Jessica Mah’s Inspirations

People who inspires Jassica Mah, 20 years old entrepreneur. And book recommendations from her.

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During interviews, I’m often asked who I get my inspiration from.  There are five people I’ve read extensibly about — as in, I’ve read many books about their history, I’ve studied the products they’ve built through their careers, and I’ve watched many of the video interviews of them.

I think it’s invaluable to figure out who your five hero figures are, and to study them for the purpose of applying their ideas to your own business.


Management Philosophy
:  Warren Buffet.  I absolutely love his long-term thinking (what other company thinks as long-term as Berkshire Hathaway?)  His thoughts on CEO compensation, the flaws of stock options, and the role of a Board of Directors have struck a cord in me.  I highly recommend reading all of this annual shareholder letters, starting from the one he wrote in 1977.


Design Thinking
:  Walt Disney.  His creative powers during his tenure at the Walt Disney Company are unrivaled to this day.  Though he doesn’t have a great managerial legacy, it’s fascinating to see how his company grew and struggled through the 20th century.  I highly recommend reading Walt Disney:  The Triumph of the American Imagination.


Business Strategy:  
Bill Gates.  He played Microsoft as if he were playing an elaborate Chess game — the most immediately obvious moves others take often make little sense, and he’s one of few technical CEOs who’ve been able to think so strategically about building an empire.  Just a few months ago, Paul Graham recommended I read Hard Drive:  The Making of Bill Gates and the Microsoft Empire.  It’s a great book, and it shows how long it took for Microsoft to become the company it is today.

Culture and Service:  Tony Hsieh.  His new book, Delivering Happiness, changed the way I think about the culture of my company.  My biggest takeaway was what he said about selling his first company.  When it stops being fun, the money doesn’t matter anymore.  I’m looking forward to taking my company to visit Zappos in Vegas next month!


Marketing and Publicity
:  Steve Jobs.  I recently started watching his keynotes at MacWorld, starting from the one he gave in 1984.  One investor recently called inDinero an “incredible hype machine”, and now you know where the inspiration comes from.

Through my tenure at inDinero, it’ll become very obvious where my ideas and philsophy come from.

Where do you get your inspiration from?  Choose a few people to look up to, and study their histories extensively.

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GarageBand – iPad 2

I just watched the video of iPad 2  and I am pretty impressed with the new features.  It is true that, because of digitalization, we do not use many of the stuff we used to use anymore; clocks, pen, paper, cd etc… Everything is much easier now, we can purchase e-books, e- magazines and immediately have them on our devices after the purchase. Instead of buying traditional newspaper, now we can access latest news on internet any time. We write on computers. We shot videos and send them through social network sites. We do not buy casettes or cds for music as we used to do, instead we download from internet. We do not need to have a thermometer at home to learn the temperature, cause we can check it online. All of these sounds ordinary. But the application I learned about today, blew my mind away. So now we do not need to own a musical instrument to play.

We only need GarageBand application. The application includes many different types of instruments and have a lot of features that I do not really know what for. I cant play any instruments so I am not sure what kind of features people need when they compose a song. I am more interested in the basic parts. The application has guitar and piano lessons for beginners. I will try for piano! =) It even has a “How did I play?” part. So I will play and it is going to tell me, how i am doing.

The application costs 4.99$ and once you purchase it, you get the chance to play many instruments. If you watch the video below, you will see that the digital instruments give a pretty good feeling of real ones. GarageBand part starts after 3rd minute. I am sure they will not be the same as the real instruments but I find this innovation as a big impact to stimulate children to learn to play musical instruments and encourage them to make music. I do not own an  iPad so I didn’t try this application but i assume as the other devices or softwares of Apple,  this application will probably be easy to use  for everyone.

Manage your social reputation

Experts have been long telling us that the profiles we have in social media are really important. In this era, you are googled every time someone wants to learn something about you. How you come up in search results or in social media pages give the rest of the world an opinion of “what kind of a person you are.” So it is better to be active in social media and maintain a decent profile.

There is this tool called socioclean, that gets integrated with your social media accounts and scan for Drugs,Sexual,Racist,Anger vs items. You can also custom search for specific words. The program finds exactly where and when the terms appeared and helps you remove it. It also gives you a grade based on your social media reputation. I got an A for my facebook profile.

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/08/socioclean-_n_833020.html

First Pixar Animation Movie

After leaving Apple (or getting fired) in 1984 , Steve Jobs bought The Graphics Group, later known as Pixar,and the company became the leading firm in animation industry (it was sold to Walt Disney Company in 2006).  Toy Story (1995), Toy Story 2 (1998), Monsters Inc. (2001), The Incredibles (2004), Finding Nemo (2003), Ratatouille (2007), WALL-E (2008), Up (2009) and Toy Story 3 (2010) are some of the (maybe most of the) amazing films created by Pixar.

The following video is the first animation movie by Pixar and was shot in 1986. It is a short film and it explains why there is bouncing lamp in the company logo.