Ayala Serfaty's lights are a return to her artistic roots and are an exploration and expression of natural beauty through industrial materials. These light sculptures are created from glass rods which she uses to form glass sculptures which are then covered with a polymer which forms the shade. This unique technical process took Ayala over six years to develop and perfect.
To create Sabi, a McKinsey-trained former VC paired with all-star designer Yves Behar. Their process offers lessons about finding a good business opportunity--and a monumental change in American life. Most entrepreneurs embark down that path with a mix of luck, circumstance, and insight: They’re futzing with some clunky gadget, and then boom! They realize how to fix it. Or they’ve worked so long at something that they simply know how to do it better.
As an innovation leader or intrapreneur, you always have something to sell. In the end it is a product or a service, but during the development of a revenue-generator, you have to sell a vision to internal and external stakeholders.
This is the fourth in a series of articles that describe the unique traits of a corporate intrapreneur. Productivity is the foundational attribute of an intrapreneur. Initiative is a required next step.
How will loyal Apple customers react to Apple’s first public supplier performance report card? Recent news about abuse of labor hours and environmental standards by some of Apple’s Asian supply chain partners might lead the loyal and merely satisfied to shop elsewhere. After all, loyalty, past satisfaction with purchases and implicit expectations about corporate behavior are woven together in a rope that can propel or, in Apple’s case, choke off future growth.
I’m certainly not the first to notice that at times some of the most innovative companies can be among the most dismissive of new approaches to innovation. Established innovation consultants are sometimes slow to innovate their own approaches and processes.
The Intelligent Community Forum named its 2012 Top Seven Intelligent Communities of the Year today at a luncheon ceremony at the Pacific Telecommunications Council’s annual conference (PTC’12) in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA (13:00 HAST, 18:00 EST, 23:00 GMT). The ICF’s Top Seven are communities that provide a model of economic and social development in the 21st Century using information and communications technology to power growth, address social challenges and preserve and promote culture. The Top Seven announcement is the second stage of ICF’s annual Intelligent Community of the Year awards cycle.
Trendwatching firm, JWTIntelligence, recently released its seventh annual trend forecast, JWT 10 Trends for 2012. Which of the 10 are most likely to affect small business going forward? Here are my picks.
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The legislative compromise on a short-term payroll tax extension dominated headlines in late December, but few journalists heralded a provision that was included in the bill that will help small businesses and boost America's economy.
If you’ve gotten to the point where you’re hiring employees for your business, give yourself a pat on the back. This is a major milestone for any company – and one that millions of entrepreneurs never achieve.
A few weeks ago, I was on fire. I was working on some designs for a prototype of a new software product, and the ideas were flowing as they hadn't in months. Every day, I felt as if I were accomplishing two or three days' worth of work. I was in the zone, and it felt fantastic.
The waiting is over- the Guinness World Record for largest Nintendo Entertainment System controller has been shattered. The new record controller, created by British electrical engineering student Ben Allen with co-creators Stephen van’t Hof and Michel Verhulst measures a jumbo 12 feet across by 5 foot 3 inches wide.
The overall effect of this display system (called TransPlay) is that of a crazy bright animated laser picture hanging in midair. It’s great for store displays and whatnot, but Sun Innovations has a more useful implementation built into a car windshield that traces your route out like a GPS. A GPS with lasers, which automatically makes it the coolest GPS we’ve ever seen.
An interview with Scott Doorley and Scott Witthoft, co-directors of the Environments Collaborative at the Stanford University d.school and authors of Make Space: How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration.
I’m pretty sure I’d get up right away if my alarm clock started shredding some cash, how about you? Then again it depends on how much is in there. For $100, I’m up and at ‘em. If it’s loaded with a paltry one dollar bill, eh maybe I’ll sleep another hour or so.
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