Wow, Even Tom Friedman Wants to Drill Baby Drill?

Can we talk about oil?  Tom Friedman now evinces excitement about his discovery of the emergence of America as “a major oil and gas producer.”  (See his Sunday New York Times column.)  No kidding.  He was, he says, tantalized by a tongue-in-cheek idea; the U.S. could join OPEC. Some folks are late to the party. …

The Good News Behind the Zynga IPO And What it Says About the New Economy

With headlines featuring words like fizzle and slump, do we conclude from Friday’s “disappointing” IPO of Zynga [ZNGA:NASDAQ] that social media is a bubble that’s run its course?  Hardly.  We are witnessing the inverse: the real beginning. By any reasonable business standard, especially in these dismal economic times, it is remarkable that a four-year old…

Crowdsourcing Innovation In New York City: Cornell v Stanford

I know Mayor Bloomberg did not use the 21st century word “crowdsourcing” this past July in his innovation initiative speech.  He talked instead in old-speak, about providing “infrastructure upgrades” and enabling a “critical mass” of talent to allow New York City to reclaim “our title as the world capital of technological innovation.” For those sleeping…

The Relentless Pursuit of Magical Energy

I’m going to go out on a limb here with a prediction.  The energy world will look exactly the same the day after October 28th, 2011, as it did yesterday.  Why?  On October 28th we’re expecting a public demonstration of a “revolutionary” new energy device in Bologna, Italy.  The magic technology?  Another too-cheap-to-meter construct called…