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THEN & NOW: The original 'American Idol' cast and contestants 14 years later

January 6 marks the beginning of the show's 15th and final season on Fox.<p>When it first debuted in 2002, the show was a massive hit. It drew more than 30 million viewers per episode and was the No. 1 show for eight years, but it's declined in viewership over time and only drew about 9 million people …

Do Not Start Playing This HTML5 Drum Machine If You Have Anything to Accomplish Today

A few months ago we told you about the insanely addictive HTML5 Drum Machine, which allows you to craft beats right in your browser. That was rad. …

How Does Your Phone Know This Is A Dog?

Where Are the Children?

For extortionists, undocumented migrants have become big business.<p>The kidnapper sounded polite, even deferential, when she called on a Tuesday afternoon last May. Melida Lemus and Alfredo Godoy had left their clapboard house in Trenton, New Jersey, to pick up their two daughters from school. Godoy, …

Digital-Physical Mashups

In the early days of the digital revolution, many leaders of established companies did their best to ignore the upheaval, convinced that the threat from new technologies wouldn’t ever amount to much. As that premise faltered, many flipped in their thinking, concluding that digital would inexorably …

Strategic Decisions for Multisided Platforms

References<p><b>1.</b> MSPs are a straightforward generalization of the two-sided platform — from two sides to multiple sides — as defined in Boudreau and …

What It Really Takes to Listen to Patients

Medical science has enabled our health care system to deliver outcomes that would have been impossible a generation ago, and advances in fields such as genomics and stem-cell therapy offer immense promise to further accelerate medical innovation.<p>One promising trend in improving overall care is the …

What Clayton Christensen Got Wrong

There’s no question Clayton Christensen, who developed the theory of disruption, is Silicon Valley’s favorite business school professor. For me, …

How Would An Entrepreneur Attack Your Business?

This is a question I like to ask our more developed portfolio companies who have built large markets/networks/user bases. I ask them "if you were a …

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