Jacklin Altman

  • I agree with John that finding your niche is the most important. The startup is fundamentally built around it’s unique offering, and without a real value proposition, funding is irrelevant. As far as crowdfunding goes, I think it’s awesome. It’s a way for people to get behind something that they believe in and contribute to its success. However,…[Read more]

  • I think it will definitely impact the consumer industry. Even if it’s fairly expensive, it makes sense to pay a bunch for a 3D printer and print whatever you want, rather than buying individual items every so often. I also think that it won’t become fully mainstream until some celebrities/high-profile people start using them, then it will trickle down.

  • I think that in 10 years technology will change much more than just our careers. I think that the way we interact with our families, pets, friends, etc. will be altered- whether it be good or bad. I think that technology is also going to make a lot of careers obsolete, as more and more things get automated. I also think it can make certain jobs…[Read more]

  • This is an idea that never even crossed my mind- that wireless enabled security systems are more vulnerable. I know that parts of our system are wireless enabled, and I think that this shows how even though our society is constantly moving towards making things easier, quicker, faster, etc. – it’s not necessarily getting safer. It shows an…[Read more]

  • I think one thing that might be relevant, depending on the presentation, to send materials beforehand or create some sort of takeaway. Whether that be a handout, a quiz, etc; it’s something to engage the audience and giving them something to take home means they will remember the presentation.

  • I think the super obvious industry to be disrupted is the automotive industry. Manufacturers will have to alter the way they build cars to support this new autonomous concept. Also, I think that car services such as taxis, Uber, Lyft, etc. will feel the waves of this disruption, because if cars can drive themselves, then all of those drivers will…[Read more]

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    In an attempt to make videos “stickier” on social media, Facebook recently debuted its own video app called Riff. This Forbes article details the app and the logic behind it.
    The way the app works is that users […]

    • This app sounds pretty fun and interesting although as a Facebook user, I have never heard of Riff. I do think the app is similar to Vine and Snapchat stories but it may not last long. Riff may be a fun app for a year or so but I think eventually people will stop using it. It also depends how frequently you go on Facebook. I rarely go on Facebook or social media so I would probably use the app once to test it out but that’s about it. I do see many people using the app as it is similar to Vine and that was a huge success.

    • I think this is another attempt at Facebook capitalizing on other successful apps. Facebook is slowly declining in popularity and trying to regain its market share through other ideas that have already been created. I don’t believe that it will be able to retain users, considering Snapchat and Vine’s popularity. I believe that facebook has shifted to an older segmentation and new add-ons such as these are not appealing to that market.

    • I am not so sure that this app will be successful on facebook’s part. I think it might be a bit too complicated in comparison to snapchat and vine, and that people will want to stick to what they already have and are used to. However, if Facebook were to buy out these companies and then add in this feature as a bonus to what the people already know, I could see it working out.

  • I think it’s a good list, though the 4th point is a bit odd. If you strive to be “viral,” you may lose sight of creating quality content because you’re focusing so much on being popular. I think that something else that isn’t really mentioned is outreach/back-links and general SEO things. In the online space especially, connecting with experts who…[Read more]

  • I like the idea as well, because it does show sustaining innovation, and I think there are plenty of people who will find it interesting and use it. However, I think that having to use Python might be a turn off for people. Once they make it so that anyone can use the 360 feature any time, then I think it will catch on much faster.

  • I do think that the watch industry is underestimating the apple watch a bit. I don’t think that it can compete with true luxury watches (Cartier, Rolex, etc), because if someone wants a watch covered in diamonds that they saw someone famous wearing, they aren’t gonna go for the Apple Watch. However, there is a bit of a cult surrounding Apple and…[Read more]

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    I found this article where the author lists what he believes to be the top 5 risks for IT projects. They are as follows:

    1. Other projects getting prioritized over yours, thus taking funding away.

    2. […]

  • I think that crowdfunding definitely poses a potential for disruption, because it allows the average person to get funding. I think that crowdfunding is disruptive in its own right now. Whereas people/small companies with big ideas couldn’t compete before due to a lack of capital, websites like Kickstarter allow users to obtain funding based on…[Read more]

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    I know that I personally have always thought of performance reviews as uncomfortable sit-downs with the boss where I get talked at for a while, with little back and forth. I never thought that I had to play an […]

    • I like the idea of detailing all of my accomplishments throughout the year and listing them out because I would be better prepared for my performance review and it is easier to keep track all of the accomplishments. Sometimes its hard to sit and think everything you have accomplished and of course your boss won’t remember everything you have accomplished because you are not the only one on the team.

    • I like the idea of the self evaluation. It provides a back and forth conversation that allows you to counter negative aspects of your review. However, I can see it backfiring if your reviewer does not agree with your points and they may view it as you questioning their authority. In addition, when most people talk about their achievements, they blow them out of proportion resulting in less objectivity when it comes to self evaluations. What I think might be better for larger organizations is having several reviewers. More times than not, a person will work with a number of managers in a given year. It may be more objective to average the reviews of a number of managers so if a person is a consistently poor performer, there is verification from multiple sources.

