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Readings: Entrepreneurship

Innovation: Woebot

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

With a burgeoning focus on mental health in the healthcare arena, 39-year-old Alison Darcy decided to design an app (Woebot) that discerns the changes in the mental health of its users and offers helpful videos and programs to treat the patient/user. At this point in time, she is experimenting with payment models to make the program profitable and sustainable.

Innovation: Woebot

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

With a burgeoning focus on mental health in the healthcare arena, 39-year-old Alison Darcy decided to design an app (Woebot) that discerns the changes in the mental health of its users and offers helpful videos and programs to treat the patient/user. At this point in time, she is experimenting with payment models to make the program profitable and sustainable.

A Bike-Share Invasion From China

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

A Bike-Share Invasion From China

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Interview: George Yancopoulos

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Interview: George Yancopoulos

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

A More Automated Gold Mine

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

A More Automated Gold Mine

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Charted: Corporate AI Chatter

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Charted: Corporate AI Chatter

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

A Different Way to Cut Kids from the Squad

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

To Grandmother's House We Go

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

To Grandmother's House We Go

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.  |  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.

Captain Ahab Doesn't Live Here Anymore

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Man vs. Machine: Architecture

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Man vs. Machine: Architecture

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Innovation SuperSensor

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Innovation SuperSensor

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

France's Industrial Past Haunts Macron

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

France's Industrial Past Haunts Macron

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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 Soft Edge That's Landing Solid Sales

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

The Soft Edge That's Landing Solid Sales

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Horse DNA Trading

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Horse DNA Trading

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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 Hatchet Men and the Hot Dog

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

The Hatchet Men and the Hot Dog

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

That Seventies Startup

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

That Seventies Startup

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Innovation: Needle Grinder

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Innovation: Needle Grinder

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Stand By . . . Scanning for Viruses and Secrets

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Stand By . . . Scanning for Viruses and Secrets

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Man vs Machine Dermatology

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Man vs Machine Dermatology

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Myanmar's Hotel Room Glut

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Myanmar's Hotel Room Glut

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Where Buffett Failed

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

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

Where Buffett Failed

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

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

A Reputation for Badoo Behavior

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

The aligning of corporate culture with the vision and mission of the organization has always been assumed to be a strong antecedent to higher levels of performance. With companies such as Badoo, a dating site popular in Russia and Latin America, the human resource practices used to attract and retain personnel have flown in the face of current acceptable practices. Parties that include risqué activities have become legendary in its corporate offices in London. This troubles some, but obviously attracts the talent that Andrey Andreev, its founder, perceives to create the environment conducive to growing his profitable business.

A Reputation for Badoo Behavior

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

The aligning of corporate culture with the vision and mission of the organization has always been assumed to be a strong antecedent to higher levels of performance. With companies such as Badoo, a dating site popular in Russia and Latin America, the human resource practices used to attract and retain personnel have flown in the face of current acceptable practices. Parties that include risqué activities have become legendary in its corporate offices in London. This troubles some, but obviously attracts the talent that Andrey Andreev, its founder, perceives to create the environment conducive to growing his profitable business.

Here Comes the Space Cleanup Crew

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Here Comes the Space Cleanup Crew

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Cessna Flights for the Masses

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

The Airbnb of Warehousing

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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 Airbnb of Warehousing

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

This Home Camera Can Tell Who’s There

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

This Home Camera Can Tell Who’s There

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Google's Other Founder Wants to Fly, Too

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Google's Other Founder Wants to Fly, Too

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Innovation: Synthetic Tissues

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Innovation: Synthetic Tissues

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Whole Foods Market's Identity Crisis

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Nice Stent If You Can Get It

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Nice Stent If You Can Get It

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

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

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

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

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Uber Self-Driving Vehicle Involved in Arizona Crash

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Uber Self-Driving Vehicle Involved in Arizona Crash

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

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

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

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

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

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

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

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

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Innovation: Needle Camera

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Innovation: Needle Camera

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Survival of the Fitted

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

The End of Terrible Wi-Fi May Be Near

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

The End of Terrible Wi-Fi May Be Near

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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 Uber and Airbnb Fought City Halls and Figured Out the Sharing Economy

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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?

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

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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?

Innovation: Pocket DSLR

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

There has remained an industry of Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras whose sole purpose is high resolution photography. While mobile devices such as phones have improved their resolution, there were barriers in place that kept them from attaining parity with the DSLR format. Rajiv Laroia, a cofounder of Light, has developed a method by which the barrier has been drastically altered and the quality of photos taken with a phone sized unit can closer approximate the performance of stand alone cameras.

Innovation: Pocket DSLR

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

There has remained an industry of Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras whose sole purpose is high resolution photography. While mobile devices such as phones have improved their resolution, there were barriers in place that kept them from attaining parity with the DSLR format. Rajiv Laroia, a cofounder of Light, has developed a method by which the barrier has been drastically altered and the quality of photos taken with a phone sized unit can closer approximate the performance of stand alone cameras.

When a Startup Means a Fresh Start

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

When a Startup Means a Fresh Start

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Innovation: Drone-Catching Drone

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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?

Innovation: Drone-Catching Drone

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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?

Greening Business, One Project at a Time

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Greening Business, One Project at a Time

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Cloud Armor That's Not Quite So Fluffy

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

J&J Plays the Spurned Suitor

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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."

J&J Plays the Spurned Suitor

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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."

Stalking the Next Zuckerberg

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Stalking the Next Zuckerberg

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Pet Food That Comes With an Oil Painting

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Pet Food That Comes With an Oil Painting

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

America's Got No Talent

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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?

Innovation: Gryphon Router

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Innovation: Gryphon Router

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Home Is Where The Data Is

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Home Is Where The Data Is

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Innovation Fighting Hearing Loss

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Innovation Fighting Hearing Loss

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.  |  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.

A New Leader in the Suborbital Space Race

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

The Slow-Motion Bust

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

The Slow-Motion Bust

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.  |  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.

Packaging Salmon Jerky for the Masses

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

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

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

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

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.  |  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.

A Different Kind of Apple a Day

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Using DNA Markers To Spot Bogus Fabrics

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Using DNA Markers To Spot Bogus Fabrics

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

As Flocks Shrink, Congregations Scramble to Adapt

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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?

As Flocks Shrink, Congregations Scramble to Adapt

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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?

Hospitals Try Giving Patients a Dose of VR

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Hospitals Try Giving Patients a Dose of VR

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

India Gets a Deadpool. No, Not That Kind.

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

India Gets a Deadpool. No, Not That Kind.

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Scaling Up Is Hard to Do

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Scaling Up Is Hard to Do

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.  |  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.

Yasso's Big Fat Frozen Greek Yogurt Success

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

A Watchful Lock Aimed at the Masses

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

The Internet of Very Expensive Things

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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!"

The Internet of Very Expensive Things

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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!"

Importing the Silicon Valley Lifestyle

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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?

Importing the Silicon Valley Lifestyle

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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?

Will Spotify Live Up to Its $8 Billion Valuation?

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Will Spotify Live Up to Its $8 Billion Valuation?

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Facebook Gave 1.65 Billion Users a Streaming Service Then This Happened

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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?

Facebook Gave 1.65 Billion Users a Streaming Service Then This Happened

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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?

Innovation: Ultrasonic X-Rays

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

A technology that doesn't use radioactive means to provide superior imaging for dental offices? Sounds like a winner!

Innovation: Ultrasonic X-Rays

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

A technology that doesn't use radioactive means to provide superior imaging for dental offices? Sounds like a winner!

