Don’t Mess With Tesla

Search “Tes­la” online and you’ll most like­ly find, first, the amaz­ing elec­tric car com­pa­ny by that name [link]. Makes sense. On a recent trip to Chica­go, I saw the car first-hand and kept say­ing to myself, “Fan­tas­tic! Fan­tas­tic!” Now, giv­en that...

Goodbye, Innovation?

“Is it just me or is the word inno­va­tion being overused to point where it los­es its mean­ing?” So tweet­ed the bril­liant film-mak­er Tiffany Shlain (@tiffanyshlain) recent­ly. What a coin­ci­dence. I had just fin­ished read­ing a tru­ly first-rate...

New Thinking Will Be Born Free

Bill and Melin­da Gates want aca­d­e­m­ic research to be free for all. They feel so strong­ly about it that The Gates Foun­da­tion (@gatesfoundation), which report­ed­ly spends $900 mil­lion per year on sci­en­tif­ic research, will (begin­ning in two years) only fund...

From Dynamos To Dinosaurs

In busi­ness, dinosaurs may be big but none is invul­ner­a­ble. And, when they become vul­ner­a­ble, death can be swift. Dig­i­tal Music News (@digitalmusicnws) cre­at­ed an excel­lent ani­mat­ed graph­ic [link] to show just how rapid­ly com­pact discs (start­ing in...

Learn, Unlearn, Relearn

It’s back-to-school time for peo­ple — but what about for com­pa­nies? We nor­mal­ly asso­ciate the end of sum­mer with the begin­ning of a school year, yet there is no such con­cept for cor­po­ra­tions. That’s wrong. In my first post for 2014 (“The #1 Skill...

Simple Bag Yields Huge Harvest

Leaps to “what’s next” are not always high-tech. Con­sid­er the PICS bag. “PICS” stands for the Pur­due Improved Crop Stor­age bag, a two-dol­lar item, which is mak­ing a huge dif­fer­ence to peo­ple in Africa. Bet­sy Teutsch (@BetsyTeutsch) tells the sto­ry...

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