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Recently, I went to the wedding of a dear friend in beautiful Lake Tahoe.  The setting was remarkable, an outdoor wedding at the foot of the lake, with gorgeous views of the mountains and the glistening water in the background.  Truly a memorable wedding—meticulously planned, great company with both old friends and new, and a lovely couple beginning the next phase of their life together. (more…)

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This week, I found myself in New York city, traveling to my company’s Mid-town Manhattan office near Times Square.  Of course, this was just one week after the devastating Hurricane Sandy which tragically took lives and disrupted the lives of millions in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut along with other states up and down the Atlantic coast.  And of course, outside of the US, the damage and devastation in Caribbean countries was equally dramatic.    Of course, the cover photo from New York Magazine captured the reality of the city’s power distribution very powerfully. (more…)

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On a recent trip to Thailand, I noticed this pay phone booth on a street near the famed Grand Palace of Bangkok.   If you look closely, you’ll see that the actual pay phone itself is missing.

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A colleague recently shared this creative presentation on what motivates knowledge professionals at the workplace.  Very thought provoking.

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On September 11, 2010, I added to my blog a post titled The 31 Most Innovative Startups- World Economic Forum’s 2011 Technology Pioneer winners.

Per their website, the Technology Pioneers programme is the World Economic Forum’s way of identifying those companies – normally in a start-up phase or in their first rounds of financing – from around the world that are involved in the most innovative design and development of new technologies. (more…)

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One of the most celebrated new developments in education technology is the Khan Academy.    Founded by Salman Khan, the Khan Academy offers instructional videos around a variety of topics but is most noted for its math related content.   Key features include powerful dashboards and analytics which let instructors and users monitor performance and identify and reinforce needed focus areas.  Khan’s site has about 2 million visitors a month and in total has offered around 54 million individual lessons.  Khan is now drawing attention from many prominent people in the education, technology, non-profit, and social entrepreneurship sections.  Bill Gates said about Salman Khan “I see Sal Khan as a pioneer in an overall movement to use technology to let more and more people learn things,” says Gates. “It’s the start of a revolution.”  (more…)

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Recently, there has been a lot of discussion around whether a new “bubble” has hit Silicon Valley and the Internet world. Facebook, Zynga, Groupon, Twitter, and Linkedin all have substantial multiple billion dollar valuations which is often cited as evidence of this bubble. The recent $41 million funding round for social based startup Color before the launch of their product has generated even more debate about this bubble. Google’s Eric Schmidt, noted entrepreneur Steve Blank, and the New York Times all have recently commented with views supporting the concept of this bubble. (more…)

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