IPNOPE

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Taiwan's PC Makers are Gunning for Gamers

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Taiwan's PC Makers are Gunning for Gamers

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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 Power of the Garage

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

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

The Power of the Garage

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

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

Material Progress: Five Substances of the Future

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

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

Building a Better Mouse Cage

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Building a Better Mouse Cage

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

A Spanish Delicacy Grazes in Texas

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

A Spanish Delicacy Grazes in Texas

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Innovation: Delivery Robot

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

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

Innovation: Delivery Robot

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

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

Inflatable Space Station

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Inflatable Space Station

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

A Much Closer Look at Naptime

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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 Naptime

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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 New Dimension for Post-PC Taiwan

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

As the technological world shifts to phone and portable methods of operation, the PC market has been dwindling. Mass manufacturers need to use their capacity for new products, and 3D printers seem to provide a new growth oriented market.

A New Dimension for Post-PC Taiwan

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

As the technological world shifts to phone and portable methods of operation, the PC market has been dwindling. Mass manufacturers need to use their capacity for new products, and 3D printers seem to provide a new growth oriented market.

A Vegan Cheese Worthy of Chardonnay

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

A Vegan Cheese Worthy of Chardonnay

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.  |  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.

Keeping It In the Family

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Innovation Laser-Guided Catheters

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Innovation Laser-Guided Catheters

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Showdown at the Electric Garage

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Showdown at the Electric Garage

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.  |  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.

The Journey of Jack Dorsey

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Move Fast and Break Things

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Venture Investors Are Taking a Pause

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Venture Investors Are Taking a Pause

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

This Guy Made Trump Possible

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Seeking to assist his clients in rapid response communication media strategies, antiwar activist and former Lycos programmer Jim Gilliam has developed programs for Republican and some Democratic prospects to assist them in effectively delivering their messages via social media.

This Guy Made Trump Possible

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Seeking to assist his clients in rapid response communication media strategies, antiwar activist and former Lycos programmer Jim Gilliam has developed programs for Republican and some Democratic prospects to assist them in effectively delivering their messages via social media.

Startups Pitch VCs From Freezing Water

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Startups Pitch VCs From Freezing Water

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

The $400,000 Man

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

The $400,000 Man

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Putting the App In Appalachia

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Putting the App In Appalachia

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

You Won't Find GrubHub Here

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

You Won't Find GrubHub Here

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Gaming's Growing Pains

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

As gaming leagues show rapid growth and indications that they're growing profits too, the competitive arena for leagues and teams has ramped up. As profits become more certain, interest from major investors seeking to leverage their economies of scope and scale are beginning to enter the fray. In question are the distribution of overall industry profits (appropriation) throughout the key stakeholder groups involved and how the cooperation can create even more value.

Gaming's Growing Pains

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

As gaming leagues show rapid growth and indications that they're growing profits too, the competitive arena for leagues and teams has ramped up. As profits become more certain, interest from major investors seeking to leverage their economies of scope and scale are beginning to enter the fray. In question are the distribution of overall industry profits (appropriation) throughout the key stakeholder groups involved and how the cooperation can create even more value.

Better Coffee Through Bacterial Chemistry

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Better Coffee Through Bacterial Chemistry

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

The Challenges for Smart-Gun Makers

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

The Challenges for Smart-Gun Makers

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Peanut Patch: Allergy Fighter

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Peanut Patch: Allergy Fighter

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.  |  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.

Innovation Dojo

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Innovation Universal Virus Test

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Innovation Universal Virus Test

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Vial Accusations

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Watch Out, JPMorgan! This Guy Wants to Kill Banks

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Watch Out, JPMorgan! This Guy Wants to Kill Banks

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

SoftBank's $3 Billion Startup Incubator

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

SoftBank's $3 Billion Startup Incubator

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Startups Give Airbnb Hosts a Helping Hand

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Startups Give Airbnb Hosts a Helping Hand

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Faux-Rock Stars

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Faux-Rock Stars

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Renewables Will Have to Stand on Their Own

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Renewables Will Have to Stand on Their Own

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Hang $99.99

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Hang $99.99

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

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

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

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

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

In Brazil, Getting It There is No Fun at All

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

In Brazil, Getting It There is No Fun at All

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Cloud Computing Finally Gets Some Startups

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Cloud Computing Finally Gets Some Startups

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Early Promise for a New Paralysis Treatment

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

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

Early Promise for a New Paralysis Treatment

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

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

Farm to Face

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Farm to Face

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Innovation: Vetigel

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Innovation: Vetigel

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Touch Me Harder

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Cute Ads Only Go So Far

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

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

Cute Ads Only Go So Far

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

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

Britain's Digital-Health Startups Seek First Aid

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Britain's Digital-Health Startups Seek First Aid

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.  |  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.

A Breakout Year for Cuban Entrepreneurs

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

The New Old Windows

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

The New Old Windows

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Innovation: Child Prostheses

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Innovation: Child Prostheses

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

Will Stream 4 Cash

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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?

Will Stream 4 Cash

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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?

A Different Kind of Ride-Sharing

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

A Different Kind of Ride-Sharing

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.

It Turns Out Rare Earths Aren’t That Rare

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  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.

Die Grundertrainerin Will See You Now

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

You have to be crazy to begin a startup. Can I be your therapist?

Die Grundertrainerin Will See You Now

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

You have to be crazy to begin a startup. Can I be your therapist?

What Is Code?

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

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

What Is Code?

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

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

Startups See Dollars in China's Young and Lonely

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

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

Startups See Dollars in China's Young and Lonely

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

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

A Bay Area Startup Spins Lab-Grown Silk

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

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

Innovation: Griffin Lander

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

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

Innovation: Griffin Lander

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

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

The $5 Billion Sublet

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

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

The $5 Billion Sublet

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

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

Minding the Family Store for the Next Generation

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

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

Minding the Family Store for the Next Generation

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

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

Marijuana Tracking Goes Corporate

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

The cost of legal sales of marijuana—does it sometimes leave opportunity for illegal entrepreneurs?

Marijuana Tracking Goes Corporate

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

The cost of legal sales of marijuana—does it sometimes leave opportunity for illegal entrepreneurs?

Lending Club Wants to Broaden Its Membership

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Let's just borrow money from 20,000 small lenders rather than a bank.

Lending Club Wants to Broaden Its Membership

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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.  |  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?

Small Business Finds Its Voice in Free Trade

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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?

Innovation: Pentagrom Screen

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Learning guitar is easy when you can see the music.

Innovation: Pentagrom Screen

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Learning guitar is easy when you can see the music.

Drone Makers Seek Traffic Control

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

NASA-backed software could orchestrate urban skies.

Drone Makers Seek Traffic Control

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

NASA-backed software could orchestrate urban skies.

Seattle: Kurt Cobain, Coffee, and Data Storage

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Sometimes conventional wisdom can take an unconventional turn.

Seattle: Kurt Cobain, Coffee, and Data Storage

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Sometimes conventional wisdom can take an unconventional turn.

A Virtual Garage Sale Takes on Craigslist

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Startup VarageSale competes with Craigslist by focusing on mobile and has raised $34 million in venture funding.

A Virtual Garage Sale Takes on Craigslist

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Startup VarageSale competes with Craigslist by focusing on mobile and has raised $34 million in venture funding.

Japanese Engineers Reinvent the Wheel

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Two inventors found it easier to build $7,900 bike wheels than to sell them.

Japanese Engineers Reinvent the Wheel

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Two inventors found it easier to build $7,900 bike wheels than to sell them.

