Current Issue: September 2010
If you've ever been a teacher, you've faced one of the most pressing and often difficult questions to answer: "When am I going to use this?" The student looks imploringly at you in hopes that your response will relieve their underlying worry that whatever is happening in the classroom is somehow disjointed from what they're likely to face in "the real world."
When you walk into Best Buy, chances are the last thing on your mind is how it looks. To most consumers Best Buy is what it is. It's a brightly lit warehouse to go for all things electronic at a good price. As a store, it's utilitarian: As a consumer I want a TV, so I will go to the big store that sells TVs regardless of what the store looks like, assuming what it looks like is palatable.
In an era of frilly drinks the ability to mix a classic cocktail and recite useless information about it is frequently overlooked. We sat down with two of the most prominent drink afficionados in the Cities to get the scoop on some classics, so that maybe one day, we will actually know what we are ordering.
Bruce Lambrecht is a visionary, but he has also been called crazy, greedy and other not-so-nice adjectives when referring to his idea for building the new Twins stadium on land that he and 70 other investors bought when it was simply a parking lot. Here's Lambrecht's thoughts about Target Field, entrepreneurism and how long-term vision and persistence can pay off.
There is little doubt that Minnesota has been home to some great idea generators, some early innovators who turned those ideas into successful companies.
The recession has been a mixed bag of business for consultants like me. Many new, proactive communications campaigns, for example, have been put on hold. Yet change-and the need to communicate it-seems to have reached an all-time high.
Hello Viking can be compared to a traditional agency in the same way that the actual Vikings had a bit in common with tourists-sure, both appreciate travel, but their mode of transport and ways of exploration certainly differ.
Dr. Bob Oliveira knows a thing or two about innovation. Owner of 15 patents, the president and CEO of Oakdale-based Hearing Components says innovation is the key to a good invention or patent, but it also has to have teeth. "When you file patents, do it in a way that you'll anticipate fighting them in court.
In 2002, psychologist Daniel Kahneman of Princeton University won the Nobel Prize in economics.
Three years ago John White won on a canoe trip at an auction. Days later, he had more than a tan to boast.
In the 1940s, physicists Thomas Goldsmith Jr. and Estle Ray Mann created a simple electronic game inspired by World War II radar displays. By connecting a cathode ray tube to an oscilloscope and devising knobs that controlled the angle and trajectory of the light traces displayed on the oscilloscope, they were able to invent a rudimentary missile game.
As the economy struggles to find its footing, there's often talk about "the new normal." What will the housing market, the unemployment rate or the long-term prospects for recovery be like? Mike Meshbesher has seen the new normal in the secondary IT hardware market, and it's like nothing he's ever seen.