“Anderson laughs easily and readily, often at himself. Make no mistake, he's a voluble Renaissance man who's fully aware of his accomplishments as a particle physicist (at Los Alamos National Lab) turned magazine chief (with The Economist and then Wired, which he edited for the past 12 years).
But he'd rather talk about how he's the dumbest guy in the room at 3D Robotics, a mushrooming year-old garage-based operation that — thanks to some $37 million in venture capital infusions — is poised to be a leader in the coming drone economy.
"Being a journalist and being a CEO are similar, because as a journalist you're writing about the do-ers, and as a CEO you're empowering them and taking delight in their success," says Anderson. "I'm the worst programmer and electrical engineer here. And I should be."”
Entrepreneur magazine lists 75 new franchise ideas started in last 5 years. They reflect our changing taste in foods, lifestyles etc including Bricks 4 Kids which offers “Lego-engineering classes, camps and parties” and Tide Dry Cleaners, Procter and Gamble’s foray into the service side of laundry.
You can connect with professionals with a range of skills. Kyle Kesterson, founder and CEO of Seattle-based animation startup Freak'n Genius, attended a Global Shapers retreat that included people from the worlds of technology, media, sports, engineering and the arts. In one session, participants listed their areas of expertise and discussed what they could do to help the others. "With such a high-performing group, it took up a whole board," he says.
Very nice special report in The Economist (sub required) = thanks to Dr. Russell Fricano for bringing to my attention
“Digital startups are bubbling up in an astonishing variety of services and products, penetrating every nook and cranny of the economy. They are reshaping entire industries and even changing the very notion of the firm. “Software is eating the world,” says Marc Andreessen, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist.
This digital feeding frenzy has given rise to a global movement. Most big cities, from Berlin and London to Singapore and Amman, now have a sizeable startup colony (“ecosystem”). Between them they are home to hundreds of startup schools (“accelerators”) and thousands of co-working spaces where caffeinated folk in their 20s and 30s toil hunched over their laptops. All these ecosystems are highly interconnected, which explains why internet entrepreneurs are a global crowd. Like medieval journeymen, they travel from city to city, laptop not hammer in hand. A few of them spend a semester with “Unreasonable at Sea”, an accelerator on a boat which cruises the world while its passengers code. “Anyone who writes code can become an entrepreneur—anywhere in the world,” says Simon Levene, a venture capitalist in London.”
Its range of investments is surprisingly broad. You'd expect Google Ventures to bet on business software, mobile apps, and gadgets like smart thermostat company Nest, which it has. But Foundation and SynapDx, which is developing a blood test for early detection of autism? Or Cool Energy Systems, which aims to produce fuels based on plant photosynthesis in a process that removes carbon from the atmosphere? It has also made bets in education, finance, and robotics companies that have nothing to do with search or Android. "Most of the world's innovation doesn't happen at Google," says David Drummond, Google's senior vice president of corporate development, who oversees Google Ventures. "We have the capability to use our money, our time, our effort, our expertise, our brain power, and the Google brand to help build great companies, that's a worthwhile thing to do."
A few years ago Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers realized that he needed to prepare a counterattack to the growing threat of software-defined networking, a new kind of technology that allowed companies to control networks using software, rather than the high-end routers and switches that Cisco built its name on
With billions of dollars in company coffers, Chambers could have acquired a startup to get in the game. He also could have asked some of the thousands of engineers employed by his company to tackle the project. Instead, he elected to persuade several semiretired Cisco executives to leave their lives of leisure and take on, as the archetypal plot of so many action films suggests, one last job.