In business, to be a success does not mean you have to be an extraordinary person. The truth, it turns out, is that you can actually achieve great success by doing seven very ordinary things.
For Triggerfish CEO, Stuart Forrest, this is a proven fact because by his own admission he is “very ordinary”. Triggerfish Animation, a Cape Town based film and entertainment company, is the producer of the animated feature films “Adventures in Zambezia” and “Khumba”.
Speaking at this year’s Net Prophet tech conference, the animation producer outlined seven very ordinary things that could lead to extraordinary success.
While many creators look at 3-D printing as a technology full of endless potential, designers Petr Novikov and Saša Jokić saw something with room for improvement.
“There is a variety of different 3-D printing types, and no matter how they work, they all work with layers,” explains Novikov. Machines extrude plastic layer by layer until the desired shape slowly accrues. “We thought that this is strange because layers are not very efficient”: they require the presence of a support structure to prop up an object as it’s printed, which restricts the printing process to horizontal surfaces. Plus the technique can increase the printing time, the use of materials, and the risk of damaging an object when removing it from its support structure.
There’s a new term in the innovation lexicon.
Clayton Christensen, the Harvard Business School professor credited with coining the term “disruptive innovation,” authored a white paper with colleagues Heather Staker and Michael Horn titled “Is K–12 blended learning disruptive? An introduction of the theory of hybrids.” In it, the authors introduce “hybrid innovation”, which is described in a release as “a fundamentally new concept (in) the world of disruptive innovation.” The paper was announced by the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation (formerly the Innosight Institute) on Thursday.
Results Matter...especially when it comes to spending huge amounts of time and money setting up a new business location. That's why it is important to locate the operation in a city or region that knows how to grow its economy and has the track record to prove it.
For this year's Leading Locations study, Area Development analyzed economic and work force data for 380 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) — both for 2011–2012 (recent performance) and 2007–2012 (duration of the Great Recession). The goal was to identify which cities across America are emerging from the recession as economic front-runners — and why.
Most people cringe at the thought of these two terms used in the same sentence, and it falls into the same scary category of kids and drugs. Why?
We don’t like what we don’t know or understand. Parents don’t like the thought of their kids embracing social media because they don’t fully understand the benefits and dangers. In many cases, they also don’t understand the social platforms to their full extent. Education is key for the parents as well as the kids. Not to mention teachers! Everyone involved needs to understand the pros and the cons.
Fenwick & West LLP, one of the nation's premier law firms providing comprehensive legal services to high technology and life science clients, today announced the results of its First Quarter 2013 Silicon Valley Venture Capital Survey.
The survey analyzed the valuations and terms of venture financings for 118 technology and life science companies headquartered in the Silicon Valley that raised capital in the first quarter of 2013.
Equity crowdfunding has a large and growing base of global supporters and advocates. Every few months we see new developments in securities-related legislation, and activity kicking off in countries around the world that are advancing crowdfunding for businesses.
On the flip side, equity crowdfunding has also had a host of angry or concerned detractors- some of which are in the angel establishment.
Senators should be aware of a critical fact, as they debate immigration reform: If we don’t want foreign-born talent in the United States, other countries are more than happy to take the talent, and the innovation potential that goes with it, off of our hands.
“I’m here to send the message that Canada’s open for business—we welcome the entrepreneurs that America is turning away” said Canadian Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney at Stanford Law School this week. His message to Silicon Valley’s immigrant entrepreneurs: “If you’re thinking of doing a start-up in North America, why don’t you come to Canada? You can do so permanently. Create the wealth there, create the jobs in Canada, bring your huge human capital to Canada, and contribute to our economy.” The Canadian government even purchased a large billboard on Route 101—the main thoroughfare between San Francisco and Silicon Valley, which says “H-1B problems? Pivot to Canada”.
This is about you. This is your road, your path, what you decide to do in innovation, which technologies and methodologies you embrace, experiment in, and ultimately master. Enterprises are rapidly shifting how they innovate and how they obsess over continuous value creation and Open Innovation and Crowdsourcing are two of the approaches being embraced the world over.
The “why” is basic, fundamental, and true. Enterprises can not go fast enough. They can not access and source the amazing and hyperspecific talent they need to create new user experiences and solutions. They can not afford to continue to risk so much, for what can be so little return when attempting to innovate via traditional means. They need to change.
Need another reason to work your butt off to be a great intern?
Remember when you sent in that application, and then you waited, and waited, and waited….
And then remember when you found out how you got the internship? Remember how great you felt? Remember how great it was to tell your family and friends?
