Now, Google gets a map for the moon

July 25, 2005

Google has come up with an interesting way to honor the first manned moon landing, which took place 36 years ago on July 20, 1969. The company has added some NASA imagery to its Maps interface, which enables the users to surf the exact spot where man first landed on Moon.
Google Moon is basically an extension of Google Maps and Google Earth and uses NASA imagery to surf Moon’s surface. You can also check out the exact spots where Apollo astronauts landed.
It can be accessed by clicking on the temporary moon logo on the Google homepage or by visiting http://moon.google.com . The map allows the user to zoom in and out, but you might be in for a surprise if you zoom in too close.


Now, Google gets a map for the moon

July 25, 2005

Google has come up with an interesting way to honor the first manned moon landing, which took place 36 years ago on July 20, 1969. The company has added some NASA imagery to its Maps interface, which enables the users to surf the exact spot where man first landed on Moon.
Google Moon is basically an extension of Google Maps and Google Earth and uses NASA imagery to surf Moon’s surface. You can also check out the exact spots where Apollo astronauts landed.
It can be accessed by clicking on the temporary moon logo on the Google homepage or by visiting http://moon.google.com . The map allows the user to zoom in and out, but you might be in for a surprise if you zoom in too close.


Sources of new ideas for Entrepreneurs

July 21, 2005

Entrepreneurs frequently use the following sources of ideas:

1. Consumers– the potential consumer should be the final focal point of ideas for the entrepreneurs. The attention to inputs from potential consumers can take the form of informally monitoring potential ideas or needs or formally arranging for consumers to have an opportunity to express their concerns. Care needs to be taken to ensure that the new idea or the needs represents a large enough market to support a new venture.

2. Existing Companies– with the help of an established formal methods potential entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs can evaluate competitive products & services on the market which may result in new and more market appealing products and services.

3. Distribution channels– members of the distribution channels are familiar with the needs of the market and hence can prove to be excellent sources of new ideas. Not only do the channel members help in finding out unmet or partially met demands leading to new products and services, they also help in marketing the offerings so developed.

4. Government– it can be a source of new product ideas in two ways firstly, the patent office files contain numerous product possibilities that can assist entrepreneurs in obtaining specific product information, and secondly, response to government regulations can come in the form of new product ideas.

5. Research & development– Entrepreneur’s own R&D is the largest source of new idea. A formal and well-equipped research and development department enables the entrepreneur to conceive and develop successful new product ideas.


Sources of new ideas for Entrepreneurs

July 21, 2005

Entrepreneurs frequently use the following sources of ideas:

1. Consumers– the potential consumer should be the final focal point of ideas for the entrepreneurs. The attention to inputs from potential consumers can take the form of informally monitoring potential ideas or needs or formally arranging for consumers to have an opportunity to express their concerns. Care needs to be taken to ensure that the new idea or the needs represents a large enough market to support a new venture.

2. Existing Companies– with the help of an established formal methods potential entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs can evaluate competitive products & services on the market which may result in new and more market appealing products and services.

3. Distribution channels– members of the distribution channels are familiar with the needs of the market and hence can prove to be excellent sources of new ideas. Not only do the channel members help in finding out unmet or partially met demands leading to new products and services, they also help in marketing the offerings so developed.

4. Government– it can be a source of new product ideas in two ways firstly, the patent office files contain numerous product possibilities that can assist entrepreneurs in obtaining specific product information, and secondly, response to government regulations can come in the form of new product ideas.

5. Research & development– Entrepreneur’s own R&D is the largest source of new idea. A formal and well-equipped research and development department enables the entrepreneur to conceive and develop successful new product ideas.


Methods of generating new ideas for entrepreneurs

July 19, 2005

The following are some of the key methods to help generate end test new ideas:

1. Focus Groups – these are the groups of individuals providing information in a structural format. A moderator leads a group of people through an open, in-depth discussion rather than simply asking questions to solicit participant response. Such groups form comments in open-end in-depth discussions for a new product area that can result in market success. In addition to generating new ideas, the focus group is an excellent source for initially screening ideas and concept.

