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The Other 1%

Another 1% is emerging that is just as important as the economic divide that Occupy Wall Street is protesting. Its a digital divide not between that haves and the have-nots but between the know and the know-nots. I just read Helen Coster’s list in Forbes “Eight Hot Startups that aren’t Household Names…Yet.” The striking thing about this list is that these 8 companies (all great) provide tools that have been used for several years by the top 1% of innovators in our economy. If you’ve successfully navigated the web to find this post then surely you have heard of and...
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3 Simple Things

3 Simple Things
Forget everything you’ve been told about job hunting. I am sure I am insulting someone: parents, friends, career counselors and countless web sites but just three things need to happen for you to get a job: Someone needs to have something done that you can do. The people looking to have this thing done need to know that you exist. You need to convince these people that you are the best choice. What can you do? Don’t underestimate yourself. If you are articulate, on time, have a positive attitude and are energetic you are probably already a cut above the average job seeker. Now that you...
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Paying it Forward

If you can make someone smile If you can help a child If you can brighten someone’s day And it costs you nothing Then give this tiny bit of free art And pay it forward  
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Becoming an iPad Super User

Becoming an iPad Super User
I’m a former consultant, currently running a small fifty-ish person company and I even like to think I can design stuff too (though my marketing director insists that I have no talent). So, my iPad has to do a lot to keep me happy and productive. Here is my short list of must have apps that will keep things humming and virtually eliminate the need for a laptop. Built-ins: email, calendar, and camera (I know FaceTime comes with the ipad2 but I will get to this later). Most business professionals spend most of their day sending email and managing their calendar, so we are already halfway toward the...
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Shattered Economics: How you are the best hope for the country

Shattered Economics: How you are the best hope for the country
We are about 2 hours from President Obama’s eagerly awaited speech on the economy and jobs.  I will watch but it really will not matter much to you or to the economy what he says nor what the Republicans (or the Tea Party) says in their response. Our weak-kneed politicians have neither the will nor leadership to solve our economic or jobs problems. Moreover, it is doubtful that any of macroeconomic efforts will have much effect.  Technology and globalization have changed the fundamental structure of the economy.  It’s now up to you. The end of the enterprise As I drive I-95 up and down...
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Are Jobs Obsolete?

Are Jobs Obsolete?
This is a re-post of an editorial by Douglas Rushkoff.   The U.S. Postal Service appears to be the latest casualty in digital technology’s slow but steady replacement of working humans. Unless an external source of funding comes in, the post office will have to scale back its operations drastically, or simply shut down altogether. That’s 600,000 people who would be out of work, and another 480,000 pensioners facing an adjustment in terms. We can blame a right wing attempting to undermine labor, or a left wing trying to preserve unions in the face of government and corporate cutbacks. But the...
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