Entrepreneurship

Groupon Bubble About to Burst?

Is it just me, or does something seem fundamentally…I don’t know…off about the business models of Groupon, Living Social and the like? I just read that Living Social is a few steps closer to achieving its goal of being in 300 markets by year-end, and is boasting of some 24 million subscribers—big numbers that are nevertheless dwarfed by Groupon’s 50 ...

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From STEM to STEAM

I’m a sucker for any event promising an interdisciplinary experience and an opportunity to dive into the unknown between silos.  I was fortunate to attend, Make it Better, a recent symposium at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) on art, design, and the future of healthcare. It delivered. I was reminded of the old Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup commercials. ...

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Innovation and Entrepreneurship

I was watching the most recent Mastercard commercial the other day, and it really got me thinking. Innovation really goes hand in hand with entrepreneurship. The tagline in the commercial is “for those who never stop pursuing their dreams, there’s Mastercard”. If we want to encourage innovation, then we should be encouraging entrepreneurship. It all starts with education. President Obama ...

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Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt in University IP Strategy

Most universities work hard to develop a reasonable strategy to navigate the complicated ecosystem that surrounds innovative university research. However, too frequently, universities, even prestigious ones striving to foster an entrepreneurial climate on campus, use fear, not facts, to justify their intellectual property (IP) policy, particularly when it comes to IP clauses in industry/university research sponsorships.

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The Rise of Unorganizations

Have you heard of Ruslan Kogan? I think he is one of the most exciting business entrepreneurs in recent years. I only got to hear about him when the major Australian electronics retailers started to complain about how unfair it was that a business could manufacture offshore and sell directly to consumers via the internet. Kogan is an interesting character ...

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Innovation in Our Cities is Easier Said Than Done

Recently one of the blogs featured in the Harvard Business Review’s The Conversation featured a story about recent efforts of Kentucky’s two largest cities–Louisville and Lexington–to promote innovation. In a post titled Will the Sun Shine Bright on Kentucky Innovation?, author Saul Kaplan highlighted a recent visit to the Bluegrass region of Kentucky where he spoke with local entrepreneurs and ...

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Raising Innovation

Humans are one of the few mammals whose babies are not fully developed at birth.  Unlike horses, whales, etc., human babies can’t stand, walk, or forage on their own at birth.  They are totally dependent upon adult humans for constant, continual support just to live.  We are used to this, we accept it, we don’t expect anything different. Yet, when we discuss the ...

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LG and Open Innovation

Key Insights from their work with Small Companies by Stefan Lindegaard In this interview, Chris Ryu, Open Innovation Manager at LG shares insights and experiences on how LG innovate with small companies. You can find more information on LG´s open innovation efforts on their Collaborate and Innovate portal. How well informed do you find small companies to be about open ...

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