Get Your Passion Project Moving Without Quitting Your Day Job – via HBR

Great & inspiring reading for all Entrepreneurs!!

What the Experts Say: Knowing where your professional passions lie puts “you in a good position”

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An idea is certainly a promising start, but executing it while holding down a busy fulltime job is undoubtedly a challenge. “You’ve nailed the one percent inspiration, now it’s time for the 99% perspiration,”

“If you are committed to making it happen, there are ways,” says Clark. So, whether you want to start a company that could become The Next Big Thing or you have a hobby that you’d like to spend more time on, here are some ideas to get your idea up and running….

 

Be brave
 “Following your passion might seem daunting, but if you’ve planned your transition well, you’re not taking a heedless risk.” Instead, you’re making an “investment in your happiness and in your future.”

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This Drone Can Save Lives And Fly Indoors Without Crashing Constantly – via Techcrunch

The cage is held in place by a multi-axis gimbal system (thus the “GimBall” name), allowing the cage to rotate and roll indepedently of the propeller/camera rig at its core.

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Surrounding the GimBall’s drone core is a spherical cage which serves three purposes: letting it roll along the wall or ceiling, keeping the device’s propellers away from your skin, and absorbing shock to keep the device in the air.

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This is a must watch Video! The Future of the Internet and Digital Economy – Davos

The Future of Internet and the impact of the ongoing digital revolution on the Economic Global growth.

Inspiring panel at the World Economic Forumn in Davos with Chiefs of Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Vodafone who are leading the revolution talking about how people’s life is changing driven by “data” push!

Here the link to the video

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Google’s Project Ara pilot will be launched in Puerto Rico later this year

Another great innovation which will revolutionize the traditional concept of the “Mobile Phone”.

Before 2007 the Mobile phone was static: its features embedded by manufacturers and few software capabilities upgraded  on yearly basis!

Then the revolution of the Apps world made services provided by smartphone fully dynamic and fitting at any time any user needs with just a click : “There is even an app for that”!, so they say.

Now, the only part of the Smartphone which was supposed to stay the same for entire smartphone’s lifetime, the hardware, is going to be replaceable, configurable at any time … soon we may say “There even a module for that!”

Google’s Project Ara phone looks like it could be REALLY customizable.

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HP and Intel Join Forces for Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printing – via 3D Printing Industry

“HP Multi Jet Fusion is uniquely designed to resolve fundamental limitations in today’s 3D printing technologies with the potential to revolutionize manufacturing. In order for 3D printing to reach its full potential, we not only need the most powerful processors, but a technology partner with a shared vision for the industry.

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There is little doubt that Sprout is awesome. And, as a reality enthusiast, HP’s Blended Reality, brought about by Multi Jet Fusion, is something to be excited and terrified about.  Powered by Intel, all of the above, will prove that the 3D printing industry of 2015 will be a whole new ball game.

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Manufacturing Reboots Talent Engine In A New Age Of Digital Disruption – via Techcrunch

Whether a company makes clothing, household cleaning products, cars, healthcare or nearly anything else, it needs people with the right skills. Like other businesses, today’s manufacturers are going digital; operating in an era of change and volatility that has made flexibility critical to their success.

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[…] Companies need to place a greater emphasis on defining what skills their organization needs. These requirements can include any combination of technical expertise, professional certifications, previous work experience and so-called “soft skills,” including communications and leadership skills.

However, it is important for companies to remain realistic throughout this process and consider that it may not be possible for one candidate to possess all of the skills they are seeking. In that case, it may be more important to identify reliable, hardworking, inquisitive people who demonstrate a work ethic, willingness to learn and the flexibility to adapt in a changing work environment.

Once companies have a firm sense of the skills they desire, there are two main ways to go about cultivating talent: Tap the power of an organization’s existing workforce and build those skills from within, or develop new talent externally with a trusted network of partners.

Of course, developing skills, whether internally or externally, requires a company to make a significant investment. The skills gap took years to emerge and it will not be fixed overnight.

Addressing the situation is important. Disrupters play the stronger offensive game in today’s volatile business environment. Talent can play an important role in helping companies execute that offensive strategy. But only with the right skills for a new business reality on the offensive team can a company swiftly respond to changes as they arise in today’s global business world.

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Polyes Q1 Pen Begins Writing 3D Printing

Polyes Q1, the first photoactive resin-based 3D printing pen, which uses Nobel Prize winning blue light LED technology to cure colored resins and allow for 3D drawing.

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The “next generation” 3D printing pen is meeting the approval of fans all over the world, and rightly so. Compared to current 3D pen technologies, such as the hugely successful 3Doodler, the Polyes has no heated parts, needs to perform no extrusion and only uses skin safe, cool, resin that can be cured by a light that is not dangerous to the eyes. The pen also has a series of safety switches to make sure that it does not present a danger of any kind and is suited for children.

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The digital enterprise – via McKinsey&Company

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Digital business models have become essential for companies across a range of industries. With social networks and e-commerce websites setting new benchmarks for speed, agility, and user-friendliness, consumers expect similar online performance from banks, retailers, and telecommunications companies.

Attackers born in the digital age give consumers what they want, but many older companies struggle to meet customer expectations. For them, going digital is now a prerequisite for surviving and thriving.

Success requires strong capabilities in four areas.

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Amazon Asks FAA for Permission to Test Drones – via WSJ

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Amazon formally requested permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to start testing drones, an important step toward the online retail giant’s goal to use the devices to deliver packages.

Amazon first unveiled the plans in December, dubbing the proposed service Amazon Prime Air and saying drones would eventually be able to deliver small packages to customers in less than 30 minutes.

In its petition to the FAA, posted Thursday, Amazon said it is now on its eighth- and ninth-generation drone prototypes, including some that can travel more than 50 miles an hour and carry 5-pound packages, which would cover 86% of products it sells.

He added, “One day, seeing Amazon Prime Air will be as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road today.”

However, in a 2012 law, Congress gave the FAA the authority to grant expedited exemptions for some unmanned aircraft. […]  the agency was only considering exemptions for drones used for filmmaking, agriculture and inspections of infrastructure and energy plants.

In its request, Amazon says that it would limit its use of drones to “a confined area over isolated Amazon private property,” away from airports, densely populated areas and military installations.

The company argues that granting its request will allow it to “do nothing more than what thousands of hobbyists and manufacturers of model aircraft do every day,” a common argument of commercial-drone advocates.

There is other evidence that Amazon is serious about drone deliveries.

The company has at least six jobs posted on its careers website that are focused on developing Prime Air, including a project manager, a spokesman, a software engineer and a patent lawyer. All the jobs are in Seattle, except the software engineer, which is in San Francisco.

In some of the job descriptions, the company says, “You will work hard, have fun, and of course, make history!”

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INTERNET OF THINGS: SCIENCE FICTION OR BUSINESS FACT? – via HBR

verizon iot hbrThere is a lot of hype surrounding how the Internet of Things (IoT) could help revolutionize organizations and markets.

Harvard Business Review Analytic Services surveyed 269 early adopters from around the
globe to find out more about the benefits and challenges of implementing IoT

“IoT has the potential to transform the way companies make products, track goods and assets, monitor performance, provide security, and deliver services to customers.”

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