¿Dos caras de la innovación en Argentina? + Apuestas por el futuro

TED comenzó en 1984, como una conferencia para difundir ideas relacionadas con tecnología, entretenimiento y diseño. Pero terminó expandiendo sus temáticas para abarcar todo lo que -de alguna manera- conforma la cultura humana y su aplicación a la resolución de problemas concretos. A partir de 2009, la apuesta se expandió a un formato para que las personas pudieran organizar sus propios eventos y así inspirar a las personas a cambiar actitudes, vidas y como resultado de eso, el mundo.

Antes de asistir a la edición de 2011, me interesé fundamentalmente de cómo la comunidad de organizadores logra articularse y cuáles son sus ideas para el futuro, ya que después de todo parecen un buen ejemplo para seguir si lo que buscamos es que los difusores de nuevas ideas desbanquen a los periodistas de espectáculos y las vedettes de los primeros puestos del ranking.

Tedxters: una comunidad con intereses compartidos

El ejemplo organizativo habla de cómo distintas personas con un código común logran resultados, mucho más allá de las limitaciones propias de la edad o ubicación geográfica. Tal es el ejemplo del equipo tucumano, del cual la mayoría no pasa los 30 años de edad:

“Es interesante que pese a venir de una ciudad relativamente pequeña, el grupo no se conocía entre sí antes de comenzar con el evento. Pero a partir del mismo, se gestó un vínculo fuerte” cuenta Benjamín Arnedo (alias @budaloco). En la primera edición realizada, no solo colmaron el espacio dispuesto a este fin, sino que además lograron soporte de los medios, artistas, políticos y universidades más importantes de la provincia.

Alvaro Astudillo agregó: “Lo más importante es la red de Tedxters, que funcionan articulando aprendizajes y consejos (más allá de la diferente escala de cada evento). Con la gente de Mendoza, Córdoba y Buenos Aires tenemos comunicación fluida y cada vez que podemos viajamos para asistir a los eventos organizados por otros.”

Por su parte, Gerry Garbulsky -uno de los impulsores tempranos de TEDx en el país- cuenta que a esto se suman talleres de capacitación, ya que tratan de hacer crecer la comunidad de trabajo.


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Hace algunos días consulté un muy interesante post donde se realizó un ranking de los usuarios de Twitter más influyentes de Argentina en 2011. Fue fuerte la sorpresa: esperaba encontrar algunas personalidades familiares…

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Me considero de esas personas que creen que la plataforma de Twitter es un vehículo para la cultura y el conocimiento: es como pararse al lado de Sir Ken RobinsonRobert Kiyosaki y Steven Berlin Johnson y poder saber qué están leyendo, pensando, sintiendo. Para aprender y “expandir la conciencia”, por así decirlo.

Pero al confrontar la dura realidad, descubrí que este ranking refleja que la masa todavía está muy lejos de elegir este tipo de contenidos.

Muchas veces me pregunté: si existiera un informativo que diera información valiosa para el desarrollo de las personas, ¿alguien lo vería?

Afortunadamente, como en cualquier historia, siempre que existe un movimiento hacia un lado, otro avanza en sentido contrario.

Y si bien tenemos un sistema mediático que premia la competencia desleal, el ventajismo y que proyecta una escala de valores consumista y conveniente; ciertos hitos del ecosistema argentino de tecnología e innovación dan a entender que no hay porque perder la esperanza.


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Este artículo es fruto de la colaboración entre Mariano A. Goren (@marianogoren) y TICbeat. Mariano A. Goren es desarrollador de negocios digitales centrados en la experiencia del usuario. Es cofundador de IxDA BA e investiga las dinámicas sociodigitales para la Universidad de Palermo. Escribe sobre estos y otros temas desde su web,negociosdigitales.cc

 

Apuestas por el futuro… Leer más “¿Dos caras de la innovación en Argentina? + Apuestas por el futuro”

How a Little Creative Accounting Could Help Your Business Thrive

It’s accounting 101, the standard rules of figuring out how your business is doing: You enter your revenue, subtract expenses, and the rest is profit or loss. These are the rules known as GAAP, or generally accepted accounting principles.

Now, one entrepreneur says you’re wrong to use GAAP to manage your business. Here’s why: Mike Michalowicz, author of The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur, says GAAP has a problem when it comes to growing your business into a smash success: GAAP pays you last.

While knowing how to state your finances in GAAP is important for many uses — if you’re a public company for reporting to the Securities and Exchange Commission, for instance, or if you’re a fast-growing startup hoping to get investors or go public in the future. But when it comes to running your business day-to-day and making decisions, Michalowicz argues that entrepreneurs need to break out of this mentality and pay themselves first instead.


It’s accounting 101, the standard rules of figuring out how your business is doing: You enter your revenue, subtract expenses, and the rest is profit or loss. These are the rules known as GAAP, or generally accepted accounting principles.

