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  • May 26, 2016

    Engineering as a Driving Force Behind the Design-Thinking Movement

    It’s wonderful that design thinking is now applied to so many different problems: designing better experiences for hospital patients, designing and implementing better client experiences at social-service agencies, starting new companies, teaching leadership, inventing new radio shows, changing organizational structures, and developing new products and services for people at the bottom of economic pyramid – ...read more

  • May 17, 2016

    A More Modular and Manageable Google

    For most of us, the reorganization of Google into a network of separate subsidiaries under the holding company Alphabet had zero effect on our lives. In the wake of Larry Page’s announcement in August 2015, we searched the web, mapped our routes, checked our Gmail, and it all felt exactly the same. That’s because those ...read more

  • May 11, 2016

    Why Failure to Launch is a Good Thing

    If you’re going to lead the lab that launches moonshots like self-driving cars and balloon-powered Internet, you need to be incredibly ambitious and intelligent. But that will only get you so far. It turns out you also need courage and confidence in the people around you. Those sentiments came up again and again when the ...read more

  • May 2, 2016

    The Upside of Obsession

    With entrepreneurs all vying to come up with the “next big thing,” it’s easy to see why everyone is putting work first — and the rest of life second. There are, however, some positives that can result from being obsessed, along with the better-known negatives we seek to avoid. So, while it’s important to keep ...read more

  • April 28, 2016

    Yoda was Wrong: Apply Design Thinking to Life’s Problems

    Stanford Engineering Professor Bernard Roth, a founding faculty member of the university’s renowned design institute, told audience members attending one of his recent talks at Stanford University how to “stop wishing, start doing and take command of your life.” That’s the subtitle of Roth’s new book, The Achievement Habit, and he summed it up in ...read more

  • April 22, 2016

    It’s Everybody’s Business Now

    In the startup world, there may be no such thing as becoming too successful. But for those few ventures that end up growing into a consumer business that reaches massive scale, well, it can get complicated. In the early days of Airbnb, when its founders were happy to just get out-of-towners into their San Francisco ...read more

  • April 14, 2016

    Is the App-pocalypse Nigh?

    It’s easy to see why much of America sees Silicon Valley as out of touch, even as we tap and swipe our devices with renewed vigor each time an entrepreneur churns out a new app. Exhibit A: Tech workers in San Francisco make news when they develop an algorithm that does exactly what the startup ...read more

  • April 7, 2016

    Hierarchy is Good. Hierarchy is Essential. And Less Isn’t Always Better

    I was raised to view hierarchy as a bad thing. My late father, an entrepreneur, often ranted about the idiocy he battled in the corporate and government bureaucracies that made life difficult for his little company. He loved the Peter Principle because, to him, it explained why so many organizations were packed with people who ...read more

  • March 21, 2016

    What Real Impact Means

    Nowadays, it seems every budding startup claims its new app, product or service will change the way you live. But before passively accepting hyperbole as the new norm, let’s instead ask the question: What does real impact looks like? It’s fine if friends want to post “Best. Ever.” with a phone pic of the burger ...read more

  • March 13, 2016

    A More Tactical Way to Prototype

    If you ask, experienced entrepreneurs will make it very clear how difficult their job is, and how slim your chances are of launching the next Uber or Facebook. And yet, around the world, the allure of entrepreneurship grows stronger by the day. It coincides with the mantra that innovation is the answer to all of ...read more