If you missed the buzz about Spritz startup this week, let me tell you about it. The guys behind it developed an interesting technology that might help us all read faster without an extra effort. Key idea is to eliminate the unnecessary eye movement my properly positioning words.  Unfortunately, there is nothing to download so far, but I think  a lot of cool apps will be developed soon.

spritz devices Technology to make us read faster

Update 2014.03.26: - browser application.

Here is how it works:


Here are few interesting facts.

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An electric rice cooker was the first product of Sony. Closure of factories in post-war Japan dropped the electricity prices and this, in turn, created a demand.

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Aside from paper manufacturing, Nokia also produced rubbers.

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Samsung used to sell groceries.




January 19, 2014

in books, films, life

Hell of a year. There were a lot of happy events. From getting married to getting admitted to the top MBA program and moving to the US. But personal difficulties made 2013 the most challenging year in life with more stress than in previous almost 28 years in total.

I travelled: Belarus, Ukraine, Turkey, Italy and a little bit of France, America.

Sometimes blogged: Self-reflective speech MBA exercise, America, 2, MBA: pros and cons, America, 1, Thoughts, pictures, music, Memrise, Quora, 2012.

And enjoined…

listening to: Jon Hopkins, Tycho, Brian Eno, Boards of Canada, The Beatles, Donovan, Jens Buchert, Paul Kalkbrenner, Dave Brubeck, Carbon Based Lifeforms, George Harrison, The Rolling Stones, Youandewan, Jethro Tull, Herman’s Hermits, Deuter, Bob Dylan, Kings of Convenience, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Minilogue, Miles Davis, Johann Sebastian Bach, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ulrich Schnauss, Emancipator, The Who, Simon & Garfunkel, Orange Crush, The xx, Big Bud, LTJ Bukem, Helios, Don Mclean, The Kinks, Franz Ferdinand, Moby, Sun Glitters, Paul McCartney, David Helping, Jonas Mantey, Claude Debussy, Lusine, Tosca, Christian Löffler, Paul Desmond, Joe Pass, Jim Hall (list is a courtesy of;

reading: Best of Quora 2009-2012, David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell, New Rules of Lifting Supercharged, Sum by David Eagleman, Supple Leopard by Kelly Starret, The Homeland by Cory Doctorow, What is mindfulness by Shiznen Young and a lot of MBA-related books, cases and articles;

watching: BBC Horizon – The Creative Brain How Insight Works, Before Midnight, Intouchables (1+1), Samsara 2011, Something Ventured, Startup Kids, The Man from Earth, The Pirate Bay – Away From Keyboard, Before Midnight and a lot of conferences and interviewees on Youtube.


MBA is not only about studying finance and accounting and solving cases, we also have multiple courses on leadership. One of them was focused on communication aspect. And as part of this course we had to deliver various two-minute speeches in front of the group of 10 people. Then, we received a feedback. Speeches were also recorded for later personal review.

Topic of each speech was different, but I found the first one the most interesting as it provoked certain self-reflection during preparation. So, I thought that you might want to try exercise by yourself. If you do not have a group of people to present in front of, just imagine an audience and record a video with a smartphone and watch it. The first topic was very simple: “Who am I?”

Also, we were given several hints or questions we might consider answering while preparing or delivering a speech:

  • What forces have shaped you, what real challenges have you faced? 
  • What do you care about in life?  
  • What’s an unexpected characteristic, or interest, or talent?  
  • Who is most important to you?  
  • Where are you vulnerable?  
  • What is a long-term aspiration you hold? 

And here is a couple of questions to ponder when watching your video:

  •  Articulate what stands out for you watching your “Who Am I?” video. What are you pleased with? What do you specifically want to improve?

So, this is it. Hope, you find it helpful.

For me personally the most interesting part was to see how differently other nine people approached the same exercise.


We keep on exploring America. Or California, to be more precise. Here are some pictures I took during last months.

Tilden Park, Berkeley

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University of California, Berkeley

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It’s been more than seven months already and I finally found some time to blog about our Italy and France honeymoon trip in May, 2013.

