Steve King

  • Why Hobbypreneurs are Thriving: It is Cheaper and Easier to Make Things

    by on January 12, 2010

    The Intuit Future of Small Business Research report Today’s Hobbyists are Tomorrow’s Hobbypreneurs covers six key reasons hobbypreneurs are thriving.

    All are important drivers of the hobbypreneur trend. But in my view the main reason a growing number of hob…

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  • The Next Decade's Growth Industries

    by on January 6, 2010

    The U.S. Bureau of labor Statistics released a report forecasting the industries that will experience the greatest job growth and declines over the next decade. Their top 10 growth industries are:

    Management, scientific and technical consulting services
    Off…

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  • Reverse Innovation – Lessons From Emerging Markets

    by on October 14, 2009

    One Laptop Per Child’s (OLPC) mission is to produce low cost laptops designed for children to use for educational purposes in the developing world. Their first product, the XO, was released in 2007.

    Because the XO was designed for the developing world, the p…

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  • Solar Energy

    Using Business Model Innovation to Sell Solar Energy

    by on August 28, 2009

    Solar energy is great.Sunlight is free, plentiful and clean.The problem is the cost of solar panels.It costs between $25,000 and $35,000 to install a solar photovoltaic system on the average house.This upfront cost is simply too high for most homeowners.

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  • Take Local Bigger with a Shop Local Campaign

    by on August 26, 2009

    Featuring your local ties can give you an advantage in local business. If you’re ready to go bigger with this concept, start a Shop Local campaign.

    Do Shop Local campaigns work? The research says yes. Let’s take Portland, Maine, as an example. In a 2007 surve…

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  • A Coming Wave of Small-scale Manufacturing Innovation

    by on August 12, 2009

    Desktop manufacturing systems use 3D ink-jet printer technology to “print” an object by spraying layer upon layer of fine beads of plastic or resin. These beads build up to create a freestanding product.

    Desktop 3D printers, which are about the size of a …

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  • Innovation Lessons from the Printing Press

    by on May 19, 2009

    The invention of the movable type printing press in 1440 by Johannes Gutenberg is considered one of the greatest innovations of all time. Gutenberg’s printing press revolutionized the creation and distribution of information and movable type presses are still…

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