Merry Christmas everyone from inner Mongolia where I'm doing a fashion show at the Shangrila Hotel!
I just got crowned number one top foreign model in China.
It's minus 20 outside and I can feel it seeping in through my window in the Shangrila Hotel on Christmas Eve. It was a big party and 3 foreign models were chosen to participate in the event as the stars. They announced me on stage and told that I was the top foreign model in China. This is the second time that I've been hailed here as such. I find it amusing. The question is how to tie in my Anina Dress Up into this -- if only I could speak Chinese. I've been very lazy in 08, even though my parents bought me DVD's to learn Chinese for my birthday. I would actually start tonight but my computer got dropped on the floor and now the DVD player is broken. I suppose Christmas Eve alone after the show in Baotou, Mongolia seems quite isolated. In the past I would have maybe been sad about it -- happy for the work -- happy to make money -- but alone. This coming year will be different because my focus is so much stronger. I'm honored that I can work during this time when others take a break because every penny is a penny I can put to hiring my team in China and building up 360Fashion Network. Every job is another connection, another opportunity. I think about my friends in Paris struggling, my friends in New York getting second jobs, and I think -- wow, thank you, China. Also developing business in Germany is a great blessing. I hope in 2009 I will not be one of the people hit with the recession so that I may be blessed to bring help and good fortune to others. This LeWeb08 actually, when I had a heart to heart with Mr. Gilmore. I explained him everything about my business model and he said I was right on target! He asked me repeatedly, "where is the problem"? I said, "I dont know!" He with his lazer eye, put his finger on it and said - "it's that you doubt yourself and think you can not do it". He said it's a common problem with women and when he said those words, the thing I didn't want to admit, that doubt inside evaporated! From that moment forward I stared to speak more confidently about my business models, about my plans, about my assets in my company. That Mr. Gilmore is a magic man and I am grateful for him taking time with me. If you are out there, Gilmore, thank you. Sitting in my hotel room in inner Mongolia I feel very hopeful for 2009. New media is the right place to be in an economic downturn! Fashion industry needs reliable technology and 360Fashion Network is here to provide mobile, web, iptv. Without my Nokia N95 installed with gizmo, maps, and so many communication features, I would never survive with the travel that I do. Nokia have continued to inspire me, support me, drive technology forward for me, and help me stay close to my friends and family world wide. The Chinese have a great saying: RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME, RIGHT PEOPLE is what brings you success. If one thing is missing, you can not arrive. It is like that in modelling. Stepping off the plane in Baotou, I am greeted with gigantic posters of me at the airport for Erdos Campaign. What a Mongolian welcome! Hopefully, Typepad will get my mobile settings fixed on my blog so that I can start blogging again -- and hopefully I will be able to get another phone with mobile internet (my phone got shut off again). I miss blogging but it is so rare to have any wifi where I am that if the mobile email or symbian blogging settings are not working -- my blog dies. I've recently opened a twitter and been hooked, and thanks to twibble I have been able to post on my twitter with that. Finishing the year out in China will be filled with tons of fireworks (there are no laws it seems against running huge fireworks in the streets here) and a lovely party scene. I've got a new dress by a designer I discovered in the Coepenhagen airport, Malene Birger, that I will be wearing (bought it without even trying it on -- it's a big big but I'll have it tailored to fit), gold shoes from Mango, and a wiked coat by JNBY1997. I'll post some photos. I'm taking advantage of the Shangrila's great fast internet!
It's me with the long brown hair walking in the background...
yep that's me whispering in her ear...funny story is I was flying to China on China Air and sitting in between two Chinese men. They were reading the on-board magazine when suddenly they started talking to eachother and pointing at me (I was in the middle remember?). I looked over and in the on-flight magazine was this photo and they were (I suppose) trying to figure out if it was me (it was). We had a big laugh and I took the magazine with me.
