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Réforme de la Santé : l’exemple pionnier de San Francisco - Fran. New Approaches to New Markets: How C.K. Prahalad's Bottom of the. Five years ago, C.K.

New Approaches to New Markets: How C.K. Prahalad's Bottom of the

Prahalad published a book titled, The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid, in which he argues that multinational companies not only can make money selling to the world’s poorest, but also that undertaking such efforts is necessary as a way to close the growing gap between rich and poor countries. Key to his argument for targeting the world’s poorest is the sheer size of that market — an estimated four billion people. Google Lets You Search World Bank Data. Whether you think the World Bank is an engine of worldly improvement or a bunch of corrupt plutocrats, you'll probably still want to look at their exhaustive trove of data, which Google made available today.

Google Lets You Search World Bank Data

Google has mashed up its public data search with the World Bank's API (who knew?) And the result is this: a robust data system that capable of giving you real data-driven results to questions like "life expectancy in Brazil" or "energy use of Iceland. " (Below, some graphical comparisons of various nations' GDP.) While the data might be World Bank's, the interaction design is all Google. Clicking results lets you play with interactive charts which are fully embeddable, and can be created either statically or always-updating dynamic graphs. Can Lean Co-exist with Innovation? “Lean” has come to mean an integrated, end-to-end process viewpoint that combines the concepts of waste elimination, just-in-time inventory management, built-in quality, and worker involvement — supported by a cultural focus on problem solving.

Can Lean Co-exist with Innovation?

Can such practical principles be applied to innovation, or would lean’s structure and discipline snuff out the creative spark that underlies the birth and development of great ideas? Can lean co-exist with innovation? According to experts at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Wharton faculty, lean and innovation can indeed complement each other, and it’s about time they came together. Lean brings structure and predictability to innovation, and sharpens the distinction between idea generation and the development process, they say. How Entrepreneurs Identify New Business Opportunities - Knowledg.

A key question that all would-be entrepreneurs face is finding the business opportunity that is right for them.

How Entrepreneurs Identify New Business Opportunities - Knowledg

Should the new startup focus on introducing a new product or service based on an unmet need? Should the venture select an existing product or service from one market and offer it in another where it may not be available? La finance est-elle utile à la croissance  Why Insider Trading Is Hard to Define, Prove and Prevent - Knowl. When federal prosecutors charged one of America’s wealthiest people with insider trading in October, the case against Raj Rajaratnam and his firm, Galleon Group hedge fund, seemed notable for the types of evidence gathering investigators claimed to have used on the six defendants: bugged conversations and inside informants.

Why Insider Trading Is Hard to Define, Prove and Prevent - Knowl

Many allegations of insider trading are hobbled by weak evidence like suspicious stock trades just before key corporate announcements. Since the case broke in mid-October, it has widened. The Art of Learning from a Colleague - Steven DeMaio - HarvardBu. By Steven DeMaio | 9:09 AM November 11, 2009 I have a colleague in publishing who works many miles from me and has a different but overlapping area of editorial expertise.

The Art of Learning from a Colleague - Steven DeMaio - HarvardBu

Recently, instead of doing a bit of freelance work for her independently and having her interpret it later, I suggested that, as an experiment, I do it live with her on the phone without either of us spending time in advance. Curious what the trial would yield, she agreed to it. Fit for the Holidays: Amazon Is Shaping Up and Shipping Out - Kn. For the past few weeks, Amazon watchers have seen a flurry of activity.

Fit for the Holidays: Amazon Is Shaping Up and Shipping Out - Kn

In mid-October, the world’s largest online retailer launched same-day shipping in seven major U.S. cities and expanded its free shipping offers in other parts of the world. It has also unveiled an easier-to-use online checkout system called PayPhrase and introduced virtual private cloud computing to enable corporate clients to connect their existing infrastructure to Amazon’s computer resources.

