This is an excellent visual of how products entering China flow through multiple ownership. Good for understanding where markup originates and why some imported products (such as wine) is a multiple of the price in the source country, take a look at these who could be in play withing the supply chain.
- December 27, 2012 – 2:19 AM
- By Yuri
|Name||Years||# of Years||Title||Country Name|
|Nicholas II||1894-1917||23||Emperor||Russian Empire|
|Georgy Lvov||1917||<1||Prime Minister||Russia|
|Alexander Kerensky||1917||<1||Prime Minister||Russia|
|Vladimir Lenin||1917-1924||8||Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars||Soviet Union|
|Joseph Stalin||1922-1952||30||General Secretary of the Communist Party||Soviet Union|
|Nikita Khrushchev||1953-1964||11||First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union||Soviet Union|
|Leonid Brezhnev||1964-1982||18||General Secretary of the Central Committee|
of the Communist Party
|Yuri Andropov||1982-1984||2||General Secretary of the Communist Party||Soviet Union|
|Konstantin Chernenko||1984-1985||1||General Secretary of the Communist Party||Soviet Union|
|Mikhail Gorbachev||1985-1991||6||General Secretary of the Communist Party||Soviet Union|
|Boris Yeltsin||1991-1999||8||President of Russia||Russian Federation|
|Vladimir Putin||2000-2008||8||President of Russia||Russian Federation|
|Dmitry Medvedev||2008-2012||4||President of Russia||Russian Federation|
|Vladimir Putin||2012-present||12 (projected)||President of Russia||Russian Federation|
- December 15, 2012 – 4:05 AM
- By Yuri
I wanted to show the trace back of the varietals from France and Spain break them out by the major general regions (not granular to the AOCs). To compare the more popular global varietals and their corresponding homes in the New World, I tacked on broad-brush grouping of USA, AUS, Chile and Argentina.
Sorry Italians (plus all others), but with your crazy varietals and 20 general wine producing regions, I am avoiding you for now.
|Country||Region||Red Varietals||White Varietals|
|FRANCE||1. Bordeaux||Merlot||Sauvignon Blanc|
|2. Burgundy||Pinot Noir||Chardonnay|
|3. Rhône Region|
|---Southern||Grenach||Ugni Blanc (St. Émilion)|
|SPAIN||1. Rioja (Rioja Alta, Rioja Baja, Rioja Alavesa)||Tempranillo||Macabeo|
|2. Jerez --(Sherry production)||Palomino|
|3. Rías Baixas [Galicia]||Albariño|
|3. Catalonia -- (Cava production)||Macabeo|
|GERMANY||German Rhine||Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder)||Riesling|
|USA||1. Napa||Cabernet Sauvignon||Sauvignon Blanc|
|2. Sonoma||Pinot Noir||Chardonnay|
|wide variety by AVA||wide variety by AVA|
|3. Paso Robles||Zinfandel|
|many Rhône varietals||many Rhône varietals|
|4. Santa Barbara||Pinot Noir||Chardonnay|
|2. San Juan & La Rioja||Syrah||Muscat of Alexandria|
|CHILE||1. Central Valley [parallel to Mendoza] (Maipo Valley, Rapel, Curicó, Maule)||Cabernet Sauvignon||Chardonnay|
|(Maipo Valley)||Cabernet Sauvignon|
|2. Aconcagua [Valparaíso]||Pinot Noir||Chardonnay|
|3. Atacama --(Pisco production)||Muscat|
|4. Coquimbo--(Pisco production)||Muscat|
|5. Southern Chile||jug wine||jug wine|
- November 13, 2012 – 7:05 PM
- By Yuri
by Robert Herrick
|Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old time is still a-flying :
And this same flower that smiles to-day
To-morrow will be dying.
The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun,
That age is best which is the first,
Then be not coy, but use your time,
- September 24, 2012 – 4:07 PM
- By Yuri
Was inspired to collect my understanding of how these related to one another and their timeframes
|Time Frame||Era||Description||Ex Authors||Ex Art at the time|
|1600-1700||Baroque and Rococo||The Church controlled everything.|
|1700-1800||Neo Classisism||Drew inspiration from classic themes from Greece and Roman Empire. Paralleled with Age of Enlightenment|
|1800-1850||Romanticism||Emotions/feelings; agains the bourgeois/aristocratic ideas; nature, person.||-Jane Austen|
-Dumas (3 Musketeers)
-Hugo (Les Mis)
-Pushkin (Onegin, Ruslan & Ludmila)
|who cares, it was boring|
|1850-1900||Realism||Rejection of Romanticism. Objective reality and revolt agains exaggerated emotions with a focus on detail of everyday life.|
During Victorian Era
|All the key impressionists:
|1900-1950||Modernism||Due to huge changes in the political and industrial/social world, a rejection |
or Realism and promotion of experimentation and innovation (avant-garde).
|-The Lost Generation|
|1950---||Post Modernism||Reality and humans' understanding of reality (social constructs) are not the same thing.||Vonnegut|
- August 30, 2012 – 6:43 AM
- By Yuri
Thirteen is typically perceived as an unlucky number, but I have long chosen to not fear the number or the date and found fun ‘mythology’ type reasons for doing so:
There are 12 months, the 13th is a fresh year — a kind of rebirth.
