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Study Abroad Ain’t What It Used to Be

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It’s hard to believe that 20 years ago Ana Gordon Volpi and I were both in the middle of our semester abroad in Israel, she in the hills of Jerusalem at Hebrew University and me soaking up the Mediterranean sun at Tel Aviv University. Right about now I had just showed up at Ana’s apartment […]

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Why Do We Still Have Snow Days? The Case for LFH.

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It’s been a rough patch of winter in New England, with school closing for 2+ days at a time after getting feet of snow dumped on us. While there are plenty of reasons to argue that schools don’t need to be closed the day AFTER a storm, a more important argument is why is the […]

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Survey Says: Solutions are the Future

Customers are demanding solutions, and the numbers back it up. But are organizations well positioned to provide them? Many companies have already, are in the process of, or are considering shifting their business offerings to “solutions” versus just providing products and/or services. Tovana Consulting recently assisted Solutions Insights — one of the leading consulting firms […]

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The REAL Threat of the Aereo Decision for Start-ups

Aereo’s Saturday morning disappearing act may give potential customers pause when considering new solutions. When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last week that Aereo’s streaming service and cloud-based DVR was violating broadcast companies’ copyrights, Aereo’s CEO Chet Kanojia started railing against the decision, claiming that it “is a massive setback for the American consumer” and […]

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When Paint is a Barrier to Adoption

Sometimes it’s the little things that keep people from getting on-board with new solutions. This week Honeywell announced its latest foray into the “smart” thermostat market, the Lyric. From the design, there is absolutely no question they are trying to compete with Nest, the sexy startup founded by ex-Apple designers and acquired by Google for […]

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7 ‘Flash Boys’ Quotes Interpreted

Flash Boys is the most recent book from Michael Lewis, who is one of the best in the business at taking a complicated story and making it a fast-paced and engaging read. Here are some quotes that jumped out at me while reading the book, and my interpretation of how they can relate to work […]

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5 Observations from the Meeker Report

Everyone in the tech press is in a tizzy over the latest opus from Mary Meeker, Internet sage that is on the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers payroll. Here are a few of the interesting things I extrapolated from the massive presentation… A Mobile Misnomer? Sure, more people in the developing markets are accessing the […]

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A Few Parting Thoughts on Nokia Mobile Phones

This week is the first one in several decades where Nokia is no longer selling mobile phones, having sold that part of the business off to Microsoft for a fraction of its former market cap. Although it has been nearly a decade since I got my walking papers from my Finnish friends (to be fair, […]

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