Articles of Interest

What Kind of Thinker Are You?

November 23, 2015

We all aspire to work better together. Technology is making some of that effort easier. But digital tools are only part of the answer. It’s people who ultimately make the difference.

The problem is that technologies for collaboration are improving faster than people’s ability to learn to use them. What can be done to close that gap? A year ago we set out to find the answer, drawing on the collective experience of dozens of collaborative communities and learning organizations. Here’s what we found.

In most organizations, there’s a standard set of tools we use to form, lead, and manage teams. These include personality tests, skill profiles, and team roles. When you put a team together, you consider people’s personalities: are they an introvert or extrovert, risk-taker or risk-avoider, analytical or intuitive? You consider their skills: What is their specific area of talent, experience, or expertise? And you consider their potential role on the team: What will their contribution be to the team’s purpose?

Aspiring Entrepreneurs Make Their Pitch

September 22, 2015

The bus pulled into Southern Maryland Sept. 17 looking for pitchers. The lot wasn‘t filled with baseball scouts. The Startup Maryland folks were looking for budding entrepreneurs ready to pitch their business ideas. With stops at All American Harley Davidson in Hughesville and Elements Eatery in Lexington Park they got an interesting range of ideas from almost a dozen enterprising individuals.

NSWC commander inspires innovators at Unmanned Systems Integration Workshop and Technical Exchange

August 26, 2015

DAHLGREN, Va. – Army Staff Sgt. Joshua Burnett envisioned his career after retiring from the U.S. Army last year – start up a company to rapidly deploy life-saving ideas, solutions and technologies to warfighters.

Like many small business owners and entrepreneurs, however, he encountered a daunting Department of Defense acquisition process that could delay or prevent his vision from becoming reality.

Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Commander Rear Adm. Lorin Selby listened to Burnett, who was among DoD technologists, business executives, and educators who came to share their ideas, technology solutions, and concerns at NSWC Dahlgren Division’s second annual Unmanned Systems Integration Workshop and Technical Exchange Meeting, Aug. 19.

Here’s what makes 500 Startups’ latest batch the future of entrepreneurship

August 14, 2015

Sitting in the audience at the 13th batch of accelerator 500 Startups yesterday, something in my brain ticked. There was a difference to this batch that I couldn’t quite place, but it was palpable.

Then, I looked down at my notes and realized something: there was a significant number of female founders taking the stage and pitching companies. Perhaps more than I’d ever seen before from an accelerator in my time as a reporter.

I checked the facts, and it seemed to support my claim: according to a blog post from the accelerator, 500 Startups Batch 13 in Mountain View had 28 companies in total, and 46% of them have at least one woman on the founding team. To do some quick and easy math, at least 12 companies from the batch included at least one female founder on the team.

I inquired about the number, and was told by 500 Startups that Batch 13, “is the most diverse batch than any other when it comes to female/male ratio. ”

Dell Pushes UN To Adopt Entrepreneurship In Its New Global Development Agenda

August 6, 2015

If Dell CEO Michael Dell has his way, the next Mark Zuckerberg will not be born in the world technology capitol of Silicon Valley – rather, he might emerge from a developing economy beyond American borders, where an entrepreneurship ecosystem is still in its infancy.

On June 26, his company kicked off an“#entrepreneursUNite” campaign to promote entrepreneurship worldwide by adopting a provision, known as “Goal 8,” in the United Nations’ post-2015 development agenda: “Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.” As part of that goal, policymakers would support job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and stimulate the growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized businesses through increased access to capital.