Telenor acquires mobile coupons firm

first_imgHomeMoneyNews Telenor acquires mobile coupons firm Probe underway into $3.3M fraud at Telenor bank Norway’s Telenor has acquired Liquid Barcodes, which the operator described as the country’s “ largest provider of mobile coupons”. The price was not disclosed.The move strengthens Telenor’s presence in coupons and value codes, which offer discounts or gifts to users when they are in retail outlets.Telenor already has an interest in this market through Valuecodes, a firm it set up with Payex, a Swedish payments firm, in 2010. The operator holds a 51 per cent stake in Valuecodes.Svein Henning Kirking (pictured), Telenor Digital Services’ head of e-commerce, said the operator has faith in mobile coupons and other loyalty schemes becoming popular and wants to take a strong position in the market, starting in the Nordic region.Liquid Barcodes has about 10 employees and annual turnover for 2012 was around NOK 10 million ($1.75 million) Telenor sells stake in mobile money subsidiary Liquid BarcodesTelenor Previous ArticleMexico takes tougher line on mobile competitionNext ArticleNokia lukewarm on QWERTY, despite business push Tags Money center_img Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including… Read more Jazz, Telenor agree Pakistan wallet tie-up Author AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 12 MAR 2013 Related Richard Handford last_img read more

Despite some reservations, Shawnee planning commission advances scaled-down plan for Westbrooke Green

first_imgBob Johnson, Polsinelli attorney representing Westbrooke Green developersDespite reservations from some members, the Shawnee planning commission last night agreed that a revised, scaled down plan for Westbrooke Green, a multimillion-dollar mixed-use project on the northeast corner of 75th and Quivira, still generally conforms to the intent of the city’s comprehensive plan.The planning commission had agreed in November 2017 that the project was consistent with the city’s comprehensive plan. Representatives with MP Westbrooke North LLC, the developer, said they have been working on plans that fit the site; they have found the revised plans would better suit the character of the neighborhood.Westbrooke Green is one of a handful of projects getting extra scrutiny from city leaders, as the developer has received public incentives in the form of tax increment financing to help fund the development.Bob Johnson, an attorney from Polsinelli representing the developer on the project, said they are now requesting $14 million in TIF funds for the roughly $90.2 million project.Doug Allmon, community development director for Shawnee, said the developer “slightly” revised project plans to have fewer apartment units on site, as well as a reconfiguration of the retail components.Here are the details of the revised project plan on the roughly 32-acre site:Construction of about 107,600 square feet of new and repurposed commercial/restaurant space, including 4 new restaurant pad sites and 2 newly renovated existing structures (slightly less than 108,500 square feet of commercial space approved in original project plan)Construction of about 343 market-rate multi-family residential units in 3 multi-story buildings with surface parking (down from 530 luxury units in five buildings)Construction of a village green open space, a walking trail system, carports for residential tenants and a pond amenityInfrastructure improvements including traffic infrastructure, stormwater treatment facilities, stormwater collection facilities, parking areas, landscaping, lighting and utilitiesHere is a view of the revised project plan:Demolition of several buildings that were part of Westbrooke Village, the derelict and defunct shopping center on the site, was completed over the past few months.The revised project plan no longer includes some components such as a parking garage and amphitheater, much to the concern of some commissioners.Commissioner Kathy Peterson said the planning commission in 2017 had approved a project plan with high-rise buildings, a parking garage and an amphitheater. And the new plan appears to have “significantly reduced” the amount of green space, she added.“This plan in front of me does not look like a destination,” she said. “It looks like a large apartment complex next to a grocery store. This was supposed to be a spectacular new ‘welcome to Shawnee’ on that corner of the city.”The agenda item did not include a period for public comment, so about half a dozen residents followed the developers and their representative out into the lobby to share some of the same concerns about the project.The residents told the developer they wanted a destination place with nice restaurants. They added that they did not want to see high-rise “inner city” buildings taller than five stories, nor did they want a project that only has an apartment complex and more fast-food restaurants.Shawnee Planning Commissioner Kathy Peterson.Johnson said the residents would have the opportunity in future meetings to give input on the project plan.“We’re extremely excited about this project; we think it can be delivered,” he said. “We think it’s good for the neighborhood. We think it’s the right use and the right mixture of uses for the neighborhood.”Johnson said they have taken feedback from residents and revised the plans to create a sustainable development.In the meeting, Allmon said the planning commission will consider approval of a revised project plan, including its various components, before the developer could begin construction.Johnson said a parking garage no longer made sense for the project size, adding that surface parking would fit better with the surrounding neighborhood of single-family homes.Johnson said the green space proposed in the central part of the site would have a raised platform for outdoor concerts and events. The residential component — to be built by NorthPoint Development of Riverside, Missouri — has less density to be more respectful of the neighboring single-family homes, Johnson said, adding that a mixture of surface, carport and in-line parking would fit the site better than a parking garage.Johnson added that the developer is planning to modernize and repurpose the Dillons building to fit the needs of current retail tenants, such as entertainment and fitness businesses. A mixture of brand-new buildings do not fit the market demand, he added.The project plan does not include a grocery store. Further project plan details will be nailed down and considered for approval multiple times at a later date, Johnson added.“It’s almost as if the 2017 plan didn’t exist,” he said.City staff said the planning commission’s decision Monday was simply to agree if the project plan meets the intent of the city’s comprehensive plan. The city’s Land Use Guide of the Comprehensive Plan indicates that mixed-use development — with components of residential, commercial, open space and restaurant uses — is “appropriate for the site,” staff noted in city documents.The planning commission voted 7-0 to agree that the revised project plans conform to the city’s comprehensive plan. Commissioners Bruce Bienhoff, Carrie Bingham, Brian Roth and Steven Wise were absent.last_img read more

