links for 2010-08-07

  • Steve Wynn, a casino resort/real-estate developer who has been credited with spearheading the dramatic resurgence and expansion of the Las Vegas Strip, talks about the Fall of America.
  • Any concerns regarding a cannibalistic impact of the iPad on Mac sales, were recently laid to rest by Apple’s Q3 2010 earnings call; the iPhone and the iPad, which run on iOS, led an impressive, best-ever, everything-but-the-iPod, sales quarter. For a closer look at who is buying two of Apple’s most popular devices, we turn to The Nielsen Company’s survey of more than 64,000 mobile subscribers, fielded April through June 2010.
    It’s no surprise that iPhone and especially iPad users are trending younger or that iPad and iPhone customers report higher incomes.
  • People who sleep more or fewer than seven hours a day, including naps, are increasing their risk for cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the United States, a study published Sunday shows.
    Sleeping fewer than five hours a day, including naps, more than doubles the risk of being diagnosed with angina, coronary heart disease, heart attack or stroke, the study conducted by researchers at West Virginia University's (WVU) faculty of medicine and published in the journal "Sleep" says.
    And sleeping more than seven hours also increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, it says.
    Study participants who said they slept nine hours or longer a day were one-and-a-half times more likely than seven-hour sleepers to develop cardiovascular disease, the study found.
    (tags: sleep health)
  • Aaron Levie and Dylan Smith didn't know exactly what they wanted to do–it was 2005 and they were, after all, just sophomores in college. But they knew this much: They were ready to be out of the classroom and into their own business.
    So Levie, a student at University of Southern California, and Smith, an old friend attending Duke University, began bouncing entrepreneurial ideas off each other. For a long time, nothing stuck. Then Levie was assigned a marketing project: Choose a market and conduct a SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats).
    "I chose digital storage because it was something that was interesting to me," says Levie, now 25. "And through the process, I realized that there were very few meaningful services out there providing this technology."
  • If you want to know what keeps serial entrepreneurs coming back for more, take a listen to the late Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. On his 90th birthday, Holmes said:
    "The riders in a race do not stop short when they reach the goal. There is a little finishing canter before coming to a standstill. There is time to hear the kind voice of friends and to say to one's self: 'The work is done.' But just as one says that, the answer comes: 'The race is over, but the work is never done while the power to work remains.' The canter that brings you to a standstill need not be only coming to rest. It cannot be, while you still live. For to live is to function."
    Entrepreneurs are a blessed bunch. They have innate ability to recognize opportunities others cannot see, the chutzpah needed to defy convention and the courage to court failure. Once, that is.
  • Narcissists have won wars, built great empires and whipped troubled companies into shape. Winston Churchill, Steve Jobs and Jack Welch are but a few.
    “They have compelling, even gripping visions, and they have an ability to attract followers,” writes leadership consultant and author Michael Maccoby.
    But before you get all puffed up about being in such august company, consider this: Even the most productive narcissistic leaders can self-destruct and take their companies with them. Narcissists can be demanding, competitive, thin-skinned, exploitive, manipulative, arrogant and suspicious.
    (tags: leadership)

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