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Surviving failure in the not-for-profit sector : How to effectively innovate

Innovation is a sought after concept, seen as a way for organizations to respond to disruption, be more competitive and improve their financial position. Generally speaking, it suggests different methods, pioneering product development and challenging the status quo – to improve a product or service. Naturally, there are some organizations who innovate better than others…

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The Battle for Starwood

A consortium led by the little known Anbang Insurance Group is currently challenging Marriott International, a known leader in the hotel industry for Starwood Hotels and Resorts.

While in the final stages of the initial deal with Marriott, Anbang led the consortium to put forward a superior all cash offer triggering a three-week bidding war. In the final hours of writing this the Wall Street Journal just broke the news that Anbang has abruptly pulled their most recent $14 billion all cash offer…

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Internet of Things, Technology, and Healthcare Part II: A Closer Look at Peek

Blindness by the numbers is staggering; 39m suffer globally, with 80% having a condition that is either preventable or treatable with a known cure. Furthermore 90% are from low income areas. With this in mind Dr. Andrew Bastawrous, an ophthalmologist (eye surgeon), left the UK for Kenya to tackle the problem head on. This led to the creation of Peek, an innovative mobile eye examination kit which is extending the reach of traditional healthcare….

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Internet of Things, Technology, and Healthcare Part I

To talk about The Internet of Things (IoT), the Innovation Forum brought in Mischa Dohler. Dohler is an industry leader, Professor of Wireless Communications at Kings College, and Co-founder and Board Member of Worldsensing. Dohler provided his views on IoT, milestones every entrepreneur will hit, the biggest problems you’ll face, and mistakes to avoid along the way….

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Campus London FinTech Investors Evening: A Panel Discussion

On occasion Dreamstake – A London based firm focused on matching investors to start ups – holds events at Campus, a Google space. This month was a panel discussion focused on financial technology. Financial technology or Fin-tech, has grown rapidly in the wake of the Global Financial Crisis. A report from Accenture shows that investment into Fin-tech in total has tripled from $4.05bn in 2013 to $12.2Bn in 2014. Furthermore the rate of investment is triple that of its venture capital peers. To discuss this, a panel of respected fin-tech leaders sat ready for questions…

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Health 2.0: Designing Products for Health

Healthcare is an industry of increasing importance with our global ageing population. Health 2.0 looks to play a crucial role in the sectors future. Health 2.0 is focused on innovations and ideas to improve patient care. I attended an event, held at Google Campus London, on Health 2.0 and specifically User Experience (UX) Design to get a better understanding of its importance…

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Doku:Tech Conference – Exploring The Future Challenges and Implications of Technology

Tucked away in the hills of Kosovo is the town of Prizren. Prizren is the host of Doku:Tech – A conference focusing on technology and its role in the future. The conference has expanded by offering workshops in design thinking and providing a variety of international speakers. Speakers this year ranged from tech investor Esther Dyson to Pirate Bay founder Peter (Penter) Sunde….

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