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Readings: Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Snapchat Has a Child-Porn Problem

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Snapchat parent Snap Inc. says it uses both staffers and automated systems to protect children—and all 178 million users—from unwanted messages, but it would not provide details. Snapchat has been singled out by investigators as a danger due to pedophiles who used it to exploit teens for sexual gratification. It's a popular app among young people, and its disappearing messages make evidence tougher to find.

Tickets Aren't Selling for the 2018 Winter Olympics

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

An escalation in military tension is scaring tourists away from South Korea. Corporate scandals have also diverted attention from the 2018 Winter Olympics Games there.

How To Catch Amazon

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Amazon’s AWS dominates cloud services with more than five times the revenue of number two Microsoft. But there is lots of growth ahead, and the competition is getting some traction, especially with customers like Wal-Mart who view Amazon as a competitor.

A Bike-Share Invasion From China

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Bike sharing has become quite popular in many parts of the world, but a rash of startups have disrupted how such bikes are stored or parked. Now cities worldwide are contending with the repercussions of a business model that raises street cleaning and safety issues.

Trying to Speak India's Language(s)

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

In order to improve sales in India, Amazon, Google, and Apple are all working to localize their voice assistant apps. Amazon's Alexa can now speak Hinglish, a blend of Hindi and English. Amazon didn't want Alexa to seem like a visiting Brit or American who speaks with a foreign accent but instead to sound just like a neighbor.

Electric Vehicles: EVs From Tesla and GM May Start Losing Their Tax Credits

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Federal and state tax credits have been supporting the growth of the electric vehicle (EV) market, making EVs more competitive with lower cost gasoline cars. Whether the federal credits are ended in the proposed tax reform or they simply phase out as planned in the current law, EV makers will soon have to face a competitive challenge.

Interview: George Yancopoulos

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

George Yancopoulos, co-president and chief scientific officer of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc., takes on questions relative to health care and the pharmaceutical industry in the United States.

5G: Digging Deep to Find the Future of Mobile

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Ericsson has bet its future on the fifth generation of mobile. However, nobody knows what applications and services will get customers to pay the billions of dollars 5G will cost.

Apple Has Big Plans for Your Little Screen

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Apple will spend $1 billion next year on programming for television. By sticking with mainstream shows, it could miss out on viewers who increasingly favor edgier fare.

Swiss Mischief

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

In Switzerland’s risk-averse watchmaking industry, keeping young buyers interested is essential to survival. For Edouard Meylan, CEO of H. Moser & Cie, that means trying everything except playing it safe.

Apple Has Big Plans for Your Little Screen

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Apple wants to stick with family-friendly fare as it produces $1 billion of original streaming TV content next year. But its first two shows fell flat, and some in Hollywood are questioning Apple’s direction or even whether it has a strategy.

A More Automated Gold Mine

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Seeking ways to more efficiently obtain precious metals is an age-old practice. Today, with monitoring mechanisms and tools, the practice is going a bit more high tech. Barrick Gold Corporation, in conjunction with Cisco, has been operating a mine using sensors to better direct remote automated tools as well as monitoring the efficiency of human operations. By incorporating this change in their mine they have reduced their digging costs by 25 percent. They hope to extend these capabilities into their larger mines in the future.

Using Online Counseling to Fight Jihad

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Can extremists be deprogrammed? Gen Next is counting on it.

Robots All the Way Down

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Fanuc is the worldwide leader in producing the robots used in manufacturing all sorts of products, including mobile phones, automobiles, and more robots. These robots help improve precision in performing repetitive tasks, while reducing labor costs. While earlier models were primarily used in high-wage countries, Fanuc is seeing some of its largest growth occur in China, where Japanese robots are replacing Chinese workers.

The Kids Who Rule Toyland

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

YouTube is the most influential social media platform for 72 percent of young Generation Z consumers. That has helped it become a big venue for toy reviews sponsored by brands. Kids have captivated their peers on social media with videos of toy unboxings and reviews.

Charted: Corporate AI Chatter

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Does every company want to be seen as an AI company? The term "artificial intelligence" came up during 363 earnings calls and investor presentations in the third quarter, more than triple the number from the same period last year.

Welcome to Crypto Valley

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The Swiss financial sector is still rebounding from a crackdown on bank secrecy, but the Swiss city of Zug sees a big opportunity in cryptocurrency. Zug has embraced digital currency. Some worry that the money might be a little too secret.

At Google, Robotics Is in Sleep Mode

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Google’s aggressive effort to build a robotics division has fizzled. Initially welcomed as a leader for the robotics industry, insiders say the company failed to articulate a vision and ended up slowing the development of the industry.

A Different Way to Cut Kids from the Squad

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Sports teams search for early signs of exceptional talent so that they can sign the best athletes before competitors do. This is nowhere more evident than in soccer. Major teams begin intensive recruiting and sign players in their teens, but it's very expensive to take a potential athlete through an entire program, only to have them not pan out. Ilja Sligte, a professor of neuroscience at the University of Amsterdam, of devised a cognitive test to predict which athletes have the greatest likelihood of success and at what position. Thus far, his company, BrainFirst, has several clients despite no empirical evidence that the product works. BrainFirst predicts it will be profitable this year.

A Different Way to Cut Kids from the Squad

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Sports recruiting may be changing. It may not just be based on skills and physical ability anymore.

To Grandmother’s House We Go

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

By 2020, 45 million Americans will be caring for 117 million seniors. Best Buy bets on adults remotely monitoring their aging parents. The retailer offers a $29 monthly monitoring service using internet-connected gear.

Adidas Automates to Make Shoes Faster

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Adidas is opening two new highly automated manufacturing facilities that can produce customized shoes quickly and closer to markets. A new factory in Germany can produce about half a million pairs of shoes annually while employing 160 people. A similar factory will open soon near Atlanta. The goal with these factories is to be able to respond quickly to new trends and help maintain stocks of highly-sought, full-price items.

Adidas Automates to Make Shoes Faster

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Adidas' new "Speedfactories" in Germany and the U.S. will use automation to get new shoe designs to stores in days rather than months. Adidas says this is the biggest revolution in shoe manufacturing since moving production to Asia.

To Grandmother's House We Go

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The market for monitoring our senior citizens has grown dramatically since the days of "I've fallen and I can't get up" advertisements. Today, we have tools that can monitor everything from eating habits to sleep patterns and automated access systems. Many firms have offered products to enable concerned people to feel safer about the status of their elderly loved ones, but successfully establishing a market foothold has been elusive. The electronics retailer Best Buy has now entered the fray offering products, installation, and monitoring services.

Captain Ahab Doesn't Live Here Anymore

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

While self-driven cars have garnered the headlines, they are not the only profitable niche for this type of piloting. Ships are also capable of being driven technologically. Companies such as Sea Machines Robotics are perfecting their products to autopilot large vessels from dock to dock. Rolls-Royce and BHP Billiton are working on designing ships that would not require human navigation.

Facebook Won't Hire You for Its Data Center

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Facebook built a data center in Forest City, North Carolina. Were the tax breaks worth it?

Hot Tickets and Wall Street Marks

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Hedge-fund money chases soaring ticket prices in a new era. Alleged frauds have ensnared Michael Dell and Paul Tudor Jones. Ticketing is still a rigged system, according to the New York attorney general.

Facebook Won’t Hire You for Its Data Center

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Facebook has secured more than $300 million worth of tax incentives for the kind of advanced data centers that rarely deliver much in the way of jobs. Huge government tax giveaways aren't yielding many jobs.

Debrief: Ginni Rometty, CEO, IBM

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Among well-known technology companies doing cutting edge work, at 106 years old, IBM may well be the oldest. Its current CEO, Ginni Rometty, appreciates this history and is focused on reinventing the company for the next generation. Gender equity and diversity issues plague many technologies firms, and Romney sees herself as a role model even as she recognizes a longstanding inclusive culture within IBM.

Man vs. Machine: Architecture

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Software and hardware are moving at great speed to use artificial intelligence in rapid iteration environments. One area that is particularly shows potential gain is that of design. New software from Autodesk Research has shown particular promise by modifying older designs to seek efficient solutions far more quickly than could be accomplished by drafting new plans. Despite these gains, experts believe it is still necessary to have trained humans coupled with excellent software to reach the best conclusion.

America’s Relationship with Mark Zuckerberg is ‘It’s Complicated’

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Facebook has 2 billion users, record profits, vast influence, and big problems in Washington. While on paternity leave, Facebook’s CEO has been unable to avoid what’s become a second full-time job: managing an escalating series of political crises.

Japan Isn't Getting Its Share of Gaming Gold

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

There is a lot of money to be made at gaming tournaments. However, laws in Japan prevent gaming competition.

After the Deluge, Inc.

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

When we watch coverage of natural disasters, we're repeatedly told of the enormous losses in dollars, like estimates of $58 billion from Irma in Florida. Cavalry Construction is one of the legion of firms in the reconstruction business that has been growing with the increasing size and frequency of natural disasters.

Your Next Phone Will Probably Cost $1,000

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The smartphone makers and carriers are going to greater lengths to disguise the rising costs of their phones, which are about to cross a big psychological threshold. Apple’s next iPhone and the latest Samsung Note approach four figures.

Innovation SuperSensor

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Gierad Laput, a doctoral student at Carnegie Mellon's Future Interfaces Group, has developed a sensor that resides in a room and relays information on potentially important changes in the room's environment relating to several appliances or units there. This is an improvement because customer won't have to have separate sensors for each unit. Funding to further explore the possibilities of monetizing this innovation has already reached $2.2 million.

Guarding Big Pharma’s Crown Jewel

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

AbbVie Inc.’s blockbuster biologic drug Humira went off patent in 2014, but no one is making a generic version. Amgen Inc. is fighting them in court, but over 100 patents could protect AbbVie’s $16 billion annual sales of Humira for an additional 20 years.

Doctors Without Patients

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

A U.S. deficit of doctors may worsen as a growing minority of medical school graduates are choosing other professions. More are starting biotech companies or joining consulting or financial firms instead of practicing—all while the U.S. suffers a shortage of doctors.

Snapchat vs. the ‘Influencers’

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Snapchat’s lack of public user data has made it less hospitable for buzz-building types. The disappearing-message service kept it tough for users to measure their audience. Its parent company doesn’t seem to mind. Facebook’s service swooped in.

Snapchat vs. the 'Influencers'

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Social media advertising can be profitable for some video producers. Snapchat doesn't but into it though.

Nissan Tries Turning Over a New Leaf

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Nissan's Leaf is the world's best-selling electric vehicle in large part because of its early introduction. The carmaker is revamping it to counter rivals' advances.

Is This Steak Worth $700?

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

A pricing technique usually reserved for seafood has extended to steaks, ribs, and even vegetables. The phenomenon of market price (MP) mission creep is visible across the U.S.

The 33¢ T-Shirt

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

T-shirt manufacturing is returning to the U.S. as Chinese apparel maker Tianyuan Garments builds a $20 million factory in Little Rock, Arkansas, with incentives like tax breaks and infrastructure assistance. T-shirt bots from Softwear Automation of Atlanta will sew all the shirts, making them at the lowest cost in the world.

France's Industrial Past Haunts Macron

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

New French President Emmanuel Macron was elected in part because of his vision for fostering innovation in the country. Just like in organizations, the need to replace and/or retrain its workforce is a key element, but unlike within companies, the pain of an underdeveloped workforce cannot simply be removed.

The 33¢ T-Shirt

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

China-based Tianyuan Garments is building a new factory in Arkansas that will be highly automated, making T-shirts for about 33 cents each. Tianyuan is one of China's largest apparel makers, with this plant allowing the company to be more responsive to shifts in the North American market. The sewbots have been developed by a U.S. company, Softwear Automation, and will be able to make about 23 million T-shirts a year.

You Are Here (So Buy Something)

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Foursquare may have faded, but it's back. And now the app is split in two.

Why Costco is Lagging Online

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Costco thrived operating brick-and-mortar warehouse clubs using a treasure-hunt assortment of its jumbo-size items. The company’s laissez-faire approach to online retailing has not hurt it — yet. However, half of its members also subscribe to Amazon Prime, leaving the company vulnerable to online poaching.

The Soft Edge That's Landing Solid Sales

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

In 2003, fourteen-year-old Nick Gilson decided that he would design a new snowboard for himself. Using a concept he had observed while building a catamaran with his father, he saw the possibility of improving upon the design of snowboards to create an even better experience for enthusiasts. Ten years later, Gilson Boards was born, and Nick and his cofounder Austin Royer have built the company to 1,000 units of sales and earned more than $1 million in revenues. They have also garnered financial support totaling $1 million from investors. They are also extending some of their design advantages into the manufacturing of skis.

Making Opioid Addiction Searchable

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Privacy vs. healthcare. How do we deal with the abuse of opioids?

Dropbox Gets Ready for the Road

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Dropbox is making more money and turning a profit. However, the company may not go public at its last private valuation as it invests further in battling Microsoft and Google.

Horse DNA Trading

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Cloning is a term met with a good deal of skepticism and fear. This is somewhat justified, but can there be uses that would make its techniques valuable and ethical? The performance horse industry believes it can. It has already achieved success and acceptance in several divisions using techniques mastered by Crestview Genetics of Texas. The company hasn't let its success whither. It's now considering limited forays into human cloning to aid areas such as diabetes research. Crestview claims to be worth $75 million.

The Everyman Ride For the Upper Half

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Tesla Model 3, which starts at $35,000, has racked up almost half a million reservations and is drawing more deposits by the day. However, price creep for better-equipped models could reduce that number. CEO Elon Musk described plans to quickly ramp up output of the Model 3 as “production hell” for workers at Tesla’s lone car assembly plant in Fremont, California.

The Hatchet Men and the Hot Dog

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

"I wish I were an Oscar Mayer Weiner." But would you want to own the company and be responsible for this product line? 3G Capital, along with Warren Buffett, decided they did, though not only that brand but all of Kraft's brands. The wiener does represent a sound microcosm of the problems facing large brands that were stalwarts over the past century. 3G is known for cost cutting to gain returns on their investments. They are taking a new approach with Oscar Mayer.

Using Animals to Predict the Future

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Animals might be the key to predicting natural disasters. Can it really work?

That Seventies Startup

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Infosci’s septua- and octogenarian founders are looking to flip their security company as soon as the technology is ready. Its exit strategy is to move fast and get just far enough to attract a buyer such as Dell Technologies Inc. or Alphabet Inc. or perhaps a private equity company.

That Seventies Startup

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

When we think of entrepreneurs in the Internet and computing world, we typically envision young mavericks with concepts derived from their state-of-the-art classes at top colleges. Here we see three guys well over seventy who have come up with a competitive product in the arena of IT security. Their perspective differs from those following the more traditional approach but may still be as effective.

A New Sports Authority

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

This is a site for sports fans. No news here.

Alibaba Tries to Get in the Game

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

China's disproportionately small sports industry and amateur community reflect decades of limited government support and insufficient disposable incomes. Alibaba's tiny sports arm is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to nurture China's interest in sports and related merchandise.

Innovation: Needle Grinder

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Disposal of needles used in the medical field are a concern for both society and risk-control managers involved in the waste-management field. Sterilis, a small startup firm located in Massachusetts, has created a unit that is said to save $1,000 per month in disposal costs.

Uber Without the Smartphone

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Common Courtesy helped design Uber Central and has inspired dozens of copycats. Retired couple Anne and Bob Carr and like-minded small businesses have made Uber and Lyft more senior-friendly.

Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Appraisers

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Advances in big data at Zillow Group Inc. and elsewhere are helping automation creep into knowledge-based professions. Freddie Mac, a big force in the U.S. mortgage market, is allowing some loans to go through without an appraisal by a human being.

Uber Without the Smartphone

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Atlanta-based nonprofit Common Courtesy brought Uber to seniors without smartphones by managing multiple Uber accounts. Uber noticed and has developed Uber Central to allow Common Courtesy and others, like hotels and roadside assistance companies, to manage up to fifteen rides at once.

Stand By . . . Scanning for Viruses and Secrets

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

It would appear that simply the inclusion of the word "Russia" sparks fears of espionage and fears of collusion to destroy the United States. To ramp that up even more, include cybersecurity in the discussion.

Uber Without the Smartphone

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Uber is not just for the young. Senior are finding a way to use the service without a smartphone.

The Crazy Math Behind Drug Prices

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Insulin prices have soared 270 percent in the past 10 years. Intermediaries that negotiate to lower prices may cause them to increase, too. Courts are being asked to rule on the role of pharmacy benefit managers in that inflation.

Cash Comes Back in India

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The Indian government invalidated some denominations of the rupee almost overnight, to curtail the shadow economy, giving a sharp boost to digital payments. However Indians have used cash for about 98 percent of consumer payments. There is a huge trust deficit toward mobile phone apps and cards for digital transactions.

Man vs Machine Dermatology

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

"There is an app for that" has become a favorite phrase in our society. In many ways, it has addressed the way we seek to address our health care needs. While not an app, this evaluative mechanism uses technology to skip a step typically performed by dermatologists. The software is designed to evaluate the users skin for signs of skin cancer, allowing the person the advantages of early and accurate detection so that the doctor can focus on treatment.

Remember Nokia?

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Nokia has a long history, dating from before the establishment of Finland as a country, and has run a variety of different businesses over its existence. It became known internationally as a pioneer in mobile phones, and for several years was the world's leading producer of mobile phones. While Nokia sold the phone handset business to Microsoft after it experienced a significant drop in marketshare, it is still a major global competitor in providing networking equipment and telecommunications infrastructure to mobile phone service providers (e.g., Verizon, Orange, AT&T, Vodaphone) across the globe.

Re-creating the Sun on Earth

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The future of nuclear energy is at risk. A lack of funding could delay the project for years.

Myanmar's Hotel Room Glut

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

As Myanmar's government is transitioning, it clearly sees the opportunity for tourism development, and it has strongly encouraged it by creating some of the necessary infrastructural components. Unfortunately, the tourism sector has yet to kick in, and this is causing some consternation.

Target Slips Up

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The No. 2 U.S. discounter, Target, faces a revitalized Whole Foods, backed by a deep-pocketed parent-to-be. Retailers are adding groceries to their mix because they keep customers coming back. But Target gets only 20 percent of sales from food, while Wal-Mart gets 56 percent.

Where Buffett Failed

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

A ten-person shoemaking startup in Maine is trying to keep the craft of hand-sewn footwear profitable in the era of globalization.

Finally, a Cheap(ish) iPhone

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Apple is making old iPhones new again to win India. Old-gen models like the 5S make up more than half of Apple’s shipments to the subcontinent.

A Billionaire Emerges on the Silicon Steppe

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

A Russian software billionaire takes on SAP and Oracle. Boris Nuraliev has built a fortune with enterprise software tailored to Russian needs. He uses a franchise model in which partners are licensed to install its software and adapt it to the needs of each particular business.

ICO is the new IPO

Delvin D. Hawley, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

More and more startups are using digital currency tokens as a way to raise money upfront in so-called initial coin offerings or ICOs. Selling digital tokens looks like a fast way for businesses to raise money, but ultimately the tokens need to buy something people actually want.

Apple's New iPhones May Miss Out on Higher-Speed Data Links

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The iPhone may not be number one, at least not in data speed. It's all a matter of components.

