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The Daily Innovator(sm): The Right Ways to Measure Innovation

Amy Radin | Posted 03.24.2015 | Business
Amy Radin

There is no fixed innovation metric suited to all companies, all industries and all audiences. The calculus used by startups versus established companies will probably be different. Each stage of an innovation's lifecycle may require different measures.

Purpose: the ‘Secret' Ingredient of Success

Maria Pinelli | Posted 03.05.2015 | Business
Maria Pinelli

Businesses that have a genuine sense of purpose draw customers to them and have guiding principles that see them through good times and bad. Therefore, they tend to grow sustainably and achieve long-lasting financial success.

Subscription Business Models Are Startup Favorites

Marty Zwilling | Posted 03.01.2015 | Business
Marty Zwilling

Every new business quickly realizes that revenue coming in every period on a committed basis is the Holy Grail to survival and growth. According to many experts, getting new customers is five to ten times harder than getting additional revenue from existing customers.

At The End Of Each Day, This Office Disappears

Fast Company | Adele Peters | Posted 09.18.2014 | World

During the day, this Amsterdam design studio looks like a typical workspace. But at 6 p.m., someone turns a key, and all of the desks suddenly lift up...

Women and Business: When Lean UX Becomes Mean UX

Mona Patel | Posted 09.27.2014 | Business
Mona Patel

As leaders in the UX community, we must embrace young talent to let them know that it's OK to present divergent ideas and challenge current thinking. This premise is a large factor in UX, lean, agile, design thinking, design and more creative field approaches.

Chronicles of Health Creation: Exit Interview With Integrative Medicine Clinic Pioneer Peter Amato

John Weeks | Posted 09.13.2014 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

After 17 years in the integrative medicine tough lands of coal country Scranton, Pennsylvania, Peter Amato is calling it quits with his ground-breakin...

Is Anatomy Destiny at Work?

Kristina DiPalo | Posted 06.16.2014 | Business
Kristina DiPalo

Everyday that a working woman leaves a little bit of herself at the door is a day in which her employer misses out on the fullness of her intelligence, creativity, contribution and collaboration. And when her employer misses out, we all lose something in the end.

5 Classic Business Practices That Are Causing Income Inequality

Ellen Rohr | Posted 04.04.2014 | Business
Ellen Rohr

Did you see Real Time with Bill Maher Friday? Rowan Farrow and Chrystia Freeland made an impassioned plea for a conversation about income inequality....

Processing Professors in the Consumer University

Paul Stoller | Posted 08.04.2013 | College
Paul Stoller

It is not a bad thing to measure faculty performance and student outcomes. But in the blinding light of sweeping change are we losing sight of scholarly depth and intellectual rigor?

Disruption for Mutual Benefit

Alek Vernitsky | Posted 04.26.2013 | Business
Alek Vernitsky

I am here to tell you that successful disruption need not depend wholly on a winner/loser scenario. In fact, I believe our markets today would be far better served by entrepreneurs who focus on disruption for mutual benefit.

Renting, Buying, and Stealing: The Future of Software Applications

John Pavley | Posted 04.18.2013 | Technology
John Pavley

It's never been harder, or easier, for a developer of software applications to make an honest living. And it's never been more confusing, or simpler, for consumers to figure out how to get access to cool new tools and critical old ones for their computers, phones, and pads.

The Direct Selling Perception Problem

Bobbie Wasserman | Posted 03.13.2013 | Business
Bobbie Wasserman

For the general consumer, the battle around Herbalife has thrust the direct sales business model to the media spotlight. We all know someone that has ...

Challenging Silicon Valley's Innovation Hegemony

Rajeev Mantri | Posted 03.11.2013 | Business
Rajeev Mantri

The scientists and engineers who went to America might not all have founded technology companies, but through their work at private research labs, government research institutions, universities and startups, laid the foundations for America's technological prowess.

Changing Culture in Higher Education

Paul Stoller | Posted 01.26.2013 | College
Paul Stoller

In the corporate culture of the contemporary American universities--a virtual minefield of administrative obstacles--time and patience are in increasingly short supply.

Attention, Authors: I Tripled My Royalties, and You Can Too

Tucker Max | Posted 01.14.2013 | Books
Tucker Max

Why can't I be a publishing company and just cut a deal directly with a distributor, do everything else, and keep all the profit of my writing for myself? That's what I decided to do. There was one problem: No author had ever done this before.

"Striking" Success Through Customer Experiences: What Corporate America Can Learn From Bowling

Steve Johnson | Posted 12.25.2012 | Business
Steve Johnson

In the last two decades, it seems everything in our world has undergone some sort of change -- from the way we watch our entertainment, make purchases, or even communicate. But some things don't change.

Million Dollar Ideas Make Money and Create Jobs Too

Chuck Cohn | Posted 12.06.2012 | Small Business
Chuck Cohn

The reality is, though, that incremental business model improvements in big markets can result in highly successful ventures, create many jobs, and solve problems that customers were previously experiencing.

School Models Show How To Increase Teacher Pay Within Current Budget

Posted 07.25.2012 | Education

As part of its “Opportunity Culture” initiative to help close achievement gaps and meet rising global education standards, Public Impact used fina...

8 Trends in the New American Economy and One Sector to Watch

Bruce E. Welty | Posted 09.11.2012 | Business
Bruce E. Welty

No one can predict what is going to happen from here, but the rise of the New American Economy is introducing existential risk to some of the largest retailers and huge new opportunities for branded manufacturers throughout the world.

Design and Business Model Creation

Soren Petersen | Posted 08.05.2012 | Business
Soren Petersen

Business Models are the corporate blueprints for generating revenue. Developing innovative business models and low-cost methods for establishing their validity and action ability can, therefore, offer huge competitive advantages.

Before It's Too Late: Rethinking the Daily Deals Business Model

Dave Gilbertson | Posted 06.19.2012 | Small Business
Dave Gilbertson

In the meteoric rise of the deals industry, local merchants have found that they receive once-and-done boatloads of deal-seekers. It's a world set up for the deal providers' success, not the local merchants,' and it must change.

Paradise Lost: Can We Keep Nonprofits From Failing?

Richard Dare | Posted 06.05.2012 | Impact
Richard Dare

The underlying business model of the nonprofit is too inadequate, and the need for our services is too fast-growing, and society's understanding of the situation isn't all that it might be.

Lesson #4: The Non-Profit Needs to Be Run More Like a Business

Paul Shoemaker | Posted 05.01.2012 | Impact
Paul Shoemaker

When it comes to efficiency, operational processes, and measurement, non-profit organizations can learn important lessons from private sector business.

Ethnocentrism and the Business of Politics

Paul Stoller | Posted 01.03.2012 | Politics
Paul Stoller

Men like Mitt Romney and Herman Cain so bent extending business models to solve our complex social and economic problems? Anthropologists would say that they are engaging in a kind of ethnocentric thinking.

Wall Street Business Model as Financial Origami

Brendan Moynihan | Posted 09.19.2011 | Books
Brendan Moynihan

And hundreds of thousands of U.S. taxpayers have yet to understand how the Wall Street business model collapsed in 2008 and why they were called upon to bail out the firms.