I did the Erdos tv commercial too, and the fashion show. I love their colors. Backstage at the fashion show I ran into Gilles Dofour who just signed a contract with them to create a new cashmere line. I think I was the first person to have this news (he was literally coming from signing the papers) unlucky for me, I had no more battery in my camera to get the video announcement from him personally!
I wish i could attend the Women 2.0 » Networking women interested in technology, entrepreneurship, and business.I would really benefit from it but alas, it's in the united states and i will be in china. too far to fly! For all the other women out there it would be a great place to go i am sure:
Jumpstart your startup with a new series from Women 2.0 to help bring your business idea to reality. Jumper cables in the trunk? Check. Gas? Check. Brakes? All good. Starting on Saturday, January 17th, 2009 and wrapping up on Thursday, February 26th, 2009, the “Jumpstart Your Startup” workshop series held by Women 2.0 consists of 5 two-hour Thursday classes in Palo Alto and 2 full-day Saturday classes in San Francisco. Workshops utilize discussion forums with UC Berkeley professor Naeem Zafar and hands-on working sessions with successful women executives, VCs, and entrepreneurs providing “from the trenches” feedback and insight.
LeWeb08, sponsored in part by Nokia, was a total success. The greatest thing about the event was that you could walk up to anyone, see their namecard, and feel free to talk with them about who they are and what they do. The party afterwards was really fun, cuz who ever goes to a nightclub and can talk and smile to everyone in the entire place. Where else is there so much transparancy, that even Michael Arrington can discuss openly on stage his discomfort and have Loic be able to respond to the crowd directly about any problems. There was a real togetherness feeling, and many of the people you have heard about one could just approach and start talking to. I walked in at the same time and saw Hugh and Doc Searls. His wife was in fashion so he and I could really talk deeply on the intricasies of the industry.
I got to sit with him and talk together during the whole first day! It was really enlightening to hear his perspective whispered in my ear. One got to catch up with the original crowd, and meet totally new entreprenures with unique business models. Marc Canter launched a new book! I cant wait to buy it. It had a lot of digital archetecture. I wonder how his platform, people aggregator, ranks against ovi. There are some extra features such as the blog rss import that are really cool. I would have chosen this platform for the forum.nokia.com blogs. There was a lot of talk about mobile, mobile love, mobile only social networks, mobile applications, mobile web. I thought that leweb08 too could have benefitted from the mobile calendar software and leiki solution.
I got to demo my Anina Dress Up application at LeWeb08 to everyone and found many collaboration partners!
There was a different feeling at LeWeb08 than at the Nokia World. I found it quite hard to interact with the green badge people at the event. First they separated the press from the rest, where as last year's amsterdam venue allowed reporters to move easily back and forth between the press interview areas and the presentations. It was a different vibe too becase without the calendar and leiki solutions, you didnt know who anyone was, you could not match make with the matchmaker. i was looking for people interested in partnering on games, and i didnt meet anyone who was there. i didnt either know about any nokia champion event, or nokia pro members have the chance to meet. would have been grate to have a meet and greet the nokia pro members area. The party too in amsterdam in 07 was so great--beach volly ball! Another great thing about the Nokia World was the food was excellent, and the exhibition area well laid out and easy to get friendly demos, support, contacts.
LeWeb08 too is more interactive--many people can ask many questions and even talk with the speakers one on one afterwards in the press room. I got a great interview with marissa mayer from google about fashion which was very exciting! Stay tuned on 360fashion to hear how important fashion is in search technology!
Many of the press that had been present at Nokia World were at LeWeb08! It was cool to get their perspectives between the two conferences and discuss about technologies we had seen at both.
