Most plans offered today to counter and combat this group focus exclusively on military or geopolitical solutions. While important, these plans lack a key understanding of the branding, digital marketing and start-up mentality that facilitated the spread of ISIS's influence across the globe.
Stop kidding yourself. How long has it been since you said, "If I just get to X, I will take that trip"?
People with disabilities and older adults have a massive need for transportation and the industry has really not responded. But there might be an answer, a software with rideshare connections that could increase transportation options for people with disabilities.
When launching a firm that pursues disruptive innovation, it's best that you authentically deliver your promised benefits to society while anticipating and assessing how and where the disrupted will attempt to fight back so that you can respond in a strategic manner.
It's an increasingly inescapable truth that no industry, no technology, and no way of doing things is safe from startups. We saw it with music distribution, then film distribution, and now we're seeing it with hiring cars, renting a place to stay, and grocery shopping.
Is there a difference between disruption and transformation? Between shaking up a business sector (I'd say "business model," but that is proving to be less and less true) and transforming society? Between monetizing fabulous enablement and actually changing people's lives for the good?
The rise of "independent contractors" Is the most significant legal trend in the American workforce -- contributing directly to low pay, irregular hours, and job insecurity. It's become a race to the bottom.
How could Google take on Uber? If Google can successfully bring autonomous cars to market, it could create what many have jokingly called "Goober," a services marketplace similar to Uber that's powered by self-driving cars.
It's not the age of small business, but microbusiness: the individual with something to sell, whether it's artisanal furniture or a skill. The millennials seem to know this instinctively, the rest of us are learning it.
The first person I'll be featuring in this series is Penn Alumnus Jon Youshaei who is a Google Associate Product Marketing Manager, writer and intrapreneur. Jon Youshaei is a first-generation American whose claim to fame has been having every vowel in his last name.
Service marketplaces are aggregating consumer demand through mobile apps (and some websites) and fulfilling that demand through offline services.
Investment in Silicon Valley is at record levels. Venture firms are managing more funds and raising more money. New starts are also at a high, with more companies raising megadeals -- rounds of $100 million or more -- than ever before.
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick raises an important issue. Most people think that the sharing economy is all about convenience and the power of networked technology. But the biggest risk for sharing companies does not emanate from technology but from a failure to manage social expectations around it.
The minimal role of unions in the 21st century prompts us to consider what else does and does not make sense in the workplace when we live healthy, active lives into our 70s, 80s, and 90s. In societies that are defined by more old than young, the traditions that have for decades shaped work need to be reconsidered.
The sharing economy is on the rise. We've seen a big shift in the markets of public transportation and accommodation because of the likes of Uber and Airbnb respectively.
Who pays the cost of maintaining the grid while the rooftop entrepreneur uses it at will? Short answer: everyone else.