Future work: be online and reputable.

Trends suggest that we’re heading for a global online arbitrage of opportunity, with good workers in bad places able to snatch business away from better-performing environments. If that happens in large numbers, the competition will get really fierce for everyone. If you’re reading this from one of the better parts of the global economy, it’s a good time to think about how to be indispensable. In the future, having a degree may be helpful, but having a reputation will be even better.

Comment: Interesting blogpost, especially for recent graduates who are just entering the workforce. 


Steve Jobs’ Vision of the World by gocarlo

Bill Gates: Food Is Ripe for Innovation (are you ready for fake meat?)

I tasted Beyond Meat’s chicken alternative, for example, and honestly couldn’t tell it from real chicken. Beyond Eggs, an egg alternative from Hampton Creek Foods, does away with the high cholesterol content of real eggs. Lyrical has drastically reduced fat in its non-dairy cheeses. Even things like salt are getting a makeover: Nu-Tek has found a way to make potassium chloride taste like salt (and nothing but salt) with only a fraction of the sodium.

All this innovation could be great news for people concerned about health problems related to overconsumption of fat, salt and cholesterol. It’s important too in light of the environmental impacts of large-scale meat and dairy production, with livestock estimated to produce nearly 51% of the world’s greenhouse gases. April 04, 2013 at 09:00PM


Video by IBM on The Internet of Things

Yahoo files patent for social influence-based advertising

Yahoo has published a patent detailing how ad charges could be based on a viewer’s “social influence”.

The US firm suggests that marketers could bid against each other to target users perceived to have a high degree of authority among their peers.

It suggests a score could be based on the number of followers a user has on social networks and the number of times they are mentioned in others’ posts.

Who Are MOOCs Most Likely to Help? - Good inout via The Atlantic

f you’ve become a true believer in the power of massive open online courses (MOOCs) and other “disruptive” web-based programs to break the cost spiral of higher education, you should read the excellent analysis by two writers of the Chronicle of Higher Education, Scott Carlson and Goldie Blumenstyk, “For Whom Is College Being Reinvented?” They’re not against MOOCs, certificates, and other alternatives to conventional schools for students with solid secondary backgrounds. But they make the excellent point that these appeal most to the families that need them least and are best able to sort out the high-quality programs from the dubious ones.

Carlson and Blumenstyk’s sources agree that, for a growing number of students in colleges with minimal endowments, web-based courses just aren’t enough January 15, 2013 at 06:23PM


The New Digital Age: A Video


The Power of Networks by Manuel Lima

The World In 2033: Big Thinkers And Futurists Share Their Thoughts

Put yourself back in 1993.  Could you have predicted the success of the web, tablets and smartphones, privatized space travel, the rise of terrorism, or the myriad of small changes that impact how you live today?


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The Future Of E-Commerce For Small Businesses

“By 2022, brick and mortar retail spaces will be little more than showrooms. Instead of loading up a cart with goods to purchase in store, consumers will try on or sample the products in store, quickly scan and purchase the items they desire, and have them delivered to their homes within 24 hours. The shopping mall as we know it today will be much different 10 years from now.”

The Indomitable Mary Meeker | Wired Business | Wired.com

Silicon Valley is different than it has been in the past. Compare the Oracle team in the 1980s—very sales-driven—with the Facebook management team, for whom changing the world is more important than selling ads. There’s a different ethos and a different mindset"

Gerd comments: very interesting to hear that from a VC - change the world and make money ? September 27, 2012 at 01:11AM

Inside Forbes: The Advertising Trend That Will Shake Up 100 Years of Journalism - Forbes

We’re not alone in offering content marketing opportunities. Buzzfeed has received considerable attention for executions like this one. So has The Huffington Post for this. The Atlantic recently developed digital pages like this and Gawker is in the game, too, with sponsored posts it launched awhile back. Facebook is all about social marketing campaigns. August 15, 2012 at 10:59AM

How Big Data Can Make Us Happier and Healthier (good piece)

According to Reeves and Soule, Beeminder is the only platform that combines the advantages of quantified self-tracking with a commitment contract, a compelling and self-binding form of digital declaration in which users risk a public pledge as a form of accountability for their goals.

*** Must read May 29, 2013 at 09:28AM