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Dealing with activist investors: A conversation with Larry Kanarek | McKinsey & Company

Dealing with activist investors: A conversation with Larry Kanarek | McKinsey & Company | Crowd Funding, Micro-funding, New Approach for Investors - Alternatives to Wall Street | Scoop.it
Shareholder activists are having a profound impact on the behavior of companies. McKinsey director Larry Kanarek says executives must work with—rather than against—activists to improve performance. A McKinsey & Company article.
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Why Bigger Is No Longer Better

Why Bigger Is No Longer Better | Crowd Funding, Micro-funding, New Approach for Investors - Alternatives to Wall Street | Scoop.it
Scale isn’t what it used to be and the old days of empire building are over
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Excellent article on innovation and how being a big firm is not necessarily a competitive advantage, in fact could be the opposite

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A futurologist examines the idea and process of ‘true innovation’ | Information Age

A futurologist examines the idea and process of ‘true innovation’ | Information Age | Crowd Funding, Micro-funding, New Approach for Investors - Alternatives to Wall Street | Scoop.it
Magnus Lindkvist, futurologist, argues how businesses can only find ‘true innovation’ by ignoring what the market dictates and embracing creative, disruptive thinking instead
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Excellent read and we've found yet another who agrees with us, now which one of the OEM's will wake up and smell the proverbial coffee and actually take a learner's mindset on how to out-innovate their competition?  


"It’s vital for them to discover what they can do differently, hone the ideas to perfection through experimentation and time, then get ready to face the inevitable barrage of criticism if they really want to make a difference"

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5 Ways Wearable Technology Will Impact on Retail

5 Ways Wearable Technology Will Impact on Retail | Crowd Funding, Micro-funding, New Approach for Investors - Alternatives to Wall Street | Scoop.it
From Pebble to Glass; wearable technology has jumped straight out of science fiction and into our lives.
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The marketing viewpoint on what Wearables will be able to do for the retail side, not a bad article

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The Most Dangerous Man In Bitcoin Isn't A Criminal

The Most Dangerous Man In Bitcoin Isn't A Criminal | Crowd Funding, Micro-funding, New Approach for Investors - Alternatives to Wall Street | Scoop.it
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has busted Wall Street insiders and dark web drug dealers. Now he's setting out to do what Marc Andreessen, the Winklevoss...
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Excellent profile of the NYC lawman who is going after nefarious cyber criminals who use BitCoin - Also a good low down on How the leading financial startups disrupt while following the law.  Definitely a good read to understand this BitCoin thing that Warren Buffett doesn't even trust.

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Secret History

Secret History | Crowd Funding, Micro-funding, New Approach for Investors - Alternatives to Wall Street | Scoop.it
And Ye Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Make You Free - John 8:32 (and the lobby of CIA Headquarters, Langley Virginia) A few other versions of the talk are here and here Secret History Ba...
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One of the most important videos on the history of Silicon Valley, definitely worthwhile to watch if you can spare an hour to watch it

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Ovum reveals 2014 will be a year of innovation, disruption, and consolidation in mobile payments -

Ovum reveals 2014 will be a year of innovation, disruption, and consolidation in mobile payments - | Crowd Funding, Micro-funding, New Approach for Investors - Alternatives to Wall Street | Scoop.it
Ovum expects continued technology and service innovation, notably around location-based applications, in the mobile payments space in 2014.

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MasterCard (MA) to Acquires Mobile Wallet Company C-SAM - StreetInsider.com (subscription)

MasterCard (MA) to Acquires Mobile Wallet Company C-SAM - StreetInsider.com (subscription) | Crowd Funding, Micro-funding, New Approach for Investors - Alternatives to Wall Street | Scoop.it
MasterCard (MA) to Acquires Mobile Wallet Company C-SAM
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At Mobile World Congress, MasterCard (NYSE: MA) announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire C-SAM, Inc.

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O2 Mobile Wallet - Why are wallets failing? - Bobsguide (press release)

O2 Mobile Wallet - Why are wallets failing? - Bobsguide (press release) | Crowd Funding, Micro-funding, New Approach for Investors - Alternatives to Wall Street | Scoop.it
O2 Mobile Wallet - Why are wallets failing?
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January saw the curtailment of the first big mobile wallet programme to hit the marketplace, after O2 said that it was withdrawing its service.