Paying by the Second, Instead of the Click

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

You can resume your game after the advertisement is complete.

Paying by the Second, Instead of the Click

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

You can resume your game after the advertisement is complete.

Innovation: Crash-Proof Drone

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

A new specially designed drone can safely bounce off obstacles and people without damage or injury.

Innovation: Crash-Proof Drone

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

A new specially designed drone can safely bounce off obstacles and people without damage or injury.

The Tech Tastemaker You Can Game

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

User-ranked listings site Product Hunt attracts venture capitalists.

The Tech Tastemaker You Can Game

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

User-ranked listings site Product Hunt attracts venture capitalists.

The Cat Content Wars

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

It's a dog-eat-dog world in publishing, but that's not a bad thing for this company.

The Cat Content Wars

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

It's a dog-eat-dog world in publishing, but that's not a bad thing for this company.

Innovation: Power Fingerprinting

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Two academics have created a security system that is practically impossible to evade.

Innovation: Power Fingerprinting

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Two academics have created a security system that is practically impossible to evade.

Small to Big: I Do Now I Don't

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

All is not lost. That engagement ring is still worth something.

Small to Big: I Do Now I Don't

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

Startup Sprayable seeks to take customers from wide awake to deep sleep.

Need Some Shut-Eye? Try a Spritz of Melatonin

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Startup Sprayable seeks to take customers from wide awake to deep sleep.

Innovation: Health-Monitoring Tattoo

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

An engineer has created a temporary tattoo that can monitor your blood sugar without needles.

Innovation: Health-Monitoring Tattoo

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

How much does genealogy matter in entrepreneurial endeavors?

Charlie Rose Talks to Stella McCartney

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

How much does genealogy matter in entrepreneurial endeavors?

Hardware: Apple Sneaks Up on Cheaper PCs

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Despite a significant drop in worldwide PC shipments over the last year, Apple is gaining in the category.

Hardware: Apple Sneaks Up on Cheaper PCs

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Despite a significant drop in worldwide PC shipments over the last year, Apple is gaining in the category.

Innovation: All-in-One Earbuds

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

If you can't have everything between your ears, you can at least have it all in your ear.

Innovation: All-in-One Earbuds

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

If you can't have everything between your ears, you can at least have it all in your ear.

The Startup Winning Over China's Gays

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Dating app Blued and its backers are targeting an affluent minority.

The Startup Winning Over China's Gays

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Dating app Blued and its backers are targeting an affluent minority.

Growing Your Apps in Isolation

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Creating value and getting wealthy are not necessarily connected.

Growing Your Apps in Isolation

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Creating value and getting wealthy are not necessarily connected.

An Expense App To Hook Road Warriors

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Travel expenses made easy and hopefully cheaper.

An Expense App To Hook Road Warriors

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Travel expenses made easy and hopefully cheaper.

The Sharing Economy: Monetize Your Life

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

We are all entrepreneurs at varying levels.

The Sharing Economy: Monetize Your Life

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

We are all entrepreneurs at varying levels.

India's Farming Women Pick Up the Cameras

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Is there a prejudicial element in gender-based assistance programs for agricultural improvement?

India's Farming Women Pick Up the Cameras

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Is there a prejudicial element in gender-based assistance programs for agricultural improvement?

Plastic That Carries a Big Charge

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

An engineer has developed a 3D-printing plastic he claims can be used to print electronics.

Plastic That Carries a Big Charge

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

Entering the makeup market from the blogosphere.

Makeup For Cool Girls

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Entering the makeup market from the blogosphere.

Persuading Israel's Tech Firms to IPO at Home

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurs prefer to list their companies' shares in the U.S.

Persuading Israel's Tech Firms to IPO at Home

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurs prefer to list their companies' shares in the U.S.

Expert Outlook: Kevin Plank

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

A great innovative company doesn't rely on its early success for extension; it leans on its brand reputation.

Expert Outlook: Kevin Plank

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

A great innovative company doesn't rely on its early success for extension; it leans on its brand reputation.

Steve Ballmer Goes to College

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

I love success, but what do I do now?

Steve Ballmer Goes to College

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

I love success, but what do I do now?

Can the Internet Change the Way Women Buy Bras?

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Six startups are competing to sell women a better bra.

Can the Internet Change the Way Women Buy Bras?

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Six startups are competing to sell women a better bra.

How to Manage Data Like Facebook

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Husband-and-wife startup Interana is applying lessons from Facebook to join the $38 billion data-analysis market.

How to Manage Data Like Facebook

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Husband-and-wife startup Interana is applying lessons from Facebook to join the $38 billion data-analysis market.

Innovation: Early cancer detection

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

A simple blood test may screen for a wide variety of cancers at extremely early stages.

Innovation: Early cancer detection

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

A simple blood test may screen for a wide variety of cancers at extremely early stages.

Just Relax

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Thync will soon launch a device to relax or energize you via small jolts of electricity to your brain.

Just Relax

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Thync will soon launch a device to relax or energize you via small jolts of electricity to your brain.

Innovation: Algorithmia

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

We have an algorithm that will solve your problem.

Innovation: Algorithmia

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

We have an algorithm that will solve your problem.

A Bezos-Backed Startup May Go Up Against Amazon

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Does Amazon win everything in the Internet marketing wars?

A Bezos-Backed Startup May Go Up Against Amazon

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Does Amazon win everything in the Internet marketing wars?

Drizly Lets You Point, Click, and Drink

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Bring me another bottle of vodka. I live at ______________.

Drizly Lets You Point, Click, and Drink

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Bring me another bottle of vodka. I live at ______________.

Innovation: USB Business Card

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

All you have to do is wave my business card next to your tablet or laptop to find out all about my business.

Innovation: USB Business Card

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

All you have to do is wave my business card next to your tablet or laptop to find out all about my business.

Updates Available

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

U.S. industries have a shot at creating their own “iPhone” by advancing their hardware and software in tandem.

Updates Available

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

U.S. industries have a shot at creating their own “iPhone” by advancing their hardware and software in tandem.

The Teaching App at the Head of the Class

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Remind, an educational-messaging tool, is among the hottest apps in Apple’s App Store.

The Teaching App at the Head of the Class

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Remind, an educational-messaging tool, is among the hottest apps in Apple’s App Store.

Google Comes to Pittsburgh

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Does having Google in your city stifle entrepreneurism?

Google Comes to Pittsburgh

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Does having Google in your city stifle entrepreneurism?

Clearance!! Andrew Mason

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  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?

Clearance!! Andrew Mason

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

A former research engineer at NASA has created a plastic helmet that can limit hair loss using laser technology.

Innovation: Hair Helmet

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

A former research engineer at NASA has created a plastic helmet that can limit hair loss using laser technology.

Can HP Build the Computer of the Future?

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

The past decade’s shift of power from hardware to software companies has limited the development of computers.

Can HP Build the Computer of the Future?

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

The past decade’s shift of power from hardware to software companies has limited the development of computers.

Innovation: Smart Security

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Canary, a home security device, sends alerts and video footage to a user’s smartphone when it detects something unusual.

Innovation: Smart Security

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Canary, a home security device, sends alerts and video footage to a user’s smartphone when it detects something unusual.

Innovation: Tsunami Barrier

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

A Dutch inventor has developed a way to weaken tsunami waves in order to protect vulnerable cities.

Innovation: Tsunami Barrier

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

A Dutch inventor has developed a way to weaken tsunami waves in order to protect vulnerable cities.

The Paper Tab

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Flexible-screen tablets have arrived.

The Paper Tab

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Flexible-screen tablets have arrived.

