Innovation: Made in U.S.A.

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Italian entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley: Timbuktu founders Cavallo (l.) and Favilli Why is it that groundbreaking, world-changing products so often originate in the United States? I’d argue the case of Aereo vs. Old-School Television provides a good clue. The founders of Aereo had a clever idea: give live television online to people who don’t want […]

Razer co-founder Min-Liang Tan

Razer Sharp

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Among gamers, Razer has become a household name for cutting-edge entertainment gear – from mice and keyboards to gaming tablets and laptops like the new Razer Blade that CEO and co-founder Min-Liang Tan is presenting here. And if the big PC makers were a little more nimble on their toes, this amped-up, slimmed down Windows […]

Tango’s Early Days

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Mobile voice and social messaging app Tango just collected a whopping $280 million in fresh funding. Seems like a good moment to look back at an interview I did with co-founder Eric Setton back in May 2011 for an article about the mobile telecommunications revolution in the now-defunct Earlybird Magazine. All stats and figures quoted […]

Urturn social media example

The Eyes Have It

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Chances are you’re not reading much these days – you’re mostly browsing, viewing, scanning. Reading takes time, and every second counts in a zero attention-span economy. All marvels of technology fail when it comes to adding an extra hour to the day. Given the overwhelming number of apps, social networks, blogs, TV channels, and mobile […]

Zeros and Ones

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How’s this for irony? The machine we invented to help us better manage the complexities of human life has somehow turned things around and is remaking our human world in its own image. More and more, it seems, we live in binary times. There are only two states – on and off – and we’re […]

Futurist Paul Saffo in front of an ATM

The Future of Money

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The moment of truth for any analyst and forecaster comes when looking back: five years on, how true or false do your predictions turn out to be? Well, kudos to Paul Saffo, Managing Director of Foresight at Discern Analytics and former Director of the Institute For the Future (as well as one of the smartest […]

The Third Industrial Revolution

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What happens when cleantech meets peer-to-peer and the sharing economy? Imagine if we’d all have solar panels on the roofs of our homes, companies had green buildings, perhaps their own wind parks, and the electric grid were smart enough to handle traffic in both directions: from the utility to you, but also back into the […]