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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 plans to convert all textbooks to digital, swap backpacks for tablets by 2015

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. Y Combinator Is Boot Camp for Startups. From left: Business boot campers Sandy Spicer (, 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.

Y Combinator Is Boot Camp for Startups

Outside, the traffic hums along CA-z85 headed either south to Cupertino or north toward Google headquarters. Inside, the decor of the main room combines modern office (big whiteboard, bright orange noise-dampening panels) with camp dining hall (long trestle tables). Startup Lessons Learned on Justin. Lean Blog — Mark Graban's, Lean Manufacturing, Lean Healthcare, Toyota Production System. Startup Lessons Learned 2011 streaming live. Three Little Words Every Leader Needs to Learn - Rosabeth Moss Kanter. 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).

Three Little Words Every Leader Needs to Learn - Rosabeth Moss Kanter

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. Alan Greenspan came close to saying it in the heat of the global financial meltdown, but not quite. Former President Bill Clinton is slightly better at saying it. Sheryl Sandberg & Male-Dominated Silicon Valley. In 2007, the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, knew that he needed help.

Sheryl Sandberg & Male-Dominated Silicon Valley

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. VC Trend: Fielding and Offering Ideas for Startups and Apps.

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Stone Soup - Philosophy. 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.

Silicon valley is a technology hub – could it ever be cloned?

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 large percentage of the population of Palo Alto either working, having worked on, or is plotting a start-up. A new way to teach entrepreneurship. For the past three months, we’ve run an experiment in teaching entrepreneurship.

A new way to teach 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. Startup Ideas We'd Like to Fund.

Startup Ideas We'd Like to Fund Paul Graham July 2008.

Startup Ideas We'd Like to Fund

The Problem With Silicon Valley Is Itself - TNW Entrepreneur. Max Marmer. LEAKED: All Of Ron Conway's Investments Since 2005. Microsoft Buying Nokia's Phone Business For $19 Billion. Microsoft has struck a deal to buy Nokia's phone unit for $19 billion, Russian mobile blogger Eldar Murtazin is hinting on Twitter.

Microsoft Buying Nokia's Phone Business For $19 Billion

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.

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings Live at D9 – AllThingsD

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.) In Silicon Valley, Buying Companies for Their Engineers. Thiel Fellowship. What Makes A Startup Successful? Blackbox Report Aims To Map The Startup Genome.

Generally speaking, the odds are stacked heavily against the average startup.

What Makes A Startup Successful? Blackbox Report Aims To Map The Startup Genome

The rate of failure among entrepreneurs and startups is startlingly high — it comes with the territory. Otherwise, entrepreneurs wouldn’t be pirates. But, what if there were a way to reduce that failure rate by cracking the formula of startup success? No easy feat to map the double helix of startups, but entrepreneurs are risk-takers by nature, so four of these risk-loving international entrepreneurs came together to found the Startup Genome Report, a report that is part of a larger project that dives into the very anatomy of what makes Silicon Valley startups successful — or not. 5 Major Differences Between TechStars and Y Combinator. Jonathan Wegener founded TechStars startup Friendslist. Jonathan Wegener went through the TechStars NYC program two months ago. Apple Nearly Worth More Than Microsoft, HP And Dell … Combined.

Lean LaunchPad: A Crash Course in Startup Success. A new class created by serial entrepreneur Steve Blank puts a focus on testing ideas before jumping in. Stanford University engineering student Lee Redden thought his team's robotic lawnmower had the makings of a successful business idea. Then he talked to potential customers. News from the New Orleans start-up world. It was a week of exciting news for many local New Orleans entrepreneurs.