Posts Tagged ‘innovation’

Kaizen Weekly Review

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Kaizen Weekly Review highlights activities of The Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship and recent business ethics and entrepreneurship news.
Editor
: Virginia Murr

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Lessons on Leadership from Mark Cuban
Not all of Mark Cuban’s bosses appreciated his ambitious, entrepreneurial nature — he was often criticized for it. Speaking about one of his former bosses, the billionaire entrepreneur states, “He was my mentor, but not in the way you’d expect. Even now I think back to things he did, and I do the opposite.” Read the full article.

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The Virtuous Entrepreneur
Dr. Terry Noel gave the following CEE-sponsored talk on “The Virtuous Entrepreneur” at Rockford University. Noel’s research has been published in journals including the Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of Business Ethics, and the Journal of Entrepreneurship Education.
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The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship Celebrates 25 Years
On April 23, Steve Mariotti’s NFTE celebrates 25 years of programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, to recognize business opportunities, and to plan for successful futures. For more information about the gala event, click here. Read CEE’s interview with Mariotti.

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The Year’s 23 Most Innovative Startups 2013
Every year the World Economic Forum releases its picks of the top technology pioneers. According to the WEF, “These startups are expected to drastically alter their particular fields over the next year.” In previous years, successful startups such as Kickstarter and Foursquare were members of the prestigious list. See this year’s list.

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Innovations in Payment Systems Helping Small Businesses
Gaps in cash flow “can make it difficult for business owners to focus on expansion rather than, say, managing payrolls or paying other bills.” This article explains how small businesses are making their cash flow smoother with innovative payment systems.

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Marx’s Philosophy and the “Necessity” of Violent Politics
In this post, Stephen Hicks considers why Marx and Engels rejected achieving socialism by democratic and reformist methods. As Marx stated, “[T]here is only one way in which the murderous death agonies of the old society and the bloody birth throes of the new society can be shortened, simplified and concentrated, and that way is revolutionary terror.”

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Kaizen Weekly Review

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Kaizen Weekly Review highlights activities of The Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship and recent business ethics and entrepreneurship news.
Editor
: Virginia Murr

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Innovative Education: the Computer in the Wall
The winner of this year’s one million dollar TED prize and professor of educational technology at Newcastle University, Professor Sugata Mitra, set up a computer in a New Dehli slum, connected it to the internet, and placed it inside of a wall, protected only by a shield of plastic. After making the mouse accessible, he left. According to this Wired article, Mitra came back eight hours later and saw kids browsing the Internet in English, a language they do not speak.

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Should Olympic Athletes Be More Moral Than Other Athletes?
Professor Shawn Klein, a.k.a. The Sports Ethicist, discusses morality and rule-breaking by analyzing the last Olympics. The London Olympics generated several controversies, including badminton and soccer teams trying to lose or draw to set up more favorable seeding in the next round and a swimmer who admitted to taking illegal, extra kicks in his gold medal race. According to Klein, the fact that some people are “athletically excellent does not mean they are also morally excellent.” Read the full blog post.

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The Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy
This article by Professor Noel D. Campbell introduces the Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy, launched in 2012. According to the abstract, “JEPP was created to encourage and disseminate quality research about the vital relationships among institutions, entrepreneurship and economic outcomes.” The latest issue covers such topics as creative destruction and entrepreneurship across disciplines.

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Public Policy, Objectivism, and Entrepreneurship
Stephen Hicks gave a talk on Public Policy, Objectivism, and Entrepreneurship at the 2012 Atlas Summit in Washington, DC. Some of his themes included: Our schizophrenic public policy culture — health, sex, religion, money; what wealth is; entrepreneurism as a cultural asset; Objectivism’s entrepreneurial ethic; and principled strategy in a mixed economy. Hicks will be speaking again at the 2013 Atlas Summit.

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Shawn Klein’s New Sports Ethicist Radio Program
The Sports Ethicist Show premiered on Rockford University Radio this week. Each week Klein and guests will discuss ethical and philosophical issues that arise in and around sport. The first episode on “What is Sport?” featured Professor Michael Perry. Listen to or download the podcast.

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Can Aerobic Activity Improve Executive Function?
Among other things, executive brain function helps us to plan, organize, and formulate strategies. Is it possible to improve this all-important brain function? A study from the Psychonomic Bulletin and Review gives evidence that aerobic activity can do just that. Read more about the study.

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Soon Chilean Entrepreneurs Will Be Able to Incorporate in One Day

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

By May, a new law in Chile should be in effect, allowing entrepreneurs to incorporate their businesses online for free within one day. This is part of Chile’s Year of Innovation, a billion-dollar initiative launched by President Sebastián Piñera, which is designed to simplify the process of innovation for Chileans.

Read more about the new law here.

Learn about Chile’s Year of Innovation.

Five Technologies to Watch in 2013

Monday, January 7th, 2013

MIT TechReview lists five technologies that should make a big impact this year:

1. Wireless charging

2. 3D Printing

3. The stylus

4. Leap 3D

5. The Nook

Check out the article for details about each technology.

How Entrepreneurs Can Master the Creative Mind

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

To become a great entrepreneur, one needs to be creative and innovative. The Creativity Post has a list of 8 tips to cultivate and maintain creativity, including:

1. Forever curious. Endless curiosity is the number one indication of the creative mind-set. It allows entrepreneurs to challenge what is already “known” to extrapolate that to an original idea. Curiosity infuses you with the determination needed to figure out or learn how to turn an original or innovative idea into a reality.

2. Always open to new things. Thinking this way can be viewed as quieting the opinions of the judgmental mind long enough to allow the creative mind the time and space it needs to generate interesting insights, associations, and connections. This opens creative possibilities, rather than categorizing new things into self-limited dead-ends.”

Read the rest here.

Related: our interview with Judy Estrin on innovation.

Also related: watch Dr. Stephen Hicks outline the entrepreneurial process and the role of innovation within it.

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:

Douglas B. Rasmussen’s Lecture at RNH

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Douglas B. Rasmussen, CEE guest speaker and subject of an installment of our Profiles in Liberty series, gave a talk at the Icelandic Research Centre for Innovation and Economic Growth (RNH, Rannsoknarsetur um nyskopun og hagvoxt). RNH is “a think tank which seeks to explore how innovation and economic growth are either encouraged or stifled.” Rasmussen’s lecture on the philosophy of Ayn Rand can be seen in its entirety below:

GEW 2012 Starts Today!

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Global Entrepreneurship Week starts today and runs through November 18. So far, Dropifi (an app that helps ecommerce businesses to connect more effectively with customers) won the award for most innovative startup, and hundreds of new business were created. Many more events are coming up this week in over 130 countries.

Read more about GEW’s kickoff and this week’s activities here.

Avi Millman, Innovative Co-Founder of Stray Boots

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Entrepreneur interviews Avi Millman, co-founder of the startup Stray Boots. Stray Boots is an innovative service that turns your smartphone into an unconventional tour guide. This “gamification” of major cities sends users challenges and trivia questions that result in a self-paced, scavenger-hunt-like tour. Different teams can even compete to see who can finish the tour first.

Read the interview here.

Why the Wealthy Should Fund Innovation

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Former Microsoft Chief Technology Officer Nathan Myhrvold believes that successful businesspeople should get involved with innovative startups. These wealthy individuals no longer have the pressure to provide for their families, so they can afford to take on riskier ventures. Moreover, says, Mr. Myhrvold, “We have the experience and resources to look for game-changing ideas—and the confidence to act when we think we’ve found one.”

Read the article here.