Putting Home Sales Ahead of Paperwork

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Real estate companies are using cloud computing to save time and money when buying and selling homes. Agents are spending less time scheduling and more time selling. Innovative ideas and processes using cloud computing are enhancing real estate sales and marketing.

Here Comes the Space Cleanup Crew

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

What goes up must come down. We are all aware of the old adage, and it has sparked concern for people as we launch more and more items into space that remain in close orbit. Now, the desirable orbits have become more cluttered, and the risk to very expensive new technology launched into orbit is becoming an issue. Technology is now addressing this as innovators have begun to invent cleanup satellites to remove space junk.

Norway Ditches the 'Fossil Car'

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Norway has high taxes on most cars, easily doubling the price of a new car. And even though the country is rich with oil, the price at the pump is around $7 a gallon. Electricity, however, is relatively inexpensive, and electric vehicles are exempt from most tolls. With these sorts of governmental policies, it is not surprising that Norway has the highest per-capita adoption of electric vehicles.

Cessna Flights for the Masses

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The basic concept of Uber is now spreading into other transportation arenas as well. A new California-based startup, Blackbird Air Inc., is providing a ride-sharing app for short-distance air travel. The app matches travelers that are time constrained with flights originating from general aviation airfields. These passengers would otherwise tie up valuable time using commercial air travel or driving to their destination. The price is significantly lower than chartering a flight.

Cessna Flights for the Masses

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

A startup in San Francisco, Blackbird Air Inc., is trying to connect more planes with passengers through its Uber-style on-demand app, at much lower prices than the $5,000 a traditional charter might cost. Blackbird’s online marketplace offers seats on small planes for much less than typical charter prices.

Can VR Find a Seat in the Parlor?

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Virtual reality is not a hit at home, so Imax tries arcades. Imax is piloting VR centers, since the cost of equipment has been a drag on consumers’ embrace of virtual reality. Tech and entertainment companies are racing for a slice of the virtual reality business, which Goldman estimates could generate $80 billion in revenue by 2025.

Cessna Flights for the Masses

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Uber-style for flights is available. Who's on board?

The Airbnb of Warehousing

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Flexe Inc., a four-year-old startup, has attained a competitive position against the powerful Amazon.com juggernaut based upon an expanded network of warehousing space created by strategic alliances that take advantage of seasonal supply-and-demand mismatches. It's a solid strategy because Flexe has already attained 25 percent of Amazon's warehouse capacity and has plans to add 10 million square feet within the year. The company's business model is not to become the face of its clients but to become a conduit for efficiently delivering vendors' products to their end customers relative to Amazon's model.

The Talking Cat and the Peroxide Corporation

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Chinese manufacturing and industrial companies, looking for growth opportunities but facing slower growth in China, are looking at foreign opportunities. One example is the recent purchase of Slovenian app maker Outfit7 by Zhejiang Jinke Peroxide Co. for $1 billion. With clearly no operational synergies, this is simply an example of foreign direct investment for financial reasons.

Waze Wants to Help You Hitch a Ride

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Google's Waze is doing more than just traffic maps. Now it's trying its hand at carpooling.

Augmenting Snap’s Financial Reality

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Snapchat is piloting ads built into pricey custom Lenses. It says a third of Snapchat users play with Lenses and geofilters daily. It remains to be seen whether the Lenses are effective or Facebook-proof.

Satellite Pics for Cheap!!

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

An Iranian immigrant in Silicon Valley is challenging the $500 million behemoths and touting night shots that pierce cloud cover. Spy-quality satellite imaging for cheap.

MBA Programs Tout Entrepreneurship

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Strong demand from students has many business schools, including a number of top ones, offering entrepreneurship-focused MBA programs. But few MBA graduates start businesses, and recruiters may be less interested in such students.

This Home Camera Can Tell Who’s There

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Current technologies allow people to remotely access cameras in their home, or at work, to see if anyone enters and ascertain what they are doing. This is useful, but many times, the alert is triggered by people who are supposed to be there, and it is more bothersome than useful. Using 3D sensors and facial recognition software, Lighthouse, a startup, is improving the efficiency of these cameras by only bringing the exceptions to the user's mobile device.

Come for the Treadmill Desk, Stay for the...

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The automotive industry faces potentially disruptive change, including the introduction of self-driving cars. In response, U.S. automakers are making acquisitions and trying to reinvent their work cultures to attract talent. Nevertheless, Detroit may remain a tough sell for young computer and software engineers.

China—With Western Help—Finds Its Wings

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Comac, or Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China Ltd., is planning to compete with Boeing and Airbus in the aircraft industry. Comac's model C919 took its first flight last week from Shanghai. The Chinese domestic market for aircraft of this size, a single-aisle model that can carry 158-174 passengers, is expected to be more than 5,000 aircraft over the next 20 years.

Satellite Pics for Cheap!!

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Satellites aren't just for governments. They now have a commercial market.

Google's Other Founder Wants to Fly, Too

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

While Google co-founder Larry Page garners the headlines with flying cars, Sergey Brin, his partner at Google is quietly pursuing a flight oriented business as well. Though using an older technology, it may end up being more readily profitable for him. Airships, sometimes referred to as blimps, have been developed and used for over a century, but Brin sees the opportunity to transport freight more efficiently now that the technologies have become more defined.

Juno Got Sold, and Its Drivers Got Stiffed

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Rather than sharing in a windfall when Juno was acquired, drivers who held unvested shares in the new ride-hailing company were informed that the stock plan was void. Some of these drivers had left Uber because of the chance to own an equity interest as well as Juno's promise to treat drivers with respect and fairness. Less than a year later, the company that promised to treat drivers better than Uber seems to have broken that promise.

Kaplan Sells Its College But Keeps Its Profits

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Purdue University has teamed up with the for-profit Kaplan higher-education chain to sell online degrees. It is a way for for-profit colleges to shed a tarnished label and still stay in business. It helps public universities expand their reach with online degrees targeting older Americans—many of them minorities—who are unable to attend traditional schools.

BMW to Staff: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Despite record profits, BMW is perceived to be falling behind in the fast changing world of electric cars, self-driving vehicles, and robo-taxis. So the company's CEO is putting employees through a day-long session to raise awareness of the challenges and to instill fear of falling behind.

Innovation: Synthetic Tissues

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

3-D printing has been a topic of conversation and application for over a decade now, but making prototypes of products and even finished products for consumer use has been the focus. Now materials are being developed that allow for healthcare applications including bone and cartilage materials tailor-made for the patient and even the very real possibility of creating organic tissues for such problems as chronic liver failure.

China’s Robot Revolution

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Some 800 robot makers seek scale as Chinese industry automates. JD.com, E-Deodar, and Midea lead China’s charge for domination. It has also deployed a pollution-monitoring robot and a deep-sea robot.

Why Japan's Idemitsu Isn't Feeling Blue

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

OLED technology is coming to Apple. How much better will that make iPhones?

Whole Foods Market’s Identity Crisis

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Whole Foods Market CEO John Mackey’s new book, The Whole Foods Diet, furthers his mission to improve people’s health through diet. But investors are concerned about a lack of action to reverse a sales slump and falling stock price.

Whole Foods Market's Identity Crisis

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Whole Foods Market was long the darling of the ecologically sensitive investors in that they tapped into a solid market that had a loyal and growing client base and high profit margins. As many mass retailers began to move into the grocery sector and also the organic/ecologically advantaged products market, they began to first thwart the growth of Whole Foods Market, but now there are also concerns of reducing sales and profits.

Whole Foods Market’s Identity Crisis

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Six straight quarters of declining same-store sales have forced Whole Foods Market, which has about 440 U.S. stores, to close stores and rein in costs. It has been pushing digital coupons and promotions while working to lower costs.

Security Software, Insecurity Culture

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

In eight months, cyber-security startup Tanium Inc. has lost at least nine senior executives. This executive exodus is occurring despite the company’s ongoing success and growth. The CEO’s behavior may be the explanation.

Downsizing Google's Dream

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Google Life Sciences is no more. Will you let Verily monitor you now?

How Much Is a Miracle Worth?

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

In order to price its new cure for a rare form of child blindness, Spark Therapeutics Inc. is trying to determine how much people are willing to pay for sight. Insurers are trying to figure out how to pay for such "miracle" cures.

Nice Stent If You Can Get It

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

A clot-retrieving stent can dramatically reduce long-term healthcare costs and enhance the quality of life for people who have had strokes, yet it is only extensively used in roughly 150 stroke centers in the United States. While initial cost for installation of the stent is about $17,000 more than that of traditional treatment methods, its outcome is better, and the long-term savings could be about $23,000.

How Much Is a Miracle Worth?

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

New technologies are making the possibility of "miracle" drug treatments a reality. One-time drug treatments can now cure conditions that previously required ongoing lifetime drug treatment regimens. Wonderful for patients, these treatments create pricing and payment challenges that will require different financial approaches and a balance between corporate interests and social responsibility.

Hacking the Need for a Full-Time Job

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

If you have a startup idea and are a competitive hacker, you could win big. Take a look at the hackathon circuit.

Traders’ New Favorite Way to Swap Secrets

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Encrypted messaging apps are raising risk of widespread abuse. Employees at big banks share gossip, client data, and more. Investment banks regularly monitor only certain trading-floor lines, and at least until 2018, financial firms generally aren't required to record employees' calls.

How Much Is a Miracle Worth?

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Spark Therapeutics Inc. has spent about $400 million developing a blindness cure. What's unclear is how to price the breakthrough.

Munchery Stiffs Early Backers and Cuts Staff in a Bid for Survival

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Munchery Inc., a food delivery startup, has blown through $120 million over the past 7 years and needs further investment of around $15 million to shore up its position. In order to accomplish this recapitalization, they are having to reduce the stake of early investors and create convertible debt to entice reinvestments or new investments.

Jeff Bezos Goes Grocery Shopping

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Amazon’s goal is to become a Top 5 grocery retailer by 2025. This would require more than $30 billion in annual food and beverage spending through its sites, up from $8.7 billion—including Amazon Fresh and all other food and drink sales—in 2016.

The Smartest Machines Are Playing Games

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Artificial intelligence researchers are training their systems to master steadily more complex fantasy worlds. The holy grail is solving not one game but any game with multiple players and imperfect information, as in the real world.

The Smartest Machines Are Playing Games

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Artificial intelligence is being used for gaming. Can the results help solve real world problems?

Uber Self-Driving Vehicle Involved in Arizona Crash

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

A major hiccup occurred for Uber last week. A photo of the damage from an incident in Arizona involving their self-driving vehicle was posted to Twitter. The company verified the photo, but no further discussion was offered.

Apple's Alternative to Virtual Reality

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Apple seems to be pursuing augmented reality in a big way. How Apple will make it more enticing than Google Glass remains to be seen.

Apple’s Alternative to Virtual Reality

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Apple Inc.'s CEO Tim Cook is betting on augmented reality (AR), a cousin of virtual reality (VR) that he believes will keep his company on top and may even supplant the iPhone. With the market set to rise 80 percent by 2024, Apple is tapping hundreds of engineers to develop AR hardware and software.

Blockchain Can Grow More Than Just Money

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Ethereum could present a whole new way to run a business, but there are some serious kinks to work out. Ethereum’s ledger can store fully functioning computer programs called smart contracts.

Unsweetened

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

If you want to give up sweets, this mint might just help you succeed.

Fury Road: Did Uber Steal the Driverless Future From Google?

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Uber is not winning any public relations awards these days nor is its CEO, Travis Kalanick, known for people skills. The legal battle between Uber and Google over driverless technology reveals a lot about both companies, including leadership issues, corporate culture, and business ethics.

A Mouse (Maker) Roars at the Industry’s Giants

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Logitech has prospered lately with mice and keyboards that complement the PCs and mobile devices of industry leaders Apple, Google, and Amazon. Now the company wants to compete with them for a central role in the emerging home automation market.

Fury Road: Did Uber Steal the Driverless Future From Google?

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Google and Uber, both seen as exemplary entrepreneurial success stories, are now embroiled in a battle to become the dominant design in the driverless car technology field. The stakes are high in this market, projected by both companies to be in the hundreds of billions, or even the trillion, dollar range. The two are dealing with failures and limited success, but they have too much invested to quit now.

Now on EBay: Russian Micro-Multinationals

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Small firms are using EBay to reach markets across borders. In Europe, sellers can now sign up to have items listed in multiple countries and have the descriptions translated into local languages. For EBay, more than half the company's revenue now comes from international markets.

$400 Million Richer By Pinching Pennies

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The online grocery delivery startup, Instacart Inc., is looking to pinch pennies, starting with bottle deposit fees. It's working to increase ad revenue as it tries to prove it’s the exception in a field of delivery-app failures.

For Diabetics, the Power of Knowing

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Users of a new type of glucose meter scanned themselves as many as forty-five times a day. Diabetics using a new meter took readings more frequently — about sixteen times a day — and did better at lowering glucose levels.

A Mouse (Maker) Roars at the Industry Giants

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Logitech isn't just a mouse company anymore. It's moving into your home.

These Are the 50 Most Promising Startups You've Never Heard of

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

With an initial list of around 50,000, market researcher Quid used an algorithm including prior leadership team experience, time between rounds of financing, education of founding team members, and more subjective issues such as attractiveness of industry.

Toto, I’ve a Feeling We’re Still in Kansas (or Missouri)

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Google brought its high-speed internet to Kansas City, but it did not turn the city into a tech paradise. Google overestimated Fiber's impact, and its expansion plans deflated.

Neighborhood Watch

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

ProtectWise Inc. is gearing up to roll out a virtual-reality product that gives cybersentinels a fresh way of dealing with hacks. VR software from ProtectWise sees, and displays, the massive blur of data for what it is: a matrix.

Rare Jewelry That Isn't So Rare Anymore

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

3D printers are being used to make jewelry. And it's not plastic.

The $200 All-Seeing Line Judge

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

A successful French inventor and tech entrepreneur has developed a $200 device that can detect whether tennis balls are in or out. How will Sony, with its $60,000 system for tournament play, respond to this potentially disruptive innovation?

How Much Is an Instagram Story Worth?

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

In building a travel advertising and marketing business, the traditional hotel photo shoot is a thing of the past. Beautiful Destinations has been averaging 5 million views per Story since Instagram rolled out the Snapchat-like feature in August.

How Much Is an Instagram Story Worth?

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Travel and tourism are being advertised and marketed using Instagram. Two brothers have been very successful.

The Greatest Generation Is Now Around the Corner

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

5G will be great for streaming video but will also enable a new world of connected cars, drones, and robots. The future cellular networks will generate $3.5 trillion in economic output.

Innovation: Needle Camera

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Using a tiny camera at the end of an elongated needle, the Mi-eye2, the only product of Trice Medical, can enter into an injured joint and provide superior visual information about the type and extent of the injury. This allows the proper type of treatment to be determined without the degree of risk of orthoscopic units as well as the superior imaging than MRIs can provide.

AI Speed-Reading for the Masses

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

AI technology can do more than recognize cats in YouTube videos. It's now used to power Echo and Tesla's self-driving cars.

Survival of the Fitted

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Data mining by traditional brick-and-mortar fashion retailers is not a new thing, but third party data tracking in the internet era is creating advantageous data that can lead to better targeting. Le Tote, a fashion rental service that uses products from such traditional retailers as the French Connection, collects data on the level of satisfaction of their customers (who pay a fee for their service) and now partners with the retailers to help meet the needs of consumers in a tailor-made way.

Survival of the Fitted

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

E-commerce companies are tapping data for clothes and other goods. Old-school retail rivals want them, too. In the U.S., French Connection is tweaking its clothing based on feedback supplied by mail-order styling services.

Startup Types Build Ready-Made Activitism

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Techies are getting more political with a range of websites that walk visitors through, among other things, complaints to Congress. A series of quickly-made websites provide shortcuts to constituent calls and other forms of civic engagement.

The Bot That Bluffed Me

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

A computer beat top poker players. Is this the first of many wins for the computer?

The End of Terrible Wi-Fi May Be Near

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Consumers have been frustrated with slow Wi-Fi issues, particularly in the home. With gaming, appliances, and information-oriented products vying for access, it has been a frustrating constraint for service providers such as Comcast. Innovative new firms have begun to incrementally improve this environment and seem to be establishing a great deal of value by doing so.

How Fancy Private Bankers Cross-Sell

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Ex-employees of JPMorgan describe the push to sell the bank's own products to rich clients. A review of company filings and transcripts of investor calls indicates that JPMorgan has been the only big bank to break out revenue figures tied to cross-selling. JPMorgan says that its in-house options serve both bank and client.

Snapchat Can’t Keep it Private

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Snap’s culture of secrecy may be consistent with the ethos of its original Snapchat app and its CEO’s leadership style, but it may not be helping the company's IPO plans. Snap’s upcoming IPO is testing this culture. If Snap remains unwilling to provide information about its vision and strategy, it runs the risk that investors may shy away from the IPO.

How Uber and Airbnb Fought City Halls and Figured Out the Sharing Economy

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Airbnb and Uber are two relatively young companies that have had to overcome strong institutional barriers to entry but have managed to do so by garnering support from their customers and their partners to establish a strong position in their respective markets. What crucial battles were necessary for their founders to win and realize their dreams?

Spread Your Wings and Fly, Penguin

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The printed book is dead, long live the printed book. Bertelsmann is betting that print books will continue to be good business as it moves to take 100 percent ownership of Penguin, the world’s largest book publisher.

A Real Mr. Fusion Feeds on Used Clothing

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Tokyo company Jeplan wants your used clothing. Another fuel alternative may be on its way.

Snapchat Is Justifying Its $20 Billion Valuation by Emphasizing User Engagement

Delvin D. Hawley, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Snap Inc. is hoping to convince analysts and public market investors it’s worth upwards of $20 billion in an impending IPO by stressing that its users' "engagement" is more important to its valuation than monthly growth in active users. But its secrecy on what the engagement metrics are is making investors nervous.

Holding Down the Costs of the Cloud

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Analytics startups help manage companies’ server needs. About 1 in 5 businesses that rent computing capacity through the cloud now use specialized software to keep better tabs on costs. Companies such as Cloudability, CloudHealth, Cloudyn and Cloud Cruiser do face two serious risks.

When a Facebook Page Matters to Facebook

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Mark Zuckerberg’s image in the digital domain needs to be controlled. There are more than a dozen Facebook employees writing Mark Zuckerberg’s posts or scouring the comments for spammers and trolls.

Designed in Davos, Tested in Zimbabwe

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Bringing insurance to the world's poor would seem to be a difficult proposition. Blue Marble Microinsurance, backed by industry giants like American International Group, is starting with crop insurance, which could be a key to agricultural development and longer term emergence of other insurance markets.

Unionize Me

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The on-demand economy is changing consumer behaviors and business models. It is also creating challenges for classifying workers as employees versus independent contractors. Uber and other well-known enterprises continue to grapple with this issue, but Handy, a less well-known startup, is proposing legislation that could create a compromise offering workers limited benefits without full employee rights.

When a Startup Means a Fresh Start

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

It is difficult for ex-convicts to get solid jobs after they have served their time. Defy Ventures, a nonprofit started by Catherine Hoke, believes that one way for them to find jobs is to start their own company. Using money and expertise from some of the largest tech-industry experts, Defy Ventures provides training while the inmates are finishing up their sentences. Their ideas are then considered for funding, and thus far, more than 150 have received support for their startups. Most importantly, their recidivism rate is 3 percent. This is dramatically lower than the normal rates.