Crawling the Web for Sales Leads

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

A tech entrepreneur has created a new way to better mine data to uncover sales opportunities.

Crawling the Web for Sales Leads

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

A tech entrepreneur has created a new way to better mine data to uncover sales opportunities.

Dell's High-Wire Enterprise Act

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Dell’s plan to go private and reinvent itself in corporate computing faces major hurdles, likely including $1.2 billion a year in interest costs.

Dell's High-Wire Enterprise Act

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Dell’s plan to go private and reinvent itself in corporate computing faces major hurdles, likely including $1.2 billion a year in interest costs.

Innovator David Edwards: Edible Treats, Packaging and All

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Are edible containers the ultimate form of recycling?

Innovator David Edwards: Edible Treats, Packaging and All

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Are edible containers the ultimate form of recycling?

The Silicon Valley Survival School

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

This former venture capitalist has an entrepreneurial endeavor that might have a better, or at least more interesting, approach to educating and training entrepreneurs.

The Silicon Valley Survival School

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

This former venture capitalist has an entrepreneurial endeavor that might have a better, or at least more interesting, approach to educating and training entrepreneurs.

Microsoft's New Office is Finally Up to Date

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

What drives an overwhelming powerhouse to go "back to its roots"?

Microsoft's New Office is Finally Up to Date

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

What drives an overwhelming powerhouse to go "back to its roots"?

Innovator Lothar Stitz: A Vaccine for Every Strain of the Flu

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

CureVac has gotten $190 million to develop flu vaccines.

Innovator Lothar Stitz: A Vaccine for Every Strain of the Flu

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

CureVac has gotten $190 million to develop flu vaccines.

Innovator Daniel Kim: A Motorcycle That Won't Wipeout

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Daniel Kim's Lit Motors is reinventing the motorcycle in a way that can "defy gravity."

Innovator Daniel Kim: A Motorcycle That Won't Wipeout

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Daniel Kim's Lit Motors is reinventing the motorcycle in a way that can "defy gravity."

The Hamburger Robot Will Serve You Now

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Lemnos Labs is taking advantage of technological advances that have made it easier for small companies to develop hardware.

The Hamburger Robot Will Serve You Now

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Lemnos Labs is taking advantage of technological advances that have made it easier for small companies to develop hardware.

In Case of Emergency, Log On

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Traditionally, relief efforts in natural disasters have awaited governmental agencies' coordination or major relief organizations efforts to begin the healing process. A startup, Recovers.org, founded by Caitria O'Neill, a Harvard graduate who studied Soviet Russia, and her sister had its genesis in her hometown's tornado devastation in 2011.

In Case of Emergency, Log On

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Traditionally, relief efforts in natural disasters have awaited governmental agencies' coordination or major relief organizations efforts to begin the healing process. A startup, Recovers.org, founded by Caitria O'Neill, a Harvard graduate who studied Soviet Russia, and her sister had its genesis in her hometown's tornado devastation in 2011.

The War Over Christmas

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Entrepreneurship

Holiday shoppers this year will see a more concerted effort by brick-and-mortar retailers to avoid bleeding sales to online retailers.

Hungry for Income, Banks Flirt With Payday Lending

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Entrepreneurship

Since a Federal Reserve regulation in 2010 limiting what banks can charge for debit-card swipes and overdraft fees, banks have been scrambling to recover lost profits. Some say the move by banks into payday loans is going a bit too far.

Made in France Can Be a Tough Sell in France

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Entrepreneurship

In an effort to help the ailing French economy, top political leaders are encouraging citizens to make a hard choice.

The U.S. Economy's Personality Disorder

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Entrepreneurship

Although consumer confidence and capital spending by business usually move in tandem, they seem to be a bit disconnected these days.

Levi's Has a New Color For Blue Jeans: Green

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Entrepreneurship

Levi's has both environmental and economic reasons for pushing reductions in water consumption and use of recycled plastic in your future jeans.

Selling the Supremes On Diversity

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Entrepreneurship

Some of America's largest companies say that having a diverse workforce helps their bottom line, and are sending the Supreme Court that message before its upcoming affirmative action case.

Made in USA Still Sells

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Entrepreneurship

Regardless of the huge U.S. trade deficit, Made in U.S.A. still has great value overseas.

Life at 0%

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Entrepreneurship

Though regarded as a very responsible policymaker, Ben Bernanke has resorted to unprecedented measures in battling the Great Recession.

A New Frontier For Criminals

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Entrepreneurship

As companies like PayPal, Google, and Square make mobile payments simpler, the value of goods purchased with phones and tablets will top a trillion dollars before 2015. The challenge will be reserving that simplicity for legitimate users.

The Marlboro Man's Grisly Replacement

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Entrepreneurship

The cigarette industry is watching strict packaging requirements in Australia very closely. The industry fears that new tobacco control measures in Australia are likely to spread to other countries.

If You're Looking to Buy a Crane Real Cheap...

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Entrepreneurship

The economic crisis and housing bust in Spain have created a huge surplus of construction equipment. It's no surprise that prices for the equipment have gone the way of home prices: down significantly with no turnaround in sight.

GM's First Mover Disadvantage

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Entrepreneurship

When GM emerged from bankruptcy, the company was woefully short of exciting new models to sell. Their strategy to create buzz for the new Malibu may turn out to be a stumble in the crucial midsize sedan segment of the U.S. car market.

Can Timber Rebuild Harvard's Endowment?

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Entrepreneurship

Jane Mendillo is heading the world's largest university endowment fund in the direction of natural resources. With a 20-year return of nearly 13 percent, few can criticize the portfolio strategy.

Smarter Robots, With No Wage Demands

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Entrepreneurship

Robotics could be the key to major productivity increases needed to help retain American business that could otherwise migrate overseas. Boston-based Rethink says they have the robot for the job.

China Slows, Australia Freezes

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Entrepreneurship

Australia has benefited greatly from China's economic boom, but now may also suffer the consequences of its slowing economy.

Hooters: Fun for the Whole Family

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Entrepreneurship

Four years of declining revenues at Hooters called for a new leader and a new strategy: attract females as well as males.

At P&G, the Innovation Well Runs Dry

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Entrepreneurship

Procter & Gamble has lost its edge as the world's leading innovator of consumer products.

CBS's Latest Stars: Its Not-So-Young Viewers

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Entrepreneurship

CBS has long catered to older viewing audiences compared to the other large TV networks. That may actually benefit its bottom line as advertisers' interest grows in the generation less impacted by the recession.

At Abercrombie & Fitch, Sex No Longer Sells

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Entrepreneurship

Abercrombie & Fitch hasn't changed with the times. Its plunging sales reflect that failure.

China's Plans for Its Own Car Brand Stall

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Entrepreneurship

Developing indigenous Chinese car brands for the largest car market in the world is proving to be a long, hard battle.

A Cash-Free Caffeine Buzz from Starbucks

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Entrepreneurship

Some of the world's largest retailers are learning a few things about cost reduction from Starbucks.

Pumps Rule When it Comes to Store Profits

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Entrepreneurship

Women's shoe retailers are going to great lengths to take advantage of unprecedented demand.

Doing Business With the Frenemy

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

The U.S. military has sourced $400 million worth of helicopters from an unlikely source: the same Russian military contractor that is arming the Syrian government.

It's Getting Tougher To Bully Brands

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

The recent controversy over the CEO of Chick-fil-A's stance on gay marriage has highlighted the need to manage corporate image in times of crisis. Social media has made the management of corporate crisis both more necessary and easier.

