December 2009 Archives
Russ and John present the show that champions innovation by featuring entrepreneurs who create things that improve our lives. Includes: the BusinessMakers Quote of the Day—an eloquent comment from rocker Frank Zappa; This Week in Business History includes Great Britain’s Window Tax, Mae West and Bill Gates. (Where else you gonna learn THIS stuff?!) And let’s not forget Navigating Business Jargon—acronyms, technospeak and trendy new stuff; and Dumbest Moments in Business History—Postal workers hide the mail.
Russ is on the road at the Rice Alliance 7th Annual IT and Web 2.0 Venture Forum. These people are smart, well-spoken and are competing for seed-capital to launch their companies or take their concepts to the next level. These are the innovators who are creating products that will make our future lives better.
Twenty years ago, serial entrepreneur Scott Jones described publicly, in a speech in London, a vision of people having access to all kinds of knowledge, at anytime. In 2005, he created ChaCha, an information resource that answers questions submitted via cell phone text in minutes. Jones says, “It’s like having a really smart friend.” Operationally, a business that answers questions is an amazing thing—it’s like 10,000 trivia experts providing contract work for Jeopardy. It all sounds pretty incredible, but Scott Jones is a pretty incredible guy.
Greg Price continues his series on leadership and this week discusses integrity. Do you have the discipline to focus on the goals that align with your values? Food for thought to make yourself a better leader.
Russ and John present the not your business-as-usual school about the innovators and the entrepreneurs who positively affect our lives. Includes: the BusinessMakers Quote of the Day—wise words from President John F. Kennedy; This Week in Business History includes such diverse topics as Missouri’s Bachelor Tax, the U.S.S.R., Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Jethro Tull; Navigating Business Jargon—acronyms, technospeak and trendy new stuff; and Dumbest Moments in Business History—the Feds aren’t paying their taxes.
Flash back with Katie and Esther to the BusinessMakers Overtime Show when they introduced Google Wave. It has been described as “email if it were invented today.” It is more than an email system; it’s almost a document collaboration tool and might well be the Next Big Thing! Want to know more about how it works? Log on to CompleteWaveGuide.com.
Russ is on the road for an interview with the co-founders of Simply Interactive, an interactive design, marketing, e-learning and creative agency. The company became successful very quickly; when opportunity knocked, Lamm & Mo jumped for the door. Theirs is a story of coincidence and circumstance… and maybe a touch of luck.
Does your behavior fit in with your values? A Code of Ethics means nothing if doesn’t fit your personal Code of Values. Greg Price offers more food for thought as he examines leadership traits and ways to evaluate success.
Russ and Katie present the show about the innovators and the entrepreneurs who positively affect our lives. Includes: the BusinessMakers Quote of the Week—pithy words from an anonymous contributor; This Week in Business History includes the Mayflower, Mark Twain and the Astrodome; and Navigating Business Jargon—acronyms, technospeak and trendy new stuff.
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