Posts Tagged ‘Technology’

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.

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.

FindTheBest CEO Kevin O’Connor’s Reddit IAmA

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Last week, Kaizen interviewee Kevin O’Connor, former co-founder and CEO of DoubleClick and current CEO of FindTheBest, engaged in an extended question and answer session (“IAmA”) on the social news site Reddit. Here is Mr. O’Connor on internet ads:

“Yes, I’m fully aware people don’t like ads but they prefer free content even more. How do we know people like targeted ads? Because they vastly outperform untargeted ads.

Better performing ads->more revenue to publishers->better content->better user experience.

Without targeted ads, most publishers would die and the internet would be a really crappy or expensive place to be.”

Read the full IAMA here [occasional adult language from reddit users].

Quit Your Tech Job and Get a Ph.D. in the Humanities?

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

In his keynote address at the 2011 BiblioTech Conference at Stanford, serial entrepreneur and current Google in-house philosopher Damon Horowitz outlines why business needs more humanistic thinking. He believes that people who take the time to clarify their life’s meaning, cultivate critical thinking, and develop a unique perspective have a strong advantage in any field of business.  “About a decade ago,” Horowitz says, “I quit my technology job to get a Ph.D. in philosophy. And that was one of the best decisions I ever made.”

Via Open Culture.

Text version of Horowitz’s address.

Watch the video of his address below:

Bold Predictions from Silicon Valley

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Is Microsoft doomed to fail? Does the LinkedInIPO signal a new bubble? Is Google  the model of success? Silicon Valley entrepreneur, writer, and professor, Steve Blanks, makes a number of bold assertions about the state of tech-based businesses in this Business Insider article.

For more information about Steve Blanks, visit his website.

CEE Interview with Al Gini

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Watch Dr. Stephen Hicks, CEE’s Executive Director, interview Spring 2011 guest speaker Dr. Al Gini on critical tasks for leadership:

Why America is Losing its Innovative Edge

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Norm Augustine believes that America is falling behind other countries like China and India in technological innovation. This is because our culture portrays engineers and scientists as nerds rather than venerating them, because our educational system deemphasizes science and math, and because we don’t invest enough in long-term basic research. “Despite what many Americans believe,” he writes, “our nation does not possess an innate knack for greatness.  Greatness must be worked for and won by each new generation.”

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Read our Kaizen interview with Judy Estrin, in which she covers similar themes.

The Future of Capitalism Series on Big Think

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Last week, Big Think started a ten day series on the future of capitalism. Through articles and videos, the series examines the impact on capitalism of technologies such as 3D printing, virtual products and currencies, data analysis, and the relationship between governments and markets. Also featured is an interview with John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods and co-founder of Conscious Capitalism with recent CEE guest speaker Michael Strong.

Ray Stata’s Latest Venture: Lyric Semiconductor

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Stata Ventures, Kaizen interviewee Ray Stata’s venture capital vehicle, recently provided funding to technology startup Lyric Semiconductor. Lyric is developing probability chip technology. Traditional chips use binary “yes/no” switches, but probability chips “can accept inputs and calculate outputs that are between 0 and 1, directly representing probabilities, or levels of certainty.” Some of the commercial applications of this technology include: better error correction and faster operation for portable flash drives; better prediction of consumer behavior for websites like Amazon (and better product recommendations for customers); and faster, cheaper large scale data processing.

Read more about Lyric at the New York Times and VentureBeat.

Read our interview with Ray Stata.

Watch a video interview with co-founder and CEO of Lyric, Ben Vigoda, who explains probability chips:

Interview with Anil Singh-Molares

Monday, October 27th, 2008

singh-molares-webAnil Singh-Molares is CEO of EchoMundi, an international consulting, research and product development company based in Bellevue, Washington. Prior to founding EchoMundi, he worked for twelve years at the Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, where he was Senior Director of Vendor Relations and a recipient of the Microsoft Achievement Award. He is also currently a member of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. We met with Mr. Singh-Molares in Bellevue.

Kaizen: You are a successful businessman—yet as an undergraduate you majored in Philosophy and English Literature. That might seem a surprising background. Has your undergraduate education been relevant to your success in business?

Singh-Molares: Yes, absolutely. Philosophy in particular. English certainly gave me the ability to express myself succinctly and technically. But philosophy taught me how to think and taught me to appreciate that there are many sides to an argument, but that you have to make some judgment about what you think is the correct judgment. It has to be well-supported, it has to be well researched, well thought-out, but it should be grounded in common sense. And that’s why I, like you, am a big fan of the Greeks, Plato in particular, and Aristotle as well. So, it’s been very helpful.

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