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How Robert Rodriguez plans to go from hip filmmaker to King of Cable

by Chad Swiatecki ABJ R2

Robert Rodriguez never planned on turning a spread of five idled airplane hangars owned by the state government into a film and television empire. To hear the acclaimed and commercially successful Austin director tell it, his Troublemaker Studios quietly evolved into a heavyweight entertainment outpost when he wasn’t really thinking about it.

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Advice

How to know whether to focus on your products or your market (or both)

by Ken Cook Does your company focus on the market or on products?

When you look at your company, ask a simple question: Are we focused on the markets or on products?

For most businesses, it is not an either/or answer.

There is usually a blend of both that drives strategies and decisions.

However, one perspective is usually dominant. Consider the implications of each perspective.

Discovering focus

A market-focused business looks outside the company for the  ...

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Strength trainer for disabled inspired by long-ago observation at the gym

by Carrie Ghose

While in his third year at the University of Cincinnati, industrial designer Ryan Eder was working out when a man in a wheelchair entered the gym.

“He had a bag of homemade accessories he used to adapt the equipment,” he said. “I watched him spend more time transferring in and out of his chair and adapting the equipment than actually exercising. ... You could see the frustration on his face  ...

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News Wire

Airbnb, nonprofit in war of words over 'home sharing'

by Gina Hall Airbnb

A war of words is brewing between nonprofits and Airbnb, and the battle is centering on the term “home sharing.”

The phrase, which is central to Airbnb marketing, is also used by more than 70 nonprofit agencies around the U.S. The nonprofits help seniors and low-wage earners find or rent shared housing, according to the San Mateo Daily Journal.

So why is it a problem?

Vacation rentals

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News Wire

Head of Wells Fargo’s new Innovation Group wants to give good ideas a voice

by Hilary Burns Steve Ellis

Steve Ellis was leaving Wells Fargo & Co.’s (NYSE:WFC) main office in San Francisco in 2006 when an idea struck him — almost literally. Ellis was on his BlackBerry as he crossed the street, right in front of a moving bus.

“He was nice enough to stop,” Ellis told me. “I got off the street and everyone was on their BlackBerrys.”

That made him think — everyone was on their BlackBerrys  ...

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Advice

3 ways to adapt to disruptive innovation in the economy

by Urquhart (Urko) Wood 3 steps to participate in disruptive innovation

Disruptive innovations are working their way through the economy, leaving creative destruction in their wake. There is no way to bulletproof a business from disruption, but here are three steps you can take to adapt to and participate in it.

1. Get clear about your business

Every company should define its business in terms of the tasks its target customers want to get done with its offerings, not  ...

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Slideshows

All-star inventors show up to help launch littleBits brick-and-mortar store

by Michael del Castillo

Hot on the heals of a $44 million fundraising round last month, littleBits founder Ayah Bdeir today cut a bright purple ribbon at her company's first ever brick-and-mortar store in SoHo. On hand at the ceremony and press preview event were leaders in New York City's growing new manufacturing space, a gaggle of media representatives, and several lucky kids who got to test out the merchandise  ...

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