My Broken Pen restored

Seasons have passed and I wrote many things.
I’ve expressed and narrated my stories.
I never wasted my papers and ink.
Looking at my pages, you can prove it.

Now as I was trying to write something
The pen that that I’m using broke suddenly
Tears and words could not explain the moment
Now I shout, “Be restored my broken pen”.

O my pen, why have you done this to me?
Please let me write again wonderful things.
My hands became so confused when you broke.
I’m like an artist with nothing to stroke.

The ink and the next pages are ready.
Be revived and don’t keep me on waiting.
There are many things that should be written.
There are things the world should know and possess.

Be repaired and be the way you should be.
Fulfill your purpose and your destiny.
Now I cry, “Be restored my broken pen”.
With the ink, give the papers good contents.

Five Sources of Start-up Ideas

Does anyone dispute that 2013 has been the year of the tech company? LinkedIn has surged over 100%Twitter and Zulily popped more than 70% and 80% respectively on the day of their recent IPOs. Even Facebook’s stock, once completely out of favor, has doubled in value over the past six months.
As prices of internet bellwethers reach stratospheric levels, more people are being enticed to start companies than ever before. Just one example: Roughly 16% of Stanford’s MBA Class of 2011 chose to start their own companies at graduation, eclipsing the previous high of 12% during the dot-com bubble.
That’s great for them. But as I’ve discovered recently, there are still countless more would-be entrepreneurs looking for a lightbulb moment before beginning their quest for fulfilling work, an independent agenda, and the potentially life-changing financial outcome that a start-up promises. In fact, when I interviewed my peers looking to become founders, the number one reason holding people back was the lack of a suitable idea. One remarked, “I have been working all my life, so funding isn’t a problem. I just don’t have any good ideas.” Said another: “I would start my own company tomorrow if I had an idea worth quitting my job for.”
To inspire the idealess, I’ve spent the past month investigating exactly where successful founders got their revelations. I surveyed 50 entrepreneurs at three different stages (pre-funding, growth, and acquired/gone public) and conducted detailed follow-up interviews with 15. Given that 90% of all ideas raised fit into one of the categories below, there’s a pretty good chance your next big thing will appear in the list.
Here are the top five sources of start-up ideas:

1. I experienced a pain point in my life and wanted to solve it. By far the most popular source of ideas among respondents was a frustration that the founder experienced in his or her personal life. Ever wonder how much your own problems might be worth? Ask Kent Plunkett, who founded Salary.com when hiring a secretary and finding himself unsure of what to pay. After building the world’s largest compensation information database, Kent eventually took the company public in 2007 at a valuation of $175M.

2. I met someone talented, and we started a company together. If you’re interested in starting a company, look at those around you, specifically at your workplace or school. Others have cautioned against starting companies with business school friends as a strategy for eventual success, but the data care to differ. Of the 39 companies started since 2003 and valued at over $1B by private or public market investors, almost half were started by founders who met at school. Close proximity of like-minded individuals seems to be a key catalyst for surfacing new ideas. Cofounders Corey Capasso, Andrew Fereneci, and Dan Reich first met at the University of Wisconsin, starting Spinback together many years later before the company was acquired by Buddy Media in 2011.

3. I have a special skill or passion, and I turned it into a business. Spend an hour conducting a written personal skills and passion inventory, and your next idea might be staring back at you. The founders in this category were intensely self-aware and looked for innovative ways to turn their work experience and hobbies into full-fledged businesses. Alexa von Tobel combined her passion for helping Millennials with her skill of articulating complex financial matters to start and raise more than $40M for LearnVest, an online financial planning company.

4. After working in an industry for a long time, I saw a customer need. Think your years slaving away at a corporate job will amount to nothing but a partially adequate 401(k)? If you use the experience to think hard about your customer’s unmet needs, you might be on the road to riches. The founders in this category worked in or around an industry for many years before starting a company directly related to that industry. Francois de Lame and Jennifer Fitzgerald amassed extensive experience in, and knowledge of, the personal insurance industry before starting KnowItOwl, an innovative online personal insurance navigator.

5. I researched many ideas and eventually narrowed it down to one. Savvy individuals are leveraging new sources of information, such as Quora and Hacker News, to conduct “top-down” research and use a data-driven process of elimination to arrive at a single business idea. Many were also very sophisticated in tracking proven business models and companies, with the goal of identifying breakout hits and applying them to new geographies. Founders Kimball Thomas and Davis Smith saw the value of taking the Diapers.com model to Brazil. Their latest goal? To hit $1B in revenue in the next few years.

