Website performance is second only to security in user expectations, claims Joshua Bixby, president of Strangeloop Networks. He suggests that web page rendering must be kept under two seconds to retain user loyalty. Website acceleration directly impacts a company's business metrics and KPIs. Bixby presents his team's latest findings about the relationship between web performance and business benefits.
Apple's Steve Jobs has a reputation for innovation, particularly Apple's company slogan of "Think Different". Carmine Gallo wrote a book that reviewed Jobs' presentation secrets and now details his innovation secrets. Gallo discusses his book, including the seven points of innovation followed by Steve Jobs. Gallo also talks about the thought process that led to this follow-up to his previous successful book.
Giving things away for the prize people are willing to pay sounds like corporate suicide. In this audio lecture sponsored by the Center for Social Innovation at Stanford, Leif Nelson shows it's a pathway to corporate citizenship, increased revenue, and an enhanced company image. He walks us through field experiments he conducted at major theme parks manipulating various aspects of the purchasing experience for souvenir action photos.
DigitalGlobe fills the need for fast and accurate geospatial information, which has become ubiquitous in today's always-on environment. Walter Scott demonstrates the latest innovations in satellite imaging technology and web solutions. New developments set the pace for a revolution in GPS and GIS-based lifestyles. DigitalGlobe has over a billion square kilometers of imagery in their archive--close to collecting the land surface of the planet seven times over.
Are you Cowboysaurus rex? Or Signaturus maximus? Find yourself in this taxonomy of change management practices. Learn the pros and cons of each classification and how well they fare as developers and operations try to work together to create value for their organization. Andrew Shafer, Engineering Lead at Cloud Scaling, says well-meaning managers throw problems into the "meat cloud."; they throw bodies at their problem. Others employ the FSOP method: "flying by the seat of the pants."
Dr. Moira Gunn talks with author, Robert Kaplan, about the Indian Ocean and his new book Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power. Looking at everything from the history to the regions geopolitics, Kaplan gets us up to speed on affairs of the region.
McDonald's has migrated to India, and with it, a commitment to corporate social responsibility. In this university podcast, executive Abhijit Upadhye discusses how the introduction of the "golden arches" into the subcontinent over the past six years has resulted in the creation of local opportunities in the areas of agriculture and food production, storage, and transportation.
Dr. Moria Gunn catches up with biotech entrepreneurs, Ruben Henriquez, Vicens Tur and Pablo Escriba. All successfully started up companies from the beaches of Mallorca, Spain. Henriquez's company, Sanifit, works with innovative technologies fighting calcification in the body. Tur and Escriba, with their company, Lipo Pharma are taking a novel approach into utilizing lipids.
On foursquare's first birthday, 200 people in a Chicago bar called founder Dennis Crowley via Skype to sing. They all earned their swarm patches that night. In a year, 750,000 users signed up, made 22 million check-ins, and convinced 1400 venues to offer foursquare specials. Mom-and-pop venues have had their very first peek at their own marketing analytics through foursquare. People use it to find the biggest party in town. Here, Dennis Crowley talks about the foursquare phenomenon, one year in.
Paul Fenwick takes us through a humorous journey of bad inventions from bygone eras. They are cautionary tales with a plea for inventors not to screw up. He talks about asthma cigarettes, cocaine toothache drops for children, the Tempest prognosticator, and blood fueled devices. In the world of bad inventions, toys take center stage, with Cabbage Patch Doll "snack-time kid" which grinds its plastic food into dust along with other unintended food.