Bug Assassins for Hire

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

The global crop protection industry is developing bioengineered insect control products in a bid to stay a step ahead of regulators and consumers who are becoming increasingly concerned about the use of pesticides in food production.

Nordstrom Tries an Extreme Makeover

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Nordstrom has entered into a partnership to sell edgy fashion house Topshop's clothing in its stores in a bid to differentiate itself from other department stores.

P&G Woos the Hearts, Minds, and Schools of Vietnam

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Economic growth and a young population have made Vietnam a battleground for Western consumer-products companies.

U.S. Automakers Cut Retirees Loose

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Ford and GM are moving to reduce their pension liabilities by buying out the lifetime pension payments due to 140,000 salaried retirees. The retirees are not universally happy about the idea.

The First Five Years of Mass Obsession

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

The iPhone has changed the way people interact with technology and made billions for Apple shareholders.

Europe's Latest Hardliners: German Automakers

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Europe's car market is set to contract by more than 7 percent this year, exacerbating a problem with manufacturing overcapacity in Europe.

Target Hopes to Stand Out by Blending In

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Cities are growing faster than suburbs. Target is following this growth pattern.

Supercar Makers See a Different Shade of Green

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Supercar buyers may soon have the option to buy high-performance vehicles that are environmentally friendly.

Over a Barrel

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

A minor oil spill off the coast of Brazil has turned into a financial and public relations nightmare for Chevron Corporation.

China's Soccer Moms Want SUVs, Too

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Growing middle-class prosperity in China is making SUVs an important segment for automakers.

Coal's Future Is Rocky at Best

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Coal's contribution to electricity production in the United States has fallen sharply in recent years due to abundant and inexpensive natural gas.

Bubble U.

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Little-known High Point University is hoping to emerge from obscurity through lavish facilities and robust marketing.

Making the Case for a Manufacturing Bias

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

The Obama administration is advocating an industrial policy that favors manufacturing. The administration's position is receiving criticism from both the left and right.

Daimler's Billion-Dollar Bet on Hungary

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Daimler Benz is building a $1 billion factory in Hungary in order to lower labor costs associated with the manufacturing of its luxury cars.

In the Race for the Carless, Can Herz Outrun Zipcar?

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Hertz is moving into the fast-growing hourly rental car market and may pose a significant threat to first mover Zipcar.

Look Who's Bringing Up the Rear

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Brazil's economic growth has it bringing up the rear among the BRICS nations. It remains to be seen whether or not leftist economic policies can successfully address the situation.

Clipping Coupons On Wall Street

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Former high-flying investment bankers are now clipping coupons like everyone else.

Hybrids' Unlikely Rival: Plain Old Cars

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Hybrid cars' share of the American automobile market peaked at 2.9 percent in 2009. Since then, advances in internal combustion technology have made hybrid cars less attractive.

Google's Bid to Be Everything to Everyone

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Search giant Google is pushing into hardware in a bid to challenge Apple.

From Mao Jackets to Silk Suits

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

A Chinese military uniform maker takes on European fashion houses.

BMW's Mini: Little, But She is Fierce!

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

BMW and Daimler Benz are locked in a battle for supremacy in the market for urban transportation. So far, BMW's Mini is coming out ahead.

The Contender

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Hyundai is building upon its success in North America and taking its low-cost, high-quality cars to Europe.

Super Fracking

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Fracking is an expensive and lucrative process for extracting natural gas from the ground. It also has environmentalists concerned.

Has Diamond Foods Lost its Luster?

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

An accounting probe is causing short sellers to take interest in Diamond Foods and may jeopardize Diamond's acquisition of Pringles.

Philly Cream Cheese's Spreading Appeal

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Philadelphia Cream Cheese is seeing a surprising sales surge due to its innovative new flavors.

On Top of the World - And Out $43 Billion

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

ArcelorMittal is the world's largest steel company. Heavy debt from acquisitions is forcing the company to cut costs and conserve cash.

Apple's Supply Chain Secret? Hoard Lasers

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

While Apple is often thought of as an innovator, its prowess in operations also provides a significant competitive advantage.

The Web's Walking Dead

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

AOL and Yahoo employ business models that are not well suited for securing customers and locking them in. As a result, costs are high and profits are low.

The Electronic Nails in the Post Office's Coffin

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

The U.S. Postal Service lost $3.1 billion last year. That figure may go way up.

Kodak Tries to Bring Its Digital Revival Into Focus

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Kodak's film business is in terminal decline. Whether Kodak can retool itself for the digital age remains to be seen.

The Slow Disappearance of the American Working Man

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Employment among American males is falling dangerously low. Identifying and resolving the issues underlying this problem is critical to maintaining American competitiveness.

Liquefied Natural Gas: Target Asia

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

North American natural gas prices are half what they were in 2008. A boom in LNG exports could change that.

Charlie Rose Talks to Alan Mulally

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Alan Mulally discusses the upside of bankruptcy and American competitiveness with Charlie Rose.

The Debt Crisis Could Shift to Paris

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

France's debt woes are less well known but, over the long run, may be no less severe than those of Greece.

Oxford Gets a Crash Course in Fund Raising

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

The university is facing steep cuts in government support. It has reached out to its alumni base for help.

Zynga's Little-Known Addiction: Whales

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Zynga's upcoming IPO is sure to be a success, but the company's dependence on a small number of customers is troublesome.

Making United and Continental Fly in Formation

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

The merger of United and Continental Airlines created a huge and complex company. A successful integration plan could save billions in operating costs.

Can Alan Mulally Take Ford's Show on the Road?

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

China is central to Ford's growth plans. The softness of the Chinese market, however, may make those goals hard to achieve.

The Saudis' New Motto: Whatever it Takes

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

The Arab Spring has caused Saudi Arabia to rethink its economic and foreign policy. Now, the needs of Saudi Arabia come before the needs of OPEC.

Procter & Gamble Needs to Shave More Indians

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Procter & Gamble's new CEO plans to increase revenue by expanding sales of existing products rather than through acquisitions.

Aston Martin's $50,000 Compact for the Masses

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Aston Martin usually is associated with shockingly expensive sports cars. However, it has now entered the ultra-subcompact segment.

Why 'Less is More' Rules Fashion

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Pricing power is eroding in the garment industry as consumers become more price conscious. That has manufacturers scrambling to cut costs.

The Math of Khan

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Salman Khan started out helping his niece with her math homework. Now, he may change the way that math is taught around the world.

TiVo's Slo-Mo Trip Toward Profitability

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

TiVo has become a household name but has failed to turn brand identity into profits.

A Graduation Gift for College Seniors: Jobs

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

The best hiring environment since 2008 has college grads breathing a sigh of relief.

A Grim Future for Japan's Fisheries

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Japan's fishing industry, once the most robust in the world, has been in decline for some time. The tsunami may have pushed it over the edge.

Merck's Risky Bet on Research

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Merck plans to spend $8.5 billion on research in 2011. Despite the cost and risk, heavy R&D spending is required to stay in the top ranks of the drug industry.

More MBA Grads Take the Road Less Traveled

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

A job on Wall Street used to be the goal of many MBA grads. Now, many of them are reaching out to startups and nonprofits.

IPad Causes Collateral Damage in Taiwan

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

The iPad has been giving low-end PC manufacturers fits. Is the iPad the first salvo in the post-PC era?

Do Not Anger the Alpha Android

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

When Google first rolled out its Android operating system, it was touted as an open-source playing field where everyone could compete on an equal footing. Now Google is playing favorites.

