Filantropica and Business in Bucharest

February 10, 2008

Five cent tour for Patsaks:

Youtube link and my take on the award-winning Romanian film, Filantropica (2002), directed and written by Nae Caranfil. If you ever thought to do any kind of business or investment in Romania, watch this movie three times.

On the radar, G7 leaders, bankers and statesmen try to find the right words for their concerns about a global recession. Problems in the U.S. property market do not just hit home; the impact is global.

Perhaps, a reason for some to think about making their investments in a low cost labor market such as Romania.
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General Motors, a Mercedes Truck, and Love

February 8, 2008

Five cent tour for Patsaks:

Youtube clip (link) and my take on the award-winning Serbian romantic odyssey, The Red Colored Gray Truck.

Ebay and General Motors will get some mileage out of their plans to converge GM used car sales on Ebay Motors. But how come it took so long for them to figure this one out?
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Cammie Dunaway and The E*TRADE baby

February 5, 2008

Five cent tour for Patsaks:

Youtube clip (link) of the E*TRADE baby and my take on the value of online strategy helps advertisers digest the high cost of a Super Bowl ad placement

Cammie Dunaway, former Yahoo! CMO and now head of marketing for Nintendo Americas, takes online strategy fifty yards down the field for a touchdown.

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Cammie Dunaway and marketing

Cammie Dunaway, former Yahoo! CMO and Nintendo strategist, believes marketers must rethink what they have been doing. Her advice: understand the consumer as an individual, integrate marketing strategy, and use more online media. User engagement and customer behavior are important in getting it right. Pushing information to a general audience is outdated.

The proliferation of media, Dunaway believes, has helped marketers remove the guessing from previous marketing strategizing. Most of all, she explains, it provides “the ability to really get to the right consumer at the right time with the right message in ways that you couldn’t in the past.”
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Another great movie from Emir Kusturica

February 2, 2008

Five cent tour:

Youtube clip (link) of a German trailer for Emir Kusturica’s award-winning movie, Life is a Miracle. And my take on how the ass saves the day.

Steve Ballmer: Will his stubborn vision revitalize Microsoft by taking over Yahoo. Or is he just an ass?

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Emir Kusturica

Today, I saw yet another fantastic movie by Emir Kusturica, Life is a Miracle (2004). Here’s a German trailer for the movie:



The orignial title is Zivot je cudo. This is the third movie by Kusturica I’ve seen. The other two were Underground and Black Cat, White Cat. Having enjoyed three of Kusturica’s movies, I’m grateful to my friend, Mihai Coman, for introducing me to Kusturica’s work.

A great and dramatic story that finishes with a happy ending- it can feed that faint spark of hope inside of me. That is important to me. Because I too need fuel, sometimes.

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