Companies market to you according to your shopping habits, your age, your salary, and your social-media activities. In the future, they may be able to advertise to you on the basis of your DNA.
Do you carry the genetic variants associated with lactose intolerance? Here, Lactaid has a coupon for you. The genes for male-pattern baldness? That’s accelerated by stress, so maybe you should come in for a discounted massage Jimmy’s Spa & Bath.
Countries outside the world's elite university systems are better at transforming research capacity into citations, a report suggests.
While the U.S. and the U.K. are good at converting research inputs into outputs and are improving, the likes of Denmark, Switzerland, France and Ireland are making the most of their resources and improving efficiency at a greater rate, the study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has found.
The educational attainment of young Americans has increased over the past two decades, and those who have completed more education earn more money, on average, and are more likely to be employed. That's just one corner of the picture painted by "The Condition of Education 2013," the annual treasure-trove of data from the U.S. Department of Education, released on Thursday.
The report holds few surprises for close observers of American education, but rather offers a comprehensive overview of enrollment and attainment from early education through graduate school, as well as information on how students pay for higher education and how they fare later in the job market.
Cognoptix announced that its Sapphire II eye test identified Alzheimer’s patients via a beta amyloid signature in their eyes in a 10-subject proof-of-concept clinical trial, according to a company press release.
See Also New approach to services improves access to eye care in ... Vision Council educates Congress on low vision in veterans ... New WCO president: Access to care a primary goal ... The Sapphire II is an in-office, drug/device diagnostic system designed as an aid in the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease pathology. A ligand or contrast agent and software-controlled optical instrument allows for noninvasive detection and assessment of Alzheimer’s by measuring its hallmark, beta amyloid, in the supranuclear region of the lens of the eye, the release said.
Astronomers have seen it coming. Starting this summer—possibly this month—a large cloud of gas and dust and perhaps a star will begin to ricochet through the dead center of the Milky Way galaxy, the home of a supermassive black hole. The ensuing celestial fireworks should reveal much about the mysterious central core of the galaxy, a region kept shrouded in darkness by dust and distance.
Scientists have long wondered why the black hole at the center of the Milky Way, unlike the black holes at the center of other large galaxies, is perplexingly quiet. It doesn't seem to be gobbling up matter at nearly the rate we would expect.
An interview with Michael Raynor, director at Deloitte Services LP and coauthor of the article Three Rules for Making a Company Truly Great.
David Karp, who sold Tumblr to Yahoo for $1.1 billion, is one more in a line of twenty-somethings and even pre-twenty-somethings whose technology innovations have made them a fortune.
We've seen this before. In the 1990s, young techies with purple hair, ponytails, and earrings (that was the men) disrupted boardrooms; in the 2000s, they wear hoodies. College dropouts such as Mark Zuckerberg have quickly created empires. Parents or future parents-in-law have lent their kitchen tables and garages, as Sergey Brin's mother-in-law-to-be Esther Wojcicki did for Google.
Vibram vice president of product design Peter Von Conta met resistance during every step of the process while launching the FiveFingers running shoe, a product that nearly everyone in the shoe business thought was destined for failure. As the critiques got louder, Vibram dug in its heels and launched one of the most successful products ever created in its 75-year history.
“The worst piece of advice that I’ve ever had is someone telling me I couldn’t do something,” says Von Conta. The FiveFingers were so successful that they caught the eye of NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal, who asked for a custom pair to put on his size 23 feet. Once again, Von Conta was presented with a seemingly impossible task.
Who will win this year’s MassChallenge? The Boston accelerator is set to get its fourth session underway with the announcement of the 128 new startups that will participate. A quarter of them are life science or health IT companies, and some of them sound particularly promising.
Benevolent Technology for Health, for example, is focused on making an affordable, self-adjustable prosthetic device for the developing world. DS Labs Inc. is developing a discreetly worn breast pump. Sensulin LLC could have a glucose-responsive insulin for type 1/type 2 diabetes patients. And Vecoy Nanomedicines won the pitch contest at FutureMed with its nano-scale “virus traps” to kill infections.
On Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook testified in front of the Congressional Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations as a part of their look into the company's corporate tax practices — according to Sen. Carl Levin, the chairman of the committee, "Apple successfully sought the holy grail of tax avoidance. It has created offshore entities holding tens of billions of dollars while claiming to be tax resident nowhere." I asked Mihir A. Desai, a professor and dean at Harvard Business School, a professor at Harvard Law School, and the author of a 2012 HBR article on taxing businesses, a few questions about how this investigation fits into a larger debate about the corporate tax code. Our edited conversation is below.