All posts by David Alan Grier

17192: Maddie Redux – Lessons from the 8 year old entrepreneur

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A second series about the character Maddie, the eight year old entrepreneur. It starts with her appeal to FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen, ends with her her Public Service Message for Computer Science Education Week. In between, she introduces us to her start up Embisivle Frien’and shows the character you need to fire an employee.

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Vinny the CTO: Geoffrey Grier

Maddie the 8 year old: Zoe Anastassiou

Anna-the-Intern: Sarah Corbyn Woolf

Rohit from IT: Noah Masur

Sullivan from PR: Josh LaForce

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17150: Technologies, Organizations & Shoes

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How does technology alter organizations? Not a straightforward question, especially if you are looking to the future. We know a few basic ideas and can reason our way to some useful conclusions. We know that technology expands markets. We know that it shifts knowledge across an organization. We know that it reallocates power. In this podcast, we discuss the implications of these ideas, as well as learn some important lessons on the shoe derivative market.

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Cast:

Anna-the-Intern: Sarah Corbyn Woolf

Harvey from Lapin Partners: Ron Bianchi

Evelyn the Business Manager: Margaux Amie

Sullivan from PR: Josh LaForce

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16407: Learning Innovation from Seattle

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We move from city to city but what do we learn from our visits? This podcast looks at one corner in Seattle and asks what it teaches us about our model of innovation, a model that is based on:

 

  1. Vision
  2. Iteration and Refinement
  3. Socialization
  4. Small Group Decisions

The city has a few things to teach us, though perhaps not in the way that we might expect.

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16915: How to Talk about Difficulty Topics

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We all have to bear bad news. It is what we have to do. Tell your box that he is wrong, your neighbor that she is disturbing the piece, your employee that he is fired. How do you do it? How Do you do it other than starting with the horribly awkward “I don’t bring bad news but…” Our cast members Evelyne and Sulley explore this question and propose an answer, an answer that comes following a bit of a skirmish in this new series that is part of “How We Manage Stuff.”

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16405: Seattle & the Problems of an Innovative Organization

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This fall, the podcast moves to Seattle. Such moves keep us flexible, agile, ready to face any task. Well, perhaps any task. There is this problem with slugs. However, we’re in Seattle to consider the attributes of an innovative organization. In the process, we’re looking at four attributes: Vision, Refinement, Socialization, and Decision-making. But to do that, we have to settle into our office. A local property manager is some help (though not much) and our hardworking intern puts down her box of material to deliver the lyrical speech “Rohit that Slug had a mother.”

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16385: Leaving Washington: A summary of science & tech policy

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The time has come to move to our next site. Before we go, we do a quick summary of what we have learned about Science & Technology Policy while Maddie, our 8-year old entrepreneur shows us how she has actually applied it.

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16380: The Intern’s Dilemma or Anna gets an interview

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How has technology changed the role of interning? What is it like to move from a succession of unpaid jobs to a full time position? Are you really ready to be a full member of the workforce after a couple months of clerical work? The answer lies less with technology but with the nature of the economy, which is, of course, shaped by technology.

This week, our intern Anna considers the problem of trying to become a full time employee.

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16375: An Interview With Steve Crocker

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UnknownIn a special interview, Steve Crocker, Chair of the Board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) talks about his organization, its future, and the future of the Internet.

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