SimpleGeo has placed 20 million locations for "places" in the public domain to drive developers of location-based service apps. The thing is that data, combined with location-tracking smartphones, could spark unsavory uses too.
I've studied history's most creative strategists--from Napoleon Bonaparte to John Boyd--and compared their thinking habits with those of their modern peers--Grameen Bank founder Mohammad Yunus or Tesla CEO Elon Musk. I have found five thinking habits that stand out.
While thinking about the past year, I pulled together a collection of all the blogs I wrote in 2010. Looking back at the posts that generated the most responses in 2010, I began to get a sense of what 2011 might hold in store.
We see over and over that companies that
are thriving are pursuing something good. While many traditional
companies try to paint themselves “good,” under a thin veneer they
maintain near exclusive commitment to growing short-term shareholder
value. While many “good” organizations try to make a profit, they
remain rooted in a traditional non-profit mentality.
When something works, people
grow fixated on it. They stop looking for alternative options. And this
fixation creates an opportunity for those willing to reconsider the accepted
approach. The company I introduced last week, Rosetta Stone (RST), hasn’t been
satisfied with the fact that its products work. Instead, it continues to
challenge the norm.