I missed Chris Andersen from WIRED MAGAZINE, he was awesome at Nokia World! I wish they would have brought him back to speak again. The gilmore gang on stage at LeWeb08 was really fantastic, but no women I have to report made it into the group. I wonder why Nokia World doesnt have pannels where the press can interview and hear the reactions together from the different departments. I think definitly David Weingerger should speak at Nokia World! He would really be enlightening to the green badge people.The super guest at LeWeb08 was Paolo Cohelo. He talked about how plagerizing his work into digital copies has not hert his business, but rather increased his sales of hard copy books in the country where the copy was made. He said he even dedicated a whole page on his site to link to the copies. His publisher called him up and didnt know what to do about it. You can watch the web stream here: Paolo Cohelo. Marissa Mayer was present and talked about Google Chrome and how they worked with big fashion designers to choose skins for iGoogle.
I stood in line to ask my Marissa Mayer questions typing them out on my 810 tablet in line but in the end I had to ask her backstage.
The venue of LeWeb was really impressive. I liked the open space, the levels, and the cheese platter and deserts were pleanty! I would have loved more salad in a bigger cup :D same at Nokia World. The salad at LeWeb08 was great dressing.
The Nokia Speech at on Love, was really entertaining, but too big to upload to ovi.com. I asked if there were any plans for OVI to white label their software, now that Nokia is a software company and not a handset manufacturer. He answered that first they were working on the platform.
Le Web also had problems with the wifi, as the same in the big hall at Nokia. Many bloggers and people were very upset about this at LeWeb08--but if Nokia can't do it, what makes anyone think that that Swisscom can do it? My friend at Nokia World told me that it's always like that at events, everyone gets on the web, then it slows down and doesn't work, then some people drop off, and the die hards get on. I was with Robert Scoble at Nokia World, and he and I could not really get on the web there either until later in the day or in the press lounge. If Swisscom in leweb08, France Telecom in leweb07, and at Nokia World too can't figure out the best solution, then I say, it's up to the bloggers and web users to be descrete and not hog up the lines with uploading huge videos, or checking email, or just hanging out on the line. Get up, do what you have to do, and then close down and let someone else online. Maybe we need some time slot software like when you go to the genious bar at apple, you can register for your timeslots when you want to blog :D. that would never work we know because human beings are selfish by nature. They love to be connected.
Mostly, it was the atmosphere at LeWeb08, that really won out for me--one could really walk up to ANYONE at the venue and start talking. This was the most profound feeling and best part of the event. Nokia really did a great job in connecting people by sponsoring this event.
I asked the question at LeWeb08 to Google CEO, about Google TO DO list request was considered "off topic" until my psycic manifestation powers moved in and Google announced to do lists on Google Labs 5 minutes after I asked the CEO who thought the question was trivial. I was thinking of that in the OVI services, there's a task list manager, so it is strange that there's no task list manager in the suite of google collaboration sofware. I map my domain over gmail for professional reasons in business, and a to do list would be very welcome. Ovi's advantage is that it is integrated in their product offering, and synches with the phone, however, i cannot use ovi for business purposes as it would not come with my domain as in the gmail masking.
I asked the question to the google ceo of europe if there were any plans to add a TO DO list to the google online portfolio. it seems that there is, however, i map my domain to gmail, and i have often noticed that some features are only for gmail straight accounts. i'm not sure why, but it appears at the bottom of this post in a comment a link to this page:
" Sign in to Task List through Google Accounts.
You are sharing your email address with
Task List uses Google Accounts for sign in. Google shares your email address, but not your password or any other information about your Google Account.
may use your email address to personalize your experience on their website.
will retain any information you provide or preferences you set while using
the website. "
...that there are TO DO lists available but NOT for any mapped domain accounts. But really, its professionals who need this, so i hope they will add it to the mapped accounts functionality. Then again, there seems to be something about a rumor that it's not actually a feature but a blog post mistake by a google employee.
it was just hilarious after i asked the question that everyone started to turn to me and show me the google to do list that was "just launched". funny how no one credited me for the question (thanks techcrunch). i was so excited if they had added TO DO listing to Google so i could keep better track of what i have to do without logging in to another website.
AWESOME SHORT FILM!