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Sandy Pentland on the Future of Mobile

Where many envision mobile phones as drivers of communications through voice and text, MIT Professor Sandy Pentland sees the mobile phone in a much broader context. To him, the way we use our mobile phones today reveals much more than just ordinary conversations: what groups we belong to, the patterns we operate in, and how we function emotionally in human...

NextLab: Can a Cellphone Change the World?

NextLab: Can a Cellphone Change the World?

Sep 14, 2010

Jhonatan Rotberg stands in front of an attentive audience in the MIT NextLab classroom. “You have to remember what this is all about,” he exclaims. “It’s about the practical application of what you’re proposing!” This message resonates throughout the classroom, with a sea of nodding heads and t-shirts emblazoned with the bold tagline: “Can you make...

A Shiny Orb On The Internet

A Shiny Orb On The Internet

Jul 8, 2010

“Social commerce” is the idea that the Internet provides a marketplace at the intersection of commercial activity and virtual interactions for marketing goods and services. In this vein, Andrew T. Stephen of INSEAD and Olivier Toubia of the Columbia University  Graduate School of Business offer further insights into what exactly “social commerce”...

Security Entrepreneurs Needed? Cyber-Crime and Internet Security

Security Entrepreneurs Needed? Cyber-Crime and Internet Security

Apr 26, 2010

The Internet is the ultimate vehicle for information retrieval and transmission in modern times, providing us with an information superhighway that links individuals from around the world in real time, connecting families, businesses and governments. Yet amid this vast expanse of digital data flooding that has become known as the “cyberspace”, attempts to...

Where Are All the Entrepreneurs Gone in Japan?

Where Are All the Entrepreneurs Gone in Japan?

Mar 20, 2010

For a nation that once boasted the likes of Sony, Toyota and Mitsubishi as its entrepreneurial heralds, Japan’s entrepreneurial record in the new millennium is surprisingly sparse. Indeed, entrepreneurs in Japan have become the exception rather than the norm. Common problems faced by aspiring entrepreneurs include the lack of venture capital, labyrinthine...