Then there’s a new global marketing push for an upgraded version of the Kindle — the company’s much-talked-about e-book reader — so that customers around the world can use 3G wireless technology for faster downloading, among other things. Amazon certainly isn’t fighting for survival like other companies that have been battered by the economic downturn. The Lean Evolution: From Factory Floor to Service Centers. In 2008, the University of North Carolina Health Care System faced a challenge: Length of stay per patient at this major nonprofit health system and academic medical center was longer than it needed it to be.

The Lean Evolution: From Factory Floor to Service Centers

If administrators could figure out how to cut the length of stay by an average of just 10% — without compromising patient health — the system could add tens of millions of dollars to its operating budget and, most important, provide care to more patients. Reducing UNC Health Care’s length of stay without affecting quality required analyzing every aspect of patient care, identifying inconsistencies and redundancies, and finding ways to improve the service, according to Jon Scholl, a partner and managing director at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). One step involved setting goals for shorter stays and putting a whiteboard in every room. A new way of looking at the world. IBM Furthers Investment In Business Analytics With Smart Analyti. During IBM’s Q3 earnings call a few weeks ago, IBM CFO Mark Loughridge highlighted business analytics as a sector where Big Blue is investing significant amounts of cash.

IBM Furthers Investment In Business Analytics With Smart Analyti

The company recently acquired data analytics company SPSS for $1.2 billion and business analytics firm RedPill. Tonight, IBM is unveiling a new internal analytics product that the company is touting as the “largest private cloud computing environment for business analytics in the world,” which launches internally with more than a petabyte of information. Along with this internal product, IBM will launch a companion product for clients to build upon this cloud-based architecture, called IBM Smart Analytics Cloud. How Murdoch Can Really Hurt Google And Shift The Balance Of Powe. I’ve mostly been a spectator in this whole Rupert Murdoch de-indexing his news sites from Google circus.

How Murdoch Can Really Hurt Google And Shift The Balance Of Powe

First because I didn’t really believe he even knew what he was talking about (or how much traffic he’d lose), and more recently because Erick Schonfeld took the story here at TechCrunch. But suddenly this is a fascinating story to me for a bunch of reasons. This may be less about the self destruction of traditional journalism and more about the search wars. MakeMyTrip.com: Is eCommerce in India Finally Happening? GURGAON, INDIA– Back in 1995, Deep Kalra knew that India had burgeoning consumer promise.

So he took a risk, quit his safe-but-boring banking job and joined AMF Bowling—an American company that was aiming to bring bowling alleys and billiard halls to India for the first time. It didn’t quite scratch his entrepreneurial itch: The hobby was ahead of its time for Indians. He managed to open about 200 lanes, most of them in small centers. Worse, Kalra was in that business-man’s-limbo: The venture wasn’t really his own thing, but he had a remote boss back in America who didn’t give him much mentorship or guidance. India is morphing into a global R&D hub, but can it ever take on.

When Americans think of the Indian technology sector, they still perceive a nation of call center workers and low-level computer programmers administering databases and updating websites. But while the West was sleeping, Indian IT morphed into a giant R&D machine. Indian companies that started out doing call center and low-level IT work have climbed the value chain to become outsourced providers of critical R&D in sophisticated areas such as semiconductor design, aerospace, automotive, network equipment and medical devices. A Local Revolution? April 2009 Recently I realized I'd been holding two ideas in my head that would explode if combined.

The first is that startups may represent a new economic phase, on the scale of the Industrial Revolution. I'm not sure of this, but there seems a decent chance it's true. People are dramatically more. What Kate Saw in Silicon Valley. August 2009 Kate Courteau is the architect who designed Y Combinator's office. Recently we managed to recruit her to help us run YC when she's not busy with architectural projects.

Though she'd heard a lot about YC since the beginning, the last 9 months have been a total immersion. I've been around the startup world for so long that it seems normal to me, so I was curious to hear what had surprised her most about it. Gordon Brown and Nicolas Sarkozy: For Global Finance, Global Reg.