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Gabo Nazar: “Aunque la Argentina esté bien, no significa que todos deban emprender”

En el marco de la 7ma Convención Nacional de Marcas y Franquicias, el fundador de Cardón habló sobre la situación actual de los emprendedores.

Por Joaquín Garau

En un break habló con Apertura.com. Estar con él a solas no fue fácil, ya que es un emprendedor muy requerido por quien pase a su lado. Preguntas, consultas, llamados telefónicos. Cada una de esas cuestiones forman parte del día a día de un hombre que comenzó con su proyecto en 1988, haciendo cinturones de cuero.

Sobre el mercado de las franquicias, Nazar opinó que “hay que apostar” a ellas, ya que consideró que “el negocio de la franquicia en la Argentina está creciendo fuerte”. Sin embargo, no dejó de reconocer que el sector todavía “está en pañales”.

Mientras tanto, sobre la posibilidad de explotar la veta emprendedora en el país, Nazar sostuvo: “En cuanto a la economía en general, la Argentina está plagada de oportunidades”. Pero destacó: “No porque el sector de la franquicia o la Argentina estén bien en términos relativos es el momento adecuado para que todo el mundo emprenda”.

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Upcoming Web Design and Development Conferences in 2010

At the end of last year, we published a comprehensive list of web design and development conferences that might be of interest to Smashing Magazine’s diverse readership. Many readers commented and added links to other conferences and events that weren’t listed, some of which were added to the post. Using the contents of that list along with some other sources, we’ve compiled a list of web design and development-related conferences and events that will be taking place in the next six to eight months.

As always, there is no way for us to be able to include every possible event here, but we’ll be glad to update the list if you provide a comment to an upcoming event that you feel would be of interest to graphic designers or web developers.


At the end of last year, we published a comprehensive list of web design and development conferences that might be of interest to Smashing Magazine’s diverse readership. Many readers commented and added links to other conferences and events that weren’t listed, some of which were added to the post. Using the contents of that list along with some other sources, we’ve compiled a list of web design and development-related conferences and events that will be taking place in the next six to eight months.

As always, there is no way for us to be able to include every possible event here, but we’ll be glad to update the list if you provide a comment to an upcoming event that you feel would be of interest to graphic designers or web developers.

While the previous roundup was organized by category, this one lists the events in chronological order starting with the earliest. Jump to an appropriate month using the links below:

September 2010 Events

FITC Mobile 2010
FITC Mobile covers all aspects of mobile content development — with presentations, demonstrations, and panel discussions. Covering iPhone/iPad, Android, Flash 10.1, Windows Mobile, HTML5, Unity, Marketing, Usability, and other relevant topics in the mobile world.

When: September 16-18, 2010
Where: Toronto, ON, Canada at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre

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An Event Apart D.C.
“From the makers of A List Apart, An Event Apart is an intensely educational two-day conference for passionate practitioners of standards-based web design. If you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, An Event Apart is the conference you’ve been waiting for.”

When: September 16-18, 2010
Where: Washington, D.C., USA at the Washington Hilton

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London Design Festival
“The London Design Festival is a nine-day celebration of design in the world’s creative capital. The Festival is a platform for the widest spectrum of design disciplines, brought together as a unique and accessible programme.”

When: September 18-26, 2010
Where: London, UK at a number of different venues across the city

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Salesmanship Lessons From Donald Trump

Everyone likes to do business with a winner. No matter what stage of your career, you need to look like you’ve made it. That means wearing a suit that will impress. As a universal rule, make it your business to be the best-dressed in the room. If you lack the fashion sense, a premier store will be more than happy to assign a knowledgeable salesperson to assist you.

And if you’re thinking of the budget thing again, forget it. Put it this way; a smashing, well-tailored suit will last you for years. Allocate the upfront cost over dozens or possibly hundreds of business meetings and the investment becomes a mere pittance. Remember that your goal is not to save money; it’s to make the sale–leave the penny pinching to others.

Bring your ego with you in full bloom. It’s not enough to look successful; you need to act it as well. This demonstrates that you are also one of the smartest people in the room.

Again, take a page from Trump. Sure, he can be garish and way over the top, but no way is he going to check his ego at the door. Neither should you. So find a way to bring up your most significant achievements, tell an intriguing story and talk up your travels, discoveries and epiphanies.

The timid and the small thinkers will talk sports and weather. They will pale in comparison to the bold winners who regale their prospects and customers with compelling ideas and stories.


Mark Stevens: The Heat-Seeking Sales Machine
Mark Stevens: The Heat-Seeking Sales Machine

Practice the art of the thrill–dress to impress and go big or go home.

In his bestselling book The Art of the Deal, Donald Trump provided a unique perspective on constructing and negotiating business transactions. But as much as we know Trump as a deal-maker extraordinaire, his greatest skill is his salesmanship.

