Dr. Dani Rodrik is the Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy at the Harvard Kennedy School. He has published widely in the areas of international economics, economic development, and political economy.
We seem to be living in an accelerated age of revolutionary technological breakthroughs. Barely a day passes without the announcement of some major new development in artificial intelligence, biotechnology, digitization, or automation. Yet those who are supposed to know where it is all taking us can’t make up their minds.
At one end of the spectrum are the techno-optimists, who believe we are on the cusp of a new era in which the world’s living standards will rise more rapidly than ever. At the other end are the techno-pessimists, who see disappointing productivity statistics and argue that the new technologies’ economy-wide benefits will remain limited. Then there are those – the techno-worriers? – who agree with the optimists about the scale and scope of innovation but fret about the adverse implications for employment or equity.
Dr.Peter H. Diamandis is a Greek American engineer, physician, and entrepreneur best known for being the founder and chairman of the X PRIZE Foundation, the co-founder and chairman of Singularity University and the co-author of the New York Times bestseller Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think.
Right now, online platforms like Khan Academy and Coursera have made a plethora of educational resources available 1) for free and 2) on demand, such that you can pick and choose what you learn and at what speed you learn it.
Khan Academy has delivered over 300 million lessons since it started in 2006, features 5,000 free instructional videos in 65 languages, and allows users to complete 4 million exercises every day – simply amazing.
Dr. John Psarouthakis, Executive Editor, The Business Thinker, and Founder and former CEO of JPIndustries Inc-an acquisitions growth company.
A Brief Note from the book “How to Acquire the Right Business”
A carefully planned and executed search process is likely to improve your odds of finding a company with which you can be successful. Too often, people rush into deals only to find out later that they did not purchase what they had expected. They suffer negative business consequences, such as lower than anticipated profits and sales. The alternative, careful planning may cost more initially and require more effort but is likely to lead to better business results in the long run.
Various studies have found that as high as 60% of acquisitions made fail to meet the acquisition-performance goals, ROI, ROE, etc., that were set at the closing and which influenced significantly the price paid. Just 25% met or exceeded those goals; the remaining 15% were indeterminate.