TFW Your Country’s Shredding Money and You Own a Payment App

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Fintech upstart Paytm is leveraging an anti-corruption campaign to establish itself as India's dominant digital payments player. It wants to be India's first $100 billion company by value.

When Bad Things Happen to Good Funds

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Interestingly, a strong long-term mutual fund performance record is not enough to hold on to investors. A long-term shift from active to passive funds affects even managers with outstanding records.

Netflix Presents: Building a World of Binge-Watchers

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Netflix has been gradually building a subscriber base in Central and South America. A key step in attracting customers to its subscription video service was to help develop the infrastructure that facilitated high-speed streaming. Netflix has also developed original content specifically for South American consumers.

When a Startup Means a Fresh Start

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Defy Ventures is giving parolees a second chance. It seems to be working.

Innovation: Drone-Catching Drone

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

A drone to stifle other drones by capturing them in a net. How much of a market is there, and how long will it last?

No One Wants to Pay $9.99 for Your Remixes

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

German music streaming service SoundCloud is in trouble despite having about 175 million users and the adoration of both artists and fans. Pandora and Spotify face similar problems as they continue to lose money while record labels get most of the streaming revenue.

Baby's First Virtual Assistant

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Aristotle, help the baby go back to sleep. Help for parents is on the way.

Tired of Halal Chicken? Try the Eyeshadow

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Sales of makeup aimed at the Muslim market are growing fast. The trend “carries a certain stigma with the average American.”

Greening Business, One Project at a Time

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

SunEdison founder Jigar Shah estimates that $10 trillion in financing is needed to wean us off fossil fuels with existing technology. His new startup, Generate Capital, hopes to play a significant role in that financing while avoiding the debt problems that put SunEdison into bankruptcy.

Greening Business, One Project at a Time

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Generate Capital, a startup venture fund specializing in green infrastructure projects, has obtained $500 million in investor funds to foster new green technologies and facilitate their adoption into mainstream use. Jigar Shah, founder of SunEdison, started Generate Capital with a couple of McKinsey consultants under the notion that the $1 Trillion market would not be a few huge players, but many smaller players that gain market access and proof of design and value.

When the Teacher Is An Ocean Away

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

From her own experience as a high school student, Cindy Mi realized that teachers can have a huge influence, good and bad, on a student's attitude and success. She worked for a time at her uncle's school doing tutoring before starting her own company. Recognizing the desire of Chinese parents to have the best education possible for the child, including English language instruction, and the relatively low pay of teachers in North America, she started a company for online tutoring that pairs Chinese youth with North American teachers.

Greening Business, One Project at a Time

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Will climate change still be an issue? Some say that the technology is already available to combat it.

Cloud Armor That's Not Quite So Fluffy

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Storing data on "the cloud" cheaply is an enticing proposition for those with huge storage needs, but security of that data is becoming a focus of attention for IT professionals. A company started in 2007 named Guardtime has begun to sell security software that can detect breaches of data security. They started in Estonia, one of the first countries to place an emphasis on e-government and systems.

Cloud Armor That’s Not Quite So Fluffy

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Blockchain-style ledgers can log changes to files stored online. Employee-owned Guardtime, whose software is rooted in blockchain, is the Pentagon’s early leader for cloud security.

Everybody Must Get Streamed

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Startup Livestream is selling preachers, wannabe stars, and ExxonMobil on tools to improve their online video broadcasts. It buys display ads on websites that just show a customer’s stream, a service it calls “audience booster.”

Can Lemonade Lure Insurance Skeptics?

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Two tech entrepreneurs have launched a property insurance startup called Lemonade, seeing insurance as a huge industry that's been "unspoiled by innovation." Behavioral economics professor Dan Ariely helped them reimagine what home insurance could be and come up with a business model that changes the incentives on both sides.

J&J Plays the Spurned Suitor

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Despite a more than $27 billion bid, Actelion Ltd.'s founders want to stay put. "It's not a question of money," says CEO Jean-Paul Clozel. "We have enough money."

Where a Graying Herd Still Thunders

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Regulatory changes and technological advances have led to major reductions in the number of trading and investment banking jobs; the biggest global firms have shed almost 10,000 of these jobs in the past five years. Experienced brokers and traders have lost their jobs, and many have struggled to find job opportunities in finance. TJM Institutional Services, however, has taken advantage of the flood of talent on the job market and is growing its business by finding a way to monetize the experience of these industry veterans.

See Mario. See Mario Run

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Nintendo is pushing its new iOS game, Super Mario Run, instead of a new console.

Hulu Reboots for a Post-Cable Age

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

For owners Comcast, Fox, Disney, and Time Warner, the Internet streaming service Hulu has been their beachhead in the increasingly popular world of video streaming. Now Hulu plans to offer live TV to strengthen its position against leaders Netflix and Amazon but may simultaneously continue to erode their owners’ cable TV businesses.

Stalking the Next Zuckerberg

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

By combining the logic of Peter Thiel's foundation, which eschews formal higher education, with the idea that there are some college students who are potential entrepreneurs and who have an entrepreneurial spirit, Danielle Strachman and Mike Gibson have ventured out with their own venture called the 1517 Fund. With funding from Peter Thiel and other highly successful entrepreneurs, the fund now offers gifts, loans, and access to a network of successful entrepreneurs who hope to regain their investments through connections with entrepreneurs heading up early stage ventures.

The New Advertising, As Seen on TV

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Facebook, the Internet’s No. 2 ad business, has a growth problem. The social media company is working with A&E and a streaming startup to tailor more conventional commercials for viewers.

The New Advertising As Seen on TV

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Video ads on Facebook are here. The company is testing you.

Secret Formula

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Leading apparel retailer Zara rejects the label fast fashion because of the company's focus on design. Yet its designers are driven by sales and consumer data as they deliver fresh styles to stores twice weekly.

Secret Formula

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

A unique management formula may be why Inditex’s revenue growth—up 11 percent in the first half of 2016—far outpaces its rivals. The biggest fashion retailer is thriving as rivals falter. It has virtually no ad budget apart from social media marketing.

Pet Food That Comes With an Oil Painting

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Chewy, a pet supply store that specializes in creating a superior customer service experience online by sparing no expense, has developed into an $880 million revenue company. Unfortunately, its expenses have exceeded its revenue, but the company has solid financial backing and dreams of becoming even larger.

Secret Formula

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

As competitors struggle, Zara continues to thrive. It's known as a fast-fashion company supported with a supply chain that allows quick turnarounds. Some facets of Zara’s business model may be imitable, but its approach to management, unique decision-making process, and organizational culture may be able to sustain the company's success.

Secret Formula

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Inditex's business model for fast fashion allows it to frequently update its inventory and adapt its offerings to different tastes in different countries. Rather than rely on lead designers to try and predict or create fashion trends, the company uses data and a team of designers to continually shift production at its factories. Since a large portion is produced near the Inditex's headquarters in Spain, new designs can move quickly into production and onto store shelves in Europe.

Pet Food That Comes with an Oil Painting

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Chewy has a new strategy for selling pet supplies. You may just end up with an oil painting of your pets.

The Real Cost of an MBA

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

To figure out the true price of a business degree, you have to factor in the opportunity cost. Unfortunately the formula is not perfect (e.g., it does not factor in financial aid or scholarships).

Clean Power Is Too Hot For Even Trump to Cool

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Investments in clean power by major U.S. corporations are expected to increase in pace despite the election of climate change denier Donald Trump. The business case for renewables is positive despite threats to reverse Obama’s commitments to the Paris climate accord and the Clean Power Plan.

America's Got No Talent

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The semi-unanticipated results of the past Presidential election have sent shock waves through the political/economic sectors that did not have a favorable outcome. One such area is that of technology sectors focused in Silicon Valley. The availability of talent from Asian countries is perceived to be in jeopardy. Will this create a international competitive disadvantage for the United States?

America's Got No Talent

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

U.S. tech companies are facing new challenges in recruiting talent due to uncertainty about future U.S. immigration policies following the election of Donald Trump. Xenophobia may make the U.S. less attractive to new immigrants. Some foreign-born tech workers who are already working in the U.S. are putting plans on hold; others are planning to leave the U.S.

Engineering the Sound of Silence at Porsche

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Porsche plans to have a high powered all-electric coupe out by 2019, just in time for the EU’s tough new carbon emission standards for 2020. Porsche’s Mission E will also growl like a Porsche.

Instagram Tries to Ease Users Into Shopping

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

You may soon be able to shop via Instagram. The company is poised to become more than a photo-sharing app.

Innovation: Gryphon Router

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

With so many smart devices being routed wirelessly in our homes and businesses, they have become a prime target for cyberattacks. John Wu, a veteran in the W-Fi arena at the age of forty-two, has come up with a router that can stop attacks at the entry level, thereby protecting the devices.

A Giant in Search, But a Wisp in the Cloud

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Despite its expertise in software and data centers, Google is struggling to catch cloud services market-leader Amazon. Some analysts say working with chief information officers is just not in Google's DNA.

Innovation 3D-Printing Recycler

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

University of British Columbia students wasted a lot of plastic while making prototypes for robotics classes but addressed this problem by developing the ProtoCycler, a desktop machine that converts plastic waste into 3D-printer filament. While this is good for the environment, the recycled filament may also have a cost advantage over premade filament.

Hey Guys, Watch This

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Hawkers, a Spanish sunglasses brand, has become a Facebook and Twitter case study. It illustrates that you do not need lots of money to spread the word. Saldum Ventures, the parent company of Hawkers, has sold 3.5 million pairs of sunglasses in three years with guerrilla marketing and heavy promotion on social media.

A License to Print Plastic

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Credit cards may not be the only plastic used for purchases. Money itself may be going plastic as well.

Home Is Where The Data Is

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The ability to store huge troves of data in the public cloud has created a burgeoning industry, but now, some companies are starting to want some degree of separation from the risks of public cloud storage. To that end, a sector called private cloud storage has found root as a sub-industry.

What Do We Want? Uber Union

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Uber has unveiled the Independent Drivers Guild (IDG) to address driver concerns and pressure for unionization. Uber's partner behind the IDG has agreed not to seek unionization, at least until 2021.

What Do We Want? Uber Union

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Uber is funding an Independent Drivers Guild for drivers. While this quasi union is providing benefits to Uber drivers, it has also promised not to strike.

Innovation Fighting Hearing Loss

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The Bloomberg Businessweek article "Innovation Fighting Hearing Loss" (October 31−November 6, 2016) assesses several potential solutions seeking to resolve hearing loss in patients.

A New Leader in the Suborbital Space Race

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Two of the top names in entrepreneurship have squared off in the suborbital space race. Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson are competing to become both the first and the best in suborbital tourism, which will carry a hefty price tag for early travelers. Recent successes have given Bezos a slight lead.

Rooftop Solar Clouds Up

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

After five years of rapid growth, solar rooftop installations are expected to be flat overall this year, while declining in some markets. Bloomberg New Energy Finance predicts that growth will resume and says a year or two of stagnation is “an overwhelmingly positive outcome.”

The Cheap Phone Is Dead In China

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

China's domestic smartphone makers are gaining worldwide market share. While the growth of Apple and Samsung in worldwide markets has slowed, Vivo, Oppo, TCL and Xiaomi are all growing. These companies are not just counting on growing sales in China, however, but also have their sites set on India and other growing markets.

What’s In Your Wallet

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

A growing number of retailers look to strengthen ties with customers by combining convenient payment and rewards. Mobile wallets are the new loyalty program.

Euro Trip To Hell

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The European Union has put the brakes on a number of U.S.-based technology companies this year. Apple has been informed that it owes over $14 billion to the Irish government due to a sweetheart tax deal, and other governments are also looking into whether this tax deal meant that the company did not pay appropriate taxes in their countries. Google has also faced a number of inquiries into its business model, with different countries having slightly different regulations that limit the services it can offer.

The Slow-Motion Bust

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

While the U.S. investment market appears to have found a little stability in level, the uncertainty about the quality of the entrepreneurial endeavors has brought a new level of risk expectations into the market and this makes the probability of a downturn amp up. It is noteworthy that there are huge caches of cash that have been raised to fund new ventures, however, the risk profile of these investments appear to contain potential for loss context.

Packaging Salmon Jerky for the Masses

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Anne French, president of Dear North, a collaborative effort between Huna Totem (a Native Alaskan-owned company focused on tourism) and Ammunition (a company known for designing Beats, the popular headphones), dreamed of exporting consumer products that captured the Alaskan allure. The company has begun producing first product: salmon jerky. It aims to sell to the Lower 48 states, be in 700 outlets by the end of the year, and earn $1 million in its first year.

Monetizing Lost Vacation Time

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Workaholic Americans accumulate hundreds of hours of unused leave. Recognizing this issue, a startup company hopes to redefine the vacation-leave benefit. PTO Exchange is building a business that provides innovative options for unlocking the value of employees’ unused vacation time.

Jack Dorsey Is Losing Control of Twitter

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Jack Dorsey has been working for the past year to restart growth at Twitter without success. Against his wishes, the board is now looking at being acquired as the share price declines. Investors are hoping for a turnaround.

K E $

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Sororities are a lucrative market for a fashion brand. It’s a natural human thing to want to belong. Win the sorority girl, win the American wardrobe. Companies such as Kendra Scott, Lilly Pulitzer, and upstarts like Southern Tide see half a million potential in customers ready to spend.

Look Familiar?

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Google's new high-end Pixel smartphones will compete directly with Apple's iPhone, but also with Samsung and HTC and the rest of Google's Android partners. Google says it will treat its new hardware division just like the other Android partners and is confident it can keep it all together.

Google Has Its Own Phones. Now It Needs New Retail Strategy

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Some wireless carriers are wary of Google's retail ability. Google sees software as its edge, rather than retail distribution and customer service.

Out-Ubering Uber

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

At the time Cheng Wei and colleagues were starting the Didi ride-hailing service in China, they faced a number of domestic competitors. Their model, unlike Uber, was based on the U.K.'s Hailo. After beating out their Chinese competitors, they recently reached an agreement with Uber.

Baby, You Can Rent My Car

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Carpooling service Amovens has added a peer-to-peer car-rental option by which car owners can rent out their personal vehicles. The business model is being used by thousands of car owners across Europe, where people are trying to make car ownership more affordable.

Do As I Say, Not What I'm Accused of

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The purchase of Autonomy by Hewlett-Packard (HP) was a boon for co-founder Mike Lynch, but a boondoggle for HP. It has bred animosity and lawsuits between the participants. Lynch is not awaiting the results of these matters; he has used his wealth to create a new venture capital fund that both supplies money and borrows talent from his Autonomy management cohort to bring the incubated firms up to speed rapidly.

A Different Kind of Apple a Day

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

It was bound to happen, and it was likely that Apple would be one of the pioneers. Attaching collection and connectivity to health data as a repository for tracking patient conditions is now becoming a real possibility, with the company leading the charge.

This Deflation Has Grocers Fed Up

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Food, on average, makes up only about 15 percent of a consumer’s budget. Walmart effect combines with deflation to eat away at margins. Grocery stores are trying to compete on price through digital coupons and promotions.

EBay Tries to Push Past Its Tag-Sale Roots

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

With the upscale Australian department store chain Myer, EBay created a Virtual Reality Department Store, giving away 20,000 "shopticals" that let shoppers browse merchandise via augmented reality. Differentiating EBay from Amazon is the centerpiece of CEO Devin Wenig’s strategy.

The Foxconn of the Auto Industry

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Canadian auto parts supplier Magna International is developing a concept car with autonomous driving and emissions-free technologies. It is positioning itself to be the contract manufacturer for automakers, old or new, seeking to introduce such vehicles.

Fierce Culture Drives Tencent’s Success

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Although Tencent Holdings is now one of China’s largest public companies, it maintains a start-up mentality and uses internal competition to spur innovation. Employees at all levels compete against each other to win funding for projects. In this competitive culture, ideas often come from the bottom up, and the company’s executives actively engage with rank and file employees.

The Foxconn of the Auto Industry

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Any company considering entry into the auto industry will likely be in contact with Magna International. Magna makes a variety of components that go into most autos, and operates assembly lines that produce cars for certain auto companies. It is currently exploring how it might create a platform that companies considering entering the auto industry could use as the basis for their vehicles.

Using DNA Markers To Spot Bogus Fabrics

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

While difficult to fully ascertain once in the product, Egyptian cotton commands a premium price in the fabric markets. Media stories of fake goods sold claiming this expensive fabric but really using less expensive and inferior cotton have given consumer confidence a negative hit. Using DNA testing technology, it is now possible to validate samples to alleviate the concerns. A small company operating from a business incubator in New York is specializing in this process.

Flipping’s Back…With Crowdfunding

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

House flippers turn to the crowd for quick cash. What could go wrong? Wall Street is not as interested in financing single-family developments in smaller and medium-sized deals, making crowdfunding a better way to fund such projects.

The Browns Know a Lot About Their Fans

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The tables have turned. A football team is now watching you.

Will Amazon Kill FedEx?

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Amazon has been building up its same-day delivery system for several years and recently began leasing airplanes. The idea that Amazon could challenge FedEx seems "fantastical" to FedEx CEO Fred Smith, but Amazon has been expanding into delivery in a big way with AmazonFresh, Prime Now, and Amazon Flex.

Why Do Wealthy People Auction Multimillion-Dollar Homes, Rather Than List Them?

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Hundreds of wealthy homeowners are taking the riskier route by auctioning their home in lieu of listing it. The client base has shifted from people who are selling their third, fourth, or even fifth homes, to older people who are downsizing.

As Flocks Shrink, Congregations Scramble to Adapt

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Those attending church regularly have declined dramatically in recent years, while those who never attend have increased. It would appear that the target of those who attend occasionally may provide an opportunity for survival, but will it look the same?

Putting the Market’s History in the Cloud

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has been trying to create a massive repository that would track stock and options trading from exchanges and broker-dealers on a daily basis. This repository of securities transactions could be world’s largest and help the SEC to look back at unusual market events. Tech firms such as Google parent Alphabet Inc. and Amazon are bidding to help SEC with data storage in clouds.

We're Not Too Old for This

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Older workers are having problems in Silicon Valley. What should they do?

Hospitals Try Giving Patients a Dose of VR

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Hospitals are using virtual reality (VR) to take patients' minds off their pain or relieve their boredom. VR has been shown to swamp the brains sensory capacity, affecting its ability to create as many pain signals. As the cost of hardware and software come down, it is becoming a consideration for longer term treatment.

Slick as a Whistle Pig

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

After a number of failed ventures, Raj Bhakta’s “boutique” rye whiskey endeavor is a hit. But success is leading to conflict, as his partners and investors want to cash out, but he wants to build a family business. Bhakta’s personality and vision may have been key factors in WhistlePig’s success, but also may explain foibles that his partners cite in pending litigation.

Thinking Inside The Box

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Ad Magic has become the go-to maker for Kickstarter games. Ad Magic’s revenue has quadrupled since the company was hired to produce the popular Cards Against Humanity.

India Gets a Deadpool. No, Not That Kind.

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Venture capitalists and/or investors sometimes lose their confidence in their startups and are reluctant to put more money into the venture. This leaves the entity in a spot where they are unable to attain the necessary growth to succeed. Tracxn Technologies, an Indian firm, posts a list of struggling startups that still show potential for investors to try and facilitate a match.

