Temple SmallBizU The Temple University Small Business Development Center provides exceptional training opportunities for start-up and existing business owners. Take advantage of the free or nominally priced educational programs. Classes are available in the following areas: Business PlanningBusiness OperationsHuman resourcesAccounting, FinanceTaxesMarketingSalesLegal Issues There are also excellent training opportunities in international trade, environmental, government procurement and technology commercialization. Our two featured series are our Entrepreneurial Success Workshop and Construction Management Certificate program.
21 Essential Podcasts To Download Today 1 | Sodajerker On Songwriting One thing you learn from podcasts is that, freed from a cramped radio slot and faced with someone who actually knows a bit about their subject, almost everyone has a fascinating story to tell. Scouse songwriting duo Simon Barber and Brian O'Connor set up Sodajerker just as an excuse to talk to their heroes about what it's like to put songs together. But their natural inquisitiveness brings out the best in legends including Andy Partridge of XTC, Mike Stoller and Johnny Marr, making Sodajerker one of the most unusual and rewarding music podcasts. 2 | Stuff You Should Know There is, let's face it, a hell of a lot of stuff that we should know about but don't. 3 | Real Time With Bill Maher This one, meanwhile, is Have I Got News For You with a metric shitload more swearing plus a little more bite and viciousness than "Gosh, isn't Ed Miliband's voice funny?" 4 | Little Atoms 5 | Le Show With Harry Shearer Some voices were just born for radio. 6 | The Pod Delusion
It Took Less Than 10 Years for IT Not to Matter Way back in May 2003, Nick Carr published the article “IT Doesn’t Matter” in the Harvard Business Review. For those of you who don’t remember it, Carr’s piece was a doozy and then some. He argued that companies paying top dollar for the latest and greatest technological equipment were spending a lot to buy a very limited competitive edge, if any. The chief executive officers of the largest technology companies reacted to this proposition as you might expect. Ignoring all the nuances in Carr’s argument, they viewed it as a wholesale attack on technology. Carly Fiorina, then CEO of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), called Carr “dead wrong.” In truth, it has taken just about 10 years for Carr’s view of the world to reach mass adoption. Most of the people I talk to these days are like Siobhan McFeeney, who heads up information systems management for the AAA in Northern California, Nevada, and Utah. Salesforce—the granddaddy of the software-as-a-service companies—went public in 2004.
Startup Tips From Serial Entrepreneur Loic Le Meur For those who follow emerging technology, serial entrepreneur Loic Le Meur is a household name. In 1999, he sold his first technology company, RapidSite, to France Telecom. Following a successful exit, he jumped back in with Tekora in 2000. He started Le Web, a conference that he says "brings Silicon Valley to Europe." "Sometimes you try to be successful at one thing, and [you] focus on that, and then success happens somewhere else," Loic says. Loic's most recent venture is Seesmic, which he started in 2007 after moving to San Francisco.
Darden Speaker Series This series features speakers who have visited Darden as part of the Darden Distinguished Speaker Series (DDSS), the Darden Leandership Forum (DLF), and the 50th Anniversary Speaker Series. The speaker series brings top-level corporate, government, and industry leaders to Darden to discuss current business issues and trends, and their individual leadership philosophy. These guest speakers represent a variety of experiences, industries and geographical regions, but all share a similar commitment to the core values consistent with the Darden mission: to better society by developing leaders in the world of practical affairs. Subscribe to this series of podcasts: or auto-subscribe in iTunes: Monday, March 4, 2013DAPHNE KOLLER, CO-FOUNDER OF COURSERA The Darden Leadership Speaker Series presents Daphne Koller, Co-founder of Coursera, a social entrepreneurship company that works with top universities to make the best education freely accessible to everyone. James P. John A. Martha N. Wendy L.
