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April 16th, 2014 at 10:10 am

The problem with profitless-on-purpose startups



There are dozens of services operating in and around San Francisco like – Homejoy for cleaning, BloomThat for flowers, Postmates for courier service, SpoonRocket a gourmet meal-delivery service, and on and on. Most of them provide cheap, convenient amenities at the tap of a smartphone app. Few of them are profitable on a corporate level. And together, they’ve formed the backbone of a strange urban economy: one in which massive venture-capital injections allow money-losing start-ups to flourish, while providing services that no traditional, unsubsidized business can match. It’s an economy built on patience, and the hope that someday, after the land grab is over and the dust has settled, a better business model will emerge.

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April 13th, 2014 at 8:17 am

Face-to-face networking meetings work best


There is no substitute for gaining someone’s full attention than to meet them face-to-face.

Everyone likes being efficient. And most people feel somewhat awkward in meeting new people. So, most people in a job search try to do their “networking” online and over the phone. It seems more efficient in being able to get to more people faster, and it’s less intimidating to send someone an email than to meet face-to-face.



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April 10th, 2014 at 9:09 am

Design can lead to exceptional returns for shareholders


It used to be about “us” and “them.” “Us” were the people who believed that design could add significant value when tightly integrated with other business processes.  “Them” were the majority of managers who didn’t get what design was all about in the first place.



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April 7th, 2014 at 12:41 pm

Why UPS trucks never turn left


UPS engineers found that left-hand turns were a major drag on efficiency.

UPS announced a new policy for its drivers in 2004: the right way to get to any destination was to avoid left-hand turns. Even if that means following this route that a UPS driver described to an incredulous press member:

“We’re gonna make a right turn onto 135th to Western. We’ll make another right on Western down to 139th. Right turn on 139th and go down to the end of the block and we’ll make another right turn.”



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April 2nd, 2014 at 9:49 am

Startups are exploding around the world

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If you mentions startups many people think of the dotcom bubble. It seems like it is 1999 all over again: since the highly successful stock market listing last November of Twitter, the micro-blogging service, young technology companies have been lining up to go public.


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March 17th, 2014 at 12:42 pm

Should your life be automated so you can work harder?

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Would you delegate all of your decisions to someone else?

Would you pay someone in the Philippines to answer your email for you — even your personal messages? Or hire strangers on the internet to plan your spouse’s big birthday party? Or throw meat, vegetables, and butter into a blender and call it dinner?



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March 10th, 2014 at 1:51 pm

The rise of the Generalist


Companies are in need of Generalist individuals with new, agile skills that can see the big picture.

Most companies have specialist organizations that support its business priorities.  For as long as we can remember, organizations such as finance, HR, IT, and marketing have been in existence. In most companies, domain expertise, efficiency and process execution dominate the agenda for these organizations.   You get hired, promoted and measured based on your expertise and value-add in your particular specialization.



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March 5th, 2014 at 11:36 am

Tesla’s plans for world’s largest battery factory will be a game changer


Tesla Motors, the electric car maker, hasn’t just blazed its own trail when it comes to designing and building a hot electric car. It’s also made breakthroughs in many aspects of the automotive business (the sales channel, the servicing, the over-the-air-software updates) and now it’s doing the same thing for the core part of the electric car: the battery.



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March 3rd, 2014 at 2:04 pm

Boulder has more tech startups per capita than any U.S. metropolitan area


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Boulder County has more tech startups per capita than any U.S. metropolitan area, and it’s no wonder – the brightest minds flock to Boulder to work with companies that define innovation on a daily basis. And not only do startups thrive, seasoned technology companies and professionals find that being in this vibrant community is a large contributing factor to their long-term success.



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March 1st, 2014 at 8:36 am

Homemade goods could become the global brands of tomorrow


The Maker Movement Encompasses all kinds of activity from traditional crafts to high-tech electronics.

In recent years, one of the more significant trends is the impact of technology on homemade manufacturing. The Maker Movement, a diffuse entrepreneurial community, has been using open source design to drive a telling resurgence in American manufacturing. Encompassing all kinds of activity from traditional crafts to high-tech electronics, linked by the adoption of digital tools, not just for design, but increasingly for manufacture through 3-D printing, technology has transformed DIY enthusiasts operating on their own at home into real communities.



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