We wanted to see many things, but didn’t want to spend the entire holiday in a car, so we tried to leave some time to chill. This resulted in the following plan:

Rome and Vatican → San Marino → Bologna → Florence → Cinque Terre  – Riomaggiore → Monaco / Menton → Nice.

IMG 1489 Italy and a little bit of France



MBA: pros and cons

November 17, 2013

in life, MBA

It’s been three months already and I think I’m ready to summarize my first thoughts and impressions about MBA. It will be interesting too see how different they are going to be down the road. People usually say that both stress and excitement are high in the beginning, as on one hand you don’t know what to focus on, but on the other hand everything is new and seems interesting.

So, the table below is the summary of my reflections. Almost all bullet-points have a flip-side, keep it in mind. For example, tough selection process results in great classmates that you want to be around. So, the table is divided into two parts.

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Here is the small digest of articles and films I found worth reading and watching during last several months. To be perfectly honest, I still have not find time to finish all of them, but want to share before they totally lost their topicality.

Technology, Internet and business


New York Times:



3 weeks ago we moved to the US. Berkeley, California with my wife. I’ve been admitted to Full-time MBA in University of California Berkeley, HAAS School of Business and happily accepted the offer.

2013 08 13 17.56.16 America, 1: California, Berkeley, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, pictures

I tried and failed to find some time to summarize my first impressions from the US, but now all household-related and other crucial things are finished: we have everything from bed to vacuum cleaner and tea pot, know where to buy groceries and what buses to take. So, I have no excuse not to squeeze several minutes in for blog before I will need to fully dive into the experience.

I also decided that I should probably lower my own demands for new posts. As I think about ways to make each one of them a complete and comprehensive piece which will have a real utility for majority of readers, I tend to procrastinate more. So, instead I will  try to write what I find interesting, edit it just a little and hope that some of you will find it interesting as well. As they say, better done than perfect. I will even do something more terrible. I will post pictures from my smartphone as well, not only the ones from my camera.

So, back to California.

Overall, I love the place. I still believe that Northern California and Bay Area specifically is as close to my preferences in regards to opportunities, climate, people and culture as a place can get. Obviously, there certain advantages and disadvantes in each place I will probably discover more of them later on, but overall I did not feel that comfortable in any other country before.

Some completely random impressions that were running through my head

  • First of all it is just weird to realize that you finally got to the place where you wanted to spend some time, work or even live in if not from your childhood, than at least for many years;
  • Secondly, when everybody thinks of California, they imagine a very hot weather. Reality is that recently it was about +14 °C n  morning and about 18 °C in  afternoon. And yes, I am still thinking in Celsius! icon smile America, 1: California, Berkeley, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, pictures Add strong wind fro ocean and occasional fog that blocks all the sunlight and you’ll know what I’m talking about. But I actually like weather here, not too hot, not cold. A little warmer would be fine, but that’s exactly what’s forecasted.
  • We moved to University Village. It’s a very quite place where most of your neighbors are UC Berkeley students which is nice. It is relatively far from campus though, about an hour walk or 25 minutes on a bus. And  honking trains is probably also not something you want to hear at night, but that’s not that bad;
  • After like 10 days of being here we finally found a place where you can actually see and touch the ocean instead of seeing it from highway, walked around Marina Berkeley. Beauuutiful!
  • Amazon and other deliver services work completely differently here how they work in Russia. Instead of calling you in advance and arranging a delivery time, they simply drop your stuff in front of your door and leave. They ring a bell though, so if you are at home and you are quick, you have a small chance to see a delivery guy’s back from a distance



Some thoughts I took notes on during last months. Some pictures I took during last years. Some good music.



“When you run after your thoughts, you are like a dog chasing a stick: every time a stick is thrown, you run after it. Instead, be like a lion who, rather than chasing after the stick, turns to face the thrower. One only throws a stick at a lion once.”
- Milarepa


10 Thoughts, pictures, music



“You all laugh at me because I’m different, I laugh at you because you’re all the same.”
- Mikhail Bulgakov

4 Thoughts, pictures, music



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