The Invi Bracelet Wants To Repel Predators – But Will It Be Successful?

By Dan Lavie / May 31, 2017

It’s quite a creative idea – Using a stink bomb to prevent sexual assault. The Dutch company Invi has developed a bracelet that contains a stink bomb. The bracelet is safe to wear and contains a repulsive odor that will linger for hours. The City of Rotterdam endorsed the trial and donated Euro 6,000 euro from Citylab010. The thin bracelet has an iron casing, and is fashionable suited for men and women. The bracelet is safe to wear, and only releases is repugnant odor once the wearer of…

Tip Top Tips and Tricks for Your Next Corporate Speaker Slot

By Dan Lavie / May 26, 2017

Presenting your business is difficult. Regardless if you have to hold a one minute pitch (aka as an elevator pitch) or a TED talks, it’s daunting. That’s why I have collected some tips and tricks to make it easier for you. When preparing your talk, ask yourself: What is the purpose? Who is the target audience? Why am I holding this speech or presentation? Be yourself – authenticity is key! Speak the way you normally do, including intonation and accent.…

Dutch Court Allows Zero-Rating – What Is The Impact For Net Neutrality?

By Dan Lavie / May 19, 2017

T-Mobile Netherlands just won a landmark court case. According to a court in the Dutch City of Rotterdam, the mobile company can continue to offer its music streaming for free. T-Mobile launched its Music Freedom in October 2016. This is a groundbreaking verdict, since Dutch law bans companies such as T-Mobile to provide zero-rating services since it leads to unfair competition. The Dutch Consumer and Market Authority (ACM) tried to block T-Mobile from offering zero-rated music streaming, asking the court…

The Startup That “kills” Stuttering Permanently

By Dan Lavie / May 12, 2017

For us who don’t stutter, we cannot even phantom what how stuttering can impact a person’s life (and environment).  Let’s first look at what stuttering (alalia syllabaris) is. The National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) defines stuttering as “a speech disorder characterized by repetition of sounds, syllables, or words; prolongation of sounds; and interruptions in speech known as blocks.” There are two types of stuttering: developmental and neurogenic stuttering. The latter can occur after a stroke, head…

In the War of the Tote Bags, Is Balenciaga or Ikea winning?

By Dan Lavie / May 9, 2017

Luxury brand Balenciaga launched a new tote bag. In itself, Arenais a beautiful Italian-made leather extra-large shopping bag that retails for $2,145. The reason why it drew worldwide attention is its uncanny resemblance to Ikea’s plastic $0.99 Frakta bag. The resemblance got international media exposure and a plethora of sardonic postings, snarky headlines, and enraged tweets. Balenciaga did not react to the controversy. In my opinion – purposely. Their luxury goods never got this kind of (free) publicity before! Ikea…

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