Peak Cheap in China

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

After burning billions of investor dollars to attract users and grow market share, mergers and acquisitions among China’s on-demand service providers promise to create dominant players and bring profits. The question is will Chinese users continue to call without the steep discounts.

We’re Paying CEOs All Wrong

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Although executive compensation at public companies is increasingly reliant on stock-based compensation and long-term incentives, these approaches may not be optimal. Behavioral economists argue that increased reliance on carefully crafted short-term incentive pay could incentivize executives more cheaply and effectively. Mandated compensation disclosures that increase transparency, however, may actually be impeding change and experimentation that behavioral economists believe could improve the effectiveness of executive compensation.

Scaling Up Is Hard to Do

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Business incubators, accelerators, innovation labs, and a smorgasbord of other entities exist to create or jumpstart entrepreneurial endeavors, but a recent trend of note is to help existing small businesses take their goods and services to the next level.

Yasso's Big Fat Frozen Greek Yogurt Success

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

An unexpected occurrence offered the founders of Yasso, a five-year-old company with an already established market in the northeastern United States, an opportunity along with a decision to expand. The business now earns $50 million in sales.

Your Driverless Uber Is Here

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Uber is putting driverless cars in its fleet in downtown Pittsburgh this August and wants to replace its one million drivers as soon as possible. While most companies and analysts are still working on the science, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick says, “We are going commercial.”

A Big Short Against the 2-and-20 Fee

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

As big investors take a hard look at fees, hedge fund manager Steve Eisman offers a cheaper way to invest. Facing the likelihood of only modest gains, one easy way for investors to preserve profit is to cut what they pay money managers.

A Watchful Lock Aimed at the Masses

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

A lock that can be opened using smart device codes that are single use opportunities can lower the risk of general codes for building managers and their tenants. The device also allows for coordination with video devices that can assure security with multiple deliveries or pickups.

A Watchful Lock Aimed at the Masses

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Delivery personnel can be given access to your front door. Latch's digital lock makes it possible.

Every Move You Make Every Click You Take Every Game You Play Every Place You Stay I'll Be Watching

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

IDI has already built a profile on every American adult, including young people. Its database service, idiCORE, combines public records with purchasing, demographic, and behavioral data. IDI is the first to centralize and weaponize all that information for its customers.

Southwest Tries to Squash Its Tech Bugs

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

A new IT platform will catch the carrier up to its rivals and could boost profits by $500 million. It will be critical for Southwest to strike the right balance between its brand and its finances.

The Internet of Very Expensive Things

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Research, particularly such things as bio-medical research, is extremely expensive and involves many technologies to accomplish an adequate study. One simple facet, such as running out of a supply required to maintain the integrity of the study, can lose valuable time and money for the project. With all of the equipment involved being manufactured by a variety of companies running on proprietary software, it can become quite difficult and time-consuming for the scientist to keep track of the needs. Now they are working on an "App for that!"

Amazon Gains on Flipkart in India

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Amazon gains on Flipkart in India. Hobbled by self-inflicted wounds and a price war, the Indian e-commerce company is girding for battle with a deep-pocketed rival.

80,000 Hours of Local News Courtesy of the 2016 Election

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Local TV news viewership is falling, but broadcasters are adding hours anyway to chase campaign ad revenue. Not all campaign consultants are sold on the idea that more local news is better.

Importing the Silicon Valley Lifestyle

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

In the shadow of an environment that represents repression and stagnation spanning centuries, entrepreneurs in Germany are trying to develop the next Silicon Valley. How is Berlin working to establish a profitable haven for innovators and investors?

Tweaking the Sales Pitch for Drones

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The drone market continues to grow. DJI already owns half the U.S. market but is looking to expand.

Taking Bids on the Hospital of the Future

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

In Silicon Valley, Kaiser Permanente is testing new hardware and software. Kaiser says its San Leandro test facility is helping it design the hospital systems of the next decade.

Will Spotify Live Up to Its $8 Billion Valuation?

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

With technology stocks, IPO valuation is not necessarily related to current or past profitability. This is evident in the estimated IPO value of Spotify, the online music streaming service with 30 million users and $2.2 billion in revenues.

The Mapping Expert Behind Pokemon Go

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Mapping technology brings back Pokemon via Pokémon Go. It is now one of the most popular downloads.

Wheeler Dealer

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Detroit Bikes is helping to bring manufacturing back to motor city. But the economics of making bicycles in the U.S. are challenging.

The Woman Giving Verizon a Reboot

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

As Verizon’s president of product innovation and new businesses, Marni Walden has a high-risk, high-reward position: Walden is charged with leading Verizon’s transformation into a digital information company. Transformational change can be a test of leadership. Verizon’s future may be on the line as Walden auditions for the role of Verizon’s next CEO.

The Battle for Smart Car Data

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Connectivity in your automobile will be convenience, or an intrusive nightmare. Today's sensor-laden cars collect huge amounts of data for which marketers may pay dearly. Automakers want to control such sales.

Facebook Gave 1.65 Billion Users a Streaming Service Then This Happened

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

While live streaming capabilities have attracted even greater use from their core, Facebook is now struggling with what that means for them in terms of infrastructure investment and their responsibility to the public. Also of importance: does it lead to greater profits?

Blackstone Is Turning Tenants Into Owners

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Single-family landlords have been losing renters to homebuying. Blackstone Group LP’s Invitation Homes is selling in Arizona and California. Financial landlords look to profit from renters with dreams to buy.

Down on the Farm, Out at Sea

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Worldwide salmon production is down, and prices are up. As salmon farming has become big business, regulations have increased, and obtaining permits has become more difficult. In response, producers are working on new technologies and techniques to lessen the environmental impact of salmon farming and reduce the incidence of natural parasites.

IPNOPE

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

While typical exit strategies for tech startups involve large payouts when the company is taken public, investors seem to be intrigued by Kickstarter's payment of a dividend over the spring. They do not seem to be totally against it, but it does seem to be pushing their risk limitations.

IPNOPE

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Kickstarter just did something tech startups never do: it paid a dividend. The company quietly made the first payment this spring and continues to say that it has no plans to go public.

Nestlé Takes Aim at Coffee Likers

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

A cheaper brand of single-serve pods gets increasing attention. Nestlé's coffee business is competing with itself.

Swimmin' in Batteries

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

By 2018, Tesla will need to double the annual global production of lithium ion batteries. In moves reminiscent of Ford’s River Rouge, Tesla has integrated battery production and is making moves to control supply of the minerals needed.

Designed by Comcast in Philadelphia

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Historically, Comcast has not been one of America’s most loved companies, and it had a reputation for providing clunky cable boxes and poor customer service. But Comcast is changing and wants to be loved. Instead of simply providing cable boxes and access to ever-changing lists of television channels, Comcast wants to make the TV the home’s command center. In doing so, Comcast needs to change its corporate culture to be more like a cool technology company and less like a regulated utility monopoly.

Taiwan's PC Makers are Gunning for Gamers

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

While PC manufacturers tend to compete in almost a perfect competitive environment, those that focus on giving gamers a small advantage and the ability to adapt are reaping strong profits relative to the enhanced price.

The Great Sea Turtle Migration

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Around a third of foreign students studying in U.S. universities are Chinese, and after graduation many take a job working in the U.S., but after a few years, some return home to help create technologies and companies in China. In Chinese, these professionals are referred to as hai gui, or "sea turtles" that come come home after a long journey.

A Tractor for Cuba

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The first U.S. foreign direct investment in Cuba is a startup that will make tractors for small farmers. The international new venture could solve a significant problem in Cuban agriculture, if the farmers can afford to buy them.

The Power of the Garage

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Six people that tinker in their garage searching for solutions to technological problems and opportunities.

Material Progress: Five Substances of the Future

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

These five substances offer opportunities for secondary innovations that can make a myriad of products perform better.

Algorithms Aren't Just for Coders

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Economists are moving into the private sector. Companies want them for their tech skills.

A Tractor For Cuba

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

While Cuba has significant agricultural potential, one of the things holding back agricultural production is a lack of modern farm equipment. Now two U.S. entrepreneurs are hoping to change that by operating the first U.S.-owned manufacturing facility in Cuba. The tractors will be of a simple and adaptable design and targeted for operations on the relatively small farms of Cuba and other developing nations.

Building a Better Mouse Cage

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Using cheap sensors and monitoring devices, coupled with in-depth software, Vium, a company with $30 million in venture capital investment, is hoping to speed up the animal tests sector of the FDA process to provide its users with better inputs into the viability of human testing.

Eau De You

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Perfumers want your signature scent to be a mix of fragrances that can run $295 each. Perfumers embrace perfume “wardrobing.” Customers can mix colognes to create a more distinctive trademark, much like you’d mix pieces of clothing to form a one-of-a-kind ensemble.

An Amazon Wannabe Rises On the Steppes

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Yandex can lay claim to running Russia's most successful search engine, as well as Moscow's largest ride-sharing service. In doing so, it has beat out, or at least garnered a strong head start, on Google and Uber. Now it is attempting to do the same with online retailing, offering an Amazon-like marketplace while Amazon has yet to offer its service in Russia.

Building a Better Mouse Cage

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

It's time to take humans out of the mice labs. Vium, a Silicon Valley startup, wants to automate the process.

You Can’t Find the Cat Faster than Nervve

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Nervve is the company that cracked image recognition. Its image-recognition software is used by everyone from the NBA to U.S. intelligence agencies. Sports teams and leagues are using Nervve’s software to assess the value of in-game advertising.

Surf's Up Forever

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Kelly Slater Wave Company has figured out how to build the longest, most perfect, surfing wave on the planet. Can he can build a business around it?

A Spanish Delicacy Grazes in Texas

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Importing pigs that are considered delicacies in Spain but relatively unknown in the United States can be a bit of a risky proposition. Two men in Texas believe that it is worth investing $3 million of their money to build a specialty market for these cured hams.

You Can’t Find the Cat Faster than Nervve

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

NBA jerseys are getting a new look. Advertisements may now become part of the uniform.

Blockchain Goes Beyond Crypto-Currency

Delvin D. Hawley, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Blockchain is the technology created to support bitcoin, but it may soon surpass the crypto-currency in importance. Investment in startups commercializing blockchain technology has eclipsed that in bitcoin-only companies.

Innovation: Delivery Robot

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Starship Technologies has built a robot capable of making deliveries to your house or business. Is this a viable market for robotics?

Digital Payoffs for Volunteer EMTs

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

A Google-backed startup is building a volunteer network in the Dominican Republic and Tanzania. It is bringing 911 service to the developing world with smartphones and motorcycles.

High Hopes for Satellites

Thomas Coe  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

NASA isn’t launching many satellites, but commercial launches are expected to increase in the next few years. Satellite launches generate billions for the industry, but most of the revenues come from services that provide communications such as TV, cellular calls, and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Elevator Music for the Latte Generation

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

That background music heard in restaurants and shops could come from a variety of sources, some of which might be infringing on copyrights. Soundtrack, a firm out of Sweden, aims to unseat leader Mood Music with its cloud-based service streaming background music to businesses.

World's Best Sales Department?

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Atlassian, a software company from Australia that makes popular project-management and chat apps, sold $320 million worth of business software last year without a single sales employee. Everyone in the industry noticed.

Digital Payoffs for Volunteer EMTs

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Trek Medics is training volunteer medical technicians and providing free phone plans to bring rural emergency services to countries where such offerings are rare. Trek has been able to build a volunteer network of about 200 people with a shoestring budget.

Smartphone Makers Prep for a Rough Spell

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Apple, along with the smartphone industry, and its suppliers, are facing a maturing market with recent declines sales and stock values. They are trying to diversify through innovation but there doesn’t yet appear to be a next big thing.

Inflatable Space Station

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Space in space is a precious commodity. Bigelow Aerospace has created an expansion kit that compresses down to 127 cubic feet for launch, but is inflatable to almost 5x that size for functional space on the international space station.

Building Assisted Living for the 1 Percent

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Residents' monthly costs at Midtown assisted living building top $20,000. An owner of assisted living facilities is looking to get in on New York's luxury housing boom.

Why Tesla Scares German Carmakers

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Purchasers of Tesla's electric vehicles are often looking to spend $40,000 or more on a car. In surveys of Tesla shoppers, the other brands they were most likely considering were BMW, Toyota, Audi, Honda, and Mercedes-Benz. U.S.-based brands such as Cadillac, Chevrolet, Jeep, and Dodge appeared far less often on the shopping lists of Tesla customers.

The Greening of Adidas

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Investments in energy efficiency can take years to pay back from cost savings so are often rejected by CFOs. But framing them as a portfolio with returns of over 20 percent convinced Adidas to invest millions per year.

The Greening of Adidas

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

An Environmental Defense Fund program recruits and trains MBA students to use traditional financing metrics and techniques to motivate companies to increase fuel efficiency. One of these students was ultimately able to use traditional financial measurements and objects to support capital investment in fuel efficiency projects at Adidas. Applying techniques from finance to sustainability matters can be important in attracting interest in energy efficiency projects.

German Engineering for Chinese Wannabes

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Germany's Borgward auto company was founded in 1924 and at one point was responsible for 60 percent of the country's auto exports. By 1961, however, it had gone out of business. Now the brand is being revived in China, with a Borgward SUV being manufactured by Chinese truck-maker, Beiqi Foton.

The Humans Hiding Behind the Chatbots

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Startups pitching so-called AI assistants, which took in $50 million in investment in two years, tend to require human assistance. Behind the artificial intelligence personal assistants and concierges are actual people, reading e-mails and ordering Chipotle.

A Much Closer Look at Naptime

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Keeping up to date on your kids' day is only an app away now. Apps that digitize updates from preschools and day cares are becoming popular perks for parents.

A Much Closer Look at Nap Time

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

You can watch your kids at daycare and preschool now. Yes, there's an app for that.

Lawyers Attack Rivals in TV Spots

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Increased competition leads to more—and nastier—ads. Competition for clients is pushing up lawyer ad spending, which jumped to $823 million in 2015.

Detroit Has Valley Envy

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Mobility services, think Uber with self-driving cars, have the potential to disrupt the auto industry model of individual car ownership. So Detroit is seeking alliances with the tech companies and car sharing services behind that threat to strengthen their position.

Green Is Good, But One Outdoor Outfitter Puts People First

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Cotopaxi is an outdoor recreation products company with a social mission rather than a more common environmental one. Even though it is a B Corp that gives a share of revenue to humanitarian organizations, it has attracted venture capital funding.

I Don't Know, I Just Work Here

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

For many workers, it is straightforward that they be classified as employees, and for others it is equally clear that they are independent contractors. With the former, all sorts of state and federal regulations then influence pay and benefits, as well as rights to organize and become members of unions. With independent contractors, employers have fewer obligations, and workers have more flexibility. But it is not clear how some workers, such as Uber drivers, should be classified.

A Vegan Cheese Worthy of Chardonnay

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Making a non-dairy cheese has proven to be a difficult task to do well enough to please the discriminating palate. Lyrical Foods and its investors think they may have it and at just the right time.

Keeping It In the Family

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Founding a business and developing its brand is a lifetime task for many entrepreneurs. Letting go and passing it on to family is sometimes a far more difficult task.

A Paperless Air Traffic System Has Many Fans

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

NAV CANADA's software guides the skies over nine countries. The success of Canada’s system had led some U.S. lawmakers to push for partial privatization of the FAA’s air traffic division.

Resuscitating Gap

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Gap returns to t-shirts in yet another bid for growth. Can the slumping company Gap figure out what shoppers want to wear?

Reclaiming Instant

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The Impossible Project aims to revive the business of making instant film and cameras that once put Polaroid at the top of the tech world. *This article is not available online.

Innovation Laser-Guided Catheters

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Avinger has created a laser that can guide cardiologists as they navigate the complex system of arteries when operating to treat peripheral arterial disease (PAD). The technology replaces external X-rays, which are more cumbersome and not as clear.

A Chance to See Spot Sequenced

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

What is the ancestry of your dog? Embark Veterinary wants to help you find out.

Google's Cloud Chief Aims Higher

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Google helped invent the cloud, but it’s still playing catch-up. It is building data centers and recognizing mistakes. Its cloud chief Diane Greene is quadrupling data centers and adding features to better compete with Amazon and Microsoft.

Showdown at the Electric Garage

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Tesla has busily developed a defensible position in high-end, electric-powered automobiles. With an inelastic demand curve as it relates to oil price fluctuations, their resilience is sound in that sector, but now they have to deal in a sector that is more affected by oil prices. Chevy is also interested in the sector, adding to the complexity in behavioral competitive issues.

The Journey of Jack Dorsey

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Twitter is one of the most recognized brands in the social media market even though it is yet to turn a profit. Co-founder and past (and again) CEO Jack Dorsey is not necessarily reflecting on the past of Twitter except to the extent it can guide the future into profitable domains to leverage the brand.

Google Kicks Its Car Fight Upstairs

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

While some states are eager to put Google’s autonomous cars on their roads, others, like California, are proposing stiffer regulations. Google is lobbying Congress for uniform national rules it hopes will be more favorable.

From Shared Values to Shared Quarters

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Scandinavian-style co-housing is gaining traction among boomers. The U.S. is home to more than 150 co-housing communities, with 14 more planned exclusively for seniors.

A Would-Be Wi-Fi Paradise

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Sri Lanka is working with Google to provide Wi-Fi service country-wide. As part of the system, Google is launching Wi-Fi equipment that is attached to balloons that can provide service to remote locations. Providing Wi-Fi will help more residents get online, but the next challenge is providing sufficient capacity of high-speed internet connections to and from the island nation.

Google Kicks Its Car Fight Upstairs

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Are you ready for driverless cars? It could come down to state versus federal government.

Move Fast and Break Things

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Jeff Immelt wants General Electric's new digital division to be a top-10 software company by 2020. Early developments for the Internet of Really Big Things suggest it might really work.

Move Fast and Break Things

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

A decade after taking over General Electric, Jeff Immelt’s long bet on the Internet of Really Big Things seems to be paying off. But competitive challenges still exist.

Move Fast and Break Things

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Under previous CEO Jack Welch, General Electric was highly successful as a diversified conglomerate. Jeff Immelt, who took over in 2001, has shifted the company's focus from financial services and home appliances to industrial products and associated software. He also has implemented cultural changes.

The Selling of the American MBA

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Half of U.S. business schools may not be operating in 10 to 15 years, according to an industry source. With U.S. enrollment down, B-schools are wooing foreigners; in 2015, international candidates accounted for 58 percent of the applicant pool at full-time MBA programs.

Instacart, Brought to You by Red Bull

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Customers hate delivery fees, so Instacart went to retail partners to help. The grocery delivery startup says ads from General Mills, PepsiCo, and other consumer companies account for 15 percent of revenue.

Europe Bets on Robots to Help Care for Seniors

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Robots may be able to help the elderly, and Europe is testing the idea. By one estimate, 32,500 robots designed to help care for the elderly and disabled will be sold from 2015 through 2018.

For the Perfect Voyage: Private Isles and Ports

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

MSC Cruises is developing a $200 million private island in the Caribbean, part of an industry push to provide the perfect vacation. Carnival spent $85 million developing its private cruise getaway.

Venture Investors Are Taking a Pause

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Despite the signs of economic recovery (or at least stabilization), the money market for startups has actually tightened over the past several years. This tightening has been both in terms of number of deals and the amounts of funding.

