City Guides by Louis

Did you know Louis Vuitton is a writer? For a while now, the luxury brand has put out super expensive city guides that cover places like Milan, Paris, Shanghai – a total of 25 cities from around the world. It’s the kind of gift travelers would love to have in their collection but also the kind that most of us can’t (or don’t want) to afford.

Well, Louis Vuitton is making its city guides accessible to all via a mobile app (iOS only). 24 city guides are available for download @ $9.99 each. You can download Paris for FREE until December 31st if you want just give it a spin and see what it’s like. Check out the video below for a brief intro. Individual city videos are also available as a playlist (~3 minutes each in the designer’s YouTube channel). Enjoy!

Fortune Global Women

50My morning and evening cab rides to the office are so productive! I have time to read, catch up on email and even blog! This morning I read quite a few articles in Fortune Magazine via the NextIssue app on my iPad mini. One of the more interesting articles (there were quite a few) was The 50 Most Powerful Women in Business: Global edition. While you can find the list online here, I want to focus on the behaviors/characteristics of these women, best represented in the images below (directly from the magazine):

  • 20% have worked at more than one (1) company

  • 58% have undergraduate degrees from the US

  • 38% have MBA’s

  • >75% are based in the US & Europe: 56% and 24%, respectively

How many of those criteria do you meet? Remember, it’s never to late to Lean In!

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Gates, Clinton on Global Connectivity

Wired recently released an exclusive video series where “Bill Gates and President Bill Clinton explain the positive impact of being plugged in on a global scale”. In this video series, two of the world’s most famous, affluent and accomplished men explain why their 2nd paths in life may be their best.

  • Episode 1: Connectivity will be an enabler of transparency for better government, education and health. Innovation is the key to the future.

  • Episode 2: Nation-State competition is not zero-sum competition. Never hold anyone back, build a future of shared success and responsibility. Look at what other countries are doing better than us, learn from it and work together!

  • Episode 3: To change the world, focus on things you care about. Ask questions.

  • Episode 4: Be optimistic. The whole history of humanity is one long battle between conflict and cooperation between us and them… keep expanding the definition of us and shrinking the definition of them.

Because I can sometimes be a nerd/geek, I decided to put this in an equation. It helps me remember things and an equation is always true:

Technology + Global Connectivity + Diversification of Ideas = Win-Win

In a nutshell… If we want better nations, better families, better relationships, better businesses, better schools, better __________: embrace what we each do best and stay connectedRead the article or watch the series and you’ll be equally amazed and inspired.

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