Posted by Soundararajan S (View Profile | View All Posts) at 10:04 AM
Aurolab, Jaipur Foot - Infosys presents Innovating for a Better Tomorrow [Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxboOIgTKb8]
During the filming of "Innovating for a Better Tomorrow," an influential television series that debuted in India in February this year, the deputy editor of CNN-IBN asked Mr. Murthy if he saw any difference in the culture of innovation and entrepreneurship between now and 30 years ago. His answer was motivational: Today there are more fresh ideas and budding entrepreneurs in India than there were three decades ago. And their commitment to social progress is more resolute as well.
Economists have argued for centuries about the limits of private investment and entrepreneurship. Is it the responsibility of governments to provide all of the funding and infrastructure by which economies run, or can private entities fuel these engines of progress as well? If recent history is any judge, then it would certainly appear that it would be the latter.
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Posted by Puneet Gupta (View Profile | View All Posts) at 10:39 AM
Digital Experiences in Retail [Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjOoaiKlh9U]
One of the most popular action movies of the late 1980s was Robocop. I was thinking about it recently because they've recently released a remake of what has become a sci-fi classic. The half-robot, half-man would interrupt crimes in progress and tell the thief, without a whiff of emotion: "Dead or alive, you're coming with me. Thank you for your cooperation." Part of the fun of the movie was to see Robocop face criminals so resolutely.
Sometimes I recall Robocop when I encounter a salesman at a favorite department store. I wonder to myself if he is indeed half robot and doesn't display the slightest effort to try to get to know my fashion preferences. Therein lies the challenge of today's enterprises what are armed with better tools and more sophisticated technology than ever before. Despite those tools, do they risk distancing themselves for the consumer rather than creating closer connections to them?
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Posted by Sanjay Purohit (View Profile | View All Posts) at 12:01 PM
Why did Facebook buy WhatsApp? [Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocMyXXAYnVY]
Recently, members of a now defunct exclusive hacking club got together online to celebrate not a breakthrough break through, but the spectacular success of one of their own - Jan Koum and his US$ 19 billion Whatsapp deal with Facebook. This was the latest in a not very short list of successes of the club's alumni, which included at least one of Napster's founders, and those of Cloudmark, Servio, Duo Security and Immunet, among others.
If ever there was a metaphor for the power of disruptive-innovation this must be it. But urban-legend-status notwithstanding, the truth is that manifestations of disruptive innovation are few and far between - a corollary of the fact that only a tiny fraction of the young and restless who want to disrupt and innovate actually go out there and do so. The vast majority finds its way into the portals of the conventional workplace, nurturing that deep-seated desire all along.
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