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By: Ken Stier
After three tours of duty in Iraq as an Army medic, Will White came back stateside with a business idea.
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April 24, 2014
After three tours of duty in Iraq as an Army medic, Will White came back stateside with a business idea.
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April 24, 2014
Numerous examples from history show that sometimes the greatest breakthroughs happen by accident
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April 23, 2014
When we think of Big Data, we don't always think of forests. But one government agency routinely cranks out massive amounts of information about our nation's trees.
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April 23, 2014
What's a wiki? A catalyst for innovation.
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April 16, 2014

Google Now is the future of data. The company’s already catalogued the world and placed it in our hands. It's now giving us the information we want, when we want it. Google Now is so ubiquitous that we almost miss just how impactful the technology is—and how much it tells us about where our world is heading.

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April 14, 2014

The road to innovation is littered with obstacles, and continuing on the path takes more than just a good idea; it demands perseverance and passion. Yet, from what does this drive stem? Looking to examples where data-based insights led to breakthrough innovations (such as Dr.

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April 11, 2014

Whenever a concept or topic breaks into the mainstream, there is a tendency for public and media discussion to oversimplify it. This is true in the case of Big Data, which is widely mentioned but remains poorly defined and understood. 

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April 9, 2014

Tech hubs are blossoming in America's big metros. Not just in Silicon Valley, but in New York City and Boston too. Richard Florida's new "Startup City" report shows tech firms and venture capital "shifting back to the great urban centers."

This growth is great. But what about the rest of America? Surely there must be innovation bubbling up there. And if it is, financial capital should follow.

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April 8, 2014

Elizabeth Holmes took a huge risk when she dropped out of Stanford to start her own company, but it was a risk worth taking. 

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April 5, 2014

All the excitement over the age of “Big Data” sometimes seems to champion numbers and raw information as the source of world-changing innovations. The thing is, data on its own does nothing. It is the people who take an insight gleaned through data and run with it through all the frustrating hurdles of the innovation process that turn a sound insight into a viable, groundbreaking application.

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April 5, 2014

We live in an ever-growing ocean of data. Our networked world is a data-producing machine, and increasingly businesses and governments are recognizing the great potential for groundbreaking innovation stemming this much-championed “Big Data.” Yet, innovations do not on their own bubble out of all this information. How exactly does data drive innovation and what are the tools that enable us to harness that data? 

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April 3, 2014

On March 4, more than 500 leaders gathered for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and United Nations’ International Women’s Day forum held at the United Nations. This annual conference discusses the private sector’s role in economically empowering women around the world. Surprisingly, a new star arose that day: data.

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March 27, 2014

You could say that innovating using Big Data requires looking for love in all the wrong places—and when you find that something to love, persevering through thick and thin to make it take hold for everyone’s mutual benefit.

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March 25, 2014

Odds are, if you’re reading this, you live in a city or its metro area. More than 80% of Americans live in cities, and urban population growth is outpacing overall U.S. population growth. With so many people crowding into U.S. cities, government leaders, academics, scientists and others are always looking for innovative approaches for making urban living better.

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March 24, 2014

The great need for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in this country has been clear for years. From the school house to the White House, America’s leaders, businesses, and teachers have emphasized the growing skills gap that leaves U.S. companies without the high-tech talent they need. With STEM jobs growing rapidly and STEM skills not growing fast enough, the implications for the Big Data revolution are concerning. 

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March 20, 2014

Catherine Rampell's bitingly witty new WaPo column argues that public and private sectors should both "put data to good use." I agree with that point, but disagree when she says that this isn’t happening. The truth is that the private sector already uses data for good.

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March 13, 2014

Farming is hard work – really hard. It’s not just the backbreaking labor and long hours. Farmers are some of the private sector’s biggest risk takers. Each season, they invest hundreds of thousands of dollars before a seed ever touches the soil, and come harvest time, there is no guarantee they will be in the black. There are so many variables involved – from weather patterns to soil composition to consumer demands – that you might call successful farming as much an art as a science. It can also be a gamble.

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March 12, 2014

In the latest Bloomberg Businessweek, we see Big Data politics come full circle. Before 2012, it was the private sector’s ideas fueling data-driven campaigning. Now we see the Obama campaign’s Big Data brain, Dan Wagner, helping organizations tap into data’s potential.

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February 18, 2014

Open Data Now is the first complete book on Open Data. For that fact alone author Joel Gurin has offered a tremendous resource on this fast-growing field. He takes readers on a guided tour of all the manic energy transforming Open Data in nearly every sector. Startups and innovators emerge from each page to tell the story of an economy and society transformed. 

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February 10, 2014

You’ve been robbed. Your great-grandmother’s wedding ring that has been in your family for four generations is gone and your brand new flat-screen television is missing. The police have no leads on who the burglar was, and the chances of seeing your valuables again seem slim. What would you say if there was a way to better your chances of recovering your possessions? 

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