Archive for February, 2015

16 ideas for a more dynamic US economy by Marc Andreessen

In a classic Marc Andreessen “tweetstorm,” the venture capitalist offers 16 “somewhat-less obvious ideas for how to expand the # of “unicorn” great tech startups over time…” 1/More Montessori & Montessori-style, free-form, and/or project-based K-8 public & private schools. 2/Entrepreneurship magnet/charter schools — specifically designed to

At Last: A Social Network for Those Who Want to Put Their DNA Online?

Members of openSNP upload their genes along with things like their sex, age, eye color, location, Fitbit data and medical history — for anyone to see and analyze. The record lives on forever…But for Clark, the possibilities outweigh the risks: She wants scientists to have

How biosignatures can be used for surveillance

Facial patterning is a particularly powerful biometric technique, mostly because of how easy it is to have our pictures taken (both knowingly and covertly) and how often our mugs appear on the internet. What’s more, mobile devices and laptops are potent and ubiquitous vectors for

Brand success in an era of Digital Darwinism

Digitization is steadily becoming the main pathway for consumer journeys. The number of digital touchpoints is increasing by 20 percent annually as more offline consumers shift to digital tools and younger, digitally oriented consumers enter the ranks of buyers… Read more from McKinsey & Company

51 Ways to Defeat Poverty

The study looks at innovations (actually there are 51) that don’t exist yet, but could be feasible through work by scientists, engineers, and designers, and with support from philanthropies, aid agencies, businesses, and others… Read more from Fast Co.Exist via Pocket

An interview with Gerd Leonhard

In case you missed it, check out Frank Diana’s interview with Gerd Leonhard. Here they discuss disruptive technologies and their impact across all industries. Here’s an excerpt to whet your appetite: Frank: So, clearly you are a believer that ownership models give way to access

The financial world should be run by women

In a paper (paywall) entitled “Thar SHE Blows? Gender, Competition, and Bubbles in Experimental Asset Markets,” Texas A&M’s Catherine C. Eckel and Sascha Füllbrunn, of Radboud University in the Netherlands offer new experimental evidence on the differences between the sexes when it comes to trading behavior… Women in