Archive for October, 2007

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iPhone is Coming to Canada!!!

October 30, 2007

As the advertisement above shows, we may be seeing the iPhone a lot sooner than I had originally assumed. If you’ve had a chance to play with the iPhone, you’ll have realized what an amazing toy it is. If you think about it, you probably payed $200+ for you iPod and now you can get an iPod, Camera, and Phone all in one. Good deal, yes. The user interface is also genius.

However, I dislike the fact that even though the Canadian Currency is worth more than the American Dollar, that the price of this phone is still a lot higher in Canada. The phone is about $120 USD more expensive in Canada. Not only that, data charges are a lot higher in Canada so you can’t really use the phone to its fullest. Should Canadians be angry, yes.

Reference: http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/10/28/iphone-going-to-be-expensive-in-canada-eh/

Aydin.

Posted By: Aydin Mirzaee
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My Guest Lectures @ the University of Ottawa

October 30, 2007

There are a lot of interesting things going on in the world of Technology all across the world. I am conducting two guest lectures at the University of Ottawa talking about Web2.0 Business Models and and Technologies. If you are close by, please feel free to drop in:

Tuesday October 30 – 5:30pm to 7pm, DMS 1140

Wednesday October 31 – 1-2:30, Hagen 302

I will be covering a broad range of topics including some of the most exciting things that are going on in the tech world today in addition to the startup and business climate in Canada. This should be lots of fun 🙂

I’m told that a DVD will be made of these presentations and so I will try to post some of the material online. I will be doing a few other presentations in the course of the next few months (I’ll post the dates/times as they approach). Furthermore, I’d love to take on more such opportunities so contact me ( aydin – at – bOKnow – dot – com) if you are organizing a relevant venue…

Aydin.

Posted By: Aydin Mirzaee
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Apple is Finally worth More than IBM :-)

October 27, 2007

If you ever heard of the beginning of Apple and Steve Jobs, you’ll appreciate the significance of this news. Steve Jobs, since the very beginning, was looking to beat IBM. That moment has finally come. At the current stock price of $186 per share, Apple is worth $162 Billion, whereas IBM is worth $159 Billion. A true milestone in history indeed.

Watch the video above. Its the movie “Pirates of Silicon Valley.” Its an amazing movie that will give you some insights into the beginning of the personal computer (pc) as we know it…

Reference: http://www.macobserver.com/article/2007/10/23.12.shtml

Aydin.

Posted By: Aydin Mirzaee
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Are you out of direction? Fake it :-)

October 27, 2007

One of my favorite bands, Seether, has a new album with the flagship song: “Fake It.” It’s an amazing song not just because it sounds great but because of the lyrics. I remember listening to Bruce Firestone (the Ottawa Senators Founder) when he mentioned that although from the outside, it seemed like he knew what he was doing all along, he was just making it up every step of the way. There are valuable lessons to be learned from Seether. Watch the video 🙂

Aydin.

Posted By: Aydin Mirzaee
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The Apple iPhone is Taking Over!!!

October 24, 2007

Everyone has heard of the iPhone and how fast it is gaining in popularity. Here are some interesting stats recently revealed by Apple:

1) 1.4 Million iPhones have been sold in a little over 3 months. That’s roughly 16,000 iPhones a day!!! It took over 2 years for Apple to sell that number of iPods…

2) Apple believes that it can sell 10 million iPhones by the end of the year.

btw, if you are looking to purchase an unlocked iPhone in Canada, a friend recently gave me word that he had a few extra ones on hand that he was looking to sell. Again, message me on facebook for more information…

References: http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/10/23/digging-into-apples-iphone-numbers/

Aydin.

Posted By: Aydin Mirzaee
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Want to Write for this Blog?

October 24, 2007

After talking to a few friends that expressed interest in helping expand this blog, I figured that it would be a good idea to recruit more bloggers. More people means more content, more opinions, better coverage, and a broader scope. So, if you are interested, go ahead and send me a message on Facebook (i.e. just search for Aydin Mirzaee on Facebook and send me a message).

Thanks,

Aydin.

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Luck is no factor for this man: Michael Cowpland.

October 23, 2007

The other day I had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Michael Cowpland, a renowned entrepreneur and businessman. Mike, as he likes to be called, is famous for his role in co-founding Mitel with Terrence (Terry) Matthews and later on founding Corel (which we all know for its CorelDraw and Wordperfect products) and serving as its CEO through the best of Corel’s times. More recently Mike serves as the CEO of ZIM Corporation which is a leading player in the mobile entertainment business.

3 back to back home runs is not a matter of luck, you have to be good, and damn good, at what you do to be able to accomplish what Dr. Cowpland has accomplished. This man definitely has my respect.

Aydin.

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