The Crowd

The Yakir Group is working with a few start-ups. Two of which are in the crowd-funding or crowd-sourcing space. We advise them appropriately. I thought I’d share this article by Ross Rubin over at Engadget for our clients and for those of you who are looking to play in the CROWD game. _______________________________________________ Switched On: Understanding crowdfunding’s caveats, part 1 by Ross Rubin, engadget.com Each week Ross Rubin contributes Switched On, a column about consumer technology. Crowdfunding has been a boon to companies that are bringing some of the most exciting and innovative devices to market. But sometimes things go wrong. Last March, the first of a two-part Switched On discussed some of the foibles about crowdfunding in the wake of Kickstarter proclaiming that it

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

When we partnered with the American Museum of Natural History in developing their digital strategy, one of the great priviledges was getting to work with the astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. He is an extraordinary man with a point of view worth emulating. Here are the excerpts of a recent Huffington Post interview. ____________________________ Why Revive ‘Cosmos?’ Neil DeGrasse Tyson Says Just About Everything We Know Has Changed huffingtonpost.comMar 4th 2014 7:14 AM Things are looking up for Neil deGrasse Tyson–way up. As the director of the Hayden Planetarium and the author of several popular books on space, Tyson is already one of the nation’s best-known scientists. And now his already-high profile is set for a big boost with the March 9 launch of “Cosmos: A

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Bandwidth meets Watson

Imagine 5G Bandwidth matched up with the computational power of Watson. Now we are talking MOBILE.  IBM seeks app developers to harness Watson   bbc.co.uk Feb 27th 2014   IBM has challenged developers to come up with ways to get the vast brain of its supercomputer Watson on to the world’s mobile phones. Watson is an artificially intelligent computer system capable of answering questions posed in natural language. It also has access to 200 million pages of information, drawn from books, encyclopaedias and other databases. Apps could include more advanced Siri-like voice recognition systems or tools that can accurately translate text. “The power of Watson in the palm of your hand is a game-changing proposition, so we’re calling on mobile developers around the world to

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Simple way of Thinking about Marketing and Social Media – (Just had to share)

NET NEUTRALITY!

You are beginning to think that I have an obsession with this. I do and so should all of you in our community. Net Neutrality is currently the biggest issue which will affect the future of the Net. _______________________________ FCC revives net neutrality by Kate Tummarello, thehill.comFebruary 19th 2014 11:22 AM The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday said it plans to revive the net-neutrality rules that were overturned in court. Tom Wheeler, the FCC’s chairman, is taking a series of steps aimed at ensuring that Internet providers treat all traffic the same, the agency said. The future of the the “open Internet” rules was left in doubt last month after an appeals court overturned them on the grounds that the agency overstepped its authority. In

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