A Zara of Modesty Rises in Turkey

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The Kucuk brothers have helped turn a French fashion retailer into a multinational company focused on conservative fashions for observant Muslims. Their chain, LC Waikiki, now has over 600 locations, with about a third outside Turkey. LC Waikiki tries to have a great range of stylish apparel for "covered women."

Will Seniors Be Robot Cars' Early Adopters?

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Automakers are targeting elderly drivers eager to retain their mobility as lifestyle leaders of a new technology. Google thinks self-driving cars will be great for stranded seniors.

Intel and Samsung Are On a Collision Course

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

For decades, Intel has had a dominant position in microprocessors while Samsung has had a strong position in memory chips. Now the two firms are positioning themselves to take bites out of each other’s primary chip markets.

D-Mart Solves India’s Retail Riddle

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Nearly all supermarket chains lose money in India. However, D-Mart woos Indians with promises of all-year discounts and its cheap grocery prices fuel sales of higher-margin goods.

Startups Pitch VCs From Freezing Water

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

There is nothing like the threat of hypothermia to get an entrepreneur to cut to the chase when pitching their product or service. Using frigid water as a timer, a European elevator-pitch competition offers an $11,000 reward to the winner.

Apple's Other Johny

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Apple is well known for its differentiation on design and software. Less well known is that Apple spends billions to design its own chips for the iPhone and iPad.

The $400,000 Man

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has developed a crash test dummy that measures 7 times as many variables as the current standard. Not only that, there is an implication that it can also provide more accurate measurements as well. They sent out for bids to produce this test dummy, and the winner was Humanetics Innovative Solutions. The contract could be quite lucrative, at $400,000 per unit.

Verizon Has Flipped For Video

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

With an eye on millennials, Verizon Communications goes big on mobile streaming. It’s counting on its new Go90 service to pull in ad revenue.

Can You Patent This?

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Although tech companies from Apple to Google have for years fought patent wars over smartphone features, search technology, and computer chips, banks largely ignored the patent office and gained a reputation for keeping their internal processes to themselves. Now, the biggest U.S. banks and payments networks are applying for more patents than ever before.

Putting the App In Appalachia

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

When some industry lifecycles begin to accelerate toward decline, the pace of change has altered the macroeconomic environment. As sectors such as energy production move into more volatile cycles, workers are displaced, but some of them are capable of making a profitable transition.

Amazon's Plan to Take On UPS and Alibaba

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Amazon may start competing with FedEx and UPS. The company might be launching a global shipping and logistics operation.

You Won't Find GrubHub Here

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Sometimes all the infrastructural elements are in place for leading industry transformation, allowing entrepreneurs to enter a market. It's also possible that some sociocultural (as well as economic) structural impediments keep the obvious from taking place, at least in the short run.

The Real Life Storage Wars

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurs and venture capital see an opportunity in storage. The $33 billion industry is still growing, and new on-demand business models look promising.

The Real Life Storage Wars

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The storage businesses will generate $33 billion in 2016, estimates research firm IBISWorld, up from $24 billion in 2010. More than 50,000 self-storage facilities are in the United States. Startups are trying to carve out a slice of the expanding storage industry by offering on-demand pickup and delivery.

Can Bombardier Fly With the Big Boys?

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Bombardier's goal of competing with Boeing and Airbus in the market for 100-plus seat aircraft has fallen short of expectations. While Bombardier has received orders and is getting ready to deliver its first aircraft, its order book is much weaker than it anticipated. With its stock trading below a dollar and the company operating at a loss, the Quebec and Canadian governments may need to step in to provide financial backing (and save jobs).

Who Owns the Sun?

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Warren Buffett’s utility NV Energy is winning the battle with Elon Musk’s SolarCity by getting the Nevada Public Utilities Commission to adopt rules making rooftop solar panels unattractive. NV Energy prefers deals with concentrated solar farms to meet renewable energy targets.

A Pressing Matter: The Olive Oil Trade

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The olive oil industry is based around the Mediterranean Sea. Tunisia, Spain, and Italy are the world's largest producers. While the United States is far behind in terms of production volume, California producers are taking a much more scientific approach to growing, harvesting, and processing olives.

Better Coffee Through Bacterial Chemistry

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Rarely do you think of going to pick up coffee with pricey brews made from the digestive results of a cat-like animal, but that's what Afineur is hoping people will do.

A Pixie to Keep an Eye on Your Keys

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Have you ever misplaced your keys? Help is now available and more sophisticated than ever.

Your Uber Driver Has a House to Show You

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Real estate agents turn to Uber-driving amid prolonged property slump. Cars for hire increased 51 percent in the first half of 2015.

The Challenges for Smart-Gun Makers

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The second amendment to the constitution and protection of the public interest square off. Creating safety devices to limit misuse of constitutional rights seems like it might be a profitable realm of technology development, but beware of consumer demands.

Facebook's Fight to Be Free

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Facebook sees India as a market with great potential, but many potential customers have limited internet access. In India, Facebook has teamed up with mobile service provider Reliance to offer free access to a focused and simple version of Internet access at reduced download speeds. The goal is to get new consumers interested in Internet access, and then be able to sell them full service options (around 40% upgrade within 1 month). The service has critics, however, who don't like how this contradicts net neutrality.

Meal Plan

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

After experimenting with a variety of business models for its meal delivery business, Munchery has settled on one that gives it greater control of operations and customer experience, but with high fixed costs. This could give it a more sustainable competitive advantage.

An Unhappy New Year For Asia's Shipyards

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Asian shipbuilders have experienced canceled orders and a significant slowdown in new orders due to falling oil prices and slower growth in commodity demand from China.

Peanut Patch: Allergy Fighter

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

A tiny patch designed by Pierre-Henri Benhamou of DBV Technologies, a French firm, has shown promise in helping its users overcome one of the most widespread and dangerous food allergies: peanuts.

Innovation Dojo

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Apps have made it relatively common to have remotely controlled systems in the home. Unfortunately, these systems can be hacked, creating massive losses both financially and even physically. Dojo, a cybersecurity system domiciled in Israel and designed to pick up on hacking attempts on home systems, has garnered over $1 million in seed money for their solution to this problem.

Canada's AI Experts Head South

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Canada's investment in neural network technology has helped its universities develop significant expertise in artificial intelligence. Technology firms such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter have hired Canadian artificial intelligence experts, and/or purchased companies and the technology they helped develop. While there is some concern regarding a brain drain with these high skilled employees moving to the U.S., it is helping the government and universities realize that they need to do more to help retain and attract this human capital in Canada.

Texting Out an SOS

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

WhatsApp is being used to help women trapped in human trafficking. Women are being given information to help them escape.

Innovation Universal Virus Test

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

A comprehensive virus test that can eliminate the need for iterative process of elimination tests can save time and money, both of which are critical in health care. This experimental test, developed by a professor at Columbia, could bring this to fruition in the near future.

At Walmart, a Season For Guns and Tinsel

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Amid anxiety over mass killings, arms and ammo keep selling. America's gun king, Walmart, is geared up for the holiday rush.

Opening a Nationwide Mobile Wallet

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Peruvian banks are trying to get money moving through cell phones. The mobile payment system, Bim, was launched on Dec. 15.

Building an Arsenal of Smartwatch Smarts

Thomas Coe  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Swatch has filed smartwatch-related patents in recent years, even though CEO Nick Hayek has been dismissive of the devices. Swatch has been burned by earlier forays into new technologies.

Winning Nobels and Delighting Investors

Delvin D. Hawley, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

For shareholders of Hamamatsu Photonics KK, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate. Apart from helping to advance our understanding of the universe, the company’s sensors play important roles in everything from X-ray machines to DNA sequencers. Hamamatsu has a 90 percent global market share in the devices known as photomultipliers and a stock price that’s jumped more than four-fold since early 2009.

Vial Accusations

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes has diligently cultivated the medical diagnostic company over the past 12 years and is just now hitting the mainstream of her target market. However, both she and the company face stiff challenges.

Vial Accusations

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Elizabeth Holmes, founder of blood test pioneer Theranos, faces challenges to the credibility of her firm. Theranos products offer the potential of radically reducing the cost of medical diagnostics and have attracted a top-tier corporate board.

Insuring the Toys of the Wealthy

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Writing insurance policies for the possessions of the 1 Percent is a $40 billion business. Privilege Underwriters Reciprocal Exchange, which specializes in insuring the ultrarich, has seen its business grow least 40 percent a year since 2006.

A Big Bike Maker Steers Uptown

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Taiwanese bike maker Giant Manufacturing's U.S. sales grew 13.8 percent in the first half of 2015, as it pushed higher-end products. The firm is looking to aggressively expand its market presence in the U.S.

Dow Chemical is Turning Sewage Into a Refreshing Drink

Thomas Coe  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

For decades, sewage has been treated and used for irrigating crops, parks, and golf courses, but making it fit for human consumption requires advanced filtration technology. Dow Chemical’s process helps tackle drought and beyond -- and comes up smelling like roses.

Watch Out, JPMorgan! This Guy Wants to Kill Banks

Delvin D. Hawley, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Four-year-old nonbank lender Social Finance is out to kill banks. CEO Mike Cagney is betting that by making millennials feel as if they belong to an exclusive club, he can turn an entire generation into lifelong customers. So far he has lent $6 billion to SoFi's "members" while avoiding federal regulations.

Jeff Bezos Just Ignited a New Space Race

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Both Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are building companies in the business of launching people and goods into space. Will they compete head to head or carve out separate niches in space travel?

'These Airwaves Ain't Big Enough Fer the Both of Us'

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Google, Microsoft, and Comcast are fighting a Verizon-led push into unlicensed spectrum. Moreover, some of tech’s biggest names are squaring off over a new cellular technology that may wreck Wi-Fi networks.

Watch Out, JPMorgan! This Guy Wants to Kill Banks

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Banking and lending seem to be divided across several dimensions of strategic groupings. Social Finance (SoFi) has managed to take specific needs of millennials, such as targeting student loans for those exiting college, and turn them into an open door to offer additional services typically provided by large banks.

Profiting From Poor Africans

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

M-Kopa, a Kenyan company in the solar power business, plans to be a $1 billion firm by selling solar panels to rural residents -- and providing them with credit. M-Kopa's typical customer lives on less than $2 per day, but is willing to purchase a $200 power system in order to save money on kerosene and electricity.

Apps That Fight Your Parking Tickets

Eric Cardella  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Using discount legal advice or algorithms, several new apps have helped beat thousands of parking tickets. These new discount legal service apps are sure to change the landscape of the $25 billion legal service market for years to come.

Apps That Fight Your Parking Tickets

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

There may be a new way to get out of your traffic ticket without paying the high cost associated with typical legal fees. A variety of new apps can now help you get legal assistance at an affordable price.

A Tiny Speed Bump for Streaming’s Advance

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

British singer Adele and Sony Music Entertainment are betting fans will show up at record stores and on iTunes to buy a copy rather than stream it on Apple Music and Spotify. The initial sales data suggests they are right. There are questions if this phenomenon will slow the growth of streaming services.

SoftBank's $3 Billion Startup Incubator

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Masayoshi Son, Chief Executive Officer of SoftBank, hired Nikesh Arora from Google to help the company invest $3 billion per year in promising startups with high end potential. Unlike most pools like this, they are not using a shotgun approach with the money, rather they are going to focus huge amounts of cash on around 10 startups. This Bloomberg Businessweek article gives personal insight into Arora and his frame of mind as well as his philosophies on risk.

Voting From the Privacy of Your Couch

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Some countries are trying to decrease electoral fraud. A new software company, Scytl can be used for online voting and tallying and claims it can help stop electoral fraud.

New York Gambles on A Daily Fantasy Ban

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The attorney general of the State of New York is threatening the fantasy football industry. The top three competitors are responding very differently, but the primary concern is that other states will follow suit and substantially change the laws that govern fantasy football.

Startups Give Airbnb Hosts a Helping Hand

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Airbnb has caused a stir similar to Uber as the company uses technology to bring small businesses into markets formerly the domain of larger, entrenched competitors. However, it's also prompting the creation of service providers unique to its industry.

What Consumer Gene Testing Can't Do

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Companies now offer DNA testing directly to consumers, but how reliable is genetic analysis?

Hey Mom, Set Another Place at Dinner for Fido

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The pet foodie movement is surging. Premium pet food now accounts for more than half of the $23.7 billion market, and new entrants with innovative products are taking a big chunk.

Faux-Rock Stars

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurial businesses are sometimes like trying to climb a rock wall, but in this case the business IS creating and manufacturing the rock walls.

Putting the App in Apartment

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Startup Common is offering co-living apartments. Everything is done online, and no realtors are involved.

Hey Mom, Set Another Place at Dinner for Fido

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The “eat-like-your-owner” strategy appears to be paying off for entrepreneurial high-end pet food manufacturers. Sales of premium dog food have surged 45 percent to $10.5 billion in the U.S. since 2009 and now account for more than half of the market. But is this a sustainable marketing strategy?

Faux-Rock Stars

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Indoor rock climbing gyms are being opened worldwide, and the world's largest builder (Walltopia) comes from an unlikely location - Bulgaria. Two and a half hours outside Sofia, in the small town of Letnitsa, is a factory that has supplied walls to gyms in more than 50 countries. Through a combination of cheap labor, innovative designs, and willingness to develop custom walls for clients, Walltopia has gained a loyal worldwide customer base for their climbing walls.

Data Drive: 50 Companies to Watch

Delvin D. Hawley, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

For some companies, 2016 is shaping up to be a momentous year. Bloomberg analysts identified 50 companies that face unusual challenges or have standout products or technologies that make them worth watching in 2016.

The Netflix Effect is Spreading

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Internet video economics will increasingly favor original, higher-value productions. Call it the "Netflix effect."

Microsoft Wants to be Loved

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Microsoft has made a push to engender fuzzier feelings -- and it's working. Since 2013, Microsoft has risen from seventh place to third in WPP's annual consumer survey on brands, now ranking just behind Apple and Google.

The Netflix Effect is Spreading

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Original content has become a key success factor for video streaming services that want to compete with Netflix and Amazon. The revenue generated by subscription and rental fees is fueling higher-quality productions than the ad model.

Renewables Will Have to Stand on Their Own

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Renewable energy innovators throughout Europe and the U.S. used to be able to count on significant public investments from their governments. But now the U.S. is following some European countries by cutting back on tax credits for wind and solar.

The Netflix Effect is Spreading

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Digital video continues to be a growing market. Some are calling the phenomenon the "Netflix effect."

Hang $99.99

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

A Taiwanese manufacturer and a Canadian toy executive joined forces to make a low-price surfboard that’s a best-seller in the U.S.

Apple’s Deep Learning Curve

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

In the world of artificial intelligence innovation, does secrecy hurt? Many talented researchers in this field are turned off by the limitations that Apple places on participation in AI-related professional and academic conferences.

A Cheaper Way to Send Money Home

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

There now exist dozens of startups running websites and apps that promise cheaper, easier ways to transfer money abroad. These digital remittance startups undercut banks and couriers; online remitters charge about 1 percent, compared with an average of 8 percent for traditional services.

Make it Rain

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Weather Modification Inc., a North Dakota-based company, has built a global business in cloud seeding. While its pilots and planes fly all over the world doing cloud seeding, it also offers consulting services to help governments and local contractors develop their own ability to stimulate precipitation.

Beefed Up

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

According to drug manufacturer Elanco, the world’s growing demand for meat, milk, and eggs is a more urgent priority than American consumers’ desire for food that is organic, antibiotic free, or pasture-raised. Elanco's answer is the use of antibiotics and growth hormones to increase food production. But is it safe?

A Cheaper Way to Send Money Home

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

You no longer have to pay high fees to send money abroad. Transfer prices have gone down thanks to new online money transfer startups.

Hang $99.99

Larry Tunnell, Ph.D., CPA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Wavestorm surfboards, which launched in 2007 and are sold for $99.99 exclusively through Costco, are now the leading surfboard brand, selling five times more than the closest competitor.

Fantasy Sports Meets Its Match: Lawyers

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Fantasy sports sites claim that they're not gambling sites, but states are moving to regulate them like casinos. The most recent round of investigations follows allegations of cheating at two of the leading sites, DraftKings and FanDuel. Who will win this game?

Bonnie's Army: Can Halo 5 Save the Xbox?

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Microsoft tries to salvage respect in an environment that doesn't tremble at the company's name and might. While unarguably a key player in the gaming industry, it has most certainly not taken the dominant position in the game console market that it has in the computer software realm. Microsoft is banking on its new Halo release to at least maintain its stake and maybe further it in the near future.

Why Roku Isn’t Going After Gamers

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Roku is not for gamers. CEO Anthony Wood believes that Xbox and Playstation consoles will continue to win over the gaming elite, Apple has too much power and presence in the mobile area, and Roku is choosing to stay clear. Is it a wise strategy?

Why Roku Isn't Going After Gamers

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Apple, Amazon, and Google all think there is an opportunity to stream games over their new streaming devices. Roku is listening to game makers and gamers who disagree.

In Brazil, Getting It There is No Fun at All

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Keeping production cost low is important for any firm, but inbound and outbound logistics within the linked value chain have powerful impacts as well. Infrastructural components can create advantages and disadvantages in the global market.

Korean Skincare Secrets

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Skin care in South Korea is big business, with skin-care rituals sometimes taking an hour a day. Products made from natural ingredients such as snail mucus (slime), donkey's milk, and bee venom have had a place in skin care for centuries. Now Korean firms are seeking to take advantage of the export potential, as well as setting up retail outlets overseas.

An App Gives India's Hotels a Closer Look

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Oyo Rooms is a hotel-booking app for India's hotels. Room seekers can choose a room based on their required standards.

Smartphone Margins

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Apple claims 90 percent of the smartphone industry’s profits. Although other firms offer very competitive phones, so far they seem to be eroding one another's positions -- not Apple's.

Cloud Computing Finally Gets Some Startups

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Cloud startups are selling computing power and storage for prices at or below Amazon’s and Google’s rates. DigitalOcean has raised almost $200 million in venture funding while Backblaze has raised $5.3 million and doesn’t need further funding because it’s profitable, with sales of more than $10 million in 2014.

Cloud Computing Finally Gets Some Startups

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Cloud services, an industry developed by IT giants for IT giants, is finally seeing a few startups enter its realm. The startups have managed to underbid the giants in certain markets by keeping expenses relatively low.

Silicon Valley Investors Look North

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Canada is becoming an increasingly attractive location for software companies, as employment in the Canadian hardware industry drops. Canada’s venture funding has doubled in five years, to $2.4 billion.

Smartphone Margins

Larry Tunnell, Ph.D., CPA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Apple reigns supreme in terms of profit share in the smartphone industry. However, if the worldwide market shifts to lower-priced models, as expected, it is uncertain whether the firm's high profit margins can be sustained.

Smartphone Margins

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Apple’s utter dominance of the money-making end of the smartphone industry leaves many Android makers scrambling to create less expensive phones. Are the margins for these low-cost smartphones sufficient to support this strategy?

Long Live the King

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Burger King is relying more heavily on data to make sure its marketing is cost-effective as it reaches customers through digital and social media. Franchisees say the resulting buzz has translated into higher restaurant sales, and the company is doing it for about one fourth of what McDonald’s spends on advertising.

