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

My key takeaways (more…)

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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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I’ve spent the last 10 years working in operations finance roles for companies in the Silicon Valley, ranging from large billion dollar companies with hundred thousand employees to startups with less than 30 employees.     Here are some of the lessons and philosophies I’ve picked up over the years about the Finance role in the Silicon Valley. (more…)

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Recently, I heard a presentation from Miami University Professors Peg Faimon and Glenn Platt about the details of the Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies (AIMS) planned digital innovation campus to be opened in the San Francisco Bay Area.   As an alum of Miami University, a public university in Oxford, Ohio, working in the Bay Area, this is an exciting development and makes me ask the question if this is the model of digital innovation education at undergraduate programs across the US. (more…)

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Mary Meeker, current Venture Capitalist at Kleiner Perkins and former banking analyst at Morgan Stanley, has built her reputation on visionary forward looking views of the Internet.    Here’s her latest gem focused on the Mobile Internet.    Read, contemplate, and digest. (more…)

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Super Bowl XLV just ended, the Green Bay Packers winning a thrilling battle with the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-25.   Its estimated that 110 million TV viewers may have tuned into the game, breaking last year’s 2010 Super Bowl record of 106 million, which eclipsed the previous record from the 1983 finale of Mash.

Now, 110 million viewers is a big number–incredible scale, right?  Television, around for a long time, has to be more than the top web properties.  (more…)

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JWT Intelligence has put together a fascinating list of 100 Things to Watch in 2011.   Spanning technology, fashion, pop culture, sports, film, environment, it is a pretty comprehensive list, but slanted towards technology related trends.     Slide 9 in the Slideshare presentation below lists all 100 items and each subsequent slide provides specific commentary on each individual item. (more…)

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In my previous post, I mentioned the recommended book list from Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2010.   Here’s a slide show version the book list on Foreign Policy’s site.   For a quick glance at Top 20 books, here’s the full list in one spot with the book description offered by Foreign Policy magazine.

  1. Fault Lines by Raghuram RajanRajan’s look at the fissures that brought about the global financial crisis — and which are still at work today.
  2. Too Big to Fail by Andrew Ross SorkinAs the Wall Street crisis went global, Sorkin updated his account of the crisis’s ground zero to include more recent events. (more…)

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