There are 13 moons in a calendar year.
There were 12 apostles, Jesus was number 13 — a kind of rebirth.
13 is a prime number, divisible only by itself; hinting at a certain integrity and incorruptibility.
The greek god Zeus was considered to be the 13th god, and was the most powerful one.
…I bet there are others, I am just not familiar with them.
- March 13, 2012 – 11:04 AM
- By Yuri
|TYPE||# OF WORDS||@ 250 WORDS/ PAGE|
|Long Blog Post (unwanted)||2,000|
|Blog Post (Tim Ferris rec)||250-750|
|NY Times Article Length||1,200|
|Med Size Paper Article||800|
|Small Paper Article||< 600|
|Short Story||1,000 to 7,500||4-30|
|Novellette||7,500 to 20,000||30-80|
|Novella||20,000 to 50,000||80-200|
|Novel||50,000 to 100,000||200-400|
|measured at 250 words/page|
- January 31, 2012 – 5:41 AM
- By Yuri
|1 acre||=||2-4 tons (high quality)|
|=||10 tons (low quality)|
|=||116 cases (2 tons)
230 cases (4 tons)
580 cases (10 tons)
|1 ton||=||700 bottles|
|=||1 pallet (apx)|
|=||2.3 barrels (apx)|
|1 barrel||=||60 gallons|
|1 bottle||=||750 ml|
|=||1/5 (0.2) gallons|
Information reference include
- January 31, 2012 – 5:14 AM
- By Yuri
Feasibility Analysis – go, no-go decision
Investing in Ventures – VC role reversal
Technology Commercialization – using existing tech to optimize business concept
Venture Planning – writing case/plan
Core Finances – cashflow, etc
Leadership in Turbulent Times
M&A for Small Firms
(ripped from here)
- August 25, 2011 – 2:13 PM
- By Yuri
Information Oriented Relationship Oriented
Time is Money - fast meetings Getting to know one another
Cold Calls Intermediaries
Full Authority to Act Limited Authority
Propose Desired Solution Propose Desired Goals first
Impatient - make deal Enduring - build relationship
- August 1, 2011 – 10:55 AM
- By Yuri
- July 31, 2011 – 5:57 PM
- By Yuri
This certainly came from somebody’s blog post but I have no idea which one; lack of citing due to lost reference.
drive, paranoia passion
the pitch, the deal the big idea, partnership
sprint, short run marathon, long run
obsesses on competition obsess on customers
aristocracy of founders meritocracy, best ideas win
financial statements mission, values statements
bosses of wolf packs mentors, coaches of teams
the 'deferred life' plan a whole life (that works)
lust for making money lust to make meaning (& $)
- July 31, 2011 – 5:49 PM
- By Yuri
Not sure where I pulled this, but I have had this printed near my desk for over a year:
Being Resourceful means…
You are proactive
You see things through to the end
You move deliberately in the direction of your dreams
You’re aware of the vast amount of possibilities and opportunities around you
You don’t try to control your energy; you channel it instead
You don’t collect valuable information and do nothing with it
You’re aware that you have more tools available to you that you sometimes realize
You cultivate a state of inspiration that fuels your ability to take prolific action
- July 31, 2011 – 5:33 PM
- By Yuri
|1 Bottle $$$||1 Bottle ¥¥¥||Case (12) $$$||Case (12) ¥¥¥||Pallet (56) $$$||Pallet (56) ¥¥¥|
|$1||6.5 RMB||$12||78 RMB||$672||4,368 RMB|
|$10||65 RMB||$120||650RMB||$6,720||36,400 RMB|
|$12.30||80 RMB||$147.60||960RMB||$8,265||53,760 RMB|
|$15.38||100 RMB||$184.56||1,200RMB||$10,335||67,200 RMB|
|$20||130 RMB||$240||1,560||$13,440||87,360 RMB|
|$50||325 RMB||$600||3,900||$33,600||218,400 RMB|
|$100||650 RMB||$1,200||7,800RMB||$67,200||436,800 RMB|
Common price points for wine for bottle, case and pallet. Both in USD $ & RMB ¥.
