We advocate a radically different approach: thinking inside the proverbial box, not outside of it. People are at their most creative when they focus on the internal aspects of a situation or problem—and when they constrain their options rather than broaden them.
The stress of needing to manage their reputation on Facebook also contributes to the lack of enthusiasm. Nevertheless, the site is still where a large amount of socializing takes place, and teens feel they need to stay on Facebook in order to not miss out.
Google understands that social acceptance of Glass is dependent on whether people want to actually be seen wearing it in public. In the end, consumers will probably get past the look of the device, especially if the design improves. Google will also have to resolve issues regarding privacy and safety. These barriers will hold Glass back from truly explosive growth in the foreseeable future, but Google will gradually sort out the barriers to social acceptance.
Y Combinator Demo Day took place today at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. The room was packed with hundreds of investors, entrepreneurs and members of the press trying to find the next billion-dollar startup.
Startup darlings Airbnb and Dropbox are Y Combinator alumni, for example.
Zynga founder Mark Pincus, SV Angel's Ron Conway, CrunchFund's Michael Arrington, 500 Startups' Dave McClure, early Facebook employee Andrew McCollum, and The Winklevoss twins all attended.
67 startups gave 2.5-minute presentations. Here is the first batch of rapid-fire pitches that stood out:
BatteryOS: "You’ve never actually charged a battery to 100%," the founder explained to the audience. His logic: When a battery charges to near-completion, it begins to degrade. A black gunk begins to form in the battery, which eventually destroys it. BatteryOS says it's found a way to charge batteries all the way up without that residue forming. It claims that if Chevy Volt used its product, the car's battery would last eight years longer.
"We can change every lithium ion battery on this earth and improve it," the founder said. His company has already signed a deal to ship 20,000 of its batteries.
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Researchers at Tokyo University have come up with a technology that is a first and significant step away from the mouse and keyboard touchable holograms. The technology consists of software that uses ultrasonic waves to create pressure on the hand of a user touching the projected hologram.
"Yes, money is a technology. From beads to gold, it has changed shape, and from changing hands to routing data, its transfer has accelerated, expanded & multiplied. The internet has unlocked vast networks, new behaviors and inventive systems that are redefining the concept of value."
Munir Geden's insight:
From the research: Banks create scarcity by centralizing money. This scarcity is artificial.
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