Welcome to Google Island Google IO attendees visit Google’s virtual island Photo: Alex Washburn/Wired I awoke aboard a boat, just before daybreak, which was weird. The last thing I remembered was being in San Francisco’s Moscone Center, wrapping up a four-hour Google I/O keynote liveblogging session. My last recollection was of Google CEO Larry Page taking questions from the audience and promoting a vision of a utopia where society could be free to innovate and experiment, unencumbered by government regulations or social norms. “I think as technologists we should have some safe places where we can try out some new things and figure out,” he had said. “What is the effect on society? TaskRabbit Confession TaskRabbit is a hot startup that everyone is buzzing about. Like Zaarly, it is a local network that allows users to post and complete tasks in their neighborhoods. Think Craigslist and Twitter mushed together.
REDESIGN ME / MAXIM SCHRAM Maxim Schram Open design by online communities is becoming more common among companies that had previously been secretive about the products they create. Dutch tea manufacturer Pickwick, for example, used the online design and idea community RedesignMe.com to interact with an audience of external designers, marketers and consumers. Bootstrapping With $15K Even Though He Has Millions? – with Jorn Lyseggen How does a small Norwegian startup that bootstrapped with just $15K generate over $100M in annual sales? I invited Jorn Lyseggen to talk about how he grew his company Meltwater Group with the philosophy “We are not a chicken-shit company” and took it global without any outside funding or debt. In this interview you’ll see how creating bootstrap DNA within a business pays off even after it’s grown to 57 offices around the world. Jorn Lyseggen is the scrappy Norwegian entrepreneur who founded Meltwater Group, a SaaS company that helps businesses manage their reputations, streamline recruitment, run online marketing campaigns and more. Andrew: Hey, before we get started, if you need a web app built, or a mobile app built, who do you call? Check out Kumbia.com.
Real-world beaming: The risk of avatar and robot crime First it was the telephone, then web cameras and Skype, now remote "presence" is about to take another big step forward - raising some urgent legal and ethical questions. "Beam me up Scotty" - that simple phrase reminds us of Captain Kirk, whisked from alien worlds back to the Starship Enterprise via the magic of "teleporting", in the cult TV series Star Trek. Beaming, of a kind, is no longer pure science fiction. It is the name of an international project funded by the European Commission to investigate how a person can visit a remote location via the internet and feel fully immersed in the new environment.
Online marketplace connects the homeless with tasks in exchange for food Gain instant and exclusive access to over 5,000 of the most creative ideas, innovations and startups on our database and use our smart filters to take you direct to those that are most relevant to your industry and your needs. Not interested? You can still browse articles published in the last 30 days from our homepage and receive your daily and weekly fix of entrepreneurial ideas through our free newsletters. Meet. Call. Share. Chat. Collaborate. Take one look at iMeet and it will change the way you think about web conferencing. Eight Critical Value Points of a Futurist As a Futurist, people often ask me how many of my predictions have come true. I find this to be a rather uncomfortable question. It’s uncomfortable, not because my track record hasn’t been up to par (actually, a high percentage have come true), but because accuracy of predictions is a poor way of measuring the value of a Futurist.
In Praise of Leisure - The Chronicle Review By Robert Skidelsky and Edward Skidelsky Imagine a world in which most people worked only 15 hours a week. They would be paid as much as, or even more than, they now are, because the fruits of their labor would be distributed more evenly across society. Radical Sharing Works: This Guy Lets the World Use His Starbucks Card for Free - Business Download this image to your phone, take it to Starbucks and scan it at the cash register: It'll get you a free coffee. It's part of a radical experiment in sharing that's teaching us something about mobile money in the process. "It's been extremely uplifting," Jonathan Stark tells GOOD.