We held a launch event at the head offices of Live Nation on Thursday night, featuring an interview with Live Nation, Mike Rapino, a Q&A session with co-authors Dave and Mark and a great improvised musical performance by Mr. Stewart and violinist Anne-Marie Calhoun. The LA Times was there to cover the event and this [...]
What ‘The Social Network’ teaches us about business innovation. What is it about the Zuckerberg story and how he founded Facebook that is drawing so much interest? The obvious answer is that he has become the world’s youngest billionaire at 26 years old and people would love to know how he did it. The film [...]
Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door. Here’s one. The OneDown mousetrap swings upright from horizontal due to a rodent’s own weight to clearly indicate that it has been trapped. There is no risk of snapping the fingers and creating any mess or smell as the trap doesn’t [...]
It’s like getting your first Big Wheel all over again — and you don’t even have to pedal. An innovative bicycle-design concept derived from the old-fashioned penny-farthing, the YikeBike is a folding electric bicycle out of New Zealand. The rider sits on the seat, holds on at the sides and zooms around at a top [...]
Linden Tibbets has created ifttt.com (“if this then that”) to let regular web users connect sites and apps like Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and Vimeo into rudimentary–but highly useful–personal mini-tools. Think of it as duct tape for webapps.
You know Big Data is a Big Deal when NPR runs a story, or in this case a mini-series, on it. Big Data refers to the huge amount of data collected through numerous sources that can be captured, processed and analyzed to guide science and marketing, and everything in between, and the rate of growth [...]
Walmart is using Big Data gleaned from social media to target consumers with highly relevant suggestions for products. Last year it bought a startup focused on social media, Kosmix, and formed WalmartLabs. It uses Kosmix’s vast knowledge base, called ‘Social Genome’ to capture information and relationships about entities such as people, events, topics, products, locations [...]
Domino’s Pizza in the UK have created augmented reality (AR) billboards that let passerby order pizza through their smart phones. According to Creativity Online: “Consumers can scan the posters, placed over 6,000 sites and communicating a special ’555′ deal, with their smartphone, download a mobile ordering app and become a Facebook fan, all while standing [...]
Hunch is an interesting new business idea It helps people make decisions by asking you 10 questions and using the collective knowledge of the community to give advice. this is how they describe it on the website….. Look. Decision-making is difficult, and decisions have to be made constantly. What should I be for Halloween? Do [...]
Research fresh out of Michigan State University, published online in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, suggests that of the 491 12-year-olds studied, the ones who play video games tend to be more creative, regardless of whether those games are violent–and that the more they play, the more creative they are.
The idea that collaborative thinking, or ‘Groupthink’, as the right way to solve problems creatively is misguided. According to author Susan Cain in the New York Times, it is often solitary thinking that leads to the biggest creative breakthroughs. She mentions Steve Wozniak who invented the first Apple computer and said in his memoir: “Most [...]