Monthly Archives: April 2013

Teaching across the boundaries with images

April 8, 2013
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Teaching across the boundaries with images

On a recent trip to an organic farm in the Southern California highlands, I came across these two women talking under an 1100 year old live oak tree.  Though thirty years separated them and their life histories had little in common, the image captured shows them at ease in their conversation.  The shared moment juxtaposed…

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From idea to sustainability―Caretotell

April 8, 2013
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From idea to sustainability―Caretotell

Patient satisfaction surveys haven’t changed much since the last century.  Paper and pencil is still the most common way to get the job done. Research shows a positive correlation with both revenue and patient satisfaction for those who do conduct these surveys. Few medical practices today, however, are conducting these surveys. Doctors complain that the…

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April classroom activities― ideas and sustainability

April 8, 2013
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April classroom activities― ideas and sustainability

Any of the completed work from these activities can be converted to face-to-face discussion.   Try adapting the content to your specific course format.  Using your classroom teams in their online Wiki sites, have students conduct the following studies: Innovation disruption, as presented in the short case on Caretotell this month, often is a strategy alternative…

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The culture of innovation

April 8, 2013
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The culture of innovation

Deborah Perry Piscione discusses her life and latest book with TechCrunch journalist, Andrew Keen.  Piscione is an author, philanthropist, publisher and commentator who moved to Silicon Valley with her family in 2006 and became fascinated with the Valley culture for success.  In addition to starting Alley to the Valley that brings together influential women for…

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Funding creativity

April 8, 2013
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Funding creativity

The idea for Kickstarter originated in 2002 and by 2009 it became an Internet success, according to co-founder, Yancey Strickler, in this interview with Engadget Editor, Myriam Joire. Using crowd social media, the online venture brings together funders with projects through an online system of pledges.  Strickler discusses the evolution of the company that started…

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Clutter-free Internet reading

April 8, 2013
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Clutter-free Internet reading

Readability is a free app that works across IOS, Android, and Kindle platforms.  Readers choose specific articles to read in real time or at a later date.  The app cleans up the article so that only it is presented.  Personalizing options exist for changing reading skins and type size.  Customized versions exist for publishers to…

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Save it for later in your virtual pocket

April 8, 2013
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Save it for later in your virtual pocket

The free Pocket app works across many platforms, permitting the reader to save articles, videos, web pages and images for consumption at a later time.  Integrated into over 300 apps, the versatile service is easy to use.  Links can be added via email in addition to directly from the Internet.  One of the interesting pitches…

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Real business strategy

April 8, 2013
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Real business strategy

Authors Lafley and Martin bring their combined academic and business experience to bear in developing their recipe for building successful strategy.  Lafley is the former Chairman and CEO of Procter & Gamble.  Martin is the Dean of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.  With over twenty years of working together, the…

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Innovation entrepreneurial networks for regional development

April 8, 2013
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Innovation entrepreneurial networks for regional development

Author Brad Feld, is a serial entrepreneur who now applies his knowledge to building successful, entrepreneurial cities.  Using his experience with the city of Boulder, CO, Feld develops a model for building entrepreneurial ecosystems that can be transferred to any city that has the resources necessary for successful venturing. After a brief review of generally…

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Yahoo on an acquisition tear

April 8, 2013
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Yahoo on an acquisition tear

With the recent acquisition of the news app company, Summly, Yahoo continues its current trend to purchase innovative offers rather than design its own.  Over the course of the last year, it acquired six start-up companies:  Snip.It, OnTheAir, Jybe, Stamped, Alike, and Propeld.  These companies add to Yahoo’s strategy to develop its mobile social marketing…

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