Now, one entrepreneur says you’re wrong to use GAAP to manage your business. Here’s why: Mike Michalowicz, author of The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur, says GAAP has a problem when it comes to growing your business into a smash success: GAAP pays you last.

While knowing how to state your finances in GAAP is important for many uses — if you’re a public company for reporting to the Securities and Exchange Commission, for instance, or if you’re a fast-growing startup hoping to get investors or go public in the future. But when it comes to running your business day-to-day and making decisions, Michalowicz argues that entrepreneurs need to break out of this mentality and pay themselves first instead. Leer más “How a Little Creative Accounting Could Help Your Business Thrive”

How to Get Your Executives to Pay Attention to Metrics (Part 2 of 2)

Maximizing Visibility

* Imbed metrics in standard business reports — this is the most important action among the 25 listed here. HR metrics are traditionally presented in independent HR reports, which are rarely widely distributed or read. Reports emanating from the CEO, COO, CFO, and business unit leaders are more likely to be widely read and therefore the best place to embed a few powerful HR metrics. Many business leaders inherently accept that things like vacant positions, quality of hire, turnover, and absenteeism negatively impact their business, but are used to discussions about each being silo’d as HR issues, not business issues. Partnering with business leaders to identify workforce-related risks and embedding information about each in relevant business communications will make the connection more clear.
* Alerts and forecasting — the vast majority of HR metrics being reported today reveal little change from period to period, making paying attention to them akin to staring at a rock and waiting for it to dance. If you want managers to pay attention, stop reporting nothing and start alerting managers to things that are changing or that will likely impact their business.
* Include an executive summary — if you must push out a lot of information, keep in mind that like you, busy executives don’t have the time to read an entire report, so be sure to include an executive summary highlighting the problems or opportunities that your metrics point out.
* Continue the story — in addition to reporting your successes through metrics, use other communications to further spread your message. One approach is to write up your HR “success stories” in a narrative format and then integrate them into regular communication mechanisms like newsletters, web sites, blogs, videos, and internal presentations.
* Get some metrics in the annual report – the most widely distributed business report is the annual report. Getting a few of your critical metrics in it increases both your visibility and status and may result in external analysts commenting on your successes.


Metrics have become and will continue to be an indispensable tool when it comes to managing any corporate function strategically. Unfortunately, like many things in life, not all metrics deliver the same value. In part one of this series, I discussed five differentiators that set exceptional metrics initiatives apart from average ones and offered up a number of ways that you could improve your efforts with formal planning and a compelling presentation format. In this part, my attention turns to improving the visibility, relevance, and emphasis of your efforts.

Maximizing Visibility

  • Imbed metrics in standard business reports — this is the most important action among the 25 listed here. HR metrics are traditionally presented in independent HR reports, which are rarely widely distributed or read. Reports emanating from the CEO, COO, CFO, and business unit leaders are more likely to be widely read and therefore the best place to embed a few powerful HR metrics. Many business leaders inherently accept that things like vacant positions, quality of hire, turnover, and absenteeism negatively impact their business, but are used to discussions about each being silo’d as HR issues, not business issues. Partnering with business leaders to identify workforce-related risks and embedding information about each in relevant business communications will make the connection more clear.
  • Alerts and forecasting — the vast majority of HR metrics being reported today reveal little change from period to period, making paying attention to them akin to staring at a rock and waiting for it to dance. If you want managers to pay attention, stop reporting nothing and start alerting managers to things that are changing or that will likely impact their business.
  • Include an executive summary — if you must push out a lot of information, keep in mind that like you, busy executives don’t have the time to read an entire report, so be sure to include an executive summary highlighting the problems or opportunities that your metrics point out.
  • Continue the story — in addition to reporting your successes through metrics, use other communications to further spread your message. One approach is to write up your HR “success stories” in a narrative format and then integrate them into regular communication mechanisms like newsletters, web sites, blogs, videos, and internal presentations.
  • Get some metrics in the annual report – the most widely distributed business report is the annual report. Getting a few of your critical metrics in it increases both your visibility and status and may result in external analysts commenting on your successes.

Improving Relevance

  • Give them input in selecting metrics — the metrics you report on might seem irrelevant to your managers because they were not involved in selecting them. Ask your target audience “what people-management metrics would help them make better decisions?” If they select a weak metric, educate them about better metrics that may present a more accurate story.
  • Always include ROI — the return on the investment of budget dollars (or ROI) is the single most powerful metric. As a result, include the estimated ROI ratio of people-management, which compares all labor and HR costs to the revenue generated by your firm’s employees. If this ROI percentage (also known as workforce productivity) is high, you should directly compare it to other business functions.
  • Drop metrics that are ignored – if you deliver your metrics online, use web analytics to determine which metrics managers are paying attention to and drop those they are not. If you are not relying on electronic distribution, ask them.
  • Avoid tactical metrics – even if executives and managers request them, it’s often best to omit tactical or operational metrics that cover process efficiency. Focus on strategic metrics that directly relate to or directly impact primary business goals (i.e. revenue, profit, product development, customer service and sales). Leer más “How to Get Your Executives to Pay Attention to Metrics (Part 2 of 2)”

A Flexible Approach to Funding Entrepreneurs


by Matt Bannick

I spent eight years at eBay learning how businesses can create opportunities for people and benefit society. eBay supports millions of Internet entrepreneurs and $60 billion worth of commerce. But in my time as president of eBay International, I also realized that the firm’s social efforts wouldn’t necessarily reach poor people in less-connected parts of the world, because the expected financial returns in these geographies didn’t warrant expansion on our part.

