Posts Tagged ‘innovation’

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    An Apple’s Patent

    Nov 22, 11 • 419 Views • No Comments

    This apple has bites rather than bytes but like its namesake it was patented and took years to develop. When its U.S. patent expired in 2008, it had generated close to $6 million for the University of Minnesota and is still producing royalties in......  [read more]

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    Stagnation or Education?

    Nov 19, 11 • 388 Views • No Comments

    Is the problem stagnation or education? For George Mason economist Tyler Cowen, it was all about his grandmother. Debating MIT economist Erik Brynjolfsson, Cowen reminded us that a long list of innovations including cars, antibiotics and refrigerators......  [read more]

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    “Tweakers”

    Nov 9, 11 • 435 Views • No Comments

    Referring to Steve Jobs, most of us think of innovation and entrepreneurship. Like Thomas Friedman in “(Steve) Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, Jobs,” we imagine business starters and young Thomas Edisons. Instead, in the New Yorker, Malcolm Gladwell tells us......  [read more]

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    The Future of Oil

    Nov 8, 11 • 378 Views • No Comments

    When will we run out of oil? A room full of pistachios might have the answer. In the first several pages of The Invisible Heart: An Economic Romance, a teacher says you have been given a room filled 5 feet high with pistachio nuts. The nuts are free, you are......  [read more]

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    Innovation and Jobs

    Oct 26, 11 • 2970 Views • No Comments

    Just say, “More productivity, R & D and economies of scale,” and you are talking about large firms. New Yorker financial columnist James Surowiecki reminds us that too often we glorify small businesses and forget how A&P, Walmart and their......  [read more]