So what does this mean for your inner “wantrepreneur” looking to hit it big? If you’re stuck pining to start, stop. Instead, extract start-up ideas from the fertile sources around you, and begin conducting small experiments to validate your hypotheses. Keep your head down and your momentum up, and with a little luck, you might just be onto the next big thing.

Source: http://blogs.hbr.org/2013/11/five-sources-of-start-up-ideas/

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THE ENGLO-LUO GENE & THE SECRET BEHIND OBAMA STARDOM.

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I have often wondered at the mysterious relationship between Kenyans of Luo descent, and the language English. Luo’s seem to have a love most natural for the language English. As a self appointed metaphysician, my duty is not only to notice phenomena, my duty is to derive the root causes of the phenomena I chance to witness.

 

It did not therefore take me by surprise to see American adults, both black and white, weeping and shedding tears of joy, when our Luo Son, Barack Obama Jnr, took to the podium. Yes, I was not shocked. Luo’s are descended from an Englishman who must have had a sexual encounter with a Luo woman at Wau, somewhere in Southern Sudan. Similar stories are also told of Dr. Robert Ouko, the learned Luo who was mistaken for the President of Kenya. Rest in Peace.

That has always been my thesis for explaining the luo love for the language English. That Luos must have descended from an Englishman.

Howsoever, few hours ago, I stumbled upon some interesting information, which might finally unlock the cause of the Luo love for english, and vice versa. Could the language be a lover of Luos? Can a language love? Let us go slowly, as we explore the interesting love affair between Luos and the language English.

The working thesis of this article is both simple and straightforward. Barack Obama has the Englo-Luo Gene. Further, that the aforementioned is cause of his political stardom.

From a biological standpoint, a gene is the molecular unit of heredity of a living organism. The gene that is responsible for the love of English is called the ENGLO-LUO GENE. This gene is found only in luos. Says who? I have said it. Shall we not let the matter rest? Did you know that Shakespeare invented over 2000 words, now part of the language English?

But, all change always begins with one man. Yes, change does not begin with a multitude. Individual visionaries have always been the creators of change. The unthinking majority is always content to trudge on, sheepishly!

That change, the Englo-Luo Revolution began with ONE MAN, a Luo Chief by the name of Odera Akango’o. Odera Akang’o is the man who spearheaded the Englo-Luo Revolution. Here is the story. In 1915, the colonial government sent Odera Akang’o, ruoth of Gem, to Kampala, Uganda. Odera, the chief was thoroughly impressed with British mannerisms etc

Odera Akang’o was thoroughly awed by the British settlement there. Men who are impressed must also impress.

Upon his return from the Diaspora, the wise and good chief initiated a FORCED PROCESS of adopting western styles of “schooling, dress, and hygiene”. This would automatically result in the rapid education of the Luo in the language English. Is it a wonder that Luos are amongst the most educated in Kenya? It all began with Odera Akang’o.

The puzzle of the Luo love for the language English is therefore solved.

However, Odera Akango, in liking and loving the British ways, was simply responding to the Englo-Luo Gene type that was biologically embedded in his being. It cannot have otherwise been. Stories have been told of new born luo babies who cry in Shakespearean English. Such miraculous occurrences cannot be explained minus the Englo-Luo gene.

Luos are a loving people. Therefore, having mastered the Queen’s language, they sought to export it overseas.

Therefore, on the 15th day of the month of August in 1930, a man was born. To this Luo man, one task was entrusted. His duty was to export the Englo-Luo Gene to the diaspora, sorry, to the United states of America. This intelligent and gifted Luo son fully lived to his purpose. The Englo-Luo gene boarded an airplane, and was exported to America.

The man who carried the gene was Barack Obama Snr. The facilitator was one Thomas Joseph Odhiambo Mboya!

The latter is fondly known as Tom Mboya. He enabled 81 Kenyans to be flown to the US of America to study in 1959.

These two Luo greats would later perish in circumstances that are not worthy of recollection. Howsoever, they successfully did fulfil their purpose. The first black President of the greatest nation existing, Barack Obama Jr, is probably the most powerful man alive, today. Yes, the Englo-Luo gene had done it again!

Yes, the Englo-Luo Gene Can!

There is no doubt in my mind, that the Englo-Luo gene is 100% responsible for Barack Obama’s political stardom!

Long Live Ramogi Ajwang’

Long Live Odera Akang’o

Long Live Jaramogi Ajuma Oginga Odinga

Long Live Tom Mboya

Long Live Barack Obama Senior

Long Live President Barack Obama

Long Live English

Sir David Ochieng’
Homa Bay,Kenya

By ochiengxavier Posted in Bloggs