Podcast | Sodajerker Episode 48 – Rickie Lee Jones Singer-songwriter Rickie Lee Jones chats with Simon and Brian about the writing of songs like ‘Chuck E’s in Love’, ‘The Last Chance Texaco’, ‘Coolsville’, ‘Weasel and the White Boys Cool’, ‘Skeletons’ and ‘The Evening of My Best Day’. Rickie talks in detail about her approach to constructing lyrical flow, her recent covers album The Devil You Know, and her plans for a new album of original material, which you can now pledge to support. Read more Episode 47 – Linda Thompson British folk singer Linda Thompson joins Simon and Brian to talk about the writing of her new solo album Won’t Be Long Now. Read more Episode 46 – Ron Sexsmith
Thomas Kuhn: the man who changed the way the world looked at science | Science | The Observer Fifty years ago this month, one of the most influential books of the 20th century was published by the University of Chicago Press. Many if not most lay people have probably never heard of its author, Thomas Kuhn, or of his book, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, but their thinking has almost certainly been influenced by his ideas. The litmus test is whether you've ever heard or used the term "paradigm shift", which is probably the most used – and abused – term in contemporary discussions of organisational change and intellectual progress. A Google search for it returns more than 10 million hits, for example. And it currently turns up inside no fewer than 18,300 of the books marketed by Amazon. The real measure of Kuhn's importance, however, lies not in the infectiousness of one of his concepts but in the fact that he singlehandedly changed the way we think about mankind's most organised attempt to understand the world.
37signals: Web-based collaboration apps for small business Knowledge At Wharton Political Gabfest Dec. 14 2015 10:16 AMThe “You Need a Stronger Position” Bonus SegmentThe Political Gabfests hosts debate Ronnie Wood’s age and new role as a father.Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz Dec. 7 2015 12:47 PMThe “Billionaire Olympics” Bonus SegmentThe Gabfest hosts discuss Mark Zuckerberg’s recent financial venture, the birth of his daughter, and “advancing human potential.”Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz Nov. 30 2015 2:50 PMThe “Slightly Sad Breakfast” Bonus SegmentThe Political Gabfest hosts consider fresh food ideas to shake up Emily Bazelon’s morning routine.Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz Nov. 23 2015 12:57 PMThe “Successively Bad Smoothies” Bonus SegmentHow did John Dickerson prepare for his role as the moderator of the second Democratic debate? Nov. 9 2015 5:30 PMThe “Things That Aren’t True” Bonus SegmentThe Political Gabfest crew applauds Emily Bazelon for her coverage of a recent Stanford sexual assault case. Sign in using your account with
the other side of INNOVATION - Research The only effective way to study the management of innovation initiatives is to compile in-depth, multi-year case histories. Doing so is time-consuming and expensive. It requires in-depth interviewing, followed by the meticulous process of synthesizing hundreds of pages of interview transcripts and archived documents into meaningful narratives. The Other Side of Innovation is based on an extensive ten-year study that produced the most extensive library of case studies about executing innovation initiatives in the world. Several of the case studies are summarized in this book. Subject companies include: 3M Corporation Analog Devices, Inc. 3M Corporation Vijay Govindarajan; Julie Lang Length: 4 pages Publication date: 2002 Case No. 2-0002 3M's strategy was rooted in innovation. 3M's 30 Percent Rule, where 30 percent of revenues must come from products introduced in the last four years, clarifies and drives its innovation mentality. This is not your grandfather’s tractor!
The Shakespearean Guide to Entrepreneurship Photo by JustABoy Everyone knows Shakespeare is the greatest writer in the English language. But did you know he was also a highly successful entrepreneur? Like Dick Whittington, the young Shakespeare left his rural home town to seek his fortune in London. In the course of his career in the great city, Shakespeare became a shareholder in an acting troupe called the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, who beat off fierce competition to become the most famous and successful theatre company in the land. This story doesn’t quite fit the Romantic image of the starving artist or the poet wandering lonely as a cloud – but Shakespeare lived 200 years before Romanticism, so perhaps we can forgive him. In fact, if you ask me, entrepreneurship was not only compatible with Shakespeare’s art, it made him a better writer. The Problem with Working for Hire Do you recognise these lines? Don’t worry if they don’t ring a bell for you – you’re in the majority. But in Shakespeare’s day the poem was a bestseller. 1. 2. 3.
New Consumer Bill of Rights The original work done by John F. Kennedy on the Consumer Bill of Rights was a towering achievement and it was never our intent to start from scratch. In fact, it was our intent to change the original as little as possible while still expanding and updating the rights. Our amendments are to three of the current five rights. 1) The right to safety: We made two additions to the language that we believe represents the expectation that today's consumer should have as part of an exchange with any enterprise. 2) The right to be informed: This section saw the biggest changes probably based on two factors: the power of transparency to empower consumers and the newfound access now possible through the creation of the Internet. Additions represented here in italics: These amendments were made to represent our new understanding that what is in our products can be as dangerous as what is in or on our foods. 3) The right to choose: This right saw two important amendments.