3 Things I Learned Last Week 8.30.15

This week: Collisions that create innovation; Labor Board ruling; Wearables on the wane?

From Cels to Cells
Some of the greatest innovations occur when you transfer approaches from one industry to another. And an innovative breakthrough is exactly what occurred when a cell biologist decided to apply a technology used in film making to study the inner working of cells. Read more here . . .

What Does a Recent Landmark Labor Board Case Mean for Business?
The National Labor Relations Board handed down a 3-2 decision last week to redefine the employee-employer relationship, notably expanding the definition of joint employer status. Read more about how the ruling could impact your business.

Are Wearables Washed Up?
Have you tossed your fitness band, smart watch, and other wearables in a drawer and forgotten about them? If you have, you’re not the only one. After experiencing incredible demand in 2014, the market for wearable technology has seen a steady decline since January. Read more . . .

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3 Things I Learned Last Week 8.23.15

A language of whistles; Businesses and Christo Rey; Tax amnesty for Missouri businesses

Whistle While You Work . . . Or Play . . . Or Just Because It’s Convenient
A small town in Turkey with about 1,000 residents uses an ancient whistled language to communicate. Check out this link, which also includes translated audio so you can hear what the whistles mean.

Businesses Can Help Give Students a Leg Up
A private college-prep high school right here in Kansas City is helping urban students with limited opportunities to acquire work skills at the same time they study a traditional academic curriculum. Students at Cristo Rey Kansas City participate in a work-study program that allows them to finance most of the cost of their education, gain career skills, and develop business relationships. Businesses may participate in the program in a variety of ways. For more information, listen to my podcast interview tomorrow with Ted Koppen the director of Cristo Rey Kansas City’s Corporate Work Study Program or visit Christo Rey’s website.

Tax Break for Some Missouri Businesses
The State of Missouri has announced a tax amnesty program starting Sept. 1, 2015. Taxpayers, including businesses, with certain delinquencies can pay the taxes due without incurring penalties and interest. The program ends on Nov. 30, 2015. Visit the Missouri Department of Revenue website for more information about the program.

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3 Things I Learned Last Week 8.16.15

This week: Eraser Technology; Where in the World to Work; Startups and Job Creation

Interesting Facts About the Eraser
In the Digital Age, does anyone even use erasers? Have you ever thought about erasers as a technology? Maybe you should. Here are 10 interesting facts about the humble, unassuming eraser . . .

The Top 20 Countries Attracting Professional Workers
Would you consider moving to another country for a job? Some people do. Find out where the United States ranks on this list of Top 20 countries for professionals who have migrated to other countries for a job.

Startups and Job Creation Around the World
A new Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) paper reveals the trends among startup job creation in economies around the world. For example, did you know that the first two years of a startup’s activity appear to be the most crucial in determining the future of the firm? In fact, in most countries, startups that survive have a much higher average employment growth rate in their first two years. Find out more about what the report reveals.

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3 Things I Learned Last Week 8.9.15

This Week: Tired of regulations? Learn about the REINS Act of 2015; New BBQ Sauce Hits KC; The umbrella as an innovation

REINS Act Resurrects Congressional Accountability Act
Along with access to capital and affordable health care, burdensome regulations rank near the top of the list of business owners’ concerns. The REINS Act of 2015 would require that Congress approve all big federal agency regulations. This was actually a responsibility Congress once had, until delegating it to officials in nonelected agencies several years ago. Read more . . .

New KC Company Delivers an All-Natural Line of BBQ Sauces
KC Natural has introduced an all-natural line of BBQ sauces for health-conscious barbecue lovers. It is unveiling three new flavors – one of them, called Mastadon, uses a Paleo recipe. Imagine some Mastadon slathered on your side of ribs! Read more . . .

Rain, Rain, Go Away . . .
And if it doesn’t, use an umbrella! Sometimes we forget that we’re not the first ones to be “innovators.” Many of the everyday items we take for granted were big innovations for their time. Consider the history of the umbrella . . .

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3 Things I Learned Last Week 8.2.15

This week: Gmail takes a page from Mission Impossible; How B2B companies can get the most out of YouTube; Apple introducing reader-friendly voicemail?

Self-Destructing Messages?
A new Chrome plug-in called Dmail gives senders the ability to control how long their recipient can view the message. This feature is different from the Undo Send feature Gmail released recently, which simply delays the transmission of a message for up to 30 seconds and the sender can Undo it during that time with the recipient never receiving it. Dmail allows senders to actually send the message but give the recipient a selected amount of time to view it before it self-destructs. Read more . . .

How to Make YouTube Work for B2B
Did you know that YouTube is the second largest search engine, ranking behind its parent company Google? If you’re a B2B business, you’re missing out if you aren’t using this tool. Shelly Kramer, owner of V3B Marketing, has written a great article explaining the ins and outs for putting your best business foot forward on YouTube.

Will Apple’s Lastest Update Take the Drudgery Out of Checking Voicemail?
Apple is currently testing a service that uses Siri to transcribe voicemail messages and send you the text. Read more . . .

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3 Things I Learned Last Week 7.19.15

This week: Small Clean Tech Innovators: There May Be Voucher Dollars Waiting for You; How Well Do Wearables Work?; The Next Generation of Talking Cars

Small Clean Tech Innovators Target of DOE Initiative
The Department of Energy has announced a federal $20 million initiative aimed at small businesses developing  clean energy tech for advanced manufacturing, buildings, vehicles, wind, water, bioenergy, fuel cells, geothermal and solar. The program is part of an effort to grow the clean energy sector. Read more . . .

Are Fitbits Keeping Us Fit?
One in 5 Americans owns a wearable device. Are they really accurate though — and are they keeping us fit ? Read more . . .

A Car That Talks Back?
It may not be that far off. A new voice interface may soon make it possible for drivers to have a “dialog” with your car. Could be a help to some, but as someone who’s not a “morning” person, the last thing I want to do on my way to work is talk to the dashboard. Read more . . .

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3 Things I Learned Last Week 7.12.15

This week: Browser tips and tricks; how much $1 is worth in each state; showing your favorite friends on your Facebook feed

Tabs, Pins and Zooms
Do you know how to “pin” tabs, or browse privately? Learn several browser tips and tricks that can help you stay organized and secure.

Is $1 Always Worth 100 Cents?
Not really. In some states it’s worth more; in others, it’s worth far less. Find out where your state ranks.

Facebook Gives You Option to See More Posts From Your Favorite Friends
You can now customize your newsfeed on Facebook to show posts from your favorite friends on top, before any other posts appear in your stream. You can also more easily discover pages you may want to like and personalize your newsfeed in other ways.

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