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Wall Street Journal on Grads Making Their Own Jobs 25/12/2009

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Wall Street Journal on Grads Making Their Own Jobs:

“Entrepreneurship by necessity has always accounted for much startup activity. Toddi Gutner has a piece in the Dec 23rd Wall Street Journal highlighting recent grads launching firms and also some of the structures and assets that the campus presents to entrepreneurs. Kauffman, Babson, Y Combinator, business plan classes, etc. The article is worth reading, here is a snippet:

Andrew Levine knew he wouldn’t find a job in investment banking when he graduated with an M.B.A. from the University of Miami in 2008. Wall Street was in the midst of a financial collapse. So instead the 24-year-old focused his efforts on launching a start-up. “I figured that starting my own company was the best use of my time while I waited for the market to thaw,” says Mr. Levine.

Faced with an unemployment rate of 16% for 20- to 24-year-olds, a growing number of recent college and grad-school graduates are launching their own companies, according to anecdotal evidence from colleges, universities and entrepreneurship programs around the U.S.

For his part, Mr. Levine built upon a business plan for a niche social-networking company he had created for an entrepreneurship class the prior year.

Is Our Data Too Vulnerable in the Cloud? 25/12/2009

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From NYT:
Is Our Data Too Vulnerable in the Cloud?: “Not only could stored data be stolen by hackers or lost to breakdowns, but a cloud provider might mishandle data, says an article on cloud computing.”

Is Amazon Working Backward? 25/12/2009

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From NYT:
Is Amazon Working Backward?: “Although the chief, Jeff Bezos, says, ‘We start with the customer and we work backward,’ a solid core of customers remain unsatisfied with the Kindle.”

Saint Paul Public Library to Launch Mobile Computer Lab with Knight Foundation Grant 23/12/2009

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Saint Paul Public Library to Launch Mobile Computer Lab with Knight Foundation Grant: “The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library and the Saint Paul Public Library will expand computer training to underserved neighborhoods with a mobile computer lab, thanks to a $300,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.”

Campus As Economic Engine 23/12/2009

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From the Creative Class® The source on how we live, work and play

Campus As Economic Engine: “

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Nowadays, you cannot talk about higher education without the conversation including economic development. Published economic impact studies indicate that campuses are major contributors to their economies. Look at these figures:

This week, the University of Dayton (UD) purchased NCR Corp.’s former world headquarters for $18 million. The location will house the university’s world-class research institute and provide space to work on projects that will stimulate commercialization, business growth, and local job creation. In a region that has endured substantial job loss, UD continues to be a vital economic engine and key contributor to the economic future of Dayton.

While these examples demonstrate major economic contributions by campuses, do they impact economic development policy for a region, state, or nation? Do such stories and economic studies influence policymakers to direct new investment in, to take David Miller’s term, campus entrepreneurship? If you have examples, please share.

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Enduring ideas: The three horizons of growth 22/12/2009

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Enduring ideas: The three horizons of growth: “

In this interactive presentation—one in a series of multimedia frameworks—Steve Coley, a director emeritus in McKinsey’s Chicago office, describes the three horizons framework. Based on research into how companies sustain growth, this approach illustrates how to manage for current performance while maximizing future opportunities for growth.

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The Justice League of Entrepreneurs 21/12/2009

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The Justice League of Entrepreneurs: “A group of experienced Silicon Valley entrepreneurs have joined together in the Start Project to generate product ideas and spin out companies.”

Competing through organizational agility 21/12/2009

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Competing through organizational agility: “

Three distinct types—strategic, portfolio, and operational—help companies compete. Each of them has its own sources and dangers.

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Strategy through turbulence: An interview with Don Sull 21/12/2009

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Strategy through turbulence: An interview with Don Sull: “

London Business School’s Don Sull discusses how to find the upside in volatile times.

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Very Important Development (VID): The Bonnier Mag+ Prototype 19/12/2009

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[UPDATED! More links and extra video] Wow! We’re really impressed with the interest in our concept video of what we think the magazine of the future may look like. We call it Mag+ and we would really like to hear what you think of it over in our Beta Lab.For those of you who are looking for a YouTube version there is now one available online: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAZCr6canvw
The video has been watched more than 84.000 times so far. People have tweeted about it and here are some of the blogs that have mentioned our project so far:”

Watch the video at: http://vimeo.com/8220802