1. Fourteen Future Trends for Business in 2009 and Beyond

    Global shifts will cause a new social order to emerge As I started pulling my notes together for 2009 trends, I instantly became overwhelmed by the sheer volume of changes currently in the works. The number of moving parts seems to exceed the number of stationary parts. All of our markets, systems, and technologies have become incredibly fluid, and much like a floating vessel, we are heading to pa…Read More

  2. Owning Your Own Country

    The world is in for some radical changes ahead. Hold on tight, we are in for a wild ride. Building islands, selling them as autonomous countries On a recent trip to Dubai, I spoke at the prestigious "Leaders in Dubai" forum along with the likes of Tom Peters, former NY City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former World Bank President James Wolfensohn, Citi Group Chairman Sir Win Bischoff, and former McKinsey …Read More

  3. Libraries of the Future

    Where great ideas happen, and people have the tools to act on them Ten years ago, many in the tech elite were predicting the demise of the public library. Little did they understand that libraries are living, breathing organisms. Much like plants that flourish with good dirt, water and sunshine, libraries have begun to thrive in our information-rich environment. Libraries are going through an age …Read More

  4. Bringing the US Patent & Trademark Office to Colorado

    Understanding the new realities of economic development The USPTO is hiring. In fact they are doing a lot of hiring, over 1,200 new examiners every year, and they still can’t keep up with the deluge of new patent filings. But while the number of patent filings has grown from 90,544 in 1967 to 484,955 in 2007, a 535% workload increase in 40 years plus an equally growing backlog of patent applicat…Read More

  5. The Future of Retail

    The coming demise of the retail storefront Last week my wife Deb and I were relaxing at a new shopping center in the Denver area. Along the sidewalks a series of speakers cast a rather pleasant musical backdrop to the shopping experience. At one point an interesting song began playing. I reached for my iPhone, and used a program called Shazam to "listen" to the music, revealing the name of the son…Read More

  6. A Study of Women Inventors

    Although Growing in Numbers, Today's Female Inventors Still Only Account for Around 10% of the US Inventor Population What name springs to mind when you say the phrase "famous female inventor?" If you're having a tough time answering this, you are not alone. I became interested in this topic when I ran across a very curious statistic. In 1980 only 1.7% of all the patent filings were filed by women…Read More

  7. Ten Rules for Bootstrapping Your Business

    When the going gets tough, the tough go bootstrapping Walk a Mile in These Bootstrapped Shoes.In much the same way nature operates, the world of business operates in fluid balance with money serving as its breathable oxygen. As with nature, businesses feed off the less fortunate, using their superior strength to suffocate and feed off of the revenue streams of their daily prey, walking casually aw…Read More

  8. The Future of Gaming

    Future games will become the ultimate playground for our minds In 1977 when famed mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot uttered the phrase, “as a language, mathematics may be used not only to inform but also to seduce,” little did he know that his brainchild, fractal geometry, would become seductive to the point of being addictive. Over the past decade, fractal geometry, the science that reduces the…Read More

  9. The Future of Nanotechnology – My Upcoming Book

    Nanotechnology is a science riddled with paradoxes Over the past year I have been eating, sleeping, and breathing nanotechnology, but feel like I have only scratched a little behind the ears of this enormous science. I had been following the industry, keeping up on the science for some time, but writing a book required total immersion. The terminology is the toughest part. As I listen to the scien…Read More

  10. Rockstar Needed – Apply Now

    Every industry has its own “favorite son”, but for many areas of new technology there are no real household names associated with them. There are no people like Albert Einstein, Carl Sagan, or Chuck Norris rising to the forefront of these technologies. Put another way, these technologies represent industries without their own rock stars. (more…)…Read More