Think of The Donald as a salesman on steroids. And in this lesser-recognized role, Trump practices the art of the thrill.

Want to know what I mean by this and what we can learn from it for our own salesmanship?

Consider the following:

Never do things for your customers and prospects in a small way. Make it big and important or don’t do it at all. I can assure you that when Trump takes a banker out to lunch to discuss a construction loan, he takes him out for a feast. He’s not out to save money on the meal; he’s determined to make money from it.

Now think of your own mental gymnastics when you invite a prospect out to dine. Chances are you think through the options, searching for a nice enough place but affordable.

Affordable?! If you’ve set aside $100 for dinner and drinks, push it to $200. If the prospect is big enough, consider $300 or even $500. Is it extravagant? Yes, but you’re out to practice the art of the thrill. No one will remember another run-of-the-mill dinner, but an over-the-top feast will make you the thrill-maker they remember. Continuar leyendo «Salesmanship Lessons From Donald Trump»

Associated Press recognise bloggers as a news source

In a letter to its members last week, Associated Press made the announcement that bloggers should be cited as a news source. This is a significant move from the AP, given that they have a history of not exactly ‘getting on’ with bloggers. Given that such a large news organisation has made a point of recognising bloggers as a viable news source, which they should have done a long time ago, it has much wider implications on how bloggers affect the news agenda and overall news industry. We’ve already seen some developments in this area, such as publishers employing bloggers on the ground, but I think this goes one further than that.

The announcement has served to recognise the work that bloggers put into breaking and reporting stories. But interestingly they make a point of saying that they must credit information where it occured from a website, so you would hope that this would cover Twitter as well, given that so many stories break on here. The details aren’t clear on quite what this attribution would look like (is it the website or the individual that’s credited?) but this is definitely a positive and exciting move.


Author of Associated Press recognise bloggers as a news source

by Lauren Fisher

01641514 photo ap associated press logo Associated Press recognise bloggers as a news sourceIn a letter to its members last week, Associated Press made the announcement that bloggers should be cited as a news source. This is a significant move from the AP, given that they have a history of not exactly ‘getting on’ with bloggers. Given that such a large news organisation has made a point of recognising bloggers as a viable news source, which they should have done a long time ago, it has much wider implications on how bloggers affect the news agenda and overall news industry. We’ve already seen some developments in this area, such as publishers employing bloggers on the ground, but I think this goes one further than that.

The announcement has served to recognise the work that bloggers put into breaking and reporting stories. But interestingly they make a point of saying that they must credit information where it occured from a website, so you would hope that this would cover Twitter as well, given that so many stories break on here. The details aren’t clear on quite what this attribution would look like (is it the website or the individual that’s credited?) but this is definitely a positive and exciting move.

3137862 9f18e67024 Associated Press recognise bloggers as a news sourceImportantly this has implications for the individual blogger opposed to blogs overall. Even though the AP states that attribution to a blogger or other source doesn’t have to occur at the start of a story, it still means valuable visibility for bloggers in front of a wide audience. If you’re a blogger that breaks news then this has huge implications on how high up the news chain you could get. Instead of just having to go out and find stories yourself, if you get in front of the right people, it could  mean that bloggers are approached with the right information and maybe even given exclusives ahead of traditional publications. This may be looking a bit too far into the future, but the possibility for this can certainly be seen now.

Are AP slow off the mark?

I don’t want to risk downplaying the significance of the move from AP, but you could very well argue that they’re actually a bit late to the game with their most recent change. In ‘The Source Cycle‘, an analysis of articles from the New York Times & Washington Post over 6 years finds that blogs are increasingly referenced as a credible news source. And this was carried out in 2008. It’s when you look at it in this context that you realise just how much work is still to be done when it comes to recognising bloggers and importantly growing the area overall. AP is a huge news agency yet only now are they making this change.

As exciting as this announcement is, we must question who is looking after the blogger’s rights and how can they make a living from their blog? It’s one thing to attribute them as a news source, but you would hope that this change from AP may well affect the blogosphere overall and we may start to see more bloggers employed by news organisations who recognise the collective power of bloggers in regional areas. This is where bloggers’ ability to influence and set the news agenda really starts coming in to play and can change the traditional news industry.

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Dropping the F-Bomb in Asia

I whispered it under my breath as I boarded the plane from Washington D.C. to Hong Kong. I wrote it on post-it notes. I even considered getting it tattooed on my arm: Don’t Say the F-Word. Don’t say Facebook. Not here. Not in Asia.

As a recent Ogilvy transplant from Washington D.C. and the newest member of the APAC Digital Influence team based in Hong Kong, I knew I’d have a long list of client introductions and a few speaking engagements within my first 30 days. As I prepared for the move, I was hyper-sensitive to the idea that I’d be a newcomer to the region and spent considerable time studying the major social sites for the APAC region. All of this in an effort to avoid dropping the F-word when I should have said “Orkut” or “Mixi” or any one of the other social networks. You might say I had an America Social Media Accent and I tried to loose it before I landed in Hong Kong.