Los Alamos Arts Council Hosts 2019 Pumpkin Glow

first_imgLos Alamos Arts Council hosted its annual Pumpkin Glow event Saturday night along Central Avenue and Fuller Lodge lawn. This year’s event had the largest collection of carved pumpkins on record as the community and the Arts Council took on the challenge of earning a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for most pumpkins carved simultaneously. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.comA Jack-O-Lantern grins to passerbys on Central Avenue. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.comScene from the Pumpkin Glow. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.comScene from the Pumpkin Glow. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com Scene from the Pumpkin Glow. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com Scene from the Pumpkin Glow. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com Scene from the Pumpkin Glow. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com Scene from the Pumpkin Glow. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.comcenter_img Scene from the Pumpkin Glow. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com Scene from the Pumpkin Glow. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com Scene from the Pumpkin Glow. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.comlast_img read more

Overland upgrade announced

first_imgVICTORIAN Transport Minister Peter Batchelor announced a A$2·4m refurbishment of the Adelaide – Melbourne Overland on February 28. New seating will be installed and the cafe and lounge cars modernised by early 2007. Joint funding has been agreed with Great Southern Railway and the South Australian government for the work, which the minister said will ’really bring the train into the 21st century and help ensure a new generation of passengers are attracted to the train for its comfort and aesthetics.’ Great Southern Railway CEO Tony Braxton-Smith said the refurbishment plans were inspired by GNER’s refurbishment of trains on Britain’s East Coast Main Line (RG 11.03 p698).Following market research, times for the Overland have been altered. Trains now leave Adelaide at 07.25on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and Melbourne at 07.35 the following day. This replaces an overnight schedule for the westbound train, which required passengers in western Victoria to board and alight in the middle of the night.Once the work is completed, GSR plans to market a range of holiday packages based around the revamped service.last_img read more