AOL Tries for Something New: Silicon Valley Cred

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

AOL, once a darling of the tech industry, has fallen on hard times. Now, it is remaking itself in Silicon Valley.

Nestlé's Recipe for Juggling Volatile Commodity Costs

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Commodity prices are driving up costs for food giant Nestl

Apple's Jobs Razzes Chip Partner Samsung

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

The South Korean conglomerate makes the speedy chips in Apple's mobile devices but can't create a hit of its own.

Why Saudi Hope Still Floats

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Saudi Aramco is one of the world's most technologically advanced oil companies. It also provides the cash to sustain a premodern monarchy and placate Saudi Arabia's citizens.

The Toyota Corolla: A Case of Arrested Development

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

The best-selling car of all time, the Toyota Corolla, is becoming outdated and buyers are defecting.

An Uprising—and an Opportunity

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Egypt is in turmoil, and most Egyptian businessmen are staying out of the limelight. Naguib Sawiris is not.

The Recession Is Gone, and the CEO Could Be Next

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

More boards are cleaning out the corner office, looking for different kinds of leadership.

How Siemens Got Its Geist Back

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Siemens was on the ropes until CEO Peter Loscher remade the company by discarding low-margin businesses and moving into growth areas.

For Dan Ackerson, A Magic Moment to Remake GM

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

GM is now making cars with customers in mind, which is a huge turnabout for GM.

Global Oil Companies Discover Cash in Their Trash

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Major oil companies have been selling marginal assets to plow money into higher-return investments. Little did they know that China would be interested.

Rare Earths from Japan's Junk Pile

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Japan is recycling rare earth metals because China has cut the world supply.

A Trade Deal's Long and Winding Road

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

The recent U.S. trade deal with South Korea serves as a template for how to work with other nations as well as domestic unions, executives and politicians.

China Wants Nuclear Reactors - Fast

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

China plans to build 245 nuclear power plants in coming years at a cost of over half a trillion dollars. It will become a formidable player in the nuclear industry in the process.

Campbell's Quest for Productivity

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Corporate America is turning out decent profits despite the recession by wringing more efficiency out of operations rather than hiring more employees.

Karl's Kings of Industry

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Norman Pearlstine talks to the new Financial Executives International Hall of Fame inductee about big brands and big personalities

The Best Business Schools 2010

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Even the best business schools are seeing declines in placement rates and salary for MBA graduates. They are committed to doing something about it.

White Gold

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Phosphate is used in everything from fertilizer to batteries. Morocco has the world's largest phosphate reserves and is using its market power to push up prices.

Coke's Last Round

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

The developed world can't drink any more Coke, and India and China are saturated with competitors. That leaves Africa as the last great growth opportunity for Coke.

Made in China

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Meet the Chinese tilapia, a bland food product that grows fast and sells cheap. Environmentalists hate it, but Americans keep ordering more.

Microsoft Needs Mobile to Be Its Next Killer App

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Microsoft has fallen behind in mobile-phone technology. It needs a success to get back in the market.

For Sale-ish

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Greece is trying to sell assets in order to pay down its foreign debt. The Greek bureaucracy appears to have other ideas.

The 20-Year Miracle

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Once the sick man of Europe, Germany is now an EU powerhouse thanks to a 20-year transformation following reunification with East Germany.

The Ultimate Driving Machine

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

BMW has seen the future and it is global warming, urbanization and electric cars. They are acting on that future today

Can This Can Stay Cool?

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Pabst Brewing has regained some of its former glory through an under the radar marketing campaign. Now that the billionaire Metropoulos family has purchased the brand, the trick will be to continue the expansion without alienating the core hipster drinker.

A Whopper of a Challenge for Burger King's Buyers

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Burger King was recently acquired for $4 billion. The challenges of turning the company around are so vast that one is forced to wonder: why?

The Deal Is Simple. Australia Gets Money, China Gets Australia.

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Exports to China have helped Australia escape the global recession. Nonetheless, many Australians are worried.

Akerson Grabs the Wheel

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

GM is on track for an upcoming IPO. Whether the incoming CEO is the right man to transform the company is not as certain.

It's Portugal Against the Bond Traders

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Is Portugal the next Greece? Some bond traders seem to think so.

Building a Wharton for Emerging Economies

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

In just nine years the Indian School of Business has become the leading business school in India by focusing on emerging markets

The Sheriffs of Marlboro Country

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Black market cigarettes are a big business and are cutting into Altria's profits.

Can the Masters Tame the Tiger Hunters?

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

The Masters Tournament is a franchise that Augusta National Golf Club will defend and preserve - even at the expense of profits

A Three-Way Food Fight in Brazil

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Brazil is emerging as a key battleground for the hearts, minds, and wallets of Latin America's middle class.

Qatar on the Cusp

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

By bringing its vast gas reserves to the world, and turning gas into liquid oil, the tiny emirate is making some investors forget all about Dubai

Eli Lilly's Drug Assembly Line

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

The top six U.S. drug companies are all facing patent cliffs and Eli Lilly's is steeper than most. Will restructuring R&D operations be the solution?

Deadly Business in Moscow

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Russia has fallen out of favor with international investors because of its corruption and abuse of business people.

Goodbye, Ireland

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Ireland's economy was once the envy of many. The real estate bubble and high costs have changed that.

Oh, What a (Hideous) Feeling

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Once a world standard for manufacturing quality, Toyota has seen its reputation (and sales) battered by a recent recall.

Merlin's Amusement Park Magic

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Merlin Entertainments Group is turning in banner results even during a tough recession.

Pepsi Brings in the Health Police

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Pepsi has embarked on an ambitious growth strategy with an emphasis on its healthy products

Endless Oil

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Enhanced recovery techniques may have made the concept of peak oil a thing of the past.

Trying to Avert a Digital Horror Story

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

As electronic books gain popularity, publishers are working to keep Amazon from dominating that industry the same way Apple dominates the electronic music industry.

China's Carbon-Credit Hustle

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Carbon credits provide an incentive to build green energy projects. Sometimes, however, the projects would have been built without the incentive.

Why Dubai Matters

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Despite its debt problems, Dubai remains an attractive place to do business. Transparency and openness on the part of the leadership will be key to maintaining its reputation as the gateway to the Middle East.

Can Roche Leave Genentech Alone?

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Pharmaceutical mergers frequently fail to produce hoped-for gains in research productivity. Roche's acquisition of the rest of Genentech aims to buck that trend.

Healing Chile's Malaise

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Chile's economy has become the envy of Latin America over the last two decades. But for many the benefits of that wealth remain out of reach.

Taiwan's New Dreams

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Taiwan's technology firms are changing strategic direction as PC sales slow. Mobile devices and Internet-connected TVs may be their future.

A Brutal Wakeup Call for Part-Time B-Schools

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

As job prospects dry up, part-time and executive MBA students are increasingly dissatisfied with even the best programs. The schools are fighting back with enhanced career-placement services.

Hasta La Vista, Power-Hungry TVs

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Televisions are consuming more electricity as they get larger. That might mean government mandates for more efficient (and expensive) televisions.

The App Economy

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Web and phone apps have moved from novelty to mainstream. What was once the province of gamers and social networkers has become a large and fast-growing business.

Inside the Business War Against Tax Reform

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

President Obama pledged to raise corporate taxes. His promise is so far stalled amid a blizzard of lobbying.

Squeezing Every Dime from DVDs

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

The slowing economy has reduced DVD sales. Now Hollywood is taking steps to squeeze more money from online rental services.