- July 21, 2011 – 8:32 PM
- By Yuri
Pallet 40" Wide 48" Long 56" High
Container Width 7' - 6'' =90" wide
Height 7' - 4" =88" tall
Length - 20' 19' - 2" =230" long
Length - 40' 39' - 1" =469" long
Length - 45' 44' - 6" =534" long
20' Container 2 pallets wide 4 pallets deep (+1) = 9 pallets
40' Container 2 pallets wide 9 pallets deep = 18 pallets
The numbers referenced here were pulled from.
- July 21, 2011 – 7:50 PM
- By Yuri
14 Per Layer
12 Bottles / Case
35-45 Lbs / Case
2,000 Lbs / Palette
- July 21, 2011 – 7:35 PM
- By Yuri
As a company, Expesite takes great pride in spending a lot of dedicated hands-on time with our clients. Granted, a lot of that is done over the phone or GoToMeeting as we work on projects or while we offer assistance to support the system, at the same time we are on-site, at your side very frequently. Whether the trip is for requirements gathering, training, or an annual client review, many out of the Services Team are in the air on any given week.
I am definitely one of those who can probably give anyone else within the company some serious competition on the number of frequent flier miles collected. Hey, earlier this year there was a 12 week stretch, where I was traveling 9 of those weeks! Well, through all my work and personal travel I’ve collected some practices that can make being on the road pleasant, or at least not as taxing as it can be. Here they are:
On the Plane
Learn to sleep on the plane. Many claim that they cannot, and I am surprised. If you’re moving fast and logging high hours on a given week, you’re most likely draining yourself, so a nap is typically welcome anytime. Nap on the plane to counteract the crossing of any time zones, or to prep for the long day coming up tomorrow.
Always have a book. Not a magazine, but a book. In the air is a perfect time to decompress, read and actually learn something new.
Aisle seats, and exit rows if you can…headphones and music if you can’t.
At the Airport
Everything must be carryon! There is no such thing as checked baggage. I have gone almost 2 weeks carryon. I have done 1 full week of biz clothes and all weekend ski gear (minus equipment) carryon. Buy a good roller bag that has been designed in a smart strategic way, and you’ll be surprised at its volume. Missing checked luggage, waiting for a carousel, arriving early to drop baggage are all huge risks since time is at a premium.
Eat where the pilots eat. Look where pilot and flight attendants are waiting in line for food and go to the same place – they are pros at knowing all the best spots. There are so many good options at the airport today to eat heavy, fatty foods. Salads, wraps, quesadillas, fruit cups, yogurt are all available and you should gravitate to them. More protein, less carbs fuels you for longer. Don’t cheat – learn to control your eating habits!
Bring an outlet splitter. Need to charge your phone at the airport and all the plugs are taken? Yeah, if you have a splitter, you can get some juice for the phone and for the laptop and you can make an instant friend.
In the Hotel
Check for rates – I have stayed at Westins for cheaper than La Quintas. Just because a hotel is nice does not mean they don’t have pre-negotiated rates, or deals.
Have an aircard, or a MiFi – don’t buy overpriced internet. Expesite has several MiFis for our associates to use.
Have to exercise – take advantage of the gym. Do you exercise at home? Then that means you exercise while traveling!
Fall asleep when the locals do. Is it night, is 11:00PM in your time zone, then get to bed.
Don’t watch TV – it’s boring. You have some evening down time, then go explore the city!
Call home. After being disconnected in the air or while in a full day meeting, you miss some calls. Stay in touch with those who are close to you.
All the Time
Screen and triage emails. This is obvious, but check your email as you are on the move and reply to anything urgent right there. Some emails can wait, but if you sense a fire, help put it out.
Google Maps on your phone. New to a city? Take 5 mins to look at a map: see the general rout from airport to hotel, locate the client office, find the restaurant and look for a gas station to fill the rental when you return.
Wash your hands. You come in contact with so much, and then you bring your hands towards your face – and boom somehow the next day you’re sick. Act like a family physician – wash your hands any opportunity you get.
Drink water anytime you get a chance. Not soda, or coffee, but water.
Pause and look at the unusual people around you, the odd places you haven’t seen, the funny situations acted out in front of you – it’s a brief mental break and amidst the stress of everything else, I am certain you will crack a smile, will feel better and will probably recall that moment later on. But you won’t experience any of that if you don’t occasionally actually pause and look!
- October 12, 2010 – 11:11 AM
- By Yuri
Everyone has a list of core principles that resonate with them as a mantra for their personal life or are their rules for the professional world. For some people the list is the same. For some it is short (a top 3), for others it is longer like this zappos’ Top 10 that I found. It is very close to my own, and I have decided to rip it, adopt it for the time and comment on it one item at a time.