Credit and Debit Cards Lag on Upgrades

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The deadline to have all credit and debit cards chip-equipped has passed. Many cards still use magnetic strips that aren't as secure.

Early Promise for a New Paralysis Treatment

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

A new spinal insert can enhance the outcomes of spinal damage victims.

Box Tries a Little Repackaging

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The small file-sharing company is leaning on big partners. Box is trying to win business with big companies to offset its $200 million in projected annual losses.

Farm to Face

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Mutant flowers sounds like a great start to a horror flick, but in this case it may well turn into a business bonanza for the founder of Farmacy.

Uber by Way of the Kibbutz

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

New Israeli ride-hailing service La’Zooz is a cooperative that relies on volunteers for coding. Riders pay with bitcoin-like tokens that can be earned by giving rides or working on the app. A bitcoin developer says La’Zooz has the potential to “eat Uber and Lyft.”

Netflix Wants an Oscar On Its Mantle

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Netflix continues to reshape the movie business and the release of “Beasts of No Nation” gives the company a chance to win its first Academy Award. The goal is clear: to increase its 65 million-plus worldwide subscribers.

If You Blocked This Ad, We Wouldn't Get Paid

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Ad-blocking appears to be on the rise. How will advertisers respond?

Innovation: Vetigel

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Stop the bleeding is always the first priority in an accident. Sunaris, a three-year-old company headed up by Joe Landolina, has found a way to inject the bleeding area with a mesh-type material that dramatically reduces bleeding time. The product is currently finding success in the veterinary market. It uses an algae base that creates a scaffold to which the blood coagulates. The product is said to be the only of one its type to stop arterial bleeding. Sunaris will start human testing soon and see no reason why its product will not be available within the next few years.

Touch Me Harder

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Apple’s design team focuses on how it can make products more intuitive and easy to use. The company does not believe in using focus groups to tell the designers what customers want, but believes the skills and instincts of designers will be able to provide software and hardware that customers will want to use.

A Founder Who Wants to Stay in the Kitchen

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Chobani's founder, Hamdi Ulukaya, helped the company bring Greek yogurt to the U.S. market. The company has weathered struggles with meeting production demands and quality control during a period of rapid growth. While some expected Ulukaya to be ousted, he remains CEO. Ulukaya has learned, however, that the company needs an executive with managerial skills that differ from his own.

Stetson’s Cowboy Spirit Lives On

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The once-famous Stetson hat company is struggling. To keep the company relevant, CEO Izumi Kajimoto is no longer relying on cowboy culture. Instead, Stetson is pursuing the hipster market by offering an eclectic, trendy mix of hats.

Eros Would Love to Become India's Netflix

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Bollywood film studio Eros hopes to build a strong enough position in video streaming to fend off Netflix and Amazon when they enter India. With a large library of its own films, original programs, music videos, and a head start, Eros wants to be the dominant streaming service in India.

Eros Would Love to Become India’s Netflix

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

One of Bollywood's biggest studios, Eros, is betting it can win the online streaming race. The idea is to use the Mumbai studio’s bulging catalog of more than 2,000 films and new, exclusive series to build a critical mass of devoted users before Netflix and Amazon plant their flags in the world’s second-most populous country.

Touch Me Harder

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Understanding and maximizing the touch response of an iPhone screen can cost millions (or billions) of dollars, as Apple found out in building 3D Touch.

Just a Fantasy

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Daily fantasy sports sites are exempt from restrictions on sports betting. Instead, they are considered games of skill and not gambling. FanDuel and DraftKings, the two main services, will bring in a combined $60 million in entry fees in the first week of the NFL season. Sports books in Las Vegas, by contrast, are expected to handle about $30 million.

Cute Ads Only Go So Far

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The Affordable Care Act created an opening for new health insurance companies to enter the market by lowering some of the barriers. But well-funded startup Oscar is losing a lot of money while it tries to reach scale and a competitive cost position.

Hampton Creek Throws Eggs at the FDA

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Hampton Creek’s Josh Tetrick is taking a stand against the FDA. The FDA issued a warning letter listing a number of rule violations related to the company’s Just Mayo product. Among these violations is the company’s use of the term “mayo” in the product’s name and the image of an egg on its label. The FDA asserts this is a violation if its standard-of-identity rules and can be misleading, since the product is eggless. Tetrick ‘s defiant stance stems from more than financial incentives; it is rooted in the company’s commitment to make the global food system more sustainable by developing plant-based substitutes for animal proteins. Thus, the regulatory dispute has issues of principle and may have implications for the evolution of the food industry.

Portuguese Shoemakers Get Fancy

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Shoemaking companies in Portugal are performing well financially as they move up-market. While they can not compete on price with Asian manufacturers, they can compete on quality and have found a profitable market position between high-end Italian shoes and lower-priced Asian models. Some have also added their own brands while continuing to operate as contract manufacturers for more famous labels.

Cute Ads Only Go So Far

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Oscar, a startup healthcare insurance provider designed for individual customers, is losing money rapidly. Instead of folding, though, the company is expanding.

Can Netflix Become Must-See TV in Japan?

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Netflix has been a Western phenomenon. Betting that streaming will become a global phenomenon, Netflix will expand to more than 150 countries by the end of 2016.

Britain's Digital-Health Startups Seek First Aid

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Regardless of where innovation is generated, it will seek its highest potential returns wherever they may exist across the globe. Due to revenue constraints, British healthcare innovators are beginning to seek and find funding (as well as markets) in the United States before looking at home.

A Breakout Year for Cuban Entrepreneurs

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Is Cuba now a capitalist or socialist society? Although 201 categories of work are now open to entrepreneurs in the country, the state still dominates the economy.

Insurance For the Agent-Averse

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The comparison-shopping website PolicyGenius sells policies from 26 insurers. More than half of its customers are millennials who prefer to shop online and believe that the insurance industry is out of step with the times.

Skechers' Lesson From a Fad That Flopped

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Overproduction combined with an FTC investigation caused Skechers’ Shape-ups shoes to go from fad to fiasco. But the company rebounded. Skechers’ valuation has risen from $600 million at the end of 2011 to about $8 billion today.

A Technology That Reveals Your Feelings

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Do you think you can fool your teacher when you’re not paying attention? Think again. Plans are in place for as many as 1,000 schools in North America to use a technology that monitors student’s emotions. This market could reach $10 billion worldwide by 2020 and raises questions about privacy.

A Technology That Reveals Your Feelings

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Your emotions can be electronically tracked, and your facial expressions are being analyzed for consumer marketing.

Cleaning Up Drug Lane

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Unregulated supply chains and poor record keeping make it easy for counterfeit drugs to find their way into stores in many developing countries. MPedigree, a Ghana-based company, works with manufacturers to place scratch-off security codes on drug boxes to help consumers find out if the product is legitimate.

Cleaning Up Drug Lane

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Counterfeit drugs are a critical issue in many developing countries, as unregulated supply chains and poor record keeping make it easy for bootleggers to slip fake products into supply chains. The results can be life-threatening for customers who rely on the efficacy of drugs.

Salesforce Gets a Dose of Oracle Discipline

Larry Tunnell, Ph.D., CPA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Salesforce.com's revenue has grown from $4.1 billion to $5.4 billion in Keith Block’s first two years with the firm, and estimates are that the company’s share of the market for customer relationship management software has risen from 14 percent to 18 percent. How has Block managed this change?

The New Old Windows

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

With the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft is trying to turn around a two-year slide in operating system revenue, dropping from $19 billion to $15 billion. Microsoft’s CEO appears more focused on the company’s future beyond Windows.

The New Old Windows

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

With operating system revenue falling from $19 billion to $15 billion over the last two years, Microsoft is trying to turn around this slide with the introduction of Windows 10. On July 21, the company announced a record $3.2 billion quarterly loss on $22.2 billion in revenue. Infamous for disastrous OS introductions, will Windows 10 be the success Microsoft needs?

The New Old Windows

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Microsoft tries to win fans and improve its bottom line with a Windows operating system redo and ventures into non-OS products and services.

Networks Outsource Their Networking

Eric Cardella  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

As the demand for streaming media content grows, television companies are moving quickly to develop online streaming platforms. The urgency to build these platforms has forced most television companies to outsource streaming-service development.

For European Biotechs, Patience Starts to Pay

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The development of new drugs is a long process, requiring years of research and testing before products can be released. New companies require significant capital to carry them through years of expenses before they generate revenue. In Europe, more firms are now turning to initial public offerings, and investors are more willing to provide capital with the hope that a new drug will pay off big.

The Google Tamer

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Google is known for innovation and a freewheeling culture that has contributed to its consistent record of growth. And as long as ad revenues have continued to grow, so has spending. Ruth Porat, who became CFO in May, is now trying to bring financial discipline and efficiency to Google without stifling its creative culture.

The Google Tamer

Larry Tunnell, Ph.D., CPA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Google has brought in Ruth Porat, an almost 30-year veteran of Wall Street, as its CFO. Under her stewardship, expenses are leveling off and Google's stock price is on the rise.

Stores Try Fixed Prices That Aren’t So Fixed

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Digital shelf displays continue to blur the lines between shopping online and in a store as retailers embrace both “bricks and clicks” to compete with Amazon and online retailers. As Amazon continues to grow, will this technology provide a competitive edge for brick-and-mortar stores?

Stores Try Fixed Prices That Aren’t So Fixed

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Digital price displays are giving brick-and-mortar retailers a weapon against online rivals like Amazon. However, going digital isn't cheap.

Innovation: Child Prostheses

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

E-Nable designs 3D-printed prostheses for children older than 3 and shares its blueprints so they can be made for as little as $30. This way, the prostheses can be easily replaced as the kids outgrow them.

Big Data: Searching for Drug Side Effects

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The Food and Drug Administration may now review Google searches to find information on the side effects of drugs. This information would add to what it already collects from patients, doctors, and pharmaceutical companies.

Will Stream 4 Cash

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

YouNow is banking on the digital tip jar in lieu of advertising to make profits from live-stream exhibitionists. Some analysts say an ad-free YouNow may have trouble growing and keeping people on its platform.

Fiat Positions Maserati to Replace Ferrari

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne is shifting gears in terms of the firm's strategy. Out is Ferrari and in is Maserati, which Marchionne envisions as the linchpin of his $52 billion plan to turn Maserati, Alfa Romeo, and Jeep into global brands and boost net income fivefold.

Will Stream 4 Cash

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Rather than sell ads, YouNow, a live-streaming app, has shunned them to create its own strange, tip-based economy. Can it be profitable?

Fiat Positions Maserati to Replace Ferrari

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Ferrari, Fiat’s top luxury brand, is being spun off. Fiat is planning to fill the vacuum of the iconic Ferrari brand with Maserati. One of the challenges for Maserati is finding a way to broaden its appeal without chipping away at exclusivity.

Coders Balk at Making Apps Searchable

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Only a few thousand mobile apps -- out of several million -- have links that enable their content to be searched, as coders are resistant to use deep links in apps. However, Google and Facebook claim the links create more traffic to the apps.

Rethinking Disneyland for the Chinese Family

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Disney is applying what it learned from the problems it had establishing a park France as it develops the $5.5 billion Shanghai Disneyland. The goal is to build something that is authentically Disney and distinctly Chinese. The demographics are quite different, and adult visitors may outnumber kids four to one. Will Disney’s largest foreign investment to date pay off?

A Different Kind of Ride-Sharing

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

As legislators in various markets come to grips with the lost revenue within the taxi service sector due to Uber and Lyfts, the business model is now shifting to avoid these issues and it is not being accomplished by the incumbent firms, but by other startups. One major player is Bla-Bla Car, which uses a ride-sharing model versus a ride-for-hire model.

Drop and Give Me Twenty Lines of Code

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The armed forces are recruiting hackers for cyberwar. The recruits use open source software such as Metasploit.

A Tech Ecosystem Built on Rubble

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

A pioneering startup accelerator is building businesses in one of the world’s toughest places. The drive and focus of the citizens in the Gaza Strip is helping create a tech hub there.

It Turns Out Rare Earths Aren’t That Rare

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Rare-earth prices jumped as much as sixfold in 2011. However, they crashed soon after, leading to the bankruptcy of U.S. miner Molycorp. The rare-earths commodity bubble burst when their scarcity was short-lived.

The SEIU’s Odd Recipe for Unionizing Fast Food

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

McDonald’s uses its franchising system to deflect charges that it pays workers too little. But the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is going after them anyway to get fast-food workers organized and get them higher pay.

What Is Code?

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

It's all about the base. Or is it?

How Much Should a Miracle Cost?

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Gilead Science’s value-based pricing for its new cure for Hepatitis C may be more than the market can bear.

How Much Should a Miracle Cost?

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The company selling a costly breakthrough to millions of hepatitis C sufferers thinks price is the wrong thing to talk about.

Startups See Dollars in China's Young and Lonely

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Seeking romance and love in modern day China. There has to be an app for that. Or two or three.

A Bay Area Startup Spins Lab-Grown Silk

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Bolt Threads expects products made with its yeast cell-based silk to be available in 2016.

Your 'Likes' May Mark You as a Victim

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Law firms are using Facebook and other data to track down medical victims.

The App Store That Won’t Make You Rich

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Having a bestseller on the Mac App Store may not exactly set a developer up for retirement.

Innovation: Griffin Lander

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Astrobotic Technology's Griffin is a leading contender in Google's XPrize lunar mission competition.

Some Falafel Shops Go Better With Coca-Cola

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Coke offers small restaurants in Germany access to an app that will facilitate online ordering of food and beverages.

Snapchat’s Long Game

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Snapchat SEO Evan Spiegel says he has a better way for advertisers to reach millennials and teens than TV or social networks.

The $5 Billion Sublet

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Is WeWork a real estate company with a tech-bubble valuation, or a brilliant new office space?

Dubai Tries to Squeeze its A380s Into Formation

Eric Cardella  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The Dubai International Airport seeks new ways to handle more superjumbo jets to cope with increased passenger traffic

Brainless ATMs Are the Way of the Future

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Fewer than 20 percent of large banks worldwide are connecting their ATMs to the cloud.

This Time, It’s HR Getting Fired

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Zenefits has raised almost $600 million for its centralized small business HR software.

Minding the Family Store for the Next Generation

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

A century-old retail business lays the groundwork for succession.

Whole Foods or Walmart?

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Sales growth at established Whole Foods stores has slowed to 3.6 percent, far below the pace of organics overall. Who is eating their organic lunch?

Daimler Veers Into Maximum Overdrive

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Daimler's self-driving trucks are now being tested in Nevada.

Marijuana Tracking Goes Corporate

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The cost of legal sales of marijuana—does it sometimes leave opportunity for illegal entrepreneurs?

Turning Drilling Waste Into Clean Energy

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Oil companies can use geothermal energy from drilling wastewater as a source of power.

Rivals Are Gaining On YouTube

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

YouTube holds the lead in the $7.8 billion U.S. market for online video ads, but the chase is on. Multiple rivals are attempting to steal market share from the online video giant. Will the giant fall?

Twitter Tries to Tone Down the Chirping

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Twitter’s new Highlights feature will simplify the experience as it pushes the service toward a Facebook-like experience in an effort to boost flagging user growth. Is this a step forward or a strategic blunder?

Lending Club Wants to Broaden Its Membership

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Let's just borrow money from 20,000 small lenders rather than a bank.

Small Business Finds Its Voice in Free Trade

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Is creating opportunities for a few individual small businesses at the same time we create huge benefits to large businesses overseas a solid strategy for entrepreneurial proponents?

Where Peer-to-Peer Loans Are Born

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Dominating a small but lucrative niche, WebBank made $15.5 million last year with just 38 employees.

How Your T-Shirt Can Make You Rich

Pedro M. Reyes, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Three-year-old Teespring sold 7 million shirts in 2014, largely on the strength of social media microtargeting.

How Your T-Shirt Can Make You Rich

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Teespring uses social media to sell more than 7 million shirts a year.

Innovation: Pentagrom Screen

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Learning guitar is easy when you can see the music.

State-Owned Areva is Leaking Cash

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

France's attempt to make money selling nuclear power plants has fallen flat.

Big Pharma’s Patent Wars

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Pharmaceutical companies' patent tactics face legal scrutiny.

Drone Makers Seek Traffic Control

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Commercial drones are still mostly illegal in the U.S., but the industry and NASA are working to keep them from colliding.

Drone Makers Seek Traffic Control

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

NASA-backed software could orchestrate urban skies.

The Secret Sauce

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

With $1.5 billion in annual revenue, Buffalo Wild Wings is breaking records in the casual-dining category.

Seattle: Kurt Cobain, Coffee, and Data Storage

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Sometimes conventional wisdom can take an unconventional turn.

A Virtual Garage Sale Takes on Craigslist

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Startup VarageSale competes with Craigslist by focusing on mobile and has raised $34 million in venture funding.

Crash Test City

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The world of driverless vehicles is coming, and automakers are eager to test their self-driving robot cars in the $6.5 million “M City” facility at the University of Michigan.

A Little Black Book with 1.6 Billion Numbers

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The Internet shoved aside the Yellow Pages. A Swedish startup aims to do the same regarding the White Pages.

Japanese Engineers Reinvent the Wheel

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Two inventors found it easier to build $7,900 bike wheels than to sell them.

Coke's Unlikely Savior

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Coke and Pepsi may be allies in the latest battle to win back consumers.

Coke’s Unlikely Savior

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

U.S. cola consumption is falling by about 4 percent a year. Soda makers are seeking new sweeteners to reverse the trend.

Unforbidden Fruit

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

After fortunes have been made, the push to stop deforestation in the palm oil industry has moved other big companies to follow suit. Is this a legitimate campaign or a sustainability stunt?

For Apple, Only Time Will Tell In China

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

China may prove to the big market for Apple's most expensive watches.

Paying by the Second, Instead of the Click

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

You can resume your game after the advertisement is complete.

High-Speed Trading Comes to Japan

Delvin D. Hawley, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Automated high-frequency trading on the Tokyo Stock Exchange has forced most human traders out of their jobs.

Now Hear This

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

New audio technology manufacturers are trying to break into the $6 billion hearing-aid market.

Innovation: Crash-Proof Drone

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

A new specially designed drone can safely bounce off obstacles and people without damage or injury.

Meet Death, Buy His Raincoat

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Despite the brand's melancholy theme, the founder of Stutterheim’s trendy raincoats has nothing to be depressed about.

Meet Death, Buy His Raincoat

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Celebrating a melancholy mood helps Stutterheim sell high-priced Swedish raincoats.

The Pipeline Flows Again

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Drugmakers are enjoying a rush of new medicines, but their high costs threaten the pace of innovation.

The Pipeline Flows Again

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Big Pharma companies are competing to produce breakthrough drugs that no one can afford.

The Tech Tastemaker You Can Game

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

User-ranked listings site Product Hunt attracts venture capitalists.

Intel Buys Its Way Deeper Into China

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The company is spending billions on factories and state-owned rivals.

The Cat Content Wars

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

It's a dog-eat-dog world in publishing, but that's not a bad thing for this company.

Pizza Hut Wants to Roll Its Dough in Africa

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

In Africa, Pizza Hut can't be the cheapest or the first pizza chain, so it wants to be the best.

The NBA’s Hoop Dream: World Domination

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

About 300 million Chinese play basketball, and the NBA hopes to use that fan base to someday eclipse soccer’s popularity. With that dream be realized?