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    For my disruptive innovation project, I looked at “The Internet of Things,” one of the top disruptive innovations recently, and an idea that I was not familiar with. This concept is that of things all around us, […]

    • You’ve raised a great point. I found the evaluation of information in real-time other than historically to be the most interesting and eye-opening; that is definitely beneficial to businesses. To answer your question (which actually prompted me to write my post on artificial intelligence), I have an answer that goes along with real-time monitoring. This article here (http://blog.xively.com/xively-infographic-future-of-the-iot/) provides an infographic on the future of IoT, and one key benefit for businesses (or, “doing good”) will be that “organizations will predictively meet business needs through intelligent, automated action driven by previously inaccessible insights from the physical world”. The example given was a refrigerator that has sensors in it connected to a scientific lab that is able to dispense enzymes for the purpose of accelerating experiments. The interconnectivity of devices allows the business to automatically recognize when revenue is created and restocking is needed, with the process ultimately allowing the devices to automatically predict upcoming experiments and alert scientists to new enzyme lines. This is just one of many examples of potential benefits (which would save money on operating expenses), and would also be an example of an application for a smart grid in a “smaller sense”.

  • Though not as noble as the minute clinic, I think that personal health trackers (Nike+ FuelBand, FitBit, etc) are an example of disruptive innovation working to make things more accessible. Before these personal health trackers, people had to see dieticians and sleep specialists to learn if they were eating and sleeping well. Now, these trackers,…[Read more]

  • I think there’s definitely potential for disruption, mostly because of the aspect of instant streaming, which other consoles can’t offer. I think that in order to keep Nvidia’s Shield from getting too much of the market, incumbents like PlayStation and Xbox need to partner with popular game manufacturers (those who produce Madden, COD, etc.), to…[Read more]

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    In light of our learning about disruptive innovation and reading about companies like Apple who have used it to their advantage, I found an article claiming that disruptive innovation is not a strategy and […]

    • I agree with the idea. Although it is possible to create a culture of innovation and creativity, it is flawed logic to assume that an organization can plan on disrupting markets on call. What can be done is to cultivate the employees mindsets and approaches and provide them with the resources and empowerment necessary to create new things. Those creations, even if they take place, aren’t guaranteed to be monetized. In plain terms, you can only lead a horse to the water.

    • I agree with Mohamed that some companies will be more innovative than others, and that directly depends on their culture. However, even though Steve Jobs didn’t intend to redefine the music industry, that’s because it’s really difficult to determine if a product is going to be successful when the general public doesn’t even know they need it. He knew the iPod’s design, bundling package (software with hardware), music store and business model were unique and extremely innovative, but other than making predictions based on some preliminary research, you will never know a products’ success until you launch it. I don’t think that disruptive innovation is a sustainable business model because that would require predicting the future. However, I think you can strive for sustaining extreme innovation, which will most likely disrupt a market eventually if it is successful in creating that culture.

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    With our own progress reports coming due each week, I thought I would share this article that has some pointers for how to effectively communicate the status of a project. The author, Rob Redmond, states that to write an excellent status report you need to understand the three components of status, how to write brief details, and what key data is needed by management.

    He describes the three components of status as:

    Overall: The overall project health
    Milestones: Major accomplishments with accompanying dates
    Issues: Obstacles to successful project completion

    He then goes on to explain the concept of “brief details,” in which he suggests that when reporting a status you:

    Use bullet points instead of prose
    Avoid unnecessary titles
    Shorten sentences as much as possible
    Avoid adverbs

    Lastly, key project data that should be communicated includes:

    Project Name
    Overall health (red, yellow, green can be used here)
    Current completion (in %)
    Expected project completion
    If you are ahead/behind schedule, if so, how much
    Issues you face

    Do you agree with the author’s three-point structure for status reports? What do you think goes into writing a good status report? How have your status reports evolved after taking MIS 3535?

    • I agree with the author’s three-point structure for status reports. All status reports should include the overall project health so that others can get a sense of whether the project is going well or not, right away. Major accomplishments should be tracked to assure stakeholders that the work is being done in a timely fashion and can be very encouraging. Issues should definitely be communicated because if the issues are unknown to others, there is no way they will know if there is something that they can help with.

      A good status report should definitely use the green, yellow, red approach to illustrate the health of the project so that it draws attention to what needs to be focused on and less attention to what doesn’t. A good status report should also be written concisely. After taking MIS 3535, I’ve gotten better at writing status reports. I am briefer in the details of what is happening throughout the various phases of the project and am elaborating on details that may be unclear.

  • I agree with Ennico in that a good elevator pitch needs to get the other person interested, needs to convey the main point of the idea being pitched, and should absolutely start with an intro. I think that a good elevator pitch should be short and sweet, spoken clearly and with a confident voice, and it should have anywhere from 1 to 3 “big…[Read more]

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