User-entrepreneurs stimulate innovation

March 12, 2012
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User-entrepreneurs stimulate innovation

In a recent study designed to understand the relationship between user entrepreneurs, innovation and sustainability, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation-supported research suggests that access to venture capital, use of intellectual property and clear focus on the user entrepreneur’s product or service are what matter.  The study authors, Shah and Smith, break down user entrepreneur into…

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Environmental scanning

February 13, 2012
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Environmental scanning

Gillian Rice, Thunderbird University Professor Emeritus, is a recognized expert in Islamic ethics and consumer behavior.  Together with Özlem Sandıkcı of Turkey’s Bilkent University, they have edited an important book of readings on the latest scholarly research at the “intersection of Islam, consumption and marketing.”  Their multidisciplinary approach to Islamic marketing includes research across academic…

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Current and past events for engaging conversations

February 13, 2012
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Current and past events for engaging conversations

The MacNeil/Lehrer Productions PBS NewsHour recently became an EdIncubator client for Classroom2.0, a social network for educators interested in social media and new technologies in the classroom. The PBS NewsHour educator resources include some excellent videos that go back thirty years.  Lesson plans, news stories and student-created materials based on current events throughout the world,…

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The Deli Summit

February 13, 2012
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The Deli Summit

Joan Nathan, a well-respected cookbook author, moderates this panel of delicatessen owners that includes Peter Levitt of Saul’s Restaurant and Deli (Berkeley, CA), Noah Bernamoff of Mile End Deli (Brooklyn, NY), Ken Gordon of Kenny & Zuke’s Deli (Portland, OR), and Evan Bloom of Wise Sons Deli (San Francisco, CA pop-up).  They convene to address…

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Demographically speaking

February 13, 2012
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Demographically speaking

Multicultural communities are springing up across the country.  Whether from US census reports or a drive around town, we perceive the changes in our local population demographics.  As we can see from the few brief examples in this month’s blog, changing consumer preferences open new opportunities for business offers and business model innovation.  Even changes…

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Old El Paso―tacos in the mainstream

February 13, 2012
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Old El Paso―tacos in the mainstream

A long-time staple in the Mexican food section of grocery stores around the world, the Old El Paso brand began in 1917 as the Mountain Pass Canning Company of New Mexico.  By the 1950s the original canning company had changed hands and bought out the Valley Canning Company of Texas.  Tomatoes were the core ingredient. …

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