• Adult Learning with Technology: a Market Ripe for Innovation

    Interest from investors in education technology startups has reached an all-time high. Venture and private equity funding in the segment reached $1.87 billion in 2014, up 55 percent over the previous year, according to CB Insights, a venture capital database. But, if we dig a little deeper, we find that the bulk of spending was […]

  • Big Data Doesn’t Guarantee Your Next Job

    The Wall Street Journal recently ran a story entitled, Big Data Gets Master Treatment at B-Schools. For sure, data analytics are critical when you get into any managerial job today — and incredibly critical in marketing and social media. The article noted that “B-school students can’t get enough of big data. Neither can recruiters.” Perhaps big […]

  • Mark Zuckerberg 2.0: Connect Another Billion People

    In 2012, Mark Zuckerberg declared that it should be a fundamental right to access the Internet. Yet, less than three billion people have Internet access. With a world population of more than seven billion – we have a four billion person Internet gap. If even a billion new people were privy to Zuckerberg’s “fundamental right,” it could drive global […]

  • What Einstein Might Say After People’s Climate March

    Today was the People’s Climate March in NYC. Initial estimates show that 400,000 people descended upon Manhattan just preceding the 2014 U.N. General Assembly (and about 1 million worldwide). The organizers of the march who want change picked an opportune time to get the message out. But as I paraded along with others, I was […]

  • “No One Should Die of Cancer” – Harry Gruber

    Harry Gruber makes it clear that as CEO of Tocagen, he is simply leading a world-class team, bigger than himself, at the forefront of the next generation for treating cancer. Harry has a history of leading teams to solve complex problems. Yet, while the problems he seeks to solve are complex, he can describe a mission […]

  • Jimmy Fallon, Elon Musk Lead An Overlooked Generation X

    In case you were out cold the past month or so, here’s news: Jimmy Fallon is now the host of the Tonight Show. And, if you’ve heard of Tesla, the electric car company, Elon Musk is its founder – plus the founder of a rocket ship company, SpaceX. Jimmy Fallon was born in 1974. I […]

  • With $19 Billion, Does WhatsApp Really Care About Culture?

    At $19 billion, Facebook’s purchase of WhatsApp is monumental. And at $19 billion, why would Jan Koum, who just sold his mobile messaging platform, care about meshing with the Facebook culture? While I don’t know him, I do know he does not have to care about meshing with the Facebook culture. But, the people who […]

  • Tesla Range Anxiety?

    Do you know someone who bought a Tesla, and immediately started asking about a new electric car epidemic: “range anxiety?” Range anxiety is simply having anxiety that your car’s electric power will be drained before you reach a charging station. So, when range anxiety is a real concern, people who do buy a Tesla, still […]

  • 1 in 5 Americans Don’t Use the Internet

    I’m sure it’s hard for members of LinkedIn reading this post to imagine that 1 in 5 Americans – about 60 million people – don’t use the Internet. Who are they? Why aren’t they online? What does it mean to the rest of us? The demographics of people who don’t use the Internet won’t surprise […]

  • Why I Do Not Attend CES

    Breakthrough energy solutions are not the same as breakthrough innovations in electronics. So, I don’t go the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Still, as a person committed to deploying energy solutions that save people money and stave off the worst impacts of climate change – some exciting innovations in energy at CES 2014 caught my eye. […]