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This CEO banned his first employees from living more than 15 minutes from work
by Matt McFarland

“If you value time away from work or would like to strike a better work-life balance, [a start-up] may not be for you,” said Bhaskar Chakravorti, a dean of international business at Tufts University. “On the other hand, if working intensely and insanely long with a small tight group of like-minded people mobilized around an exciting start-up idea gets you excited — go for a company that tries to get people to live close by.”

Read the full article on Alibaba and Jack Ma, with quotes from Dean Chakravorti, in The Washington Post

3 ways in which a 3D printer may one day save your life

Lucy Boucher’s big story is only a tiny part of a revolution in the making. While the nascent industry is struggling — “the 3D emperor has no clothes and is unable to print his own,” sniffed The Motley Fool — the medical uses of 3D technology could be the killer app that, ironically, saves lives and saves the industry.

Read the full op-ed from Dean Chakravorti in the Washington Post

Why Twitter’s best days may be behind it

Twitter is in a state of crisis. The stock has tanked since co-founder Jack Dorsey returned as chief executive. Four of 10 top executives just left. With takeover rumors swirling Dorsey must think outside the box and reinvent the one-time darling of social media.

Read the full op-ed from Dean Chakravorti in the Washington Post

David Bowie taught me everything I need to know about innovation

Growing up in India, with neither iTunes nor YouTube, I was raised on a music diet of the old-fashioned essentials that played on the radio — the Beatles, the Stones, Bob Dylan. Our extreme boundaries were set by the likes of Jethro Tull and Led Zeppelin. And when we truly wanted to take a trip to outer space, there was David Bowie. If “innovation” were a person, he or she would have looked like David Bowie.

Read the full op-ed from Dean Chakravorti in The Washington Post

The 5 ways innovations fail at CES

The drumbeat heralding the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was once again deafening.  Ever since the VCR, introduced in 1970, by Phillips, put CES on the map, it was clear that what happens every January in Las Vegas may not stay in Vegas; it could penetrate every aspect our lives.

That said, for every hit out of CES, there are hundreds of duds – even after they win awards and accolades. I find that the annual electronic extravaganza teaches us less about how innovations succeed, but more about how innovations fail. The insights into why they fail can help us navigate past the most common traps.

Read the full op-ed from Dean Chakravorti in The Washington Post

Why I’m optimistic on climate change despite the impossible goals of the Paris talks

Only a few days into the UN climate summit, and it is already time to sing the Paris blues. The path to Paris was, unfortunately, paved with pessimism and imperfect accords: Rio, Kyoto, Copenhagen. In the meantime, carbon dioxide in the air has increased, raising the world’s average temperature by one degree Celsius relative to pre-industrial times.

Read the full op-ed from Dean Chakravorti at The Washington Post

The problem with the endless discussion of disruptive innovation

While the innovation industry may be experiencing a golden age, according to several measures, the ideas industry for innovation may be in a state of crisis. We know we are in trouble, when the ideas industry gets embroiled in discussing itself rather than developing fresh approaches for innovative problem-solving.

Read the full op-ed from Dean Chakravorti in The Washington Post

Car Wars: Can the phantom menace win or will the empire strike back?

The auto industry is on a collision course with the forces of digital disruption. You may think you have seen this movie before. After all, so many other century-old industries have collided and crumbled. This collision may, however, be different, with forces more complex on either side than those that took down Kodak or Blockbuster. Consider five forces of change that may well constitute the phantom menace in the Car Wars saga.

Read the full op-ed from Dean Chakravorti in The Washington Post

“The UN’s new goals could trigger a burst of innovation in sustainable development” by Bhaskar Chakravorti

Why, you might ask, should the private sector — with shareholder returns to worry about — get involved in lofty U.N. initiatives? First, the private sector contributes 60 percent of global GDP and 90 percent of the jobs, and may be better positioned to accomplish many of the goals because of better reach and resources. Second, if achieving some of the goals also helps achieve shareholder interests, the U.N. summit could result in a fresh burst of innovation and creative finance.

Read the full op-ed from Dean Chakravorti in The Washington Post