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Future of Vehicle Navigation

Surely, most of us whom have taken road trips in the past decade have come to rely on portable GPS devices.  These devices have come a long way, but are still limited by their physical materials.   Personally, it took some time to get accustomed to having a part of my windshield real estate blocked out […]

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Congratulations, Your Meeting is No Longer Boring!

  Here’s a list I cobbled together about refreshing the way meetings are run. Maybe this will help your team find new ways to be productive and present. Perhaps laptops will actually close. Hopefully eyes won’t. And your employees will not only be engaged but will look forward to the next time you send a […]

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FEMA Goes Open Source

  Last week I had the opportunity to directly support the effort to help the East Coast recover from Hurricane Sandy. After what many now refer to as Super Storm Sandy, the Civi Air Patrol, (which is the auxiliary component of the U.S. Air Force) launched what has become the largest aerial imaging mission in the history […]

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Success is A Numbers Game

  No one bats 1.000. It might look like some people do. But they don’t. Yes, some people are more talented than others and it might take less attempts to succeed, but they’re not going to hit it on the head the first time, every time. Like anything else in like, success takes practice. Quantity […]

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How To Pitch Any Idea In 5 Minutes

  You’re always pitching. You may not be on the agency new business team, or not really be in, “sales.” But the ugly truth is that you’re always selling ideas. You’re selling ideas to your boss, your colleagues, your boss’s boss, your spouse, your boss’s boss’s boss… you get the idea. Think about this the […]

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The Business Model Innovation Factory

  Thanks to my good friend Dennis (@DennisSchleiche) I got the chance to meet Saul Kaplan (@skap5) is the founder and chief catalyst of the Business Innovation Factory (BIF), a real-world laboratory for exploring and testing new business models and social systems. The meetup was held at 37 Signals offices here in Chicago, Jason Fried (@jasonfried) and […]

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Cable and a HUGE Mistake

I don’t know why I did it. Perhaps it was the beginning of the Blackhawks season. Perhaps it was that new episodes of Dexter and The Walking Dead were coming out, that I could watch Southpark and Tosh.o. Perhaps it was because I was tired of being left out of the next day after premier […]

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Making Creativity Our Business

Meet Homaro Cantu. He’s the fearless chef behind Moto, a Chicago restaurant that asks diners to go on a mind-bending gastronomical adventure (otherwise called dinner). How so? The restaurant serves unexpected, science-based dishes like the Italian Biosphere, Kentucky Fried Pasta and their menu. Yes, Moto’s menu is edible.   Homaru was one of nine innovators […]

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Thoughts About Steve Jobs

“… You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the […]

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Thoughts About “Mobile Apps Must Die”

Scott Jenson of Frog Design wrote an interesting blog post today called “Mobile Apps Must Die“, citing many of the thoughts I have written about in previous articles to varying degrees. Generally, he echoes some of the thinking around our defaulting to “defaults” when faced with paradigm shifts or “shedding old paradigms”: This is actually […]

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