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Last call for The Medici Summit

Medici Summit

Only one week left to sign up at conference rate for The Medici Summit, a unique kind of event being put on by Frans Johansson, friend of The Pirate’s Dilemma and author of innovation bestseller The Medici Effect.

According to the website, “attendees will hear from successful innovators and thought leaders, but more importantly they will spend two days elbow-to-elbow interacting with our experts and practicing simple, but challenging exercises designed to generate new ideas and apply the lessons they will learn.”

Some of the experts attending include Ted Childs, who Fast Company call the “most effective diversity executive on the planet,” Jay Lenstrom, CEO of the Radiate Group – responsible for the amazing success of the SMART car introduction into the US – (they have sold over 40,000 cars without a cent in advertising), Nick Donofrio – Executive VP of Innovation and Technology at IBM and Gina Warren, Chief Diversity Officer at Nike. I’m doing the closing keynote on day one. The Medici Summit takes place March 3-4 at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, Scottsdale, Arizona. Get the full story here.

Aliens get DRM-free Beatles before Earth

Beatles aliens

Great story from Gizmodo:

“You may have heard that at 7pm EST on Feb. 4, NASA plans to blast The Beatles’ song “Across the Universe” into deep space in order to serenade otherworldly beings hundreds, thousands or millions of light years away with our very best pop music. I have several problems with this.

“For starters, NASA: You got the choice of the entire Beatles catalog, and you pick a song only because it contains a relevant metaphor? I mean, have you ever listened to Revolver? … Next on my shitlist: EMI and Apple Corp. WTF???? I’ve been a lifelong fan of your stupid Fab Four, but you’re giving six billion purple globules from the Crab Nebula a shot at digitally retrieving The Beatles before I get one single measly 99-cent download? How is that fair? (Of course, the complete Beatles catalog is already on my iPod, but still!)”

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