1. The Coming Era of Alternative Credentialing

    Earlier this week the DaVinci Institute became the first organization in the world to offer Microdegrees® to the graduates of the Institute’s coding school, DaVinci Coders. People who complete courses in Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, Swift/iOS, and Game Development will all be on track to receive th…Read More

  2. The Massive Opportunity coming for Ground-Based Delivery Drones

    On a recent trip from Montreal to Denver, Air Canada managed to misplace my one piece of luggage. Since I travel extensively around the world, it’s rare that I have my bags checked, but this time they insisted because of the size of the aircraft. I reluctantly agreed, and they proceeded to lose it…Read More

  3. Blueprint for a Makers District

    The demise of local retail stores has been painful to watch. Empty storefronts and weed-infested parking lots are gut-wrenching symbols of community decay. So if I told you there was an immediate way to turn this around, would that catch your attention? This whole transformation in thinking started …Read More

  4. The Great Cow Epiphany and the Six Immutable Laws of Information

    Recent comments by Vint Cerf, vice president of Google and one of the founding fathers of the Internet, about the long-term viability of our data has many wondering what will happen to our digital information over the next 100, 200, or even 1,000 years. At the heart of the problem is something he re…Read More

  5. Three Great Machine Learning Paradoxes

    I installed my Nest Thermostat a little over a year ago. This “learning” machine was billed as being able to study the habits of people and adjust the settings to optimize both temperature and energy usage. But ever since then I’ve found myself in a constant battle with my thermostat. It’s c…Read More

  6. Going Beyond Micro-Payments to Nano-Payments

    If a billion people each gave you a tenth of a cent, you would have $1 million. Over the past few weeks I’ve become enamored with the power of financial friction. This could involve everything from adding a tenth or hundredth of a cent charge to every email sent, social media “likes,” video do…Read More

  7. Four Rules for Game Testing Our Way to a Better Future

    At a recent video game tournament in Denver called ClutchCon, I was moderating a panel discussion on the future of video games, and we got into the topic of leveraging the time and energy spent playing video games into a “wisdom of crowds” approach for solving the world’s problems. Video games…Read More

  8. 12 Emerging Trends that Everyone Missed at CES

    Every year that I attend CES in Las Vegas I reach a point of sensory overload. It’s not just from all the people, lights, noise, and smells, but an overload of product strategies and emerging trends for the coming year. With everything from R2D2 showing up outside the convention center, to meeting…Read More