1. Deliver WOW through Service
2. Embrace and Drive Change
3. Create Fun and a Little Weirdness
4. Be Adventurous, Creative and Open-Minded
5. Pursue Growth and Learning
6. Build open and Honest Relationships with Communication
7. Build a Positive Team and Family Spirit
8. Do more with Less
9. Be Passionate and Determined
10. Be Humble
To kick off the list, this is what the this item means to me.
Deliver WOW through Service.
Ok, zappos has this as the first item and it makes sense since as a business customer service and the resulting customer satisfaction should be top priority.
People may forget what you said or what you did, but they will remember how you made them feel. The Wow mentioned here is an emotional response that can be created and you can create that emotion through your actions. Always deliver, and deliver above what is expected – either more, faster or better quality. I am constantly guilt of giving away to our clients either services, features or sometimes even products to make sure they are satisfied and walk away feeling like they were “taken care of”. Chastise me if you will for leaving money on the table, but the value in cultivating that client relationship (and the long term revenue) is worth more in my opinion.
I have for a very long time believed that actions speak louder than words, therefore make sure that you are not just talking about exceptional customer service, but you are actually practicing it with every step you take each day of the week.
- May 31, 2009 – 4:31 PM
- By Yuri
I embrace a challenge and love to dive into a project that has a lot of weight behind it. Weight such as impact, complexity, unknown factors, and of course stress. I have a tendency to take on the lion’s share of the work behind any project, but I continue to actively force myself to recognize that the time frame of the project does not allow for completion without accurate, appropriate delegation of tasks.
Half of the managers struggle with their employees saying that they cannot produce quality work and that most task delegation forces them to micromanage their associates. The reason they struggle is that these managers have the wrong approach. If you take the time to adjust to each of your team members and provide clear direction and instruction, tasks will come back exactly as you expected them! Follow these steps when assigning something:
1. Prep to assign. If you don’t know how this activity fits in with the rest of the initiative and you don’t have you facts and you don’t know who is best suited for the assignment, you will end up scrambling and looking scattered…because you are! Get your story and then you can tell it with poise, calm and clarity.
2. Completely define the task. Arm the person by offering background info, explaining “why” (I refuse to do something unless I receive an answer to my “why” questions, your people should be asking the same of you) and have the person repeat back to you what they heard. Communication=Sender + Channel + Receiver. Simple – yes. Room for misunderstanding – enormous. Make sure you 1) heard and 2) understood one another.
3. Define the time frame for delivery. Do you need this for next week, or is the client hemorrhaging while waiting for a response? You know, but make sure you share that info when delegating. You look like an absolute buffoon when you come back with a ‘drive by’ for a status update and the person has not even started.
4. Grant Authority. Should your team member research and only recommend? Inform of findings and proceed, or do they have the full permission to run and blaze without stopping? Unless clearly stated there can be some repercussions, hopefully just ones that make you blush, but they can be of the ‘legal’ variety as well.
5. Create checkpoints. If this is a large assignment, make it easy for both of you to stay on the same page. You won’t be fretting about when it is most appropriate to confirm on the status and you won’t be sweating as to the quality since you can intervene early on. If check-ins are inappropriate since you’re working with an ace who has mastered the task, don’t create extra steps in the process. Simplicity is always preferred.
6. Debrief for lessons learned. Don’t make it painful – conduct the debrief standing up if needed. What did the associate see as smooth sailing, what were the bumps and how do you want to approach the assignment the next time. It’s money in the bank for when you come back to step 1. That’s it.
The musts: prepare to delegate, don’t scramble with last minute assignments. Think about it, assignments given as either haiku poems or auctioneer chants undermine your credibility with your team in case your judgment faltered and you chose the wrong direction. Arm the person with the background to complete the task. Repeat back. Set or negotiate a deadline. Give the reigns the appropriate slack and set the time for you to poke in your nose mid process.
Be fair! It is unfair for you to expect something if you did not take the time to request it.
- April 27, 2009 – 6:56 PM
- By Yuri
I have decided that as new discoveries come around, I want to document them and although blogs have become passe now that streams have become the latest most effective/efficient way to communicate, this appears still to be the best way to record smaller topical information. As these grow in number and I create opportunities for writing white papers or articles for web syndication, I will recycle this information to complete them.
I intend to stay focused on the greatest challenges that I face weekly: executing the projects for which I am responsible and handling change management within the client organizations with whom I am working. Given my fervent interest in and constant strive towards accomplishment through entrepreneurship, I will comment on side projects that I am involved in and will either challenge or support opinions shared by the electronically-loud experts who dedicate significant amounts of time to message dissemination.
- March 14, 2009 – 11:13 PM
- By Yuri