Infographic: Coworking Desks Accelerate Business

Originally posted on KAP. Design Blog:

Coworking Infographic by KAP Design

‘Coworking Desks Accelerate Business’ infographic by KAP Design. Click image to view larger.

In partnership with ThreeFortyNine Coworking, KAP created this comparative infographic to visually explain the case for leaving your home office and the coffee shop for a coworking desk.

To compare a coworking desk with the other scenarios, we created key business accelerator pictograms and identified them in each of the three working environments. The pictograms are colored coded according to their impact on business and tallied to create a business acceleration score.

Heavy on illustration and delivered with tongue-slightly-in-cheek, this infographic gets the message across in an engaging package. The visual narrative is supported by coworking statistics from deskmag.com. See the coworking scenario concept sketch below.

'Coworking Scenario Sketch' by KAP Design

‘Coworking Scenario Concept Sketch’ by KAP Design. Click to view larger.

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Governing the Smart, Connected City

Originally posted on HBR Blog Network - Harvard Business Review:

As politics at the federal level becomes increasingly corrosive and polarized, with trust in Congress and the President at historic lows, Americans still celebrate their cities. And cities are where the action is when it comes to using technology to thicken the mesh of civic goods — more and more cities are using data to animate and inform interactions between government and citizens to improve wellbeing.

Every day, I learn about some new civic improvement that will become possible when we can assume the presence of ubiquitous, cheap, and unlimited data connectivity in cities. Some of these are made possible by the proliferation of smartphones; others rely on the increasing number of internet-connected sensors embedded in the built environment. In both cases, the constant is data. (My new book, The Responsive City, written with co-author Stephen Goldsmith, tells stories from Chicago, Boston, New York City and elsewhere about recent developments along…

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CROWDFUNDING: THE REAL AND THE ILLUSORY EXEMPTION

Author: Jason W. Parsont

Crowdfunding is commonly defined as raising small amounts of capital from a large number of people over the Internet. To avoid the expense of securities regulation, companies often crowdfund by giving away rewards (such as a free t-shirt) instead of selling stock or other securities. In April 2012, Title III of the JOBS Act sought to change this status quo by directing the Securities and Ex- change Commission (SEC) to facilitate securities-based crowdfunding through websites like Kickstarter. Congress and the President believed this would broaden access to sidelined capital and help companies grow and hire. But this “retail crowdfunding” exemption, open to all investors, was not the only means of crowdfunding in the bill. A last minute compromise, which has been largely overlooked, expanded the ability of issuers to use the private placement exemption, as revised in new Rule 506(c), to crowdfund from accredited investors. This “accredited crowdfunding” exemption provides a less regulated capital-raising alternative to retail crowdfunding that is available to the same companies and more.

This article is the first to examine the impact that accredited crowdfunding will have on retail crowdfunding. It claims that accredited crowdfunding is likely to dominate and, depending on SEC action, could render retail crowdfunding superfluous or a market for lemons. But it also claims that accredited crowdfunding—when compared to traditional private placements—may face a similar lemons problem over the longer term on account of rules that discourage investors from fending for themselves. These potential problems threaten to under- mine the social welfare goals of the JOBS Act: increasing access to capital, spurring business growth, and creating jobs. But the SEC can minimize these problems and promote social welfare by strengthening the bargaining incentives of accredited investors and encouraging retail investors to piggyback off of ac- credited investors’ work. The normative section of this Article provides targeted recommendations that balance the need for capital formation against a novel incentives-based theory of investor protection.

See more: http://www.hblr.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/4.2-6.-Parsont-Crowdfunding.pdf

Credit: The Harvard Business Law Review (HBLR)

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What You Eat Affects Your Productivity

Originally posted on HBR Blog Network - Harvard Business Review:

Think back to your most productive workday in the past week. Now ask yourself: On that afternoon, what did you have for lunch?

When we think about the factors that contribute to workplace performance, we rarely give much consideration to food. For those of us battling to stay on top of emails, meetings, and deadlines, food is simply fuel.

But as it turns out, this analogy is misleading. The foods we eat affect us more than we realize. With fuel, you can reliably expect the same performance from your car no matter what brand of unleaded you put in your tank. Food is different. Imagine a world where filling up at Mobil meant avoiding all traffic and using BP meant driving no faster than 20 miles an hour. Would you then be so cavalier about where you purchased your gas?

Food has a direct impact on our cognitive performance, which…

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At Amazon, It’s All About Cash Flow

Originally posted on HBR Blog Network - Harvard Business Review:

In a few days, Amazon will report its quarterly earnings. If recent quarters are any indication, there will be a lot of worried talk before and after the announcement about the company’s minuscule or perhaps even negative profits. If its stock price continues to slide downward, the story will probably be that investors are losing patience with Amazon’s persistently low profit margins.

Maybe that’s true. Why stock prices do what they do over the short term is an enduring mystery, and I’m not going to claim to solve it here. But given that the company’s profit margins have never been much to look at, it’s a little hard to understand why that would suddenly be a big deal now.

The far more interesting things in Amazon’s earnings releases, it turns out, can be found on the cash flow statement. Here, for example, are the company’s net income and cash…

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The Internet of Things Is More than Just a Bunch of Refrigerators

Originally posted on HBR Blog Network - Harvard Business Review:

The Internet of Things is definitely becoming a Thing, in the same way that big data’s a Thing or the sharing economy’s a Thing. And the thing about a thing that becomes a Thing is, it’s easy to lose sight of the things that made it a thing before everyone declared it the Next Big Thing that will change everything.

Got it? Good. We’ll start there. With the hype over the Internet of Things behind us. Because whether or not it’s a Thing, the internet of things is already a lot of things. Here’s a look at a tiny, tiny slice of it:

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Those are a couple of dozen air quality sensors located around Boston, as documented by Thingful, a search engine for publicly available Internet of Things things (including sharks!). Click on a dot to get real-time information on air quality in the area. That alone may…

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Xiaomi, Not Apple, Is Changing the Smartphone Industry

Harvard Business Review:

“On average, a new version of a phone is launched every 265 days in the industry – down from 345 days in 2009.”

Originally posted on HBR Blog Network - Harvard Business Review:

Determining which customer to target first is one of the most critical decisions in the entrepreneurial process.  Customers that are relatively less risky and more predictable can make it easier for new to firms gain a market foothold. One such set of customers is the nascent middle class in emerging economies.

Why? First, as their financial situation improves they are anxious to buy new things. Not quite able to afford the top brands, they’re nevertheless willing to pay a little more for something they perceive might be close. Second, because they can’t yet afford the high-margin top brands, they’re not all that attractive to incumbents worried about generating enough cash to cover their high fixed and variable costs. So they exist in a sweet spot from an entrepreneur’s point of view: rich and numerous enough to fuel a start-up’s growth and also poor enough not to spur incumbents to respond.

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Announcing the Venture Scanner Pulse Metric

Originally posted on Venture Scanner Insights:

One of the top requests from you, our community, is to be able to quickly get a sense for how companies within categories stack up against one another. It is very common for some categories, like Automotive Telematics, Social Media Marketing, and Consumer Lending, to have over 100 companies within them. This makes identifying the short list of companies to meet with and vet for business partnerships a very arduous task.

Today we are excited to announce the launch of the Venture Scanner pulse metric. True to our mission of combining analyst insights with data, we are launching two pulse metrics for companies, the Analyst Pulse and the Data Pulse.

  • Analyst Pulse: An analyst’s assessment of a company’s health as measured by product-market fit, adoption, and business model traction.
  • Data Pulse: An assessment of a company’s health that is derived programmatically through Venture Scanner’s algorithms with input…

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