New York Times: Facebook Has an Innovation Problem

New York Times: Facebook Has an Innovation Problem. “Facebook can’t seem to do it. The company just doesn’t appear to know how to invent successful new stuff. Most of its biggest hits — not just two of its main products, Instagram and WhatsApp, but many of its most-used features, like Instagram Stories — were invented elsewhere. They made their way to Facebook either through acquisitions or, when that didn’t work, outright copying. But buying and copying other ideas is becoming increasingly difficult for Facebook.”

Riding The Digital Storm: How India’s Startups Are Shaping The Post-pandemic ‘Normal’ (Inc42)

Inc42: Riding The Digital Storm: How India’s Startups Are Shaping The Post-pandemic ‘Normal’. “According to a Redseer report, India’s consumer digital economy which was at $85-90 Bn in the calendar year 2020, is expected to grow by 10x in 10 years, a 25% CAGR, to become an $800 Bn market by 2030. This quantum leap can undoubtedly be attributed to the pandemic. It pushed companies to a tipping point in technology and permanently transformed businesses for the better.”

State of California: California Launches Dedicated Small Business Portal Ahead of National Small Business Week

State of California: California Launches Dedicated Small Business Portal Ahead of National Small Business Week. “California’s Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA), part of the Governor’s Office of Business Economic Development (GO-Biz), today announced the launch of calosba.ca.gov – a website that connects California’s small business community with critical resources available through state-funded small business technical assistance program and other state resources.”

Toronto Star: New website, guidebook provides information on development of Indigenous co-operative businesses

Toronto Star: New website, guidebook provides information on development of Indigenous co-operative businesses. “Early indications are that a guidebook that focuses on First Nations co-operative development across the country will be well received. The guidebook, titled Your Way, Together, was launched at a virtual ceremony on Tuesday by Co-operatives First, a Saskatoon-based organization that promotes and supports business development in rural and Indigenous communities, primarily in western Canada.”

Philadelphia Inquirer: The best ways to professionally network while socially distancing during coronavirus

Philadelphia Inquirer: The best ways to professionally network while socially distancing during coronavirus. “A record 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, the U.S. Department of Labor reported Thursday. And 540,000 of those new lost jobs claims came from Pennsylvanians, the Labor Department reported.This makes it even more important to stay connected as business conversations resume on Slack, Skype and Zoom from our dining room tables.”

Harvard Business Review: Most Analytics Projects Don’t Require Much Data

Harvard Business Review: Most Analytics Projects Don’t Require Much Data. “n their headlong rush into advanced data science, big data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, too many companies have ignored ‘small data.’ This is a huge miss. The relative ease, ubiquity, and power of small data projects carry profound implications for all employees, managers, and leaders at all levels, in every department, in every organization.”

Bangkok Post: Nectec launches website with AI database

Bangkok Post: Nectec launches website with AI database. “The National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (Nectec) has launched a website that allows programme developers, startups and businesses to access an artificial intelligence (AI) research database and services to develop products linked with the technology.” Web site is in Thai of course but translates easily.

Harvard Business Review: When AI Becomes an Everyday Technology

Harvard Business Review: When AI Becomes an Everyday Technology. “Deployed AI is about more than engineering — it’s about a shared vision. Engineering expertise will always play a role in AI. But in the age of deployed AI, our most important asset will be the vision that guides that expertise. What problems can AI solve, and what kind of data might the solution require? By what metrics will success be measured? And how can the result be integrated most effectively with the people and processes already in place in any given business? These are broad, organizational questions, and their answers won’t come from any single stakeholder. Every voice can contribute to deployed AI — technical and non-technical alike — and it’s vital that businesses establish workflows that empower everyone to play a role.”

PRNewswire: NASA Debuts Online Toolkit to Promote Commercial Use of Satellite Data (PRESS RELEASE)

PRNewswire: NASA Debuts Online Toolkit to Promote Commercial Use of Satellite Data (PRESS RELEASE). “While NASA’s policy of free and open remote-sensing data has long benefited the scientific community, other government agencies and nonprofit organizations, it has significant untapped potential for commercialization. NASA’s Technology Transfer program has created an online resource to promote commercial use of this data and the software tools needed to work with it. With the Remote Sensing Toolkit, users will now be able to find, analyze and utilize the most relevant data for their research, business projects or conservation efforts. The toolkit provides a simple system that quickly identifies relevant sources based on user input. The toolkit will help users search for data, as well as ready-to-use tools and code to build new tools.”