J&J Tries to Buy Itself a Pipeline

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Johnson & Johnson has two key drugs coming off patent and nothing to replace them. As a result, it has acquired companies with promising new drugs to take through the approval process.

Europe's New McCafe Culture

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

McDonald's has found a new growth area in Europe by installing McCafes that sell coffee. It has also taken on a new competitor: Starbucks.

Apps Trump Tunes at Apple

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

iTunes and the iPod resurrected Apple. Now, Apple's attention is shifting to apps, and music is less important.

Can the Future be Built in America?

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

High-tech manufacturing is increasingly moving out of the United States. This has led to calls for an industrial policy to stem the migration.

BP Keeps Rolling the Dice

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

BP continues its high-risk, high-reward strategy in its search for petroleum. It has recently paid off in the Gulf of Mexico.

Apple and Google: Another Step Apart

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

While Apple and Google may have a common enemy in Microsoft, the burgeoning rivalry between the two promises to shape the future. Their markedly different strategies will provide a clear choice for consumers in coming years.

Why Small Biz Is Skittish

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Small business owners are a key constituency in the health-care debate. Right now, they are not thrilled with the proposals being considered on Capitol Hill.

Can the Military Find the Answer to Alternative Energy?

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Due to the enormous cost of providing fuel to combat zones, DARPA has turned its attention to the development of low-cost alternative fuel sources. Success could have significant civilian applications.

Little Green Dynamos

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Recent interest in green power has spawned a plethora of new startup companies. The economic slowdown and the decline in the price of oil, however, appear to be slowing the industry.

The Energy Bill's Thick Haze

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

There are widely diverging estimates of the costs of implementing the new energy/climate bill. Much will depend upon whether new lower-cost technologies can be developed to reduce the costs.

A Magic Moment for Ford of Europe

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Ford has introduced new cars in Europe just in time to cash in on the EU's cash-for-clunkers program. It remains to be seen whether Ford can maintain its momentum.

The Car Slump Slams 'Detroit East'

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Slovakia has become an auto manufacturing powerhouse in Eastern Europe. It remains to be seen whether it can move up the value chain to R&D powerhouse.

Smartphone Roulette

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Smartphones are fast becoming the phone of choice for many business professionals. Smartphone software developers will need to think carefully about where to allocate R&D dollars so that they choose the long-term players in the smartphone market.

One Ford for the Whole Wide World

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Ford is making a Fiesta that it wants to sell around the world. The question is: Will the world buy the car?

China's Doubts about the Dollar

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Huge U.S. budget deficits have caused some countries to question the role of the dollar as the world's reserve currency. Maintaining the dollar's status as the preferred currency for international transactions is important for U.S. competitiveness.

Someone Must Pay for Health Reform

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Most politicians would like to do something about those without health insurance. The question is what and how to pay for it.

Behind Mittal's Wrenching Cuts

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steel producer, has been quick to close plants in the face of declining demand. When those plants will be reopened remains in doubt.

Why Should Landlords Save the Earth?

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Energy-efficient buildings are a green idea. Paying to retrofit old buildings to make them energy efficient is expensive and has an uncertain payoff.

Inside GM, With the G-Men in Charge

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

GM is fast on the way to becoming Government Motors. Whether that will lead to profitability remains to be seen.

Oracle Faces its Toughest Deal yet

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Oracle's recent purchase of Sun Microsystems has some analysts uncertain about the future of the combined company.

Big Blue Goes into Analysis

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

IBM is making a big push into business analytics, a software business that allows it to analyze vast amounts of data on the fly.

The Secret Sauce at In-N-Out Burger

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Privately held In-N-Out Burger has been remarkably successful despite resisting franchising and paying high wages. A corporate culture that focuses on people appears to be the driver of its success.

Should GM Split Itself in Two?

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

General Motors has been loathe to consider bankruptcy, but that is now emerging as one of the options.

The Bimmer, Plugged In

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

BMW has long believed that more efficient gas or diesel cars - rather than all-electric cars - were the future of the automotive industry. However, as technology improves and pressure to wean ourselves from fossil fuels grows, BMW has started to embrace all-electric technology.

A Backlash Against Obama's Budget

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Business is gearing up for a fight over Obama's plans to remake the U.S. economy.

The Best Undergrad B-Schools

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

With the job market bleak, students are more interested than ever in the efforts of campus recruiting services.

Japan is Running out of Options

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Japan's economy has shrunk sharply in recent months. Policymakers have few options available to spur growth.

Debt Is Hobbling Europe Inc.

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

A slew of loans are coming due this year, and banks aren't lending. The world may soon feel the effects.

Exxon Is Weaker Than You Think

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Despite its enormous profits, ExxonMobil faces an uncertain future. Both its production and its reserves are in decline, with no change in sight.

Slugfest in the Supermarket

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

After pushing though hefty price increases in 2008, food manufacturers are facing pressure to reduce prices as commodity prices fall.

Trade: Hawks Will Square Off against Retailers

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

America's trade deficit with China was a contentious campaign issue. Lowering the trade deficit will be a difficult task for the incoming administration.

How the Strong Yen Has Weakened Japan

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Japan's economy is contracting sharply because of a drop in exports. Reviving the economy will prove to be a challenge due to weak domestic demand.

A Hundred Factories Too Many

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

The current economic slowdown has brought into sharp relief the auto industry's huge global over capacity. Global capacity is 94 million vehicles while demand is only 60 million.

Chipmakers on the Edge

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Lost amid the hype surrounding the possible failure of the U.S. auto industry is the plight of the global semiconductor industry. Governments around the world are stepping in with aid packages for local companies.

Restarting Detroit from Washington

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

General Motors, Chrysler and, to some extent, Ford are in big financial trouble. The bailout bill being debated in Congress contains provisions to force a restructuring of the companies. Whether they go far enough to become profitable remains to be seen.

The Inside Track in Medical Cameras

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Olympus combined a number of technologies to take the lead in high-definition surgical cameras. Now, rivals are racing to take a share of the market.

Will Reworking Mortgages Work?

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Preventing home foreclosure is seen as essential to ending the current financial crisis. It remains to be seen if that is possible.

The Subprime Wolves Are Back

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

The Federal Housing Administration is guaranteeing new subprime loans originated by many of the firms that made the bad subprime loans in the first place.

How Obama Will Stoke the Economy

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

The economic slowdown has prompted talk of a stimulus package if the economy continues to worsen. The prospect of billions of goverment spending has lobbyists lined up to push their cause.

Why America Needs an Economic Strategy

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

America's national competitiveness has resulted in one of the world's highest standards of living. That competitiveness is threatened by a focus on short- and intermediate-term objectives. America needs a comprehensive strategy to maintain our national competitiveness.

Why Tesla Has to Downshift

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Tesla Motors has produced an iconic electric sports car. Whether it can compete with the major automakers remains to be seen.

Forget Adam Smith. Whatever Works

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Free-market capitalism as the dominant organizing philosophy of our economy may be on the way out. Whether this morphs into full-blown industrial policy remains to be seen.

Will Americans Buy Four-Cylinder Luxury?

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Four-cylinder engines have not sold well in the U.S. luxury-car segment. That may change as major manufacturers prepare for increased fuel economy and stricter emissions mandates.

Outsourcing Shops Feel the Street's Pain

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

The financial crisis is hurting the Indian info tech outsourcing industry. That may change as tougher times force Wall Street to cut costs.

The Saudis and OPEC: Behind the Flare-up

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

The Saudis are concerned with maintaining worldwide demand for oil. Hence, the are working to keep a lid on oil prices.

Green Power: Buyers Beware

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Much of the money collected by utility companies in the name of green power is actually spent on marketing and administration.

