Monday, November 3, 2014

Review: The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution


The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



I pre-ordered this book and really thought I would enjoy it. It is the fourth Walter Isaacson book (I like his books) I have read and probably the worst of the four. I felt he tried to fit too much into one book. Sure, it was a difficult task to summarise the entire digital revolution into 300 odd pages but I felt he could have been more selective in what he chose to include. For example, I really didn't need to know details such as "he was a son of a pig farmer" or "he went to this or that pre-school".

Having said that I do know more about the "Digital Revolution" than I did before. The book just didn't grab me like I hoped it would.



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Sunday, November 2, 2014

[Microsoft Band] Not too shabby

Here is a video on a Microsoft offering that took everyone by surprise. It is the Microsoft Band which can connect to Microsoft, iOS and Android devices.


Check out the video below for a review by Techcrunch (click here if video doesn't work in your region):

Saturday, October 18, 2014

[Investment] Do P/E's really matter?

Not if you listen to John Bogle. The chart below shows that changing P/E's account for the smallest part of total return. You wonder why everyone is so obsessed with them???

Note: these are US stock returns.


Here is an interesting blog post here on the above.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Robinhood

This a new exciting service backed by Google. It is a stock broker with zero commissions (or brokerage fees). It is US-based and invite only at this stage. Interestingly, the only place you can trade through Robinhood is on an iOS device.



The company's mission is:

to democratize access to the financial markets using technology that was once reserved for the wealthy.
It was started by two former roommates at Stanford that were working in the HFT (high frequency trading) game and realised that individuals are paying way too much to trade securities.

Hopefully one day we can have zero commissions here in South Africa... Or is that just a pipe dream?

Check out the company here. Here is the video: