Misc

LinkedIn: How To Be Happy At Work–Despite That Jerk Boss

Companies often hire management consultants to find ways to improve productivity. They focus on process and procedure. But there is actually an even more potent ingredient for boosting productivity: happiness. According to author and business coach Alexander Kjerulf, the Danes have a word for happiness at…

You’re Not Indestructible — Or Indispensable

On the flight back from Mexico, I started to feel a shooting pain in my left arm. It was as if electricity was passing through my veins. I ignored this — as I had ignored the back pain that I’d felt on the cruise…

LinkedIn: My Secrets: How I Became a Prolific Writer and Learned to Get Beyond School Essays

Some people think I am a journalist. My friends ask how I can possibly write as much as I do, given all the responsibilities that I have. I write forWashington Post, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, ASEE Prism Magazine, Bloomberg BusinessWeek,and now this LinkedIn blog. I’ve just co-authored a book, Immigrant Exodus,…

Washington Post: Confessions of a Tesla ‘fanboy’

I remember when I got my first iPod. The small, elegant, and powerful device changed my music-listening habits forever. There was never any going back to cassette tapes after this. I’ve had the same experience with my Tesla Model S. It isn’t just an…

Washington Post: The voice we might never have heard

Carly Fleischmann had a question for Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.). “Next year, I turn 18 and I am in your [district],” Fleischmann said to the senior senator during an October gathering hosted by the Nantucket Project, “How do I, someone with autism, pick the candidate that…

Washington Post: Mexico embraces a great American export: Entrepreneurial spirit

In case you haven’t noticed, this past week was Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW). What started off as a modest effort to inspire entrepreneurship has evolved into a massive global movement. According to the Kauffman Foundation, more than 7 million people will participate in entrepreneurship events across 130…

Washington Post: How the Aakash tablet bounced back

Internet-connected tablets, as I’ve explained before, have the potential to positively impact billions. Cell phones improved commerce and changed society by allowing, among other things, the poorest villagers in the developing world to connect with one another. The Internet will catalyze the next leap forward…

Washington Post: Why Apple needs to lose the Samsung appeal

I have to admit, I’m a huge Apple fan. I’ve bought practically every Apple device ever made. I am usually one of those in line the first day Apple releases a new product, and I own Apple stock. That said, I hope that Apple…

Washington Post: Is NASA’s InSight too little too late?

NASA’s Curiosity rover has already completed its greatest mission: to reignite excitement on Earth about space flight and science. The Mars Science Laboratory has generated a renewed thirst, worldwide, for more knowledge about our galaxy and beyond. Now, the InSight Mars lander is scheduled to launch in 2016….

Forbes: Innovation Works Best When Government Does Least

This post was co-authored with Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran, who is an award winning correspondent for The Economist and currently the magazine’s China Business Editor. It seems like a really difficult time to be an entrepreneurial innovator in America. The venture capital industry has grown…

Washington Post: Ethics in the age of acceleration

A 63-year old Vietnam veteran who was rendered completely disabled during service to his country was able to travel again because of a custom-made mobile-assistive device. But in October 2009, as he travelled from Miami to San Juan, Puerto Rico, the 450-pound device was…

Foreign Policy: Insourcing

America’s real outsourcing crisis isn’t the one Obama and Romney are arguing about. It’s the talented immigrants who are prevented from setting up shop in America. The U.S. presidential election quickly seems to be turning into a battle of “who-outsources-least.” President Barack Obama has taken…