, file a case against the culprit, make television appearances or take to the streets. To think the CJ is active on Facebook is just wishful thinking.

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein

About the author: Laila Rehman is an associate with SilkSKIN in the corporate sales team. She can be reached on lailar@silkskinonline.com for business meetings.