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9 Free Business Productivity Tools For Startups

<i>Starting a business can be a daunting endeavor, especially if all you have is a cool product and not enough capital. In the tech world, or in any</i> …

iPad Pro in the Classroom

We finally have a true digital notebook<p>A bit of background<p>I stopped taking a Mac to campus back in 2011 when the iPad 2 came out. It was <i>much</i> more …

The inside story of why Google is becoming Alphabet now

The announcement of Google's new holding company, Alphabet, initially led to near-universal bafflement among the tech cognoscenti: why would Google, …

Reid Hoffman’s Two Rules for Strategy Decisions

Reid Hoffman — the co-founder and chairman of LinkedIn and partner at the venture capital firm Greylock — is a preeminent Silicon Valley strategist. I recently ended my tour of duty as Reid’s chief of staff and wrote a long essay about that experience <i>—</i> “10,000 Hours with Reid Hoffman: Lessons …

How to Succeed in Venture Capital the John Doerr Way

John Doerr, a managing partner at Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers, is considered a king-maker of sorts in the world of tech. He sits on the …

The First Strategic Question Every Business Must Ask

What business are you in? It seems like a straightforward question, and one that should take no time to answer. But the truth is that most company leaders are too narrow in defining their competitive landscape or market space. They fail to see the potential for “non-traditional” competitors, and …

Why Rational People Can’t Succeed as Economic Forecasters

We’re all used to economic forecasts. We’re also used to them being wrong. But there was a time when forecasts were new and exciting, and people were genuinely surprised when they didn’t pan out. This was during the first decades of the previous century, an era that Harvard Business School …

What’s Your $1 Billion Idea?

Anyone would be inspired by the story of Nick Woodman, the CEO of GoPro, a $2.5B company that makes wearable HD video cameras. The highlights:<p>In the late 1990’s/early 2000’s, Woodman blows $4M of VC money on a failed venture called funBugs.com, an ultimately ill-conceived loyalty, sweepstakes, and …

Hispanic Talent Is the Future for Big Companies

For over a decade, Hispanics have been the largest minority in the U.S. This group will represent the largest component of the workforce in California as early as next year. By 2050, Hispanics will represent <i>over half of the nation’s workforce</i>.<p>Obviously, this cohort is likely to be an important …

Why Eton, Britain's 574-Year-Old High School, Is Embracing Ed Tech

"It would be very foolish of us to bury our heads in the sand and assume that education in schools will carry on in the traditional way,” says Eton's head of IT.<p>What does a nearly six-century-old private school that charges $54,000 a year in tuition do when confronted with start-ups with bright …

Why Apple's 'indoor GPS' plan is brilliant

Nearly a year and a half ago, I predicted that Apple was hatching a "secret plan to kill the cash register." Now that plan has a name: It's called …

Google's Strategy Explained

I recently had a dozen or so conversations with executives and entrepreneurs about <b>what</b> Google is doing. Some imagined buying yachts after a Google …

The STEM Crisis Is a Myth

<b>You must have seen the warning</b> a thousand times: Too few young people study scientific or technical subjects, businesses can’t find enough workers in …

8 Creativity Lessons from a Pixar Animator

‘I want to put a ding in the universe.’ <b>~Steve Jobs</b><p>Sometimes immersing yourself in the creative world of people doing amazing things can bring …

MIT Media Lab Hosts The Future

This week, MIT Media Lab researchers and minds from around the world got together to discuss artificial implantable memories, computers that understand emotion… and Microsoft-funded robotic teddy bears. Will the next Guitar Hero soon be discovered?<p>Wandering the halls of the MIT Media Lab is the …

A look into the mind-bending Google Glass of 2029

How far-fetched is it, really, to go from today's Google Glass to nanobots communicating between your brain and a Google cloud that is indistinguishable from a human?<p>When Google Glass made its first public appearance on April 4, 2012, it signaled the beginning of a new era of computing. Consider …

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A Robo-Desk for Weary Office Workers - MIT Technology Review

There’s an old episode of <i>The Simpsons</i> in which Homer lies in a hospital bed while waiting for heart surgery, raising and lowering the bed while …

Does it make sense to think about the future based on our experience?

<b>Designing the future</b><p>Sometimes, in conversation with other people, I notice that some of them consume more time talking about uninteresting details …

Six Ways to Grow Your Job

In today’s resource-constrained environment, many of us are delivering 120% on the current demands of our job—but devoting little time to developing ourselves further or positioning ourselves for a future move. As one of my executive MBA students recently told me, “I know that I have to carve out …

The Most Important Woman on Wall St. No One Knows About

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- She's a former Federal Reserve Governor who now sits on the board of <b>Bank of America</b> (BAC) and appears to have grasped risks …

OBAMA: Both Yellen And Summers Are 'Outstanding Candidates' For Fed Chair

The new Fed leader should have an eye on inflation, promote growth, but focus on reducing unemployment, the president noted.<p>The conversation diverted from national security, the intended topic, when CBS News' Major Garrett asked the president to respond to reports that Larry Summers heads the pack …

How Startups Overcome the Capital Gap

Imagine you’re a first-time entrepreneur with an unvalidated business idea and no track record of making money for investors. You may have another kind of track record, such as working successfully at a large company. Or you could be a young entrepreneur, fresh out of college, ready and raring to …

Do Commodities Speculators Make Things Cost More?

Commodities trading, Adam Smith wrote in 1776, was a boon to efficiency and a foe to famine. It was also extremely unpopular, especially in years when harvests were poor (he was writing specifically of trading in corn).<p>The popular odium … which attends it in years of scarcity, the only years in …

Use Customer Cash to Finance Your Start-Up

Airbnb is one of the most celebrated start-ups of the past decade, and its creation story is well-known: In 2007 two design school graduates dusted off some air mattresses and rented out space in their San Francisco apartment to conference attendees who couldn’t find hotel rooms, netting $1,000. A …

Does the Fed Chair Need to Be a Great Manager, or Just a Great Economist?

By the end of the year, President Obama will likely make one of the most important economic decisions of his presidency: appointing a new Federal Reserve chairman. The two leading candidates, according to reports, are Janet Yellen, the Fed’s vice chairman, and Larry Summers, a former member of the …

Three Differences Between Managers and Leaders

A young manager accosted me the other day. “I’ve been reading all about leadership, have implemented several ideas, and think I’m doing a good job at leading my team. How will I know when I’ve crossed over from being a manager to a leader?” he wanted to know.<p>I didn’t have a ready answer and it’s a …

GOLDMAN: The 8 Extraordinary Technologies Forcing Businesses To Adapt Or Die

Perhaps the better idea is to think long-term.<p>In a new report titled, "The Search for Creative Destruction," the analysts at Goldman Sachs do just that.<p>"We showcase eight secular disruptive themes that we believe possess the potential to command greater attention in the coming years," wrote lead …

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What We Learned About Technology From the 1999 Tom Clancy Film NetForce

Here at <i>Wired</i>, we talk a lot about the evolving relationship between technology and culture. In order to help our readers keep up with the fast-paced …