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Big Data in the Big Apple: Thoughts from GigaOm’s Structure:Data Conference

Big Data in the Big Apple: Thoughts from GigaOm’s Structure:Data Conference

Apr 1, 2012

Economic expansion works like this: One trigger innovation spawns a number of supporting industries. The automobile, for example, brought us service stations, fast food chains, asphalt and suburban homes. Steel is another great example; the sturdy and affordable metal birthed the age of modern infrastructure. Today, the world of web and mobile services has...

Open source cars are here: Lessons learnt from Local Motors’ take on the open-hardware revolution

Open source cars are here: Lessons learnt from Local Motors’ take on the open-hardware revolution

Mar 4, 2012

“Thou shall not enter the automotive industry” is the eleventh commandment for any entrepreneur. The only attractive segment of the automotive market is getaway vehicles for VCs who hear the word ‘automotive’ and need to flee the scene as hysterically as possible. Automotive is one of the most heavily regulated, capital-intensive industries, with a...

Sana: Providing Hope for Healthcare through Mobile Technology

Sana: Providing Hope for Healthcare through Mobile Technology

Dec 4, 2011

Inside a hot, breezeless room, a group of women wait with their children to see the pediatrician. He is late today; he was needed to treat a sick child at another hospital some 100 kilometers away. As one of the few doctors in this rural region of Madhya Pradesh, India, Dr. Gupta sees over fifty children during a single clinic session. Sadly, these children...

Mobile Innovation in Africa

Mobile Innovation in Africa

Apr 21, 2011

Africa is a continent at the cusp of immense opportunity and growth.  With 5% GDP growth and an abundance of natural resources, Africa is now a target of many multi-nationals and entrepreneurs looking for investment opportunities. The MIT Sloan Africa Business Club hosted the first Africa 2.0 conference on April 1st, 2011.  This event highlighted...

Are Workforce Robots the Next Big Thing? Rodney Brooks Gives a Definite Yes

Are Workforce Robots the Next Big Thing? Rodney Brooks Gives a Definite Yes

Apr 12, 2011

Is your favorite colleague at work human? Perhaps not for long, according to Rodney Brooks. For three decades, Brooks has been designing, building, testing, and selling robots. He is currently Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he directed the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). He has...

How the Interest Graph will shape the future of the web

How the Interest Graph will shape the future of the web

Apr 1, 2011

What do Color, Quora, Hunch, Blippy, and StockTwits have in common? They are examples of companies that generate value for their users by leveraging the concept of the Interest Graph. The list also features some of the most promising startups right now, having raised close to $100 million in venture funding. Pure coincidence? What’s the Interest Graph? The...