Kazakh Oil: A War of Nerves

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

The Tengiz oil field in Kazakhstan is one of the world's biggest. Shipping the oil to western markets is proving to be very challenging.

65 mpg-But the U.S. Can't Have it

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Ford Motor Company has developed a new car that gets 65 miles to the gallon. However, the car will not be sold in the United States.

Pipeline Wars

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

The Russian invasion of Georgia can be attributed, at least in part, as a means to reassert influence over Western Europe by controlling the flow of energy.

Stalking the Wild Copycats

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Sub-Saharan Africa has become a surprisingly hot market for counterfeit consumer goods. Forget fake luxury products like knockoff Rolexes, the big market is in low-margin consumer products, such as Kiwi shoe polish and BiC pens.

Tata's Nano Hits a Speed Bump

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Tata Motors' ultra-cheap car, the Nano, is beginning to look like a long shot. The company remains dedicated to the project despite the challenges.

Power Surge

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Higher electricity prices are hitting consumers hard. Politicians and regulators are taking notice.

Industrial Cities Out of the Sand

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Saudi Arabia is working to reduce its dependence on energy exports by developing industrial cities in economic backwaters. The projects face challenges ranging from finance to workforce literacy.

Six Flags CEO Mark Shapiro on the Summer Ahead

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

The CEO of Six Flags talks about how his parks will compete for customers, his relationship with the ownership/shareholders, and his aggressive international expansion initiatives.

Six Flags CEO Mark Shapiro on the Summer Ahead

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

The CEO of Six Flags talks about how his parks will compete for customers, his relationship with the ownership/shareholders, and his aggressive international expansion initiatives.

Bulking up: Japan's drugmakers

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Japanese drugmakers are on an overseas acquisition binge to get bigger. For the first time, they pose a competitive threat to the big Western firms.

Monsanto on the Menu

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Monsanto is the leading producer of genetically modified seeds. It is shedding its image as a purveyor of Frankenfood and moving back into the market for consumer foods.

Taxing the 'Not-So-Rich' Rich

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Income taxes are likely to go up after the next election. Senator Obama has pledged to raise taxes on the wealthy, as has Senator Clinton.

Fly the Shrinking Skies

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Airlines, which now lose an average of $60 per roundtrip passenger, will likely consolidate further and increase fares.

Brazil's Answer to Global Hunger

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Brazil is a major food exporter. That production is coming increasingly from recently cleared savannah and rain forest.

The Majors Look West, Again

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Big Oil companies have neglected North American oil prospects for many years. That is changing as oil prices rise and opportunities overseas dry up.

Blu-ray Isn't Getting Much Traction

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Blu-ray DVD technology has won the format war over Toshiba's competing technology. It remains to be see whether Blu-ray can win over consumers.

Ghosn Hits the Accelerator

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Renault-Nissan, is working to position his company for the new reality of the worldwide auto industry: increased demand for smaller, more fuel-efficient cars designed to appeal to local market needs and tastes.

A Slippery Moment for Mexican Oil

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Mexican oil production has plummeted in recent years and Pemex does not have the expertise to find and produce oil in the most promising new areas.

What Airbus Learned from the Dreamliner

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Boeing has outsourced a substantial portion of the production of its new Dreamliner. It is now 14 months behind schedule as a result of supply-chain problems.

Flying in For a Tune-Up Overseas

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Cash-strapped airlines are turning towards domestic and overseas contractors to conduct aircraft maintenance. Unions and business-travel groups argue that regulatory oversight and safety suffer when planes are sent to lower-cost locations offshore.

Record Labels and MySpace Cut a Deal

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Major music labels Warner, Sony BMG and Universal have teamed up with MySpace to create a new music retailing model. Plummeting sales of CDs, rampant piracy, and the emergence of Apple as the dominant force in online music sales have made a new model vital to the continued success of the music industry.

China's Factory Blues

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

A combination of factors have made China the world's factory floor, but recent changes are forcing a restructuring of Chinese industry.

Dollar Daze in Europe

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

The dollar has lost nearly half its value against the euro since 2000. That has put European exporters in a bind as they struggle to remain competitive.

Globalization Bites Boeing

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Boeing was recently bested by European Aeronautic Defence & Space (EADS) in a $35 billion contract for the next-generation U.S. Air Force tanker. Is globalization taking U.S. jobs?

My Way or the Highway at Hyundai

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Aggressive growth plans and culture clashes between Korean and American management have led to tension in Hyundai's North American operations.

The Best Undergrad B-Schools

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

The nation's best undergraduate business schools continue to send graduates on to top-paying jobs. Now, they are adding specialized curriculums to capitalize on their location and specialized expertise.

Green - up to a Point

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

U.S. companies are increasingly skeptical of measures to combat global warming, yet they want to be seen as green. Is is possible to have it both ways?

Israel: Attack of the Super-Shekel

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Israelis have traditionally viewed the U.S. dollar as a hedge against inflation, but the shekel has risen sharply against the dollar in recent years.

On the Border: The 'Virtual Fence' Isn't Working

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Illegal immigration has emerged as a hot button issue in election year politics. None of the proposed solutions appears to be both effective and politically palatable.

The Wind at Germany's Back

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Germany is a world leader in wind-generated electricity. It will be challenged to stay ahead, however, as the U.S. market is growing faster.

The Case Against Case Studies

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Case studies, a central part of business school education for decades, have come under fire for not preparing graduates for real-world decision making. Now, Columbia Business School is doing something about it.

Do Cholesterol Drugs do any Good?

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Millions of people take statin drugs to lower cholesterol. New studies show that there may be no meaningful benefit to such treatment.

Steve Jobs' Video Dreams

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Apple has big plans for video download. It will face tough competition from the big cable companies.

My Other Car Is a Tata

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Tata Motors plans to introduce a low-cost car to India that could establish it as a major player in emerging markets. It is a challenge that Western automakers will find tough to meet and hard to ignore.

Costco Starts a Barroom Brawl

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Costco is challenging laws that prohibit it from buying directly from beer and wine manufacturers. At stake are profits from wholesalers and lower costs for consumers.

Philips: Lord of the Lights

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

LED lights look to be the next big thing in lighting. GE and Philips are competing fiercely for the multibillion-dollar market.

Next-Gen DVDs: Advantage, Sony

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

The market for the new high-definition DVD format is worth billions. Unlike in the Beta days, Sony appears to have the edge this time.

The Dangerous Wealth of the Ivy League

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Elite private universities have started a spending war with public universities. The fallout from that war threatens to change the face of higher education.

Why United Is Ready to Unite

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

United Airlines has performed poorly since emerging from bankruptcy in 2006. Despite a series of moves to make itself a more attractive merger partner, suitors remain elusive.

Ma Bell, the Web's New Gatekeeper

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

AT&T is working to implement a content-recognition system in its Internet transmission apparatus. The system can be used to detect copyright infringement by Internet users. Consumer privacy advocates fear that the system could be a threat to users' privacy and freedom of speech.

The New Financial Heavyweights

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Sovereign wealth funds wield enormous influence in world financial markets. Do the risks outweigh the rewards?

Where Designers Rule

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Entrepreneurship

Dutch electronics maker Bang & Olufsen (B&O) is known for cutting-edge designs. And while most other companies carefully study the wants and needs of consumers as part of their design process, B&O simply relies on the intuition of a handful of top designers. It is a business model that gives B&O gross margins of more than 46%, but that carries real risks as well, according to the BusinessWeek article Where Designers Rule (November 5, 2007).


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