Well, for those like me still learning the statistics that shape the social web in Asia, I have news for you. Drop the F-bomb. Drop it often. Facebook, now more than ever, reigns supreme in most Asia Pacific regions with a dominate social network. According to comSore, Facebook is the dominate social network for 9 out of the 12 APAC regions. And, for markets in which the dominate social network really dominates (e.g. over 60% web penetration) the figure jumps to 7 out of 8.


Image representing Orkut as depicted in CrunchBase
Image via CrunchBase

by John Stauffer

I whispered it under my breath as I boarded the plane from Washington D.C. to Hong Kong.  I wrote it on post-it notes.  I even considered getting it tattooed on my arm: Don’t Say the F-Word.  Don’t say Facebook. Not here.  Not in Asia.

As a recent Ogilvy transplant from Washington D.C. and the newest member of the APAC Digital Influence team based in Hong Kong, I knew I’d have a long list of client introductions and a few speaking engagements within my first 30 days.  As I prepared for the move, I was hyper-sensitive to the idea that I’d be a newcomer to the region and spent considerable time studying the major social sites for the APAC region.  All of this in an effort to avoid dropping the F-word when I should have said “Orkut” or “Mixi” or any one of the other social networks.  You might say I had an America Social Media Accent and I tried to loose it before I landed in Hong Kong. Continuar leyendo «Dropping the F-Bomb in Asia»

Dropping the F-Bomb in Asia

As a recent Ogilvy transplant from Washington D.C. and the newest member of the APAC Digital Influence team based in Hong Kong, I knew I’d have a long list of client introductions and a few speaking engagements within my first 30 days. As I prepared for the move, I was hyper-sensitive to the idea that I’d be a newcomer to the region and spent considerable time studying the major social sites for the APAC region. All of this in an effort to avoid dropping the F-word when I should have said “Orkut” or “Mixi” or any one of the other social networks. You might say I had an America Social Media Accent and I tried to loose it before I landed in Hong Kong.


I whispered it under my breath as I boarded the plane from Washington D.C. to Hong Kong.  I wrote it on post-it notes.  I even considered getting it tattooed on my arm: Don’t Say the F-Word.  Don’t say Facebook. Not here.  Not in Asia.

As a recent Ogilvy transplant from Washington D.C. and the newest member of the APAC Digital Influence team based in Hong Kong, I knew I’d have a long list of client introductions and a few speaking engagements within my first 30 days.  As I prepared for the move, I was hyper-sensitive to the idea that I’d be a newcomer to the region and spent considerable time studying the major social sites for the APAC region.  All of this in an effort to avoid dropping the F-word when I should have said “Orkut” or “Mixi” or any one of the other social networks.  You might say I had an America Social Media Accent and I tried to loose it before I landed in Hong Kong. Continuar leyendo «Dropping the F-Bomb in Asia»

5 Innovations Inspired by Liberation of Data

The air was electric. Voices buzzed in anticipation. I had never seen so many people in once place that were all excited about health data. I actually felt a bit giddy.

That was the scene at yesterday’s Community Health Data Forum at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC. Following the liberation of several government health datasets in March, app developers dashed to see what they could build in 12 short weeks to visualize and make sense of the data. They showcased their solutions yesterday, and applauded HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ assertion that «government should be transparent, open, participatory.»



The air was electric. Voices buzzed in anticipation. I had never seen so many people in once place that were all excited about health data. I actually felt a bit giddy.

That was the scene at yesterday’s Community Health Data Forum at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC. Following the liberation of several government health datasets in March, app developers dashed to see what they could build in 12 short weeks to visualize and make sense of the data. They showcased their solutions yesterday, and applauded HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ assertion that «government should be transparent, open, participatory.»

Here are the top 5 innovations I saw: Continuar leyendo «5 Innovations Inspired by Liberation of Data»

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Rising: Nonprofit media


By Suzanne McBride – March 3, 2010

When Suzanne Turner begins the discussion at next week’s We Media Miami conference about the game-changing journalism nonprofits are doing, the spotlight will be on four groups who’ve found some creative ways to navigate the ever-changing media landscape.

Turner, who heads Washington, D.C.-based Turner Strategies, will serve as moderator of a panel that includes Jonathan Aiken, a former CNN reporter who’s helping the Red Cross runs its own news service from ground zero of the world’s worst disasters, and the Sunlight Foundation’s Ellen Miller, who’s leading the way in exploiting social media as the foundation works to make government more transparent. Jim Barnett – a top strategist with the AARP, which for years has used grassroots techniques to energize millions of seniors – and Andrew Sherry – a key online strategist at the Center for American Progress, known for its cutting-edge digital work – also will share their strategies. Continuar leyendo «Rising: Nonprofit media»

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