Really nice talk by Barry Schwartz about the paradox of choices available in nowadays societies.
Just a side note in case you actually watch the talk: you do not get to watch the slides with “copyrighted” cartoons, which really penalize the experience and the full understanding of the talk… and that’s why I think that a fair use of copyrighted material is an important discussion. Knowledge and Arts should be Universal Human Heritage assets that people should be free to access for the good of humanity (and yes, some way, other than the current copyright restrictions approaches, must the proposed to compensate authors so they can keep doing what they do).
Really nice article (or set of articles) with some basic info on how to manage a project.
Excellent Radio Program/podcast about patents in the USA (which kind of follows a Michael Moore documentary style and approach ;-)).
In general, I have strong reservations on how patents are issued in the US. In particular, software patents are something that really surpass my comprehension and so far in Europe we have been safe from such a plague (not sure for how long, though… the lobby is strong and our european politicians are kind of weak…).
Patent trolls subverted the patent original idea of protecting IP for inventors who come up with original and non-trivial proposals, and I’m inclined to think that such patent troll people/entities/corporations do more harm than good to innovation in a global worldwide scale…
I should at some point try to understand what is the portuguese scene in what regards patents and promote debate and discussion on these important topics that have such a strong impact on research, innovation and entrepreneurship. I’ll keep you posted.
For anyone interested on this topics, a good resource to follow is Techdirt blog/forum.
Neat infographic on the tools most used by start-ups.
Nice article about the business models behind services like MOG or Spotify. Not really sure these are in fact long standing (or profitable) business though…