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Wearable Technology, Regulators vs. Mom Entrepreneur, Quantifying Regulation, Hayek on Intellectuals and Nazis, Solving Mankind’s Biggest Problems, (Breast) Feeding Frenzy

Friday, July 12th, 2013

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Kaizen Weekly Review highlights activities of The Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship and recent business ethics and entrepreneurship news.
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Fashion Meets Technology
13-GoogleGlassModel_1_620x465Technology is quickly becoming a fashion statement. A short list of trendy technologies include: Apple iWatch, Apple smart shoes, Google Glass, Nike+ FuelBand, and LUMOback, an 8.55 mm-thick sensor worn on a belt around the waist that wirelessly tracks movement and activity. Read more about the latest developments in wearable technology.



Volunteers Not Allowed
Rhea Lana ToysRhea Lana Riner, entrepreneur and mother of three, created a consignment business that uses an innovative business model: Customers at rented pop-up locations could volunteer to set up the sale in exchange for dibs on shopping. This new model caught the attention of the Department of Labor, which decided that Riner’s volunteers should be treated as employees. Has Riner treated her customers unfairly? Or is Riner being “stifled by outmoded dictates?” Read the article.



Quantifying Regulation at the Mercatus Center
CHP_Commerce_Trade_BooksDetermined to change the flawed methodologies in most statistics on government regulation, Patrick A. McLaughlin, Omar Al-Ubaydli, and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University have developed RegData, “the first tool to allow for industry-specific quantification of federal regulation, permitting within-industry and between-industry analyses of the causes and effects of federal regulations.”



Hayek on Intellectuals and the Nazis
hayek-1 In this post, Stephen Hicks looks at Friedrich Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom, which was published at the height of World War II. Hicks points out that the intellectual activism of such socialist thinkers as Werner Sombart, Johann Plenge, Friedrich Nauman, Paul Lensch, Moeller van den Bruck, and Oswald Spengler caused Hayek to believe that “Germany’s brightest minds developed the theory and laid the cultural groundwork for the Nazi political transformation.”


We are Solving Mankind’s Biggest Problems
Abundance_book_cover-212x299In this article, the Atlas Society’s Edward Hudgins reviews two books: Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler, and Merchants of Despair: Radical Environmentalists, Criminal Pseudo-Scientists, and the Fatal Cult of Antihumanism by Robert Zubrin. While each book takes a different approach, Hudgins concludes that both “offer us components for a new Enlightenment synthesis that can usher in profound cultural changes well beyond the particulars in the pages of these books.”


(Breast) Feeding Frenzy at the University of Virginia
Paul Tudor JonesHow difficult is it for women to combine high-powered careers with motherhood? Paul Tudor Jones, a hedge fund manager and donor to the University of Virginia, recently incited the opposition of media outlets, the Provost, and 82 faculty members. At a panel discussion on financial trading at the University’s McIntire School of Commerce, Jones stated, “[I]t is difficult for mothers to be successful traders because connecting with a child is a focus ‘killer’ … . As soon as that baby’s lips touched that girl’s bosom, forget it.” Read John Rosenberg’s assessment of the fallout from Jones’s incendiary remarks.


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12 Lessons Guy Kawasaki Learned from Steve Jobs

Monday, December 10th, 2012

The day after Steve Jobs’ death last year, Silicon Valley VC Guy Kawasaki gave a speech about the two times he worked under Jobs and what he learned. Some highlights from his list: Don’t listen to the experts; all that matters is whether something works or not; and value is different from price. Watch his talk below:

CNBC’s List of 10 Inventions that Killed Businesses

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Innovation is an important component of entrepreneurship. Sometimes a product or service is so innovative and creates so much value for its customers that it makes an entire industry obsolete. Here is CNBC’s list of ten such inventions.

The Simplify and Repeat Business Formula

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

The Schumpeter column at The Economist reviews Repeatability by Zook and Allen. “[The authors] argue that most successful companies share three virtues. They have a highly distinctive core business. They make great efforts to keep their business model as simple as possible. And they apply it relentlessly to new opportunities.”

This strategy has worked for such companies as Nike, Lego, and Apple. But, the columnist argues, simplicity alone does not address the disruptive innovation that can crush an otherwise healthy company, such as Kodak, that falls behind the times.

Read the article here.

How Did Steve Jobs Make an Enduring Company?

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Steve Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson explains the keys to what Jobs believed was his greatest achievement: turning Apple into an enduring company. The list includes: focus, simplicity, responsibility for the user experience, improving on competitors’ innovations, and perfectionism.

Read the article at Harvard Business Review.

Popular Science’s Best Innovations of 2010

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Popular Science has a great, in-depth feature on the best innovations of 2010. The feature lists 100 innovations from various categories, including auto tech, computing, gadgets, green tech, and home entertainment, as well as the grand awards for the most innovative from each category. There are also interesting profiles of several innovators.

Check out the feature on Popular Science.

“Microsoft’s Creative Destruction”

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Microsoft was working on e-books and tablet PCs a decade ago. So why did it never get around to releasing them? Why, with so many intelligent and talented employees, is it falling behind Apple in innovation? Dick Brass, who was a Microsoft vice president for seven years, explains how Microsoft’s lack of systems that support innovation lead to risk-avoidance and internal struggles that crush great ideas before they ever make it into the marketplace.

Read the article at the New York Times.

How Do Innovators Think?

Monday, October 26th, 2009

synapse“What makes visionary entrepreneurs such as Apple’s Steve Jobs, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Ebay’s Pierre Omidyar and Meg Whitman, and P&G’s A.G. Lafley tick?”

Read this article at Harvard Business Review to find out.

Also of interest: Harvard Business Review’s Creativity at Work package.