Can technology leaders really have charisma?

Despite a decent performance by Ashton Kutcher, Joshua Stern’s biopic on the late Steve Jobs has been panned by critics and audiences (http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/jobs/). A more compelling, free(!), and “gritty” watch can be found in Steve Jobs The Lost Interview — … Continue reading

Understanding Sustained Participation in OSS Projects

Research Question: What mechanisms sustain long-term voluntary developer participation in OSS communities? Abstract: Prior research into open source software (OSS) developer participation has emphasized individuals’ motivations for joining these volunteer communities, but it has failed to explain why people stay … Continue reading

Mobile Banking Machines in Africa

Opportunity International is piloting a project bringing mobile banks to rural areas in Malawi. Surveys of Opportunity clients in Malawi revealed that many travel as much as 600km just to save with the bank. Indeed, 85% of Malawi’s 12 million … Continue reading

Roller Coasters & Remote Leaders

Over the last couple of months I’ve had the opportunity to observe a friend as he has designed and launched a new, high-tech entrepreneurial venture. He has been very generous in sharing the ins and outs, and it has been exciting … Continue reading

The Next Time You Need Your Spleen Removed …

Robo-surgeons. Creepy. Before your next surgery you might want to ask your surgeon if she is warmed up. According to a recent study (referenced here), surgeons who did a dry run on a virtual-reality surgery simulator prior to the real … Continue reading

The Pendulum of Centralization and Decentralization

Research Question: What factors influence individual use of a centralized application platform? Abstract: After two decades of actively distributing computing power to individual users in the form of desktop and notebook PCs, IT executives are now being drawn back to … Continue reading

Thinking of Switching to VoIP?

Summer 2010 After paying $45+ per month for a single line, plain-Jane home telephone service + long distance plan for the last 11 years, I’ve finally made the switch to VoIP. Of course a large number of Internet-based telephone service … Continue reading