Why baby boomers & Millennials are creating a leadership vacuum

There’s a leadership vacuuming looming over American companies and most of them aren’t prepared. Baby boomers are set to retire in droves – 10,000 turn 65 each day and will continue to do so for the next 15 years, according to a study. That wouldn’t be a problem if there were qualified candidates to succeed them in the leadership roles,  but there aren’t. The study goes on to show that just 11% of people worldwide want to be executives. Nearly 46% of the companies surveyed reported “leadership” was the hardest skill to find in an employee. Thus, creating a leadership vacuum for the times to come. Read More>>

Young People Need to Know Entrepreneurship Is Hard

The proportion of high school students saying they’d like to start a business declined over the course of a summer program, according to research from New York University. 91% of the participants of the program indicated they would like to own a business. But then they learned how much time it takes to run one — and the difficulties of managing one. And then there’s the risk. Hence, students opted to rather work for a company versus become an entrepreneur and try to start from the bottom because it takes a lot of hard work and it’s also work that might not pay off. After completing the program, the proportion of students saying they’d like to start a business was down to 85%. Read More>>

Researcher investigates “creepiness factor” in online targeted ads

The practice of tailoring ads to individuals is so prevalent because online marketers are relying on older research about the effectiveness of tailored ads and failing to consider how newer technologies can keep detailed tabs on a specific consumer’s activity. That combination has led to “creepy” advertising.

A recent study suggests that these online advertisements target users based on their web browsing habits and other personal information which have a negative impact on the person’s intent to purchase the product. But the fact that users find this practice creepy runs counter to conventional wisdom among online marketing professionals. Read More>>

She’s 66 And Finally Getting Electricity. Bring On The Ice Cream!

Haiti can’t survive on philanthropy alone. So instead of giving people electricity alone, one entrepreneur is selling it to them for a profit. For one village, that means finally having cold treats such as ice creams.  The people need a thriving economy where businesses flourish and jobs are created, in order to contribute to the growth of the country. 
Haiti has long been dubbed by the Republic of NGOs because of its heavy reliance on foreign donors and international charities. But charities come to the village and end up leaving when they run out of volunteers or money.Not only will the electricity boost living standards and help satisfy the thirst for cold drinks, it’ll also spark the stagnant economy. Read More>>

A Startup’s Plans for a New Social Reality

While we know what social networks are like on the Web and in apps,  a startup called AltspaceVR started pondering about what it would be like in virtual reality to connect with each other in a simulated world. AltspaceVR is building social virtual environments, ranging from a Japanese-style garden to an amphitheater to a dark, sleek lounge. The hope is that headset-wearing users will hang out together in these places in the form of avatars that display real body language thanks to motion sensors, and do things like watching movies, playing games, or shopping together using a shared virtual Web browser. Read More>>

Power Your Creative Thinking With the 4 Lenses of Innovation

Rowan Gibson, one of the world’s foremost thought leaders and authors on business innovation and his latest deals with a power tool for creative thinking that gives insights on the 4 lenses of innovation. This interesting read fascinates with the stories behind history’s greatest breakthroughs and inventions. There are many examples of people who stand up and say there is a better way. Perhaps that child with a rebellious streak may have a great future after all. Such as Richard Branson who had been a rebel at school and eventually dropped out at age 16—going on to create Virgin Records, The 4 lenses include Challenging Orthodoxies, Harnessing Trends, Leveraging Resources, Understanding Needs. Read More>>

For These Entrepreneurs, the Dream Job Was Finding Jobs for Others

The nervousness of starting a new job or launching a business of your own is the most anticipated feeling. This notion particularly applies to college students finding their way into the real world in order to establish themselves. Liz Wessel and JJ Fliegelman, the co-founders of the quickly growing Campus Job, have created a platform for students seeking part-time work and internships, as they know this feeling very well. Campus Job hosts all kinds of part-time jobs and internships — everything from coffee shop barista to DJ to graphic designer. The founders urge students to do something that they are unbelievably passionate about as this can become their life very quickly if they’re doing it the right way. Read More>>

Destroyed Mosul artefacts to be rebuilt in 3D

Researchers from the ITN-DCH, IAPP and 4D-CH-WORLD projects have launched Project MOSUL. This project is aimed to virtually restore damaged artifacts and make them accessible from virtual museums. The project hopes to use photographs, digital or scans of analogues, to reconstruct the artifacts and create digital surrogates of those artifacts. This provides two immediate benefits: helping to identify looted items and recreating destroyed items. Read More>>

Bringing Internet To The Far Corners Of The Earth

Google, in an effort to expand internet, has launched a new way to connect people. This new approach involves hot air balloons.

Google is building hot air balloons that float in the sky. Only instead of carrying people, they carry wireless routers. The balloons fly up about twice as high as a plane, and they have to withstand temperatures as low as negative 120 degrees Fahrenheit and as high as 80 degrees. This new project is named project loom. Read More>>