The Rise Of Food Delivery Service – Will We Do Away With Office Cafeteria?

(Google’s cafeteria in Haifa. Image from OfficeLovin)   I never worked at Google. Or Facebook. Or Apple. In fact I never worked with Fortune 500 companies. Maybe luck wasn’t really on my side for all this while. But what makes one (like me) really wants to join those titans? Some may say the financial stability as big companies like those are known as pulling few billions in revenue and profit annually.  Or maybe a cool office in Silicon Valley, a mecca for anything and everything related to unicorn startups nowadays,…

Human Ads – A Trend That May Go Mainstream Soon

(Michael Schumacher, seven time F1 driver’s title during press conference with cap bearing his longtime sponsor Deutsche Vermögensberatung) What would you do to gain extra income on a monthly basis? Drive with Uber or Lyft? Hosting a guests with Airbnb? Wrapping ads on your car enabled by Wrapify? All of the above? And what would you do if you love a particular brand(s) so much? Buy their stuff on daily basis (like Starbucks, although the taste may not that different than other local coffee shops)? Buy their merchandises everytime you…

The Smart Rise Of Dumb Phones

(The old and new Nokia 3310. Image from Business Insider UK) I have two smartphones. One primarily for business and the other supposedly personal and family. As a former network engineer, it’s a habit for me to ensure that I have as much redundancy as humanly possible, therefore both of my phones are using two different OSes, different network providers and two different brands. And don’t forget the apps. If one particular app is available and downloaded in my iPhone, it must be available and downloaded in my Android smartphone…

Vehicle Ads – The Next Gold Mine For Ridesharing Companies

(BMW Williams’ F1 car for 2004 season. Image from Google) Formula 1 or F1 is one of the sports that I used to watch quite religiously since mid-90s. And as I mentioned in my previous article here, one of the reason is sponsorship. Yes, I love to see how F1 teams (or any motorsports teams in general)  putting the logos of their sponsors throughout their racing vehicles and drivers’ racing suits. Apart from a good indicator if there’s any specific regional or county’s regulating the ban of specific advertisements (like tobacco)…

Ride-sharing – Will It Make Property’s Location Less Relevant?

(Image from Getty Images/Fortune) Back in 2010, I bought my own bachelor pad. Before that, I stayed with my parent because my office and my parent’s house is not that far, around an hour drive (trust me, one hour driving time was and still is considered as acceptable among us). But to cut my driving time even shorter, I decided to buy my own apartment which theoretically could cut my driving time to around 20 minutes to half and hour, depending on traffic of course. Then came the (relatively) bad…

Next Corporate Perk – Official Nap Time

I used to be an IT consultant. And to some extent, I still am. As a consultant, my job was mostly involved with attending stream of meetings and preparing proposals. And as I mentioned in my previous article, the usual submission time is 12 p.m. Failure to submit on time, all your hard work went to the drain. And it means I had to pull an all-nighter to compete and submit it before the deadline. Even if I didn’t have any proposal to be submitted, my work day still filled…

The Transformation of Shopping Malls

(Inside view of Dubai Mall) I’m not actually a person who going out much. But occasionally I did, for the sake of not stuck at home or office desk, staring at my laptop 24/7. But even when I went out, usually it’s either for a proper lunch/dinner or enjoying some great movies (The Avengers, anyone?). So that’s the only time I enjoy going to a shopping mall. Except that I always tried my best to go there during less peak-hour time. Finding a parking spot on Sunday afternoon in a…

Coworking Space – Will It Be The End of Corporate HQ?

(Inside view of ANZ Centre. Image from Hassell Studio) Although I studied and currently work in IT industry, one of my area of interest is architecture and design. Specifically office and commercial building, although some industrial design also from time to time did caught my attention (i.e Apple iPhone, Volvo XC90, Boeing 777-series, Richard Mille’s watches). It’s like while some people spent their free time staring at the photos and videos of the latest Bugatti or Ferrari, I love to see buildings with a masterpiece design and shape. And my…

The Big Brother Theory

(Image from BT) Amazon has announced a slew of products last week, including what’s been called AmazonBasics microwave (yes, you read that right. A kitchen microwave). With those announcement, Amazon not only has firing across the bow towards their competitors (and probably their own existing partners as well), but launching a blitzkrieg onto them. I wonder how many of those will throw their towel with Amazon’s marketplace and how many would just bite the bullet and keeping Amazon as one of their new frenemies. Echo, and its slew of variations,…