Business

Cultivating the “supply side” of the creative economy

Redwood sprout

This summer, it’s Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs’ singular genius that seems to be propped open on beach towels, in hammocks and at every third airplane seat. As fascinating as Jobs’ person, career, and legacy are, the intense interest in his insane greatness raises a question. What if we directed that level of intensity and interest at awakening the genius (if slightly less great and hopefully less insane) inside of each and every one of us—each child, each student, each parent, each working person? » Read more

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Smart notebooks link virtual teams across the net

connecting people

Do we really need yet another collaboration tool? Miles Fidelman, a networking expert whose experience seems to span time, thinks so. He's worked with Bolt, Beranek, and Newman on military command and control systems, built a small hosting company, and started a community networking non-profit called the Center for Civic Networking.  » Read more

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RaiseMe: Toward a more human(e) hierarchy

business heirarchy and employee potential

RaiseMe proposes a new model for identifying and recognizing employee potential in unexpected places. It provides equal opportunity for all employees to candidly share ideas with decision-makers by transforming concepts of radical freedom into practices that incentivize employees, hacking the social architecture of traditional organizational hierarchies, and connecting previously unconnected stakeholders to maximize preexisting (re)sources. » Read more

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The open source technology behind Twitter

We explore the open source tech behind Twitter

Without open source, Twitter wouldn't exist. Every Tweet you send and receive touches open source software on its journey between computers and mobile devices. We were curious about how much open source is used at Twitter. Beyond that, we wanted to discover how open source may influence the culture at Twitter, Inc.

We asked Chris Aniszczyk, Open Source Manager at Twitter, to share the company's open source story. Aniszczyk will be keynoting at this month's LinuxCon, August 29 through 31, in San Diego, CA. His topic: The open source technology behind a Tweet.

See what Aniszczyk (@cra on Twitter) had to say about open source and the open culture at Twitter.

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Top 10 signs your company doesn't "get" open source

open source lightning talks

Guy Martin, Managing Principal Architect at Red Hat, gives us the big reasons why companies shy away from using open source —and other misconceptions, like not being able to mix and match open and closed source applications and thinking open source is only about risk management. » Read more

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The seven deadly sins of innovation leaders

Scary to join

The sole purpose of a business is to grow. This can take on many dimensions – profits, revenues, market share, brand or community influence just to name a few. The road to growth is very simple. Innovation is required to drive growth. You make something better or new (products, services, solutions, etc.) and you sell to someone better or new (markets, segments, channels, etc.). Basically that’s it the rest is just fine print.  » Read more

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Best Buy saved by open source thinking?

Big electronic chain should implement open source thinking

A popular chain of consumer electronics stores in the U.S. laid off thousands of workers in mid-July this year. Yes, I'm talking about Best Buy, and their future prospects are not looking so good. But this company could still save itself if it quickly implements open source thinking throughout its stores. Open source thinking means viewing your customers as information producers not just entertainment consumers.  » Read more

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Forget empowerment—aim for exhilaration

Aim for exhilaration

There is no doubt that there is tremendous goodwill, not to mention countless exciting experiments, when it comes to making the world of work more deeply human—designed to promote more freedom, equity, and engagement, and passion. Why, then, can those words sound so cheap and drained of their juice when we hear them repeated over and over by leaders of all stripes? Probably because they’re spoken so much more often than they’re ever enacted. » Read more

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Valuing nature: How responsible water use sustains business, communities, and ecosystems

Nature

Given the evolving global water scarcity situation, the world’s largest beverage company created a new dynamic with its bottlers and external partners, one focused on conserving local watersheds, thereby improving water efficiency, avoiding costs and maturing their water resource management. » Read more

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Four insights to selling and marketing open source software

Open for business

In the last 15 years of my career I have worked at several open source software companies, each with its own unique approach to software delivery, packaging, branding, and sales. Two things have become clear to me: » Read more

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