Four days to go …

first_imgWorld Cup favourites choosing defensive-minded midfielders over deep-lying playmakersTHE most fascinating tactical development over the past few World Cups has been the increased popularity of the deep playmaker. Having almost become extinct around the turn of the century, it’s notable that recent World Cup winners have generally depended upon a great creative influence from deep.Take the past six World Cup winners, and they can essentially be split in half — the early three sides used defensive-minded water-carriers in front of the defence, screening and tackling rather than creating.Brazil’s 1994 side, for example, used Dunga and Mauro Silva, two players reliable with possession rather than genuinely creative. Four years later, France also played two in their final victory over Brazil, with Didier Deschamps deployed alongside Emmanuel Petit to the left.Christian Karembeu, a peculiar hybrid of a wing-back and a box-to-box midfielder, also shuttled up and down on the right of a very defensive three-man midfield.In 2002, meanwhile, it was back to a defensive Brazilian duo. Gilberto Silva played alongside Kleberson, who had replaced the more creative Juninho midway the tournament.Then, however, there was something of a revival. Italy’s creative force in their 2006 triumph was Andrea Pirlo, who depended upon Rino Gattuso to get through the running, and who played a relaxed, reserved role and created from in front of his own defence.Spain’s 2010 side used Xabi Alonso deep alongside Sergio Busquets, with Xavi Hernandez also dropping back to help out. More than anyone, Spain popularised deep-lying passers.In turn, that partly influenced the Germany side of four years later, who used Bastian Schweinsteiger, a technically gifted former winger, in a holding midfield role; their star midfielder was Toni Kroos, who played a little higher up, but in front of the opposition midfield rather than between the lines.So what of the 2018 crop? Well, for fans of deep-lying playmakers, things aren’t looking entirely promising. In a post-Pirlo-and-Xavi world, and with Italy absent and therefore denying us the opportunity to watch Pirlo’s successor, Marco Verratti, it’s clear that the majority of big sides are using more functional players ahead of their back four.Spain must be considered a slight exception. Their holding midfielder is Busquets, who clearly has the passing qualities to be considered a playmaker, and is absolutely wonderful at playing disguised reverse passes into attack, but plays a very safe, reserved role for Spain and leaves the creativity to more advanced players.In a 4-1-4-1 system, Spain’s most dangerous creators are Andres Iniesta, David Silva and Isco, who will look to receive the ball between the lines, albeit while taking it in turns to drop deep. Thiago Alcantara plays deeper but might not force his way into the side. Koke is another option.Germany, meanwhile, still have Kroos. He’s played all over the midfield throughout his career — as a No.10, as a true holding player, and has now established himself as a centre-left midfielder in a trio or a duo. It’ll be the latter here, with Sami Khedira pushing forward to the right, and Kroos dictating the play. Mesut Ozil, meanwhile, will play as a conventional No.10.The other big sides, though, are playing battlers in those positions. Brazil’s deepest midfielder will be Casemiro, who has showcased his passing skills at Real Madrid more over the past season, but is largely still a holding player who keeps things simple and allows others to shine.For Brazil, he and Fernandinho will protect the defence first and foremost, with the side based around combination play from four more attack-minded players.The fourth favourites, France, are a similar case. N’Golo Kante will play in an all-action defensive midfield role, and while he’s another whose passing has improved noticeably in recent months, he’s hardly an Alonso or a Pirlo. Indeed, France’s midfield is slightly lacking in creativity from deep, which makes the absence of Adrien Rabiot slightly confusing.Argentina, meanwhile, have the option of the talented youngster Giovani Lo Celso, but Javier Mascherano seems more likely to shield the defence, perhaps with Lucas Biglia, another destroyer, for company.Belgium are an interesting case. Kevin De Bruyne will start in an even more withdrawn role than he’s accustomed to at Manchester City, alongside Axel Witsel. But it seems likely that Roberto Martinez will push him forward against strong opposition, introducing an extra defensive midfielder.England, meanwhile, are taking an unusually technical side to Russia, but defensive midfielder is the area where they’re lacking creative spirit. Eric Dier is a defender as much of a midfielder, and renowned for his tackling more than his distribution. Jordan Henderson is about energy and pressing.There might be some rare creativity in deep midfield positions from relative outsiders. Uruguay, usually based around combative players in front of the defence, look set to field Matias Vecino and Federico Valverde, with the latter particularly talented in possession.Portugal’s Joao Moutinho, on his day, can spread play excellently, while Ivan Rakitic will dictate play from deep for Croatia, with Luka Modric higher up.But look elsewhere and the likes of Mexico, Colombia and Switzerland are all fielding defensive-minded tacklers rather than creators in front of their defence, and this seems more likely to be a tournament about No.10s.Leo Messi, James Rodriguez, Younes Belhanda, Christian Eriksen, Christian Cuevas, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Shinji Kagawa and Piotr Zielinski all look set to be fielded as conventional No.10s with two holding midfielders affording them that freedom.Tha, in itself should produce some good moments — but consistently good football tends to come from teams fielding deep playmakers, who can find more time in possession and engineer methodical attacks.The 2018 World Cup might be remembered as the one where the sturdier, more defensive and less creative midfielders made something of a comeback.last_img read more