This was much on my mind when I joined Omidyar Network three years ago to oversee its philanthropic strategy. The bottom line at ON is societal value. We believe in “flexible capital” — that is, we invest financial and human resources in both for-profit and nonprofit ventures. It’s not an either-or decision for us; we believe using both grants and for-profit investments can be powerfully complementary. Leer más “A Flexible Approach to Funding Entrepreneurs”

Help! I Lost My Job!

Unemployment tips and resources for the recently laid off

Here are tips and resources to help if you have just been laid off or you suspect that you will soon be laid off. Check our other guides to job hunting, earning extra income, and ways to cope if you hate your job. Also check out the sidebar for links to job boards and other job hunting resources.


Unemployment tips and resources for the recently laid off

Here are tips and resources to help if you have just been laid off or you suspect that you will soon be laid off. Check our other guides to job hunting, earning extra income, and ways to cope if you hate your job. Also check out the sidebar for links to job boards and other job hunting resources. Leer más “Help! I Lost My Job!”

Is China a debt junkie?

Posted by Michael Schuman

There is a debate raging among China watchers over the potential consequences of last year’s epic credit boom. Banks in China granted almost twice the number of loans in 2009 as they did the year before, an amount equivalent to nearly 30% of GDP. Any such expansion of credit has a powerful impact on growth. So what would happen to the Chinese economy if the credit spigot got turned off?

We’ve all by now learned about the dangers of too much debt. The U.S. is paying the price for an explosion of consumer debt. Europe is struggling with too much sovereign debt. Now one of the big questions facing China is whether or not Beijing’s policymakers are about to get their own lesson in the perils of debt-driven growth.

That’s exactly what’s happening. Chinese policymakers have raised the amount of money banks have to keep in reserve and introduced other steps to rein in lending, and the policies are working. In June, the amount of new yuan loans was less than 40% the total of June 2009. That’s a significant drop. And as a result, the economy is slowing down. How slow will China go? Well, that depends on your view of how important debt has been to China’s recent growth.


Posted by Michael Schuman

There is a debate raging among China watchers over the potential consequences of last year’s epic credit boom. Banks in China granted almost twice the number of loans in 2009 as they did the year before, an amount equivalent to nearly 30% of GDP. Any such expansion of credit has a powerful impact on growth. So what would happen to the Chinese economy if the credit spigot got turned off?

We’ve all by now learned about the dangers of too much debt. The U.S. is paying the price for an explosion of consumer debt. Europe is struggling with too much sovereign debt. Now one of the big questions facing China is whether or not Beijing’s policymakers are about to get their own lesson in the perils of debt-driven growth.

That’s exactly what’s happening. Chinese policymakers have raised the amount of money banks have to keep in reserve and introduced other steps to rein in lending, and the policies are working. In June, the amount of new yuan loans was less than 40% the total of June 2009. That’s a significant drop. And as a result, the economy is slowing down. How slow will China go? Well, that depends on your view of how important debt has been to China’s recent growth. Leer más “Is China a debt junkie?”

Financing Your Dream: What’s the Right Path?

by Jeff Bussgang

In my 15 years as an entrepreneur and, now, venture capitalist, I have seen great entrepreneurs stumble on the path to funding. They’re super-confident and passionate about their big idea and how it will change the world, but ill-prepared to finance it. With the news full of stories about banks and credit unions cutting back on lending to small businesses, here are a few alternatives to consider when choosing the path to financing your dream.

Venture Capital (VC).
Venture capital isn’t for everyone. Out of the hundreds of thousands of businesses that get started each year, only a few thousand receive venture capital investment. The companies that do receive VC funding typically fit a very specific profile:

* Have breakthrough, game-changing potential
* Require large amounts of capital to get off the ground
* Are usually technology-based in some way
* Require high-priced talent, where “price” may mean rich stock packages as much as, or more than, cash compensation.



by Jeff Bussgang

In my 15 years as an entrepreneur and, now, venture capitalist, I have seen great entrepreneurs stumble on the path to funding. They’re super-confident and passionate about their big idea and how it will change the world, but ill-prepared to finance it. With the news full of stories about banks and credit unions cutting back on lending to small businesses, here are a few alternatives to consider when choosing the path to financing your dream.

Venture Capital (VC).
Venture capital isn’t for everyone. Out of the hundreds of thousands of businesses that get started each year, only a few thousand receive venture capital investment. The companies that do receive VC funding typically fit a very specific profile: