Preventing the Patent Troll Toll

patenttrolls_final_david_saracinoAfter learning more through research about patents, the patent war, and the patent trolling that exists in today’s modern world, I can safely say the topic got me a bit more riled up than I thought it would. The issue is anything but dull. I recommend you take a look into it if you enjoy reading about business and law. Continue reading

60 Second Awards- BC Blows the Whistle

Coach: Meg- Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew

Assistant Coach: Mike K.- Change Starts At Home

Captain: Jenna Romeo- Unplug for 1 Hour a Day

Quarterback: Steph- Ditch the Nukes

Offensive Coordinator: Foster- Get Rid of the Two Party System

Team Doctor: Rubio- Organ Donations

Cheerleader: Rachel Litt- Everybody Dance Now

Water Boy: Nyein- Change the World, Save Water

Team Bus Driver: Allison- “I haven’t been anywhere, but it’s on my list

Jordi’s Picks

Team Captainleading by Example:Joe- “Pay it Forward.”

Self-Help Guru :Alli- “Me, Myself, I.”

Q (for Quartermaster, the gadget guy in bond):

The Future of Transportation

33,000. That’s the number of deaths resulting from car accidents in 2010. Now add the death tolls from wars involving territory and gasoline. Plus the side-effects of gas emissions from cars on the environment. That’s a lot of bad. Continue reading

LAST post- 60 second idea to change the world

There is a lot wrong with the world.  But there is nothing wrong with the world that cannot be fixed by what is right with the world (thanks Bill Clinton for the phrase).  I think the same mix is inside each of us.  Hopefully, your education and this class have given you the means and tools to find what is fixable and how to start fixing.

What To Do

In that spirit, your last post is to think of a “60 second idea to improve the world.”  This is shamelessly borrowed form a BBC podcast I heard. (You can riff on an idea there if you like).

Please read your post and time it to sixty seconds!  These should be short, powerful, and convincing.  60 seconds is about two paragraphs or 500 words. Continue reading

Innovation and teaching our elders

When searching for a blog, I stumbled upon an “innovation and technology” blog of a Bucknell alumand former teammate of mine.  AJ Pompliano is an entrepreneur and recently sold his first company. He tends to blog about startups and technology, but one of his recent posts stood out to me.

He discussed an experience he had while training two older men to use Twitter. Both men were fascinated with innovation and technology, but were clueless when it came to using technological tools like social media. The didn’t even know how to send a text or email from the cell phone.

Aj brought up an interesting point: “I wish we could empower more people in our oldest generations. As a country we spend so much time thinking about our children (I am guilty as well) that we forget about our elders. I need to spend more time focused on educating them as well. They deserve the benefits of innovation just as much as the rest of us!” Continue reading

Innovation towards customer satisfaction

While scanning the blogosphere, I came across a blog entitled Using a Customer Culture for Competitive Advantage, I was intrigued by the first article that came up about Amazon. The article raved about how Amazon is an innovated company because of it’s mission to save customer’s money. Amazon, from this blog, seems to be a very profitable and holistic sounding company by being customer oriented  and not driving up Kindle prices unlike Ipads that are overpriced nearly half of what they are actually worth. But how successful are they really? Amazon is also known for never truly making a profit. Every Kindle they make, they are actually losing money. Continue reading

Apple- The Least Innovative Company of Them All?

Although we have been discussing many intriguing topics in class, ranging from Enron to Nike, I found the Apple topic the most interesting.  Perhaps it has to do with my loyalty to the brand, or with the mystique surrounding the unveiling of new products, but I was immediately drawn to this blog post that focuses on Apple’s lack of innovation.  Unlike so many articles that applaud Apple for its innovation and success, it was almost refreshing to read about another view.

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Innovation at Large Companies–Is it possible?

I found this interesting blog post about why and how large companies should be embracing innovation. Ferhan Bulca references an article he read recently about how larger corporations have a duty to become better innovators. This past summer I worked at a bank that funded many start-up tech and life science companies. I learned a lot about how new and upcoming technology and biomedical products could change our world. The bank helped no-name start up entrepreneurs, as well as some medium sized companies, reviewing companies on intellectual property. Therefore, I found this article extremely interesting because in my personal experience, I would agree with Bulca in that many of the people with fantastic new ideas do not come from large corporations at all. Bulca lists some reasons why large corporations should take advantage of their financial position and hire innovators to develop the “next new thing,” and I think he is right in many ways.

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Are Giant Corporations really a Place for Great Innovations?

Today, I came across a blog post by a professor from the University of Toronto arguing in favor of large corporations as the catalysts for innovation. In his post, he argued that large companies have better access to resources, greater brand strength, more talent, and more support and momentum for promising R&D projects. However, the Sharholders ethic expressed by Milton Friedman, makes me wonder whether big corporations are really suited for things that relatively make smaller profits but really beneficial to the society. If the main purpose of a corporation is to increase the wealth of shareholders, and if the monetary profit is something that they care most, is there really a chance for “socially responsible” projects to compete with projects that has potential for large profit margins? Continue reading