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Tribute To John McCarthy


John McCarthy Stanford 2006
John McCarthy Stanford 2006 Picture from Wikipedia

John McCarthy, often dubbed the “father of artificial intelligence” (AI), passed away on October 24th 2011. He was a scientist of genius whose work is now bearing fruit, among others, in cloud computing, knowledge management and natural language processing. May he rest in peace.

Not much connection with eCommerce? Well, stay with me as I’d like to pay a small tribute to a great man and share a few insights I draw from his life and work… Read more

SEOmoz’s 2011 SEO ranking factors

Every year for the past 6 years SEOmoz has analysed the factors that influence the ranking of Web sites on the dominant search engines with a focus on Google.

Released on June 6, its 2011 Global Search Ranking Factors research results show — as expected in a post Panda world — the increased importance of unique content and the growing weight of Social Media Marketing in Search Engine Optimization (SEO). This does not mean that previously identified priorities of inbound links, internal linking, keyword optimization and site authority are less important but, rather, that SEO is becoming ever more complex and more demanding. Read more

Unconditional innovation: love lessons

True innovation is like true love: it is unconditional.

I’m coining the phrase “unconditional innovation” for lack of better words to translate the unconditional commitment to innovation that sets companies like Amazon and Google apart. I’m talking about companies which repeatedly push innovation to the point of disruption and reinvent themselves.

Most companies, in fact most of us as individuals, too, “fall in love” with innovation. We’re in it for the fun and the glamour, not the hard work and the pain. It’s more like a flirt, a short-lived affair that we end as soon as reality hits. Yes, we love our customers; but why give them what they really need if none of our competitors does? Why rock the boat? Why not wait until somebody else tries it out for us? Read more