Category Archives: Creative commons

"God servant" in Chinese

Learn 32 Chinese characters in 10 minutes #TED

After watching the TED talk [1] go and enjoy the chineseasy website [2] to practice your Chinese.

Chinese characters for Feng Shui

Chinese characters for Feng Shui (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

[1] TED: ShaoLan: Learn to read Chinese … with ease!

[2] A visual-based learning system which teaches Chinese characters, simple stories & phrases:

Best #ACTA Agreement advertising ever!

Many citizens and politicians are against the ACTA Agreement[1] but here is a movie that could be the perfect advertising in favor of the ACTA Agreement 🙂


The Art of Raising Venture Capital in 10 slides based on a Guy Kawasaki’ talk

The Art of Raising Venture Capital presented by Guy Kawasaki [2] attempts to explain the art of raising venture capital [1].

This 20 minutes talk has been summarised into one template [3] of 10 slides released under creative commons license.

PS: Watch the movies before you fill the slides!

[1] Guy Kawasaki, The Art of Raising Venture Capital PowerPoint Presentation’ template (need registration on the website) – if you prefer the PDF version

[2] The Art of Raising Venture Capital

[3] Guy Kawasaki blog named “how to change the world”

Creative Commons Licence

The Template from “The Art of Raising Venture Capital” by Abdelkrim BOUJRAF is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Marketing data model: top 10 rules to collect consumers’ data

Marketing: Data model

One of the main concerns for a firm is when, how and to whom they should market their products. Firms make marketing decisions based on how much data they know about their customers and potential customers.

They may choose for mass market when they do not know much about their customers or they may market directly the consumer based on some observed characteristics.

Depending on the needs, the firm will use one of the two methods (primary and secondary) to collect its data.

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Dabble DB or the “next generation user interface database”

Dabble DB lets you build database applications with no hassle. It’s easy to use yet extremely flexible and powerful…” claims the website. Even they’re right I think they should try to hire some marketing company to find better wording to describe their awesome application.

Easily described: Dabble DB provides common functionalities of a database: CRUD of records.

But, they provide many features that I’ve seen only in Filemaker many years ago (Filemaker had fewer functionalities, I must admit) : easy database normalisation, data restucturing, grouping, filtering, generation of charts including “world maps“, automatic recognition of patterns allowing Dabble DB to automatically generates calendar, and many other features.
A 7 minutes demo is available and will give you a good idea of what could be achieved.

Now only one question comes to my mind, what is their business model?

  1. Inviting people to save their private data like many other web 2.0 companies (Zoho, Signals37, name them…)?
  2. Invite CIOs to save their “added value” data?

I’ll never believe in this kind of business model at least because here, in Europe, data privacy means something. A simple calculation decreases their market by 500 millions EU customers and hundrerd of thousands EU companies too!

Even they claim to take care of our privacy, history proves that US government cannot be trusted and our data could be compromised too easily.

Dabble DB cannot be hosted at home, I hope that competitors will align their user interface based on Dabble DB!

Maybe the answer comes already from Ismael Ghalimin, the Intalio co-founder: “…As long as it does not matter that the data stored into Dabble DB can be seen by anyone once you publish it [you can select Dabble DB to host your data]…“.

Off course this post can be applied to all Web 2.0 companies relying on the craziness of people to store their private data on a remote server. I will be glad to see the figures of the kind of customers those Web2.0 have after 2 years……