Ravens wrapping up preparations for first preseason test

first_img(This blog brought to you by Atlantic Remodeling. Visit www.atlanticremodeling.com to learn about their Red Cent Guarantee!)OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens concluded their final open practice before their preseason opener with what amounted to little more than an extended walk-through Tuesday, but how much work their starters will receive Thursday night remains to be seen.Taking on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their first of four preseason games this month, the Ravens are expected to handle playing time for their starters in a manner similar to past seasons, but coach John Harbaugh chose not to tip his hand with too many specifics following Tuesday’s practice. Based on previews years, key veterans such as Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, Terrell Suggs, and Haloti Ngata will likely see just a series or two of action before giving way to backups.“We’re not going to play the starters the whole game,” Harbaugh said. “How much we play them remains to be seen. We’ve got a plan.”Based on past seasons, it’s possible some veterans will be held out entirely as former players such as Ray Lewis and Ed Reed were occasionally rested until the second preseason game, but Harbaugh could view this year differently with significant changes on each side of the ball.The coach downplayed the possibility of holding out key starters entirely but left himself wiggle room to do so at Raymond James Stadium Thursday night. In last year’s preseason opener in Atlanta, Flacco and the starting offense played into the second quarter after going three-and-out three straight times in the opening period at the Georgia Dome.“We’ll see. Right now, we’re planning on playing guys,” Harbaugh said. “We need to play, but we’ll see.”With the Ravens trying to overcome the losses of wide receiver Anquan Boldin and tight end Dennis Pitta as well as the recent hamstring injury to tight end Ed Dickson, Flacco will search for new options on which he can trust that include young receivers such as Tandon Doss and Deonte Thompson as well as newly-signed veteran tight end Visanthe Shiancoe.The quarterback has credited the work of these new targets in practice but downplayed the significance of the first preseason game in trying to answer question marks in the passing attack, acknowledging that he doesn’t expect to see extensive action against Tampa Bay.“You get used to being back out there and being in and getting hit,” Flacco said. “I haven’t been hit since Feb. 3, so my neck will be sore for a little bit after I get hit for the first time. It always gets you going when you get hit for that first time. It reminds you that you play football.”Thursday will also mark the first live-game look at a revamped defense that has shown plenty of versatility in practices and looks to have the potential to be better than last year’s unit that finished 17th in yards allowed and tied for 12th in points allowed.The starting defense could feature up to six new starters, meaning the preseason will be the opportune time to iron out miscommunication as well as build cohesiveness. Flacco was complimentary of the defense on Tuesday, labeling them as “pretty darn good” and complimenting veteran inside linebacker Daryl Smith for the way he’s run the defense in practices since being added in early June.“It’s starting to gel, but we haven’t played in a football game yet,” defensive end Chris Canty said. “We need to go out there and compete against another football team. Play at game speed [and] at game tempo and go through that process. I think we’ve had enough of hitting each other around here. We’re ready to go hit somebody else.”Of course, Thursday will represent only one snapshot of the work put in during the offseason and the first two weeks of camp, but it provides an early litmus test for veterans as well as an opportunity for others to improve their chances to land starting spots or put themselves on the radar for 53-man roster consideration.Ultimately, it’s the next significant step in moving closer to games that actually count in less than a month.“The first preseason game is really just to get out there [in a game setting],” Flacco said. “Hopefully have a couple good series and be very polished and prove to yourself that the practice is paying off.”last_img read more

Sermona repeats over Gonzales

first_imgWhere did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine View comments MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Power-punching Ryan Sermona dominated Roberto Gonzales to wrest the Philippine lightweight title Saturday night at the Agoncillo covered court in Agoncillo, Batangas.The 29-year-old Sermona, who also defeated Gonzales during their first bout four years ago in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro, scored repeatedly with combinations to the body to score a 5th round TKO. ADVERTISEMENT Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Sermona upped his record to 20-8-0, 13 KOs, while Gonzales dropped to 27-3-0,17 KOs. —Dennis U. EroaFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Senators to proceed with review of VFA We are young Quirino sparks gold chase EDITORS’ PICKlast_img read more

