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Can the Crowd Run a Company?:

Often crowdsourcing is about getting people to give away their ideas, their onlyness. Yet noticing more models that compensate for participation, as is the case of this model: members will receive a twice-yearly payout through PayPal if the company makes a profit and if the community votes to pay out to members.

Posted March 28, 2014


We can easily buy into the challenge of “who are you”, without realizing the answer is as simple as I am me…

Posted March 25, 2014
“Power of networking and also networks. When a NYT reporter was studying America’s Exec Women… she found 8 Wellesley graduates among the 439 respondents. That is 64 times Wellesley’s share of the female college population and more than any other college except the University of California at Berkeley (with 9, but also five times as many women students). Detail reveals that when Ms. Morrissette met Donna Ecton, ‘69, now chief executive of Business Mail Express Inc., the exec “really championed me,”. “I would not be a Wall Street investment banker, were it not for her.””

- http://nyti.ms/1b6H0sv
Posted February 6, 2014
“Control isn’t possible. In part it’s because managers don’t have “the answer.” Managers can’t tell people what to do because they just don’t know. Nor do the workers. Or even the customers themselves. The answers lie in the interaction between networks and ecosystems of customers, workers and managers. This is not like an equation puzzle to be solved, or an algorithm to be applied: it’s more like unraveling a mystery or a voyage of mutual discovery. So to succeed, communications have to become much more multi-dimensional and interactive than in Traditional Management.”

- http://onforb.es/1b3Gmfs
Posted February 6, 2014


Connectedness = that thing that unites is bigger than what divides us. Coke gets it.

Posted February 3, 2014


60 years of growth was wiped out in 3.
http://bit.ly/1b5isdT

Posted January 28, 2014
“American Management Association (AMA) recently did some extensive (1200 leaders, 40 countries,) new research that found that 53% of companies now define “leaders” based on impact, not authority. Whether some one reported to them or not didn’t matter, nor did someone’s title or place inside an organization. Even the lack of organization turned out to not be an issue. And the conclusion they drew, which I’m inclined to agree with is that ANYONE can be a leader.”
Posted January 24, 2014
“72% of Millennials, the youngest cohort of the labor force, would like to be their own boss. 74% want flexible work schedules. 77% of independent workers are committed to staying that way. 50% of the work force will have spent some time as an independent worker. But when you disconnect working from belonging you are quite literally left on your own. Making independent work “work” requires proactively creating work spaces, routines, positive interactions and a clear sense of purpose to deal with the lack of an organizational systems that once provided identity.”

- http://onforb.es/1bEHbJU
Posted January 20, 2014
“Healthcare connected devices – the supercategory of wearables — will be quite lucrative if done right. Sensors that can alert of impending heart attack or food poisoning or help manage diabetes and cancer by understanding the markets inside the body are revolutionary. If we get the price points to manageable levels, the impact on global health is going to be astounding and unprecedented. Of course, regulations and a moribund industry stands in the way.”

- http://www.chetansharma.com/blog/2014/01/12/2014-ces-observations/
Posted January 13, 2014
“Organizations that are the most inclusive of women in top management achieve 35% higher return on equity (ROE) and 34% better total return to shareholders versus their peers – and research shows gender diversity to be particularly valuable where innovation is key, according to research conducted by Illuminate Ventures.”

- http://onforb.es/1ewFvSY
Posted January 11, 2014

Having a female leader = 6% higher GDP growth rate, on average, than having a man at the helm. The more diverse the nation, the more extreme the effect. In Liberia, 1 of the most ethnically fractionalized countries surveyed, GDP growth was 6.15% under a female leader and 0.69% if the leader was male…

(With all appropriate caveats about generalizing a “female leadership style”… it’s a great read. Highly recommended.)



- http://bit.ly/GovExec
Posted January 5, 2014


While the number is still too low (13%)…women are growing as share of Venture Capital.

Posted January 5, 2014
“Most execs not concerned at lack of Women on Boards. Survey reveals that only 42% of executives are concerned about the number of women on boards and in senior management positions at leading Canadian corporations. Almost 2/3 are satisfied with the number of women in their own executive ranks, and 50%+ are satisfied with the number of women on their company’s board. That’s the case even though 60% of the executives who responded said their firms have NO female directors at all, and the average proportion of women around the boardroom tables is just 9%. Executives say the reason for this scarcity is the “dearth of qualified women”, not any discrimination against them.”

- http://bit.ly/1ccpWkj
Posted December 19, 2013


Silicon Valley lags behind the rest of Corporate America in getting more women into leadership roles, new research finds.
Loads of stats here > http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2013/12/11/tech-leadership-lags-in-gender-diversity/?mod=e2tw

Posted December 12, 2013
“66% of technology boards have at least 1 female director, compared to 60% in the 2012 index.”

- http://bit.ly/1dj0V3A
Posted December 9, 2013
“Why do poor people make stupid, illogical decisions to buy status symbols? For the same reason all but only the most wealthy buy status symbols, I suppose. We want to belong. And, not just for the psychic rewards, but belonging to one group at the right time can mean the difference between unemployment and employment, a good job as opposed to a bad job, housing or a shelter, and so on.”

- http://tressiemc.com/2013/10/29/the-logic-of-stupid-poor-people/
Posted December 9, 2013
“In 1 year, between 2011 and 2012 alone, the # of women angels increased by 80%: from 12% of investors to 22%.”

- http://bit.ly/II7ymf
Posted December 6, 2013
“2013 survey by the American Psychological Association found that only ~51% of people feel valued at work. Simple expression of thanks can result in tangible (i.e. 50%) increases in performance.”

- http://bit.ly/1a6ylyY
Posted November 28, 2013
“If you program a robot’s every movement, it can’t adapt to anything unexpected. But when scientists build machines that are programmed to try a variety of motions and learn from mistakes, the robots become FAR more adaptable and skilled. The same principle applies to children, at school. (and humans at work).”

- http://www.wired.com/business/2013/10/free-thinkers
Posted November 25, 2013


The more social mobility there is, more that society will resemble the equal-opportunity ideal.

http://nyr.kr/19WDOse

Posted November 25, 2013