In prior discussions about smart cities, including the global rankings I published on Co.Exist a few weeks ago, I believe many of us have under-emphasized the importance of cities in creating an enabling environment for emerging technology companies. advertisement advertisement This was a key issue addressed at the first-ever Cities Summit held in Vancouver earlier this month. Mayors of 35 cities around the world joined with executives and consultants in an intense day and a half of panels discussing open cities, digital cities, urban laboratories, smart-city financing, and startup cities. One of the most interesting conversations was about “Startup Cities.” Nanci Klein of San Jose spoke about the five different industrial areas that the city is promoting, as well as the role of the city in supporting the local startup community. One of San Jose’s early insights was addressing the bureaucratic hurdles in their procurement process by creating a demonstration … [Read more...] about How Can You Build A Smart City?
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The U.S. Court of Appeals has overturned an existing ban on Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus smartphone. It is the second ruling this month to find in favor of the Korean technology nabob in its ongoing war with Apple, stating that California’s district court had “abused its discretion in entering an injunction.” Last week a judge lifted the injunction on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1. The firm is pushing for a retrial after the original verdict in San Jose, where Apple was awarded just over a billion dollars in damages over what it saw as copyright infringement by Samsung. Apple, who yesterday won a delay on a sales ban on some of its products in South Korea, can, however, take some comfort from the fact that it has stolen one of its rival’s most prominent chip designers. Jim Mergard is swapping Austin, where Samsung’s chip team resides–and where Apple’s chips are manufactured, ironically enough–for a parking space at Cupertino. … [Read more...] about Samsung Wins Latest Round In Its Patent Spat With Apple
advertisement advertisement The year 2012 is not only the Year of the Dragon, it also marks 30 years since In Search of Excellence was published. While there have been voices over the years which have been critical of the book’s methodology, its resulting content, and even its writing style, the case can be made that it is the most influential management book not only in these last 30 years but perhaps–just perhaps–ever. Hyperbole? Consider: It created a new genre of “best seller” business books, works that were not only informative but interesting and highly readable for Everyman. With a few exceptions, such as McGregor, Chandler, Sloan, maybe Drucker, many (most?) prior books on management/leadership were arcane tomes written by academics for academics and practitioners and were rarely found on any popular “best seller” list. Now “business” is considered a book category in itself thanks in no small part to … [Read more...] about The Most Influential Business Book Of The Last 30 Years?
advertisement advertisement When Walmart bought up a tiny Silicon Valley startup called Kosmix in April last year, it left a lot of tech watchers scratching their heads. About nine months on, the little company’s role within the mega retailer is coming into focus. Kosmix–now called WalmartLabs–is leading mobile and social research and development at Walmart, with the goal of pushing the company forward in mobile and online retail. And increasingly, it looks like Kosmix will play a key role in the retail behemoth’s international efforts. For Venky Harinarayan and Anand Rajaraman, the company’s two cofounders, Walmart’s purchase of Kosmix was their second startup deal. They’d sold their first company, Junglee, to that other massive retailer, Amazon. Kosmix became WalmartLabs and Harinarayan and Rajaraman joined Walmart as heads of mobile and online retail. The key, it seems, is that Walmart is giving the tiny crew the space to create and … [Read more...] about WalmartLabs Brings The “Two Pizza Team” Startup Culture To Walmart Empire
In his book ‘Poor Charlie’s Almanack’ legendary investor and author Charlie Munger writes ‘spend each day trying to be a little wiser than you were when you woke up. Day by day, and at the end of the day- if you live long enough- like most people, you will get out of life what you deserve.’Independent investor and investing coach Vishal Khandelwal lives by these words. An analyst who quit his job at the age of 34 to focus on teaching the Aam Aadmi the art and science of investing. Safal Niveshak, Hindi for successful investor, has been his platform where he gives online training on investing. A prolific writer, Vishal spends 75 percent of his waking time in reading and learning.Vishal does not like to speak about his stock picks and the returns his investment has generated. The fact that he has been able to come out of a job by taking care of all his liabilities gives an insight that he has done well for himself.Close Vishal is known more as a teacher of … [Read more...] about The analyst who quit his job to be a teacher and a ‘Safal Niveshak’