WATCH: John Terry films Chelsea legend winning dads’ race at school sports day

first_img Watch the video of Hasselbaink below… 1 Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink might not be playing football anymore, but he has shown he is still in peak physical competition by winning a notoriously hard race.The dads’ race at a school sports day, of course.The former Chelsea striker took the gold medal, though he did tumble over the finish line in rather embarrassing fashion.And, to make matters worse, his ex-teammate John Terry was on hand to film the whole race and post it to his official Instagram account.You can watch it below…last_img

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 7-13 Mar 2005

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#web#Weekly Wrap-ups richard macmanus 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… This week: Microsoft’s RSS Aggregator, mobile web 2.0, open source web 2.0 (stats,adverts, topics), Structured Blogging, ETech.Well this week has been a blur of activity for me and my server. First off I launchedan RSS statistics projectwith Jon Udell and Feedburner, then later in the week I had fun riffing on whatMicrosoft was up to with start.com, their sandbox development of a web-based RSSAggregator. Microsoft Makes A Start On RSSWhen I read the short SiliconBeatpost about Microsoft’s sandbox development of aweb-based RSS Aggregator, I immediately blogged it andtook screenshots (which became a popular attraction when Microsoft briefly pulled the site). Ithought it was big news, and still do, because of what the prototype revealed – Microsoftintends to integrate an RSS Aggregator with its MSN Search product. That’s importantbecause their main rivals, Google and Yahoo, are primarily search companies.Weall knew Microsoft would eventually come out with an RSS Aggregator product, but most ofus thought it would be integrated into Outlook. Well it seems that search is insteadgoing to be the platform from which Microsoft will challenge its main rivals in the RSSwar.I updated my post aboutstart.com 5 times during the week, so my other thoughts are there if you’reinterested.Mobile Web 2.0Scott Gatz, senior director of personalization products for Yahoo, emailed me (and others)during the week to break the news about Yahoo’s new mobile RSS service. This is anextension of the My Yahoo! re-design which was launched in November. Scott said:“Basically we redesigned My Yahoo around RSS and now we brought it to the mobile world(and we have a desktop ticker too). Really all about getting whatever you want whereveryou want.” Interesting stuff and Russ Beattie has more detailsabout how to actually use the mobile service.Who else is doing mobile RSS? I’ve been aware of Bloglines mobile service for a while now and I’veeven tried to use it on my mobile phone. And Iread in Susan Mernit’s blog today that Google has a new mobile service. Susan says: “the deal is thatGoogle’s put up a new mobile start page with links to all their current mobileservices–SMS, web and image search, imode interface.”No mention of RSS, but it wouldn’tsurprise me to see it introduced soon (ditto GoogleNews).Open Source Web 2.0Bit of talk about open source things in the Web 2.0 world this week. Most importantlyof course, there is my opensource RSS statistics effort 🙂 But also Jeff Jarvis has a great idea for an open source adnetwork. And Marc Canter has been writing inspiring stuff about Open Topics. Plus forthe geekier amongst us, there are now a heap of resources forAjax web development (how GMail and other great web apps like it were developed). Myfavourite resource, for its claim to handle 99% of the development work for you, is SAJAX – Simple Ajax Toolkit.Structured BloggingA couple of weeks ago Iwrote about Bob Wyman’s (of PubSub) post on what he calls “structuredblogging”. As he described it then: “The basic idea is to go beyond “mere” text inblogs and include structured XML that describes job-openings, events, new prices, pressreleases, updates to phone numbers and contact info, requests for proposals, etc.”Now PubSub has come up with a new weblog called structuredblogging.org. It currently offers aWordPress plug-in to carry out structured blogging. It also has some XML schemas andfurther technicalresources. Looks pretty interesting and I’ll be following its progress. Would begreat to get a Movable Type plug-in for this.EtechFinally, the coming week promises to be a good one for Web 2.0. The O’Reilly Emerging TechnologyConference is being held March 14-17 and the sessions sound like Web 2.0 Geek Nirvanato me 🙂 What a pity I can’t be there… sob! However I look forward to lots of reportsfrom the bloggers who do attend and I sure hope Heath Row (or someone as thorough as him) will bethere to transcribe the sessions. Better yet, I hope IT Conversations records them and publishesthem soon after. C’mon, I’m relying on the blogosphere to be my ears and eyes for ETech –don’t let me down people!last_img read more

