In a time where tuition costs are rising, and technology is quickly disrupting major industries, many entrepreneurs are wondering why innovation hasn't driven down the cost.
The Gates Foundation is investing heavily in education technology. It recently announced that it has invested $100 million in startup inBloom, a service that helps teachers tailor lessons to individual students.
Suddenly, everyone in the web design industry are talking about "responsive architecture".
Question is obvious: should I move my website there?
Yes, you should. Basically, because it eliminates the need for a different design and development phase for each new gadget on the market.
Responsive web design is the approach that suggests that design and development should respond to the user's behavior and environment based on screen size, platform and orientation. As the user switches from their laptop to iPad, the website should automatically switch to accommodate for resolution, image size and scripting abilities.
Technically, the practice consists of a mix of flexible grids and layouts, images and an intelligent use of CSSmedia queries.
Snapchat is a communication platform built as an app that lets people send messages that disappear after they are viewed.
More than 60 million photos or messages are sent each day through this app. It has attracted over 3.5 million users.
The app's appeal is that sharing moments cannot live forever on the Internet –better if they self-destruct.
This Los Angeles-based start up recently raised $13.5 million in venture financing, although it does not currently generate any revenue.
Its founders envision a future where the company could partner with brands or advertisers that want to show certain Snapchat users a glimpse of a new device, a preview of a new movie, a sneak peak of an upcoming line of clothing or a coupon that expires soon.
Many companies are looking for freelance or contract employees of all sorts.
According to Freelancer.com, which lists more than a million freelance projects on its site, the most in-demand freelance services are: data entry, academic writing, Excel projects, data processing, Web search and Facebook-based jobs.
Don't think freelancing isn't a business. It can be built a whole company around providing freelance services.
At Freelancer.com hourly rates start at $30 an hour and strech into the hundreds.
For unemployed young people in countries in deep recession like Spain –where I was born– is an opportunity.
At a musical songs-filled ceremony, Hollywood's Academy Awards gave its top honor to Ben Affleck's "Argo". "Les Miserables" joined "Argo" in taking three awards. "Life of Pi" won four trophies, and Tarantino's "Django Unchained" was honored with two.
A must-see moment?
Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway –awarded for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Fantine– lead a performance from the cast of Les Miserables. The actors were joined by their co-stars Russel Crow, Amanda Seyfried, Eddid Redmayne, Samantha Barks, Aaron Tveit, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Helena Bonham Carter.
Watch the Les Miserables segment at the 5:45 mark in the video above.
As everyone else I have my favourites for the Oscar's night: Les Miserables and Argo.
In my view Les Miserables is one of the greatest films ever made. An absolutely masterpiece. Amazing actors and acting, script, screenwriting, filmography, photography, music performance (the recording was live!), soundtrack, dressing, make up... It reaches perfection.
You will regret if you miss it. I saw it twice, bought the soundtrack in iTunes and will buy the BlueRay.
However, before you watch it, please do your homework and read about Victor Hugo's novel –Wikipedia is a good start. It is key to know in advance the significance of each scene in order to understand the musical numbers.
"In technology, either you cannibalize yourself or someone else is going to do it."
I get this quote from EBay's CEO John Donaho. I would add: this is the nature of innovation.
In an interview with Charlie Rose in Bloomberg Businessweek, Mr. Donahoe explains that instead of facing resistance EBay takes the tough medicine and labels a turnaround. It allows to focus on fixing the fundamentals of the businesses.
"I worry about disruption every day, That's what spurs you to do innovation. The big change we're seeing with PayPal is driven by mobile devices. They've blurred, if not obliterated, the lines between online and offline, between what used to be called e-commerce and what's now called retail. Customers feel they have a mall in their hands now...".
Quick thought about the importance of becoming digitally literate which I expressed in a recent consultancy for a business leader.
It is projected three billion people connected to the Internet by the end of 2015, and four billion by the end of 2020. It is said that by 2015 there will be approximately 15 billion connected devices in the world.
(However, what we don't know wheter Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin or any one of the other 500 popular social networks will be around in few years. Social media networks are in their infancy.)
So, in this Information Age question is what businesses and professionals must do either to prosperor survive.
The world of communication is 100 percent digital. And it is clear to me that becoming digitally skillful is a priority to become competitive and employable.
Right now any hiring manager in the connected world checks you out on Google, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter before considering you for a position. Make no mistake, this reality will only increse.