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Technology Enables Another Innovative Business Model - Car Sharing
No doubt, you've heard about fractional ownership of aircraft and executive jets, but have you heard of fractional ownership programs for cars, called "car sharing"?  The article below is written by the CEO of Zipcar and highlights the company's use of technology to create a new and innovative...
 
 
Why Microsoft Had to Destroy Word
If you have already upgraded from Microsoft Word 2003 version to 2007 version, no doubt you've already experienced the initial despair at not being able to find anything on the tool bar (because they moved everything) to then settling in fairly quickly and "getting it."  After a few days of...
 
 
Top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2009
Gartner, a leading global IT consultancy, has recently announced what it feels are the top 10 technologies for 2009 (click here to read their view on the next five years): At the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, being held in Orlando, Gartner, Inc. analysts highlighted the top 10 technologies...
 
 
Betting on Leaner, Greener Energy Solutions
In tracking the news trends, I predict more and more creative startups will come out with ideas to produce lower-cost, greener energy solutions for homes and cars.  This is just one example story in this category.  I'm not sure consumers will rush to buy a $10,000 ethanol production plant...
 
 
Top Ten Disruptive Technologies for 2008 to 2012
Gartner, the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company, has compiled a list of what they believe to be the top ten disruptive technologies for the next five years: Gartner Identifies Top Ten Disruptive Technologies for 2008 to 2012 MELBOURNE, Australia, May 28,...
 
 
Startup Targets Angry eBayers
Even if you are not yet a die-hard Web 2.0 fan, you've got to appreciate the moxie of this startup that is taking on eBay.  It's another case of taking the social-networking aspects of Web 2.0 and applying it to existing web-based business models to take them to the next level.  I think...
 
 
New Startup MinuteFix Revolutionizes Tech Support, Creates Jobs for Independent Contractors
If you are a techie and have been trying to figure out how you can work from home and control your own schedule, look no further than MinuteFix.  Or perhaps you are a frustrated computer user and just need easy and simple tech support.  The answer is the same, look no further than...
 
 
The Grid: The Internet at 10,000 Times the Speed
In case you haven't heard, there is a new Internet in the making called "The Grid."  Although academics have designed the grid to search for the origins of the universe (of course they could know the origins of the universe if only God opened their eyes and if only they accepted the...
 
 
The Web 2.0 and Mashups Trend Gains a Giant Supporter
IBM's recent move to support mashups is a strong indicator from the technology giant that Web 2.0 and mashups will continue to dethrone entrenched licensed software and development business models and empower average users with little or no technical expertise: At IBM's 2008 IMPACT...
 
 
Q4-2007 Global Disruptive Technology Survey
This is an excerpt of the RBC Dain Rauscher's Global Panel of 11,000 leading-edge IT adopters within 7,500 companies: Shows Disruptive Threats To Technology Sectors   [Companies will] continue purchasing "disruptive" technologies for Q4 2007 / Q1 2008. The survey suggests that traction...
 
 
NVL Member Wins Design Competition
New Venture Lab member Andrew Zwart (see Andrew's VentureNetwork profile here) recently won an Ontario-wide Engineering Innovative Design Competition and will now advance to compete in the Canadian-wide competition.  He will also be entering a technical entrepreneurship...
 
 
Radical Design, Radical Results
Does your company design new products or services?  If so, what is your design strategy?  Launch and see; see and launch; or wait and see?  Why is it that companies that are successful "radical innovators" do not listen to users when it comes to design?  Innovative...
 
 
The Next Wave of Web-based Work Applications
In the next generation of technology, collaboration is king.  If you are tired of emailing around documents, presentations, spreadsheets and business plans with your colleagues, then the new "office 2.0" (think Web 2.0, but for your office) applications are for you: Office in a Cloud Why...
 
 
Social Networking as a Web 2.0 Operating System
Facebook, currently the second largest social networking site, has recently made a strategic move into becoming a social networking operating system.  In doing so, they are affording application developers the opportunity to link their apps to Facebook and monetize (make money...
 
 
Finding Opportunities in the New Outsourced World
I saw this tongue-in-cheek quote that came from a venture capitalist's blog recently: "About a year ago I hired a developer in India to do my job. I pay him $12,000 to do the job I get paid $67,000 for. He's happy to have the work. I'm happy that I only have to work 90 minutes a day, talking...
 
 

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Selecting a Software Developer
I am about to hire a software developer to work on a new web-based business I am launching.  Any tips for how I should approach this? ...
 
 
Automating a Business Process
What are key issues to consider when automating a business process?...
 
 
Finding Good Technology Talent
Where do I find good technology talent to work on a website project? ...
 
 
Hosted Solution
What is a hosted solution or hosted software and why should I consider it?...
 
 
Impact of Information Technology on Business
What kind of impact is Information Technology (IT) having on business and how can it enable me to work from home?...
 
 

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Broadband Connections Increase Rapidly
Despite the economic downturn, the number of household broadband connections continues to grow robustly, and one in five households worldwide will have a fixed broadband connection by the end of 2009, according to Gartner. At the end of 2008, approximately 21 countries had broadband connections in...
 
 
YouTube: It's Not Just for Kids
62% of adult web users watch videos on online sharing sites like YouTube, compared to 33% in December 2006. 89% of 18- to 29-year-old web users watch videos on video-sharing sites; 36% are likely to watch on a typical day. Source: from the Harvard Business Daily Stat commenting on YouTube and...
 
 
Forrester Lowers Outlook For U.S. IT Purchases In 2009
U.S. private and public sector purchases of IT products and services will fall 3.1% in 2009, after growing 1.6% the previous year, according to a new Forrester Research forecast. Investment in computer hardware will be particularly hard hit, falling an estimated 6.8% on top of a 4% drop in 2008....
 
 
Dave Barry on Technology
Experts agree that the best type of computer for your individual needs is one that comes on the market about two days after you actually purchase some other computer. - Dave Barry, American author and humor columnist...
 
 
Scott Cook on Technology
Even some of the greatest technology-led revolutions, or allegedly technology-led, really were only made possible because of trends already present. Technology can make tremendous changes in slashing the costs of marketing and distribution.Technology is similarly just a catalyst at times for...
 
 
John Doerr on Technology
People are looking to have more meaning in their lives. It is a sign the technology community is coming of age. The next wave of the Web is going to be user-generated content. There's this large trend - I think the next trend in the Web, sort of Web 2.0 - which is to have users really express,...
 
 
Bill Gates on Technology
I think it's fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we've ever created. They're tools of communication, they're tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user. Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don't think...
 
 


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