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Google Wallet vs. Square Wallet vs. PayPal: a mobile wallet field test

CreditCards.com tested three of the most popular mobile wallet systems out there today: Google Wallet, Square Wallet and PayPal. While all three have similar...

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MasterCard, Visa back smartphone payment - Financial Times

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MasterCard, Visa back smartphone payment Financial Times The US credit card groups on Wednesday announced separately their support for a type of technology that could resolve longstanding industry disagreements over how to develop mobile wallets...

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Harvard supercomputing cluster hijacked to produce dumb cryptocurrency

Harvard supercomputing cluster hijacked to produce dumb cryptocurrency | Crowd Funding, Micro-funding, New Approach for Investors - Alternatives to Wall Street | Scoop.it
Wow. Shibe-faced Dogecoin illicitly mined on Ivy League supercomputer. Amaze!

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Cryptocurrency mining at Harvard (BitCoin is a cryptocurrency too) 

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End of Startup Era: Chips Face Innovation Gap | EE Times

End of Startup Era: Chips Face Innovation Gap | EE Times | Crowd Funding, Micro-funding, New Approach for Investors - Alternatives to Wall Street | Scoop.it
The startup era is ending, chief executives and investors said, so the semiconductor industry has to find innovation from another source.
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Richard Platt's curator insight, February 21, 2014 9:27 AM

Fantastic Read: Semiconductor startups got expensive in part due to the cost of masks. The most interesting problems are very complicated and complexity is expensive -- verification is the biggest expense. Cheap things don't create enough value for startups to differentiate themselves, and it's harder these days to take big companies by surprise given the complexity of delivering new products.


There will not be a robust pipeline of startups ever again, so innovation has to come from other places.


One challenge is to figure out how to harness the resources of large corporations.

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How This Fashion Startup Beat Their Kickstarter Goal in 4 Hours - Entrepreneur

How This Fashion Startup Beat Their Kickstarter Goal in 4 Hours - Entrepreneur | Crowd Funding, Micro-funding, New Approach for Investors - Alternatives to Wall Street | Scoop.it
Entrepreneur How This Fashion Startup Beat Their Kickstarter Goal in 4 Hours Entrepreneur Just as the rules of startups connecting with customers are changing at an astonishing rate, so have the fundamentals of running a successful crowdfunding...

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Successful crowdfunding campaigns require unique content, attainable merchandise, high-quality branding and a carefully crafted and executed strategic plan. There is still some room for small crowdfunding campaigns, but even for those, many of these guidelines still apply.

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Now, It's The Big Time Consultants That Are Getting Disrupted

Now, It's The Big Time Consultants That Are Getting Disrupted | Crowd Funding, Micro-funding, New Approach for Investors - Alternatives to Wall Street | Scoop.it
Clients don’t always need a big sales pitch, a hefty strategic document or to be schmoozed by senior executives. Sometimes, they just need work done.
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Even Clayton Christensen should watch out

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Finance Leaders Asked to Realign Resources in 2014

Finance Leaders Asked to Realign Resources in 2014 | Crowd Funding, Micro-funding, New Approach for Investors - Alternatives to Wall Street | Scoop.it
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Very interesting trend for Finance chiefs, headcount will continue to flat to down, but spending will be up.  A very interesting contradiction to achieve innovative capability if the trend is to be believed

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Stocks to Buy: Investing in Wearable Technology from the Inside Out | FinancialContent Business Page

Stocks to Buy: Investing in Wearable Technology from the Inside Out | FinancialContent Business Page | Crowd Funding, Micro-funding, New Approach for Investors - Alternatives to Wall Street | Scoop.it
FinancialContent fully hosted finance channel
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Here are five stocks to buy that will benefit from the growth of the wearable technology market:

  • Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM): Qualcomm has thrived making microchips for smartphones and tablets and is a trusted brand for any company making wearable technology. And just last week QCOM announced that it would increase its dividend by 20% and its share buyback program by up to $5 billion. QCOM closed at $77.07 Monday.
  • Himax Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq ADR: HIMX): Some people may know that Himax supplies liquid-crystal-on-silicon (LCoS) microdisplays for the Google Glass. But that technology has a wide application in wearable technology devices, such as smartwatches, as well as smartphones and even large TV monitors. Although HIMX has soared 242% in the past 12 months, there's still a lot of growth ahead this stock. Earnings per share are expected to rise 68.9% this year alone. HIMX closed at $15.50 Monday.
  • Broadcom Corp. (Nasdaq: BRCM): Like Qualcomm, Broadcom's recent strength has been in the tablet and smartphone markets. But Broadcom has been planning ahead, and has created a product line, WICED (Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices), specifically targeted at the wearable tech market. BRCM closed Monday at $30.66.
  • NXP Semiconductors NV (Nasdaq: NXPI): Dutch-based NXP is better known for its contactless payment technologies, but has plenty of chips that can be used in wearable technology devices. NXPI is up 81% over the past 12 months, but earnings per share growth is forecast to be 25% this year and 36% in the next five years. The stock closed at $57.14 Monday.
  • Teradyne Inc. (NYSE: TER): Teradyne takes the idea of buying component suppliers of wearable tech one step further back - it makes the testing equipment the chipmakers use in their factories. The surge in new chips that will need to be developed as wearable technology evolves will means lots of business for Teradyne, although that may not be reflected in the stock price right away. TER closed Monday at $19.65.
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PrivatBank launches HCE-based mobile NFC payments service - Finextra

PrivatBank launches HCE-based mobile NFC payments service - Finextra | Crowd Funding, Micro-funding, New Approach for Investors - Alternatives to Wall Street | Scoop.it
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PrivatBank launches HCE-based mobile NFC payments service
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Beating banks around the world to the punch, Ukraine's PrivatBank has launched a host card emulation-based mobile NFC payments service.

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HCE allows any NFC application on an Android device to emulate a smart card, letting users pay with their smartphones, while permitting financial institutions to host payment accounts in a secure, virtual cloud, rather than renting space on the SIM from airtime operators.

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USD 4 trillion up for grabs in retail POS market | Mobile Payments Insider

USD 4 trillion up for grabs in retail POS market | Mobile Payments Insider | Crowd Funding, Micro-funding, New Approach for Investors - Alternatives to Wall Street | Scoop.it
A new study provides competitive analysis of 12 major mobile wallet providers. Who will come out on top?

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MasterCard, Visa sidestep Isis and wireless carriers with HCE support for ... - FierceWireless

MasterCard, Visa sidestep Isis and wireless carriers with HCE support for ... - FierceWireless | Crowd Funding, Micro-funding, New Approach for Investors - Alternatives to Wall Street | Scoop.it
MasterCard, Visa sidestep Isis and wireless carriers with HCE support for ...

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The ABCs of Google Wallet and Apple's Passbook - CIOL

The ABCs of Google Wallet and Apple's Passbook - CIOL | Crowd Funding, Micro-funding, New Approach for Investors - Alternatives to Wall Street | Scoop.it
The ABCs of Google Wallet and Apple's Passbook CIOL The guide presents best practices and use cases for retailers looking to leverage mobile wallets - Apple's Passbook and Google Wallet - which are proven to effectively increase user engagement and...

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Google announces NFC-based Android Beam for sharing between phones (video)

Google announces NFC-based Android Beam for sharing between phones (video) | Crowd Funding, Micro-funding, New Approach for Investors - Alternatives to Wall Street | Scoop.it

Google's already embraced NFC for mobile payments, and it's now ready to do some sharing as well. That comes in the form of the new Android Beam feature for Ice Cream Sandwich, which the company just announced at its joint event with Samsung in Hong Kong. Much like HP's ill-fated Touch-to-share functionality, it will let you simply tap two NFC-enabled devices together to share a piece of information. That will work with a range of apps and services in Android, including YouTube videos, contact information, maps, web pages, and even links to apps in the Android Market. Check out this great demo video.


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How 'NFC' and Mobile Wallets Will Change the Way Retailers Do Business

How 'NFC' and Mobile Wallets Will Change the Way Retailers Do Business | Crowd Funding, Micro-funding, New Approach for Investors - Alternatives to Wall Street | Scoop.it
What business owners need to know about these developing technologies.