2. Brainstorming – it is a group method for obtaining new ideas and solutions. It is based on the fact that people can be stimulated to greater creativity by meeting with others and participating in organized group experiences. The characteristics of this method are keeping criticism away; free wheeling of idea, high quantity of ideas, combinations and improvements of ideas. Such type of session should be fun with no scope for domination and inhibition. Brainstorming has a greater probability of success when the effort focuses on specific product or market area.

3. Problem inventory analysis– it is a method for obtaining new ideas and solutions by focusing on problems. This analysis uses individuals in a manner that is analogous to focus groups to generate new product areas. However, instead of generating new ideas, the consumers are provided with list of problems and then asked to have discussion over it and it ultimately results in an entirely new product idea.


Methods of generating new ideas for entrepreneurs

July 19, 2005

The following are some of the key methods to help generate end test new ideas:

1. Focus Groups – these are the groups of individuals providing information in a structural format. A moderator leads a group of people through an open, in-depth discussion rather than simply asking questions to solicit participant response. Such groups form comments in open-end in-depth discussions for a new product area that can result in market success. In addition to generating new ideas, the focus group is an excellent source for initially screening ideas and concept.

2. Brainstorming – it is a group method for obtaining new ideas and solutions. It is based on the fact that people can be stimulated to greater creativity by meeting with others and participating in organized group experiences. The characteristics of this method are keeping criticism away; free wheeling of idea, high quantity of ideas, combinations and improvements of ideas. Such type of session should be fun with no scope for domination and inhibition. Brainstorming has a greater probability of success when the effort focuses on specific product or market area.

3. Problem inventory analysis– it is a method for obtaining new ideas and solutions by focusing on problems. This analysis uses individuals in a manner that is analogous to focus groups to generate new product areas. However, instead of generating new ideas, the consumers are provided with list of problems and then asked to have discussion over it and it ultimately results in an entirely new product idea.


Guess the google

July 18, 2005


Have you seen the cool "Guess the Google" game that Grant Robinson has created? It picks a keyword at random, searches Google's huge repository of images gathered from the web, and places them in a grid of 20 images. You then have 20 seconds to guess what the keyword or theme of these images is. It's quite challenging and addictive!


Guess the google

July 18, 2005


Have you seen the cool “Guess the Google” game that Grant Robinson has created? It picks a keyword at random, searches Google’s huge repository of images gathered from the web, and places them in a grid of 20 images. You then have 20 seconds to guess what the keyword or theme of these images is. It’s quite challenging and addictive!


Cultivating the habit of innovation

July 15, 2005


To most of us, innovation is a process executed at "special" times when we need to break new ground. Ironically, at those times, we're usually too rusty to be innovative. Why should we save our best efforts for rare occasions?

Awareness
The first trait integral to the habit of innovation is awareness-of yourself and external circumstances.

Curiosity
Curiosity flows seamlessly from awareness. Once you open yourself to the nuances of life, it's hard not to find things that fascinate you and to begin wondering why.
To be curious, you must give yourself the freedom to risk and make mistakes.

Focus
Awareness and curiosity expand your options, but once you move toward a solution, you need to focus-to go beneath the surface and give full attention to what you're doing.

Initiative
Awareness awakens us to what's going on, curiosity lets us gather ideas, and focus lets us nurture particular ideas. But the innovative spirit without action is like the proverbial tree falling in the forest with no one to hear it. Initiative to act gives purpose and momentum to the habit of innovation.

Putting It Together: The Habit of Innovation


Cultivating the habit of innovation

July 15, 2005


To most of us, innovation is a process executed at “special” times when we need to break new ground. Ironically, at those times, we’re usually too rusty to be innovative. Why should we save our best efforts for rare occasions?

Awareness
The first trait integral to the habit of innovation is awareness-of yourself and external circumstances.

Curiosity
Curiosity flows seamlessly from awareness. Once you open yourself to the nuances of life, it’s hard not to find things that fascinate you and to begin wondering why.
To be curious, you must give yourself the freedom to risk and make mistakes.

Focus
Awareness and curiosity expand your options, but once you move toward a solution, you need to focus-to go beneath the surface and give full attention to what you’re doing.

Initiative
Awareness awakens us to what’s going on, curiosity lets us gather ideas, and focus lets us nurture particular ideas. But the innovative spirit without action is like the proverbial tree falling in the forest with no one to hear it. Initiative to act gives purpose and momentum to the habit of innovation.

Putting It Together: The Habit of Innovation