The Saudi Arabian Oil Company exemplifies how an organization may go from good to great through a focus on innovation. In this audio lecture, CEO Abdallah Jum'ah shares with an audience of Stanford MBA students how he has harnessed the brainpower of his people to come up with breakthrough solutions in areas such as technology, tools, processes, and organizational management. His talk demonstrates how living the values of innovation, insight, and principle can transform an organization and change the world.
Is the web entering a dark time of struggle and strife? Tim O'Reilly reflects on the astonishing power of the early internet as an open platform, and worries that escalating competition between large companies may drive it towards a battle ground of locked down services and proprietary data. This atmosphere of "mutually assured destruction" is not inevitable. Tim thinks web 2.0 companies will ultimately succeed if they stick to their core strengths, stay open, and embrace the "small pieces loosely joined" philosophy.
With new commons-based approaches to radio spectrum regulation like Wi-Fi, UltraWideBand and TV White Spaces battling against the interests of broadcasters and the mobile phone industry, what is likely to occur over the next two to five years and beyond? At the 2009 Emerging Communications Conference (eComm), a diverse panel of industry experts explore the technical, commercial and political issues involved in the spectrum policy debate.
The U.S. government is working to grow the "ecosystem" for entrepreneurship abroad as a part of its international development efforts. In this audio lecture, Richard Boly, a member of the U.S. Foreign Service, discusses how he managed a program of the U.S. embassy to promote entrepreneurship in Italy, a country steeped in bureaucracy and lacking engines of innovation. Speaking at a conference convened by the Hoover Institute at Stanford, he details efforts to connect entrepreneurs with the resources and role models they need to be successful.
Humans are fundamentally visual creatures, so we articulate any problem more clearly with pictures than with words. Whether technology and design, human interactions, process difficulties, financial challenges, or political roadblocks, Dan Roam says simple pictures offer extraordinary clarity and insight. Pictures literally help us see the invisible.
In this conversation with Martin Hepp, host Jon Udell explores GoodRelations, the e-commerce ontology that was also discussed in an earlier interview with Kingsley Idehen. When annotated using GoodRelations, pages describing products and services can be found and compared far more effectively than is possible on today's web.
In The Laws of Disruption, Larry Downes, author of the best-selling Unleashing the Killer App, provides an invaluable guide for these confusing times, exploring nine critical areas in which technology is dramatically rewriting the rules of business and life.
Communications coach Carmine Gallo discusses his new book, The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs, in which he shows how people can improve their public speaking skills. He first presents an overview on why he chose Steve Jobs as a subject and continues with specific pointers and methods that anyone can use to communicate to groups.
There is big money to be made in the telecommunications industry by optimizing how businesses connect, interact and complete transactions with their customers. In his keynote address at the Emerging Communications Conference (eComm) 2009, industry futurist Martin Geddes shares his thoughts on how a complete transformation of the prevailing business model is needed in the telecom industry and how companies could take advantage of a new model.
Sramana Mitra believes in the importance of entrepreneurship to the world economy. As a writer and entrepreneur, she assists others in learning how to build an organization. She joins Phil and Scott to discuss her strategies. In addition to presenting her thoughts on entrepreneurship, she also offers useful details about how to create jobs, how to find money to fund company creation and some of the factors important for success.