Corporate Cleantech Investors Gearing Up, Too

Venture capital spending on cleantech isn’t the only thing that’s up. According to a new report out from Ernst & Young, three-quarters of corporate investors surveyed said they plan to increase their budgets for cleantech investments between 2012 and 2014.

The Current Succession Picture at Apple

Earlier, I suggested that while Steve Jobs’ medical leave may be unfortunate, it isn’t likely to derail Apple because the company has a strong executive roster. Here’s an in-depth look at that roster, with an eye to who might fill the CEO role in the future.

The New Yardstick: If You’re Not Apple, You Lose

Companies were afraid of Microsoft in the 90s. If they decided to enter your space, you’d be out of business, if you weren’t lucky enough to be bought by them. That’s not the case anymore. In this sense, Apple is the Microsoft of this decade.

What Can Web Workers Learn from Corporations?

While corporations can learn from web workers, I think that the reverse is also true. As someone who has worked recently on both sides of the fence, I thought it would be interesting to think about what web workers can learn from corporations.

The Dark Side of Freelancing

There are a number of downsides associated with freelancing, which is why I’ve made the decision to go back to a full-time corporate job as a community manager. I’ll still be a web worker, but I’ll be doing it as a full-time employee.

The Impact of Corporate Policies on Web Working Employees

No Twitter AllowedLast week, there was quite a bit of discussion about how some social media web sites, including Twitter, were being blocked for at least some White House staff members. The end result was that people were simply finding ways around the policies by accessing Twitter through third-party clients or using their phones and other personal devices. I’ve been running across more and more companies and organizations that have strict policies about using social media or are even blocking access to various social web sites through the corporate network.
On the surface, it can seem like a good way to cut down on goofing off, but the reality is that many people use these sites to get information and, increasingly, to communicate with customers. While this can be a problem for some employees, it can cause a devastating productivity issue for those of us who do most of our work online. Read More about The Impact of Corporate Policies on Web Working Employees

Apple Confirms “3GS,” Journalists Rejoice

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Having received confirmation from Apple PR, TheAppleBlog can now confirm that the official name for Apple’s latest phone is iPhone 3GS (no space).

While this might not seem like a big deal to you, for those of us having to write about the formerly awkward name, the plural alone was worth the change. Since the “S” stands for speed, and is an abbreviation, the correct usage was to add an “s,” as in “iPhone 3G Ss.” Now, the much-improved plural will be “iPhone 3GSs.” Read More about Apple Confirms “3GS,” Journalists Rejoice