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South Korea plans to convert all textbooks to digital, swap backpacks for tablets by 2015 Well, that oversized Kindle didn't become the textbook killer Amazon hoped it would be, but at least one country is moving forward with plans to lighten the load on its future generation of Samsung execs. South Korea announced this week that it plans to spend over $2 billion developing digital textbooks, replacing paper in all of its schools by 2015. Students would access paper-free learning materials from a cloud-based system, supplementing traditional content with multimedia on school-supplied tablets. The system would also enable homebound students to catch up on work remotely -- they won't be practicing taekwondo on a virtual mat, but could participate in math or reading lessons while away from school, for example.
From left: Business boot campers Sandy Spicer (Moki.tv), Qasar Younis (TalkBin), John Egan (Sendoid), Jonathan Deutsch (Tumult), Aaron Harris (Tutorspree), Laura Valverde (Beetailer), and Wei Hsu: (Hyperink)Photo: Robyn Twomey The Y Combinator offices sit at the dead center of Silicon Valley, in Mountain View, on a street called Pioneer Way. Outside, the traffic hums along CA-z85 headed either south to Cupertino or north toward Google headquarters. Y Combinator Is Boot Camp for Startups | Magazine
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Lean Blog — Mark Graban's leanblog.org, Lean Manufacturing, Lean Healthcare, Toyota Production System I’m not a racing fan, but wow this video is impressive. I can appreciate a great process and all of the planning that’s involved. I can also see the difference between having four pit crew members and 18 crew members (or so… it’s hard to count). What can you do to improve your processes? It takes more than “throwing people at it” if that’s even an option. What planning, training, tools and coordination are required?
Startup Lessons Learned 2011 streaming live I have been getting emails and tweets all day from people upset that they cannot get into Startup Lessones Learned 2011 - either here in SF, where we're sold out, or in one of the more than 100 simulcast locations around the world, many of which are sold out, too. We struggle with this issue every year, because we strongly encourage everyone who can to participate with their local entrepreneurship community. Strengthening ties between entrepreneurs is one of our most important values.
by Rosabeth Moss Kanter | 12:14 PM May 7, 2009 There are three little words that extraordinary leaders know how to say, and I’m not thinking of “I love you” (but those are pretty good). The magic words are “I was wrong.” Husbands and wives know that saying those words to each other can be even more endearing than endearments. When leaders say them to their teams in a timely fashion, they build confidence and can move on to a better path. The simple sentence “I was wrong” is the hardest for leaders to utter and the most necessary for them to learn. Three Little Words Every Leader Needs to Learn - Rosabeth Moss Kanter
In 2007, the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, knew that he needed help. His social-network site was growing fast, but, at the age of twenty-three, he felt ill-equipped to run it. That December, he went to a Christmas party at the home of Dan Rosensweig, a Silicon Valley executive, and as he approached the house he saw someone who had been mentioned as a possible partner, Sheryl Sandberg, Google’s thirty-eight-year-old vice-president for global online sales and operations. Zuckerberg hadn’t called her before (why would someone who managed four thousand employees want to leave for a company that had barely any revenue?), but he went up and introduced himself. Sheryl Sandberg & Male-Dominated Silicon Valley
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Stone Soup - Philosophy What is the Stone Soup way? The Stone Soup way is a new philosophy of business, development, philanthropy and living that combines age-old wisdom with contemporary insights and skills. It derives inspiration from the hugely important message embodied in the traditional folktale, Stone Soup. So what is it all about? Making the world a better place—for you, for me, for everybody—calls for teamwork on a massive scale and for real leaders to emerge from their communities, workplaces and homes.
Silicon valley is a technology hub – could it ever be cloned? This past week, I've been in the heart of Silicon Valley: Palo Alto, California. Within a half hour's train journey, you can be at the offices of Apple, Facebook and Google, as well as dozens of start-ups who might be the next internet giant. There are two main reasons, I think, that California is the place people go to if they're a tech start-up (nod to my older brothers, currently working on one The first is the great pool of talent present here, and the second is the huge amount of investment and mentoring available to that talent. The main difference I notice between Ireland and Silicon Valley: driven people.
A new way to teach entrepreneurship For the past three months, we’ve run an experiment in teaching entrepreneurship. In January, we introduced a new graduate course at Stanford called the Lean LaunchPad. It was designed to bring together many of the new approaches to building a successful startup – customer development, agile development, business model generation and pivots. We thought it would be interesting to share the week-by-week progress of how the class actually turned out. This post is part one. A new way to teach entrepreneurship
Startup Ideas We'd Like to Fund Paul Graham July 2008 When we read Y Combinator applications there are always ideas we're hoping to see. In the past we've never said publicly what they are.
As a Brit who gave up cheerleading the European tech scene to make the pilgrimage to Silicon Valley to live, eat and breath the world’s leading hub for technology startup innovation, I’ve been largely unimpressed and disappointed by the quality of startups here. Living in San Francisco since January, I’ve interviewed around two hundred startups and there’s only two, out of two hundred, I think are game changers. Now, don’t get me wrong, Silicon Valley is an incredibly inspiring place to be. Everyone is doing something amazing and trying to change the world, but in reality much of the technology being built here is not changing the world at all, it’s short-sighted and designed for scalability, big exits and big profits.
Max Marmer Dan Pallotta wrote a post the other day on the Harvard Business Review blog called: I Don’t Understand What Anyone Is Saying Anymore. Dan laments that in more than 50% of business conversations he has no idea what the other person is saying. He used to think he was stupid when he couldn’t understand what someone was saying, but now he has changed his mind and shifted the blame to the other person for poor communication. Dan identifies 4 different “strains of this epidemic” of poor communication.
We knew Ron Conway and his "SV Angel" were prolific angel investors. But we didn't know he was this prolific. An Excel file, purportedly of SV Angel's entire portfolio, has made its way into our inbox, and we have reproduced it here. It lists all 228 of the firm's investments, ranging from Trulia in 2005 to OnSwipe in 2011. LEAKED: All Of Ron Conway's Investments Since 2005
Microsoft has struck a deal to buy Nokia's phone unit for $19 billion, Russian mobile blogger Eldar Murtazin is hinting on Twitter. Specifically, Murtazin tweeted, "One small software company decided last week that they could spent 19 bln USD to buy a part of small phone vendor. Thats it." Microsoft Buying Nokia's Phone Business For $19 Billion -- TWEET
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings Live at D9 – AllThingsD Netflix has turned itself from a DVD rental company into a Web video subscription service, and consumers love it: Millions are signing up each quarter. Investors love it, too: They’ve pushed the stock up in an amazing run over the last couple years. Hollywood, the TV networks and the cable companies aren’t exactly sure what to make of it, though: Sometimes they seem to view Netflix as a threat, and sometimes they seem very happy to take Hastings’ business. (Note: We’re streaming this interview live; more details here.) 8:09 am: Good morning! News Corp. digital chief Jon Miller is welcoming the crowd, and thanking sponsors.
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