You've probably seen the acronym NFC but might not be clear about what it is and why there's been so much hullabaloo about it. NFC stands for near field communications -- a secure radio technology that enables two devices to wirelessly trade data when they are within about five centimeters of each other.


One example of NFC is the Chase Blink credit card, which includes an NFC chip and enables users to wave their cards in front of an NFC-enabled point-of-sale terminal instead of having to swipe it.


For many businesses, the goal is to use NFC to turn smartphones into "mobile wallets," meaning you would need only your smartphone, not your credit card, to make payments. Some of the major credit card companies, banks and cellular carriers have created an international mobile wallet standards consortium called Isis. Similarly, Google has developed its own set of mobile wallet standards, called Google Wallet.


U.K.-based telecommunications research firm Juniper Research has predicted NFC-enabled payments will total $180 billion by 2017. But this number just begins to illustrate the paradigm-shifting changes at retail NFC can bring.


Here's what business owners need to know about NFC.


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QR Codes vs. NFC: The Battle For Your Mobile Wallet [Infographic]

QR Codes vs. NFC: The Battle For Your Mobile Wallet [Infographic] | Crowd Funding, Micro-funding, New Approach for Investors - Alternatives to Wall Street | Scoop.it
There are two technologies paving the way for our future mobile wallets. Those are QR codes and NFC. This infographic compares them both side by side.

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Paulo Gervasio's curator insight, November 16, 2013 8:26 PM

When available NFC is the faster and more convenient of the 2, not by much though.   The downside is you need to buy the tags while QR Codes are printed into the label! 

Richard Platt's curator insight, February 25, 2014 9:26 AM

More good to know stuff on NFC and QR codes as this is important data transfer protocols for wearables and other IoT devices, might want to read up on that....just saying

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5 Examples of Companies Innovating with Crowdsourcing

5 Examples of Companies Innovating with Crowdsourcing | Crowd Funding, Micro-funding, New Approach for Investors - Alternatives to Wall Street | Scoop.it

"The rapid exchange of data needed to maintain competitiveness demands access to multiple, fluid sources of information.  Crowdsourcing helps this happen."

        

Excerpts, 3 examples:
    

Anheuser-Busch (AB)– The world’s leading brewer, ...sought customer input to develop a brand more attuned to craft-beer tastes. Development of Black Crown, a golden amber lager, combined a competition between company-brewmasters with consumer suggestions and tastings; this project had more than 25,000 consumer-collaborators.


Coca-Cola– Coke now uses a more open business model, assuming an increasingly prominent position in corporate crowdsourcing. Its open-sourced “Shaping a Better Future” challenge asks entrepreneurs to create improvement-ventures for the project-hubs of youth employment, education, environment and health.

ucts more effectively, once again tying social media to co-creation.  


Unilever– Despite its globally-recognized and respected research staff and facilities, Unilever understands the value of collaboration with innovative partners from outside the firm. It seeks external contributions from anyone with useful input into such diverse project challenges as storing renewable energy, fighting viruses, reducing the quantity of sodium in food, creating cleaning-products that pollute less.


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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, February 20, 2014 4:42 PM

Here are some current, corporate examples of crowdsourcing, which is also finding its way to government and non-profits as well.   Some say that anything corporate, or having top-down management of the project or guidance from an external organisation for solely commercial constructs is not crowdsourcing.

Regardless, now that complex, adaptive systems has arrived as a part of the conversation, along with terms like  M4IS2  (Multinational, Multiagency, Multidisciplinary, Multidomain Information-Sharing and Sense-Making)  - crowdsourcing will have a chance to prove if it is a sign of our times, including concepts of creative destruction and reinvention. ~ D

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, February 26, 2014 3:12 PM

Here are some current, corporate examples of crowdsourcing, which is also finding its way to government and non-profits as well.   Some say that anything corporate, or having top-down management of the project or guidance from an external organisation for solely commercial constructs is not crowdsourcing.

Regardless, now that complex, adaptive systems has arrived as a part of the conversation, along with terms like  M4IS2  (Multinational, Multiagency, Multidisciplinary, Multidomain Information-Sharing and Sense-Making)  - crowdsourcing will have a chance to prove if it is a sign of our times, including concepts of creative destruction and reinvention. ~ D