On The Road With The Vortex of Change: Mexico

first_imgRecently, I went on the road to talk to C-level executives in Mexico to discuss how to face the disruption that is coming for many, if not all, businesses. At Intel, we call the swirling maelstrom of business, technological, and cultural shifts the Vortex of ChangeOpens in a new window. A key theme was around the constancy of differentiation – what it looks like, how I do it, with whom, and how to monetize it. This is clearly easy to say but much harder to do, as it forces those having the conversation out of their comfort zone. The legacy that made a business successful in the past might hold it back in the future!Focusing on the PeopleIntel is a manufacturing and technology company — naturally, customers would expect us to talk about the technology we produce. I think there was some surprise when the focus of many of my discussions explored how company culture needs reinvention to meet the disruptive forces of change. I included observations and examples showing:How to grow business rather than focusing on cost efficiencies.The necessity of executive alignment and one voice on necessary changes.The importance of skills and career development.How changing work practices are disrupting business.Innovation driven by incentives.Shared accountability and collaboration.One executive told me: “We don’t get anything like this from our vendors. We like the analyst views, but they are often too academic, and we don’t have time to wait for the academic to become real. When can you come back?”A Singular View of the FutureMany Mexican companies are facing intensified competition from new avenues – changes in regulation, changes in market forces, new entrants, and others. Whether you’re an Oil and Gas conglomerate wrestling with a deregulated environment, or a leading academic institution trying to figure out which skills and curricula are relevant for the marketplace, competition is everywhere. We don’t know what the new skills are in the world of communications. Success now means more than providing “the pipe.”I’m often asked, “Where do I start?” As simple as it sounds, it starts with having a singular view of what the business will look like in the future. Not the growth curve, but the actual business. This is a key starting point for any form of transformation. If you don’t have it, your strategy ends up being fragmented, and the path to success is hindered. Perhaps unsurprisingly, many of my conversations spent time on this one topic, and it usually forms the entry point to the executive workshops I sometimes run with business leaders.Looking to the FutureFor those of you who might not know, startup growth in Mexico is off the charts, and this was a good reminder that the spirit of innovation is alive, well, and accelerating in this part of the world. No better example of this was when I went to visit The Disruptive Business Academy. It is run by an organization called Startup Mexico, and they identify and selectively host at their very cool renovated warehouse some of the best and most innovative startups in the country. The excellent and engaging group the team had assembled had a lot of questions, underscoring both the thirst to transform and change, but also the reality that change like this isn’t easy — especially when you move beyond talking. Here were some common questions:“How do I address the need for change in culture?”“What skills will I need going forward?”“Who owns the digital strategy?”“How do I measure success?”“When can you come back and do a workshop?”“Where do I start?”“How can we work more strategically on this with Intel?”Engaging with the audience and brainstorming ways to deal with the constancy of change was fulfilling and exciting, and it offered many exciting avenues for the future. The one defining theme was this — people want to avoid facing backward and discover new avenues for future growth and development — a common denominator that joins all of us together and presents opportunities for innovation and collaboration moving forward.Creating Opportunities for CollaborationDuring my trip, I had the pleasure of meeting with a major Mexican communication company and a prestigious private university. I was inspired by the groundswell of both industry and academic innovation as well as the conscious steps they had both taken to challenge the approaches that have made them leaders in their respective segments.The communications organization recognized the disruption that the Vortex of Change is creating and has really done an excellent job in developing and delivering a set of immersive and elegantly integrated experiences for a broad variety of consumer and industry customers — knowing well that the “customer” will pay more for an experience than they would for a product or capability. As companies increasingly look at this type of approach, it’s important to consider what you’re really good at and can do yourself. At the same time, you also have to consider what collaboration and shared revenue models you might need to look at if you are to truly satisfy the experiential needs of the customers you both have today and want to win in the future.Senior leadership at the university is focusing on how to approach the next wave of education needs — moving their lectures, labs, and workshops to focus on subject matter based around market shifts in the coming decades versus the professions of the past. Both provided good food for thought! I look forward to coming back soon to continue our work with some of these leaders and further plot our respective paths through the Vortex of Change.If you’d like to find out more about Intel initiatives and the Vortex of Change, read some of our thought leadershipOpens in a new window on the subject, or sign up for the IT Center newsletterOpens in a new window.last_img read more