The Case of the Stubbed Hub

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Do consumers really want to know the price they're paying?

The Semiconductor Revolutionary

Pedro M. Reyes, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Gallium nitride promises to replace silicon as the semiconductor of choice in transistors.

It's Raining Cars in China

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The booming market for autos in China has caused automakers to expand capacity faster than the demand warrants.

Innovation: Power Fingerprinting

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Two academics have created a security system that is practically impossible to evade.

Making the Internet’s Onion More Appetizing

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Facebook and other big companies are moving into the most secret area of the Internet.

Small to Big: I Do Now I Don't

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

All is not lost. That engagement ring is still worth something.

Need Some Shut-Eye? Try a Spritz of Melatonin

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Startup Sprayable seeks to take customers from wide awake to deep sleep.

Hop In and Shove Over

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Both Uber and Lyft are testing carpool services that could take more cars off the road.

Hop In and Shove Over

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

As Uber and Lyft are introducing true ride-sharing services, social and environmental benefits may follow.

Innovation: Health-Monitoring Tattoo

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

An engineer has created a temporary tattoo that can monitor your blood sugar without needles.

Charlie Rose Talks to Stella McCartney

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

How much does genealogy matter in entrepreneurial endeavors?

Coffee, Mate

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Starbucks' flat white is being introduced in the U.S. after successful runs in Australia and Britain.

Xiaomi Puts a Windfall to Work Beyond Phones

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Xiaomi, which raised $1.1 billion in December, is pouring money into its own investments.

Forget Everything You Didn't Understand About Bitcoin

Delvin D. Hawley, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

With transactions staying below $55,000 a day, companies are looking at Bitcoin as a money transfer technology.

Hardware: Apple Sneaks Up on Cheaper PCs

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Despite a significant drop in worldwide PC shipments over the last year, Apple is gaining in the category.

Playing Chicken in the Burger Wars

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

With beef prices soaring, cheap chicken nuggets are the latest weapon.

Wipe Off That Smile

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Members-only online discount retailer, Jet.com, will launch this January and compete on price with industry giants Amazon and eBay.

Innovation: All-in-One Earbuds

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

If you can't have everything between your ears, you can at least have it all in your ear.

The Change-the-World Capital of the World

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Nairobi is a vibrant environment for young expat entrepreneurs and social enterprises.

The Startup Winning Over China's Gays

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Dating app Blued and its backers are targeting an affluent minority.

Biogen Straps Fitbits Onto MS Patients’ Wrists

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Data from MS sufferers could help Biogen prove the value of its medications to insurers and pharmacy benefit managers.

Growing Your Apps in Isolation

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Creating value and getting wealthy are not necessarily connected.

The World's Biggest Car Company Wants to Get Rid of Gasoline

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Will electric vehicles become a thing of the past? Toyota has a vision that its hydrogen vehicle will become the first mass-market hydrogen car.

Zara Follows Shoppers Into the Bedroom

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Zara Home is helping propel growth at the world's largest retailer.

Innovation: The Sideways Elevator

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

German manufacturer ThyssenKrupp will soon introduce the first fleet of cable-free cars that can move sideways.

An Expense App To Hook Road Warriors

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Travel expenses made easy and hopefully cheaper.

The Big Business of Selling Rx Records

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Medical data analytics will surpass $10 billion in annual revenue by 2020. A new technique allows advertising to know exactly which drugs you're taking and to share it on the Internet. With everyone.

Starbucks: Howard Schultz on the Coffee Chain's Expansion Under His Leadership

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Howard Schultz had to create a coffee culture in the United States in order for his company to thrive.

Bob Costas on Baseball Free Agency's Evolution

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Some fans thought it meant the end of baseball. But free agency proved to make baseball fairer . . . and maybe even a little more interesting.

Twenty Years of Techron Yield Unclear Results

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Chevron continues to spend large sums on R&D and the marketing of its fuel additive Techron although the competition has similar additives and consumers are more focused on price.

India's Farming Women Pick Up the Cameras

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Is there a prejudicial element in gender-based assistance programs for agricultural improvement?

The End of the Coffee Line

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The restaurant industry grew less than 4 percent in 2013 and needs a boost. Can mobile order-ahead apps help to increase traffic and sales?

Uber Alles

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Uber is using its $17 billion valuation to raise capital and finance rapid growth internationally.

Plastic That Carries a Big Charge

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

An engineer has developed a 3D-printing plastic he claims can be used to print electronics.

Makeup For Cool Girls

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Entering the makeup market from the blogosphere.

Merchants Try to Trim Many Unhappy Returns

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Returns cost retailers up to an estimated $20 billion a year and merchants are turning to technology to bolster holiday profits.

Persuading Israel's Tech Firms to IPO at Home

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurs prefer to list their companies' shares in the U.S.

Kiss Your Cords Goodbye

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Keyssa is trying to bring a new level of wireless transfer speed to consumer phones, laptops, and home appliances.

Expert Outlook: Kevin Plank

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

A great innovative company doesn't rely on its early success for extension; it leans on its brand reputation.

Wal-Mart’s Organic Surge

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Organic sales are up, and Wal-Mart is expanding its selection of organic foods with the promise to sell them at the same price as nonorganic food. How can Wal-Mart still make its margins?

The Extremely Metered Paywall

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Is there hope for the struggling newspaper industry? Article-selling startup Blendle reports 129,000 users in six months with growth expectations ahead.

Apple Enters the Mobile Pay Fray With a Running Start

Pedro M. Reyes, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Registers across America will soon accept Apple Pay. The next trick will be getting people to use it.

Samsung's China Problems Come to India

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Once the market leader in both China and India, Samsung phones are losing marketshare to cheaper models.

Samsung’s China Problems Come to India

Larry Tunnell, Ph.D., CPA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Cheaper smartphones eat away at the South Korean company's lead.

Home-Cooked Meals From The Cloud

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Mobile food startups are moving beyond delivery into food prep.

How to Manage Data Like Facebook

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Interana's software tries to organize info more efficiently.

Can Google Be as Shiny as You-Know-Who?

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Android Lollipop and new Nexus devices will have trouble drawing buzz away from Apple.

Green Buzz

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Does coffee have a new competitor?

How to Manage Data Like Facebook

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Husband-and-wife startup Interana is applying lessons from Facebook to join the $38 billion data-analysis market.

RumChata, a liqueur that tastes like cinnamon cereal, is an unlikely hit

Pedro M. Reyes, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Most cream liqueurs draw female customers, but 47 percent of RumChata drinkers are men.

Side Effects May Include Large Profits

Larry Tunnell, Ph.D., CPA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

An Israeli startup is courting Wall Street clients with a service that aggregates patient conversations about drugs.

Bitcoin: Not Just for Libertarians and Anarchists Anymore

Delvin D. Hawley, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

More and more people are using Bitcoin for common transactions.

Innovation: Early cancer detection

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

A simple blood test may screen for a wide variety of cancers at extremely early stages.

Marchionne’s Last Lap

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Fiat CEO Marchionne says his expanded company will boost sales 60 percent by 2018. Analysts are doubtful.

Just Relax

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Thync will soon launch a device to relax or energize you via small jolts of electricity to your brain.

Just Relax

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Thync lets you give your mind a jolt.

Intel Inside

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Intel wants to make sure it's part of the “Next Big Thing,” which may be the “Internet of Things.”

Intel Inside

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Intel can now be found inside a urinal.

Innovation: Algorithmia

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

We have an algorithm that will solve your problem.

A Bezos-Backed Startup May Go Up Against Amazon

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Jeff Bezos helped give Pro.com its start, and he may be positioning Amazon to compete with it.

A Bezos-Backed Startup May Go Up Against Amazon

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Does Amazon win everything in the Internet marketing wars?

Drizly Lets You Point, Click, and Drink

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Drizly has an interesting business model to offer alcohol sales and delivery online.

Drizly Lets You Point, Click, and Drink

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Bring me another bottle of vodka. I live at ______________.

Is Your Local Craft Beer From Out of State?

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Are you buying your craft beer from a local source? You may be surprised. Brew Hub plans a five-brewery network that craft brands can use to grow the business far, far away from home.

Find the Women in This Crowd

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Purchases of pay-per-view events for Ultimate Fighting Championship matches have fallen by one third since 2010. The response to this decline is to attract more women to the “human cockfighting” sport with a reputation for domestic violence. The effort will be a challenge.

Innovation: USB Business Card

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

All you have to do is wave my business card next to your tablet or laptop to find out all about my business.

Netflix Looks to the Old World for New Growth

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

After success in Scandinavia and Britain, Netflix sets its sights on Germany and France.

Get Your Child Into The Ivy of Her Choice! For Only $600,000

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

How much would you pay to help your child gain admission to a top college?

Updates Available

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

U.S. industries have a shot at creating their own “iPhone” by advancing their hardware and software in tandem.

Made in Memphis

Larry Tunnell, Ph.D., CPA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

How have tax incentives and labor costs affected the location of new manufacturing plants in the South?

The Teaching App at the Head of the Class

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Remind, an educational-messaging tool, is among the hottest apps in Apple’s App Store.

Why Apple’s iBeacon Hasn’t Taken Off—Yet

Pedro M. Reyes, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The indoor-tracking equipment is in less than 1 percent of U.S. stores.

Why Apple’s iBeacon Hasn’t Taken Off—Yet

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Apple’s year-old indoor-tracking technology hasn't broken out from its pack of rivals.

The Teaching App at the Head of the Class

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Remind pushes smartphone messages to students and parents.

The Cookies You Can’t Crumble

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

New tracking software and services are reshaping the market for search and display advertising online.

Google Comes to Pittsburgh

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Does having Google in your city stifle entrepreneurism?

High-End Motorcycles Meet India's Mopeds

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

India’s largest maker of two-wheeled vehicles is investing $25 million in Erik Buell’s latest bike venture.

A Smart Address Book Built on Connections

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Still in beta, address-book app Humin has enjoyed shortcuts to mass adoption through its founder’s contacts. Humin is a free app that turns your phone’s alphabetical contact list into a more intuitive searchable database.

Short-Circuit

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Toyota and Tesla had high hopes for their jointly developed electric RAV4. But they’ve sold fewer than 2,000 of the SUVs. Toyota, whose homegrown electric RAV4 was discontinued in 2003, is distancing itself from Tesla’s focus on all-electric vehicles and embracing fuel cells, a technology Tesla founder Elon Musk ridicules.

General Electric Wants To Act Like a Startup

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

GE’s new FastWorks program could enable it to do business faster, cheaper, and better and make lean startup the next big management innovation.

Silicon Valley State of Mind

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Is Silicon Valley arrogance good, evil, or a bit of both?

Clearance!! Andrew Mason

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Can an entrepreneur find adequate impetus to start a new endeavor after "failing" another startup but ending up with a net worth of $400 million-plus?

Innovation: Hair Helmet

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

A former research engineer at NASA has created a plastic helmet that can limit hair loss using laser technology.

Xiaomi Takes Direct Aim at the iPhone

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Xiaomi's smartphones emphasize technology over marketing, and are making inroads in Asian markets.

Tech Giants Struggle to Break Into Cars

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Microchips for cars are a large market poised for strong growth, but big chipmakers like Intel and Qualcomm are just getting started.

Tech Giants Struggle to Break into Cars

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

It's not just thieves who want to break into your cars.

Pernod Makes a Little Vodka in a Berlin Garage

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Just as some big brewers have found that microbrews have bigger than microprofits, now a multinational spirits company is trying to capitalize on some consumers' preference for locally made vodka.

Flipkart’s Fight to Maintain Its Lead in India

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Despite trade restrictions that bar foreign retailers, Amazon and EBay have entered the Indian market and are about to overtake Flipkart, the Indian market leader.

Sony Bets It Can Find The Next Big Thing

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Despite mounting losses, Sony is increasing spending on R&D and releasing new products like the SmartBand, which it hopes will be the next big thing.

Sony Bets It Can Find The Next Big Thing

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Sony lost $1.3 billion last year and continues to spend on research and development. Are Sony’s actions a testimony to a long-term vision or a design for short-term collapse?

Robots' Best Teachers Are Other Robots

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Researchers are using cloud networks to help robots teach each other skills faster than humans can.

The Maker Movement Gains Ground in China

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Inventors and tinkerers are gathering with government support.

Think Old.

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Volvo owner Zhejiang Geely is investing $11 billion to revive Volvo’s popularity, especially in the U.S. where sales fell 55 percent in the past decade.

Droid Killer?

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Cheap smartphones running Firefox's mobile OS are beginning to spread into emerging markets.

Can HP Build the Computer of the Future?

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The past decade’s shift of power from hardware to software companies has limited the development of computers.

Droid Killer?

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Cheap smartphones running Firefox’s mobile OS are beginning to spread into emerging markets.

Droid Killer?

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Will Firefox be the new OS for our smartphones?

Droid Killer?

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

A simple operating system for simple phones has caught the attention of phone makers and network operators in developing markets.

Crash-Proofing The Future of Drones

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

How do we avoid drone crashes? There's no clear answer yet, but they're coming anyway.

A New Breed of Power Company

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Will electricity become part of our cable bundles?

Streams of Tears

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Streaming music services are having a difficult time capturing any value for themselves or their music suppliers.

Modesty is the New Abercrombie

Pedro M. Reyes, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Abercrombie is hoping to bring back teens who’ve left the mall and are shopping with their smartphones.

A Drone Simple Enough for Anyone to Use

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

DJI’s early lead in the drone industry may put it at the center of the debate over regulation and privacy.

Shootout: Can Nike Beat Adidas at Soccer?

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

An estimated 300 million people play the game and 1 billion people watch it. Soccer represents a growing global market and Nike wants to take it over.

Searching the Web for Drug Side Effects

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

What can social media posts tell us about prescription drugs?

Big-Box Cutter

Larry Tunnell, Ph.D., CPA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

How does Stihl help small hardware stores stay in business?

Twitter Wants To Be Your TV

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Consumers, particularly Millennials, do not want to miss out on a conversation. Twitter’s lackluster growth after its initial public offering has been buoyed by ad sales team-ups with TV programmers.

Selling a Brand, Shot by Shot

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

A shot in the dark? Fireball Cinnamon Whisky has become one of the most successful liquor brands in decades, with annual sales now exceeding $80 million.

Selling Ethical Fashion to the Whole Foods Set

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Where do your clothes come from? Startup clothing retailers are answering this question and urging customers to pay more and buy less.

Selling Ethical Fashion to the Whole Foods Set

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Last year, more than 1,100 workers died in the collapse of a Bangladeshi clothing factory. A handful of startup online retailers are taking action by selling direct and offering ethically manufactured, higher-quality products.

Casinos Know When to Fold 'Em

Larry Tunnell, Ph.D., CPA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Is gambling revenue a dependable source of income for state governments?

Can Amazon Find Room by the TV?

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Amazon has stepped into the living-room turf war with its streaming Fire TV, but it’s in for a tough fight.

Fiat Finally Tries to Tune Up Alfa Romeo

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Fiat is planning to relaunch Alfa Romeo as an Italian brand to rival BMW and Audi.

Can Amazon Find Room by the TV?

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Just when you thought online buying couldn't get any more convenient, Amazon has stepped into the living-room turf war with its streaming Fire TV. But acquiring market share is not going to be easy.

Good for Kids, Good for Publishers

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

First Book Marketplace accounted for 2 percent of all juvenile books sold in the United States last year to an unlikely audience at a surprising price. Why is everyone involved winning?

Good for Kids, Good for Publishers

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Publishers profit when they work with First Book to make deeply discounted books available to children from low-income homes.

In the Diaper Wars, Every Pee Point Counts

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

P&G lab churns out 150,000 diaper models a year, including many that won’t come to market for a decade.

Pandora's Stock Rally Isn't Solving Its Problems

Larry Tunnell, Ph.D., CPA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

How has Pandora’s slowing sales growth affected its stock price? And will it be able to control royalty expenses?

In the Diaper Wars, Every Pee Point Counts

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Pampers brand is especially important to P&G because it lets the company forge ties with moms, the company's "core customer."

In the Diaper Wars, Every Pee Point Counts

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Procter & Gamble is trying to create a Pampers diaper that has zero leakage, ultimate dryness, and an ideal fit -- and is investing millions to do so.

Big Mickey Is Watching

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Mickey is tracking your every move. Disney is betting a billion dollars that RFID wristbands will create a better experience. Will it work?

Will Drone Ships Sail the Seven Seas?

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Rolls-Royce is developing cargo ships that sail without crews, which account for 44 percent of operating costs.

House Calls Without the Home Visits

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Investors are putting money into telehealth services used to treat common ailments.

Cry of the Style Mavens: Pimp My Ikea

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Customizing IKEA furniture for individual and local tastes creates business opportunities.

Why Is This Man Smiling?

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Do you want your cable company to be bigger and have more control over what you watch and how you get online access? Comcast does, and it's spent more than $75 billion in acquisitions to make that happen.

A Museum Trades Memberships for Data

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

What can you get for free at the Dallas Museum of Art?

Asia's Budget Airline Invasion

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

As incomes rise among tens of millions of consumers across Asia, so does the number of low-fare airlines competing for their business.

The Arabica Project

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Climate change and other factors are endangering the Arabica coffee bean. Starbucks’ response is to buy a Costa Rican coffee farm and share research on coffee plants and sustainable farming methods.

Time for Microsoft to Tap Into Its Inner Google

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Microsoft has lacked a leader willing to kill some sacred cows and redefine the company. The new CEO, Satya Nadella, hopes to do just that.

Google's Giant $1 Patent Victory

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

How $1 in damages paid to Google is a win for the company.

Sony Bets That Jazz Can Still Be Hip

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Sony has revived a record label for jazz, a genre that sold 14 million albums in 2007 but only 5 million albums in 2013. Is the jazz audience still willing to pay to listen?

Data Centers Spring Up In Santa's Backyard

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Cold weather and inexpensive electricity attract data centers to Scandinavia.

Lenovo Takes on Apple and Samsung

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Servers, smartphones, and tablets have helped boost Lenovo’s stock price 53 percent in the past six months. After the IBM acquisition, Lenovo will be the third-largest server brand, up from number six, with a 14 percent market share.

Fifty Degrees, Clear, and Snowing

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

As glaciers melt, ski resorts are using new snowmaking technologies to keep operating. But solving one of the problems created by global warming may contribute to the problem of global warming itself.

Factory Jobs Are Gone. Get Over It

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Although many people think the return of lost manufacturing jobs is just what the United States needs, most experts would disagree. Across richer countries, growth has been accompanied by a decline in the number of manufacturing jobs and a rise in the number of service jobs.

Amazon and EBay Inch Into India

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Regulations prevent foriegn-backed firms from operating retail facilities in India, but Amazon and EBay have managed to gain a small foothold by providing the "marketplace" for local firms to sell using the American companies' websites and warehouses.

The Blogger Hackers Love to Hate

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Blogger Brian Krebs, who broke the Target hack, is often ahead of network security pros and the authorities.

Get Ready for a New “Green Rush”

Larry Tunnell, Ph.D., CPA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Will legalization of marijuana provide abundant profits and investment opportunities?

The Blogger Hackers Love to Hate

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

A former reporter's talent for exposing the weaknesses in online security has earned him respect in the IT business and loathing among cybercriminals.

Bitcoin Rush

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Why are investors so crazy for an alternative currency?

Can Target Find Its Place in The Big City

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Big-box retailers are encountering new challenges as they downsize stores to accommodate population shifts.

Barbarian At Gate C17

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Norwegian Air Shuttle is looking to bring low costs to long-haul flights.

My Fridge is Smarter Than Yours

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Samsung has captured worldwide market share in appliances, with the goal of being No. 1.

My Fridge is Smarter Than Yours

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Samsung’s goal for your kitchen is simple: It wants to own it by 2015.

The Biggest, Cheapest Network of All

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Why ignore the biggest communication network in the world? The fastest and largest network is the one we have all been building together, router by router. It's changing the face of the wireless industry.

The Biggest, Cheapest Network of All

Pedro M. Reyes, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Costly conventional cell networks can be largely replicated by existing Wi-Fi infrastructure.

Chinese Students Major in Luxury Cars

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The number of Chinese students enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities has more than tripled in the last decade, and many spend big bucks on cars while they are stateside.

Just Order the Tree Online, Charlie Brown

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Would you like to cut down your Christmas tree or just click to get it? Online Christmas tree sales are booming worldwide.

Shift Change

Larry Tunnell, Ph.D., CPA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

GM's first female CEO is taking over at a time when the company is in better shape than it has been in years.

Silicon Valley’s Hearing Aide

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Soundhawk's new Bluetooth-style device could assist up to 900 million people who don’t qualify as hearing-impaired.

A "Kill Switch" on Samsung Phones is DOA

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Don't wireless phone carriers want to stop smartphone theft? Maybe not.

Why Amazon's Going Up In The Air

Pedro M. Reyes, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Amazon is changing the physics of distribution.

Airbus May Need a Plaid Jacket

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Since the 1993 introduction of the Airbus A340, soaring oil prices have dried up demand for the large capacity plane with four Rolls-Royce engines. Airbus took a big risk by guaranteeing the plane's resale value, a move that is coming back to haunt the company now.

GE Turns to 3D Printers for Plane Parts

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

GE is making a game-changing investment in 3D printing, helping to bring the technology to more assembly lines.

A Plague That's Carried on Mobile Devices

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Kill as many people as you can with your infectious disease.

The Scariest Veggies of Them All

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Are chemical and seed companies prioritizing public health as they develop new crop varieties?

Trying to Build the Next Amazon—in Nigeria

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Jumia wants to be the Amazon.com of Africa. Although Jumia and local rival Konga.com have taken a page from the playbook of Amazon.com, their deliveries are made with even more of a personal touch. You can take delivery by motorbike and pay in cash.

Xbox One Tears Down Microsoft’s Walls

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Microsoft’s Xbox One has the hope that games and entertainment will collide into something even bigger and better. Will it make a difference in the decline of console purchases?

Trying to Build the Next Amazon—in Nigeria

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Online retailing and delivery has to adapt to Nigerian's skepticism and roadway realities.

Forget Your Wallet

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

After some false starts, the next revolutionary shift in payments is gathering momentum.

Fast Food is Getting Lighter, Slowly

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Fast food companies are working together to find ways to make their food healthier.

Forget Your Wallet

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The new wave of mobile payments is almost here -- and doesn’t look anything like it did even a few years ago.

Knitting a Supply Chain

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

ZARA's fast-moving supply chain quickly allows it to get new designs to stores worldwide.

The Battle Over Netflix

Larry Tunnell, Ph.D., CPA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Netflix shares have had a tremendous run this year. Are growing earnings fueling their rise in price?

Rebuilding Lego for Today's Kids

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Lego, which controls about 60 percent of the construction-toy business, is wooing older children with a $350 robot set.

Etsy's Identity Crisis

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Can Etsy still claim to be “your place to buy and sell all things handmade”?

In China, Dell Clings Tightly to the Waning PC

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Dell is pursing retail sales, and opening up stores, to build market share in China.

A Chicken Of Convenience

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Would you like condoms, cigarettes, or a chicken burrito? With traditional grocery stores sales falling, Tyson Foods now wants to leverage the marketing channel power of the more than 149,000 convenience stores in the United States.

A Chicken Of Convenience

Pedro M. Reyes, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Fast food without the drive-through—it isn’t rocket science.

Saving Elephants with Google Earth

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Drones are helping keep Kenyan elephants away from poachers. They can’t help with Kenya’s booming population.

Card Companies Try To Conquer Myanmar

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Using plastic to pay at retailers is growing, but still a novelty in Myanmar.

Apple's Got You

Pedro M. Reyes, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Getting more personalized retail offers based on your preferences and shopping history is closer than you think.

Apple's Got You

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Apple is quietly seeding its mobile devices with iBeacon, which provides impressive location-based tracking. Why is the company being so quiet about this new technology?

Hiring in the Age of Big Data

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Online questionnaires and games allow hiring managers to compare applicants with their star employees.

A Consumer Hero Returns to Wall Street

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Raj Date’s startup hopes to profit from non-conforming mortgages and other types of consumer loans. But Does Date’s former role at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau make his involvement in this market sector improper?

Smut With A Smile

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Promoting the mantra “Keep Calm and Chive On,” TheChive.com is a tacky little frat-boy-like site –- with an annual revenue stream approaching $100 million.

Russia's Web Payment Czar Looks West

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

In Russia, cash is king, with many consumers looking to e-cash rather than banks or credit cards to pay their bills.

The Big Bucks in Keeping Kids Focused

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The Irish drug company Shire is finding it more difficult to sell an ADHD drug when you can’t convince the target market that the condition it treats even exists. Shire wants that to change.

Runs Out Fast

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

While many still see shale oil as the path to U.S. energy independence, there are signs that it may not be an easy or inexpensive path.

Your Facebook Data Are Here

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Guess where your Facebook data lives? Inside the Arctic Circle. Facebook’s publication of the designs for its cheap, cool data centers has put pressure on established companies to adapt.

Your Facebook Data Are Here

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

By freely sharing innovations implemented in its Swedish data center, Facebook is conserving resources and helping to revolutionize the data center industry.

Yes, Real Men Drink Beer and Use Skin Moisturizer

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Not for women only: Sales of men’s grooming products—from exfoliating scrubs to self-tanning creams—are expected to rise 5 percent this year, building a $17.5 billion industry.

A Star-Powered Factory Opens in Haiti

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

IRII is using celebrity backing to bring change to Haiti's apparel industry and the lives of its workers.

Google Glass Targets the Cubicle

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Who is the target market for Google Glass? Glass may be able to find traction in the workplace and government agencies regardless of a lackluster consumer reaction.

A Culture Clash in the Yogurt Aisle

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

A no-fat, high protein food fight: Danone’s Oikos aggressive brand campaign has slowed the growth of its competitor and market leader Chobani in the $7.6 billion Greek-style yogurt U.S. market.

When a Dented iPhone is Better Than New

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Just like an old car, you can repair or trade in your smartphone.

Big Waste Country

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Scrap wire and metal from the U.S. are being shipped to China for recycling and reuse.

Classing Up RadioShack

Larry Tunnell, Ph.D., CPA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

RadioShack, with sales down 32 percent since 1996, is cutting the number of products in its stores by a quarter.

Apple Sets Off a Biometrics Arms Race

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Biometrics companies are benefiting from a potential iPhone fingerprint scanner.

Mexico's President Courts Big Oil

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

In order to extract hard-to-get oil reserves, Mexico needs the expertise of foreign oil companies.

Leases Aren’t Just for Luxury Anymore

Larry Tunnell, Ph.D., CPA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

In which direction is the U.S. automobile leasing market going?

Old Looks On New Screens

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Mobile apps are a powerful component of marketing strategy. Mobile users may soon make up half of ModCloth's visitors, spending more per purchase than other customers.

What If Fast-Food Jobs Really Paid $15 an Hour?

Pedro M. Reyes, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

What would it mean to pay an extra dollar for a Big Mac?

SAP Invades Silicon Valley

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

In order to capture market share in cloud computing, Germany's SAP is making acquisitions in California.

The Viral Media Site That Optimizes Optimism

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

With a goal of promoting meaningful stories, Upworthy reconsiders the nature of viral content.

Seeking a Phone for the End of the Desktop Era

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Canonical’s founder Mark Shuttleworth has crowdfunded millions of dollars to develop a super-superphone: a single device with phone and tablet capabilities that mimics all the functions of a PC. Will the numbers work?

The End

Larry Tunnell, Ph.D., CPA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Will Barnes & Noble remain in the e-reader market?

Recalculating Navigation Needs

Pedro M. Reyes, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Car navigation makers struggle to cope with free smartphone-based systems.

Recalculating Navigation Needs

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Can built-in navigation systems compete with smartphones?

Hummus: The Great American Dip?

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Makers of hummus are modifying traditional recipes to suit American tastes. Will it be the next salsa?

Clipper Ships Return to the High Seas

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Around 90 percent of the world's oceangoing vessels that move freight are propelled by bunker fuel. It is relatively cheap, but it also has a sulfur content seven times higher than regulations will allow in 2020. Sail hasn't dominated freight hauling since the mid-1800s, but the wind may be returning.

World of Warcraft No Longer Rules in China

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Activision Blizzard's stock is up 40 percent this year, but its top game is losing market share in one of its largest markets: China.

Crowdsourcing Your Grocery Bags

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Using the fulfillment software as its secret sauce to combine orders placed at different times and fill them from different stores, an Amazon veteran is trying to take his online grocery startup, Instacart, national with $8 million from Sequoia Capital.

McFresh

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Can the McWrap bring back the 18- to 32-year-olds who want fresher, healthier offerings? No longer on the millenial generation's top 10 list of favorite restaurant chains, McDonald’s launches the new “Subway buster” product for that demographic.

ATMs That Look Like iPads

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Banks are investing in new ATMs for the first time in years, adding features that work like tablet and smartphone apps.

H&M’s New Love For Old Clothes

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Europe's No. 2 fashion apparel chain will now give you a discount if you bring in your old castoff garments.

H&M’s New Love For Old Clothes

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

H&M's new program offers discounts to customers who bring in used clothing. Sustainable genius or greenwashing?

Dunkin’ Hopes You Stop and Smell the Coffee

Larry Tunnell, Ph.D., CPA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Can Dunkin’ Donuts compete with Starbucks by remodeling their stores? Are other restaurants such as Wendy’s going to follow suit?

Using Social Media to Stop Fraud

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Online payment companies and credit bureaus are trying to use information social media users voluntarily share to verify identities, detect true financial positions, and help reduce online fraud.

Android is Everywhere

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

After taking over the mobile world, Android is becoming the standard operating system for the "Internet of things."

Theme Parks Are on a Roll

Larry Tunnell, Ph.D., CPA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

How are revenues and profit margins for theme parks holding up in these weak economic times?

Android is Everywhere

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Android versus Apple - is it even a competition anymore?

The Post Office’s Back to the Future Rescue Plan

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

As a result of lower mail volumes and increased competition for package business, less than 20 percent of the nation's post offices generate enough business to cover costs.

There Can Be Only One

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Microsoft dominates console wars and now it wants the rest of your family’s TV time.

Crowdsourcing an End to Sweatshops

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Systems based on anonymous employee phone calls may be able to help Western companies monitor and improve working conditions in factories across the globe.

Facebook Struggles to Find its Footing

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Facebook scrambles to make money from mobile. Does it have a plan to make it profitable?

The City that Runs on Sensors

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Can sensors really help us with traffic congestion?

The Man Who Ate the Internet

Larry Tunnell, Ph.D., CPA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

How has Netflix rebounded from the massive subscriber losses it suffered eighteen months ago? What do they plan to do in the future?

The Perils of Price-Matching

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Two years ago Wal-Mart rolled out its "simplified" Ad Match Guarantee. The program is proving to be anything but simple to execute consistently across all stores and could even create a consumer backlash.

Usain Bolt: The App

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Can the garage developer survive the branded app?

Mobile Games with Megaprofits

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

With a dedicated user base regularly spending big money, mobile gamemaker Supercell turned a 58 percent operating margin last quarter.

Your Phone Knows What You're Watching

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

TV networks are investing in an app that keeps viewers subsidizing the TV ad model even while glancing down at their phone.

Turning Shoppers Into Heat Maps

Pedro M. Reyes, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

To catch up with e-tail, retail managers use tools to track shoppers and buying behavior in the store.

H&M, a Master of Cheap Fashion, Moves Upscale

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

What do you in a struggling economy? H&M says raise prices as it opens new upscale stores as a way to expand into Europe’s fast-growing market for shoes and accessories.

Why More Extreme Foods Are Creeping Onto Menus

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Americans are eating healthier foods at home but not when they dine out. America’s fast-food industry has embraced rich, fatty, gooey extreme foods to grab diners' attention, and the Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich is just one example.

Hacking an Airplane With Only an Android Phone

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Does a hacking technique with an Android smartphone pose a flight safety concern?

The World's Cheapest Car Runs Out of Gas

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Tata Motors' Nano was supposed to appeal to the masses by being the lowest-priced car. As it turns out, the "cheap car" image has not been the magic marketing approach Tata expected.

Stocking the Shelves With a Green Solution

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Lack of information creates opportunity for Green Depot’s environmentally friendly building products.

These Orphans May Get Smaller Allowances

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

The economic incentives for developing orphan drugs may be changing as governments face budget pressures.

The World's Cheapest Car Runs Out of Gas

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

At less than $3,000, the Tata Nano may be too cheap.

A Craft Beer Pioneer Gets a Second Chance

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

What does a 37-year-old beer taste like? New Albion Ale has been resurrected with the help of Boston Beer and their runs of 6,000 barrels exceed its total sales in the 1970s.

Think Colossal

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Samsung is now the top seller of smartphones, the number one manufacturer of LCD televisions, the seller of more flash memory and RAM chips than any other company, and passed Nokia to become the world’s largest mobile phone manufacturer. What next?

China's Journey from Imitator to Innovator

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

You make the call. Are China's Internet companies imitators or innovators?

The Einhorn Effect

Delvin D. Hawley, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

When David Einhorn talks, the markets listen — except when he talks about Apple.

Investors Favor Google Over Apple

Larry Tunnell, Ph.D., CPA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Why has Google’s stock been outperforming Apple in the last year?

Streaming With a Little Help from Your Friends

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Netflix's latest innovation is to allow their 33 million online subscribers to view and comment on videos seen by their Facebook friends. Is this a promotional dream come true?

How Apple's iWatch Can Be a Moneymaker

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Can Apple design something else that consumers didn’t even know they needed: a smart wristwatch? Apple needs a boost, and the company hopes it's time for the smartwatch to give them a hand.

How Apple's iWatch Can Be a Moneymaker

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Apple sells a lot of electronics, but can it sell the iWatch?

PepsiCo Prepares For a Snack War in Russia

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Pepsi is investing in healthy (and not so healthy) foods in the former USSR, while adapting products to local tastes.

The Tax Preparers Who Heart Obamacare

Larry Tunnell, Ph.D., CPA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Will Obamacare make you more reliant on your tax adviser? How might tax advisers be impacted when Obamacare is finally fully implemented?

Do You Really Want To Talk to Your Kitchen?

Pedro M. Reyes, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

“The Jetsons” are here. The smart home-automation envisioned in the show's scenarios are finally possible. SmartThings wants to make household devices talk to each other.

Mobile Apps, Now for Immobile Devices

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Is the battery dead on your phone? Switch to your PC and continue the fun.

Before the Fancy Bottle, Time Spent in a Bladder

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Most wine exported from Australia now ships in container-sized plastic bladders, to be bottled after the ocean journey.

Snapchat and the Right to be Forgotten

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Snapchat allows users to share photos while keeping better control of their own cyber personas.

The World’s First Indoor Hailstorm

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Severe storms cost insurers a record $25.9 billion in 2011, so they are studying risks in greater detail.

Mobile Apps, Now for Immobile Devices

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

BlueStacks’ App Player software could mean that mobile apps can be used on any device or operating system. A gamer’s dream come true -- and more.

The Future of Browsers Isn't What it Used to Be

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Web browsers’ looks and functions are changing as companies such as Microsoft and Google tie them into their operating systems.

Quicken's Rapid Rise in the Mortgage Market

Delvin D. Hawley, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Quicken’s $25 billion in home loans during the fourth quarter made it the No. 3 lender, but can it hold on as refinancings dry up?

How a Turkish Immigrant Made a Billion Dollars in Eight Years Selling Yogurt

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Hamdi Ulukaya, a Turkish immigrant, is an billion dollar American success story. Chobani’s payroll has almost doubled in the past year with plants in Idaho and Australia, and more growth is on the horizon. Can the yogurt be that good?

Reinventions: Double-Decker Bus

James J. Stewart, DSc  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

So what makes for a good bus product in London? Operators, weigh in.

Half the Hours, Most of the Pay

James J. Stewart, DSc  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Free money from Washington! Believe it. Some companies and their workers have already benefited.

Frackonomics Rattles The Global Oil Industry

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

U.S. production of light, sweet crude is increasing dramatically because of fracking. However, imports of heavy crude from Canada are likely to remain high because of capital investments by large U.S. refineries to enable processing of heavier crude oil. The good news is that the increase in light, sweet supply is sure to drive world prices down.

The Incredible Indistinguishable Egg

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Venture capitalists are investing in companies that create sustainable versions of eggs, meat, and other foods.

China's Unsafe Water Is Nestle's Opportunity

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Sales of bottled water in China are strong, as consumers question drinking tap water.

These Days, Anybody Can Headhunt

James J. Stewart, DSc  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Can operations managers save money by conducting their own recruiting?

The Chevy Volt Gets a Second Life as a Cadillac

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

With disappointing sales, the Chevy Volt has not been much help to GM's objective of achieving an image of technology leadership. Enter Cadillac.

The New Willy Loman Survives by Staying at Home

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Economics is pushing the field salesperson online with impressive savings. Will this transition come at a cost?

Does Green Shipping Cost Too Much Green?

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Maersk, the world's largest container shipping company, is finding that doing the right thing environmentally can sometimes be a challenge. The company has put itself at a considerable cost disadvantage by using low-sulfur fuel at Hong Kong's very busy and very polluted port.

Austerity Be Damned: Pass the Remote

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Italy has turned out to be a great market for QVC, with the company's average tele-shopper spending around $1,900 a year.

China’s Smartphone Market Welcomes Dumbphones

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

China is now the world’s largest smartphone market and home to Lenovo, the world’s biggest PC vendor. In 2013, Lenovo is working to get every phone sale possible. Look out Apple?

Pandora is Boxed in by High Royalty Fees

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Growth can be expensive. Competition is tough for Pandora Media, which pays more than 50 percent of its revenue toward royalty payments for artists, while its rivals pay far less. Will the equation change?

Is the Party Over for Uggs?

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Sales of Uggs footwear fell 12 percent in the third quarter of 2012. Can Decker Outdoor survive?

Lincoln Wants to Torch the Airport Limo

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Since 1999, Lincoln has gone from being the top-selling luxury brand in the United States to number six out of six. Ford is spending $1 billion to revamp Lincoln’s lineup in a bold attempt to move out of last place.

Microsoft Sees a New Image of Itself in Windows 8

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Innovation / Entrepreneurship

Can Windows 8 enable Microsoft to reposition itself in its desperate fight for relevance? With broken partnerships in its wake, the stakes for Microsoft have never been higher.


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