How Restaurants Are Using Technology to Deliver Better Customer Service – Forbes

How Restaurants Are Using Technology to Deliver Better Customer Service - Forbes

How Restaurants Are Using Technology to Deliver Better Customer Service – Forbes.

“Consumers want to see the new technology they use integrated into their dining experience, a new study from Technomic on consumer-facing technology shows, especially if it will speed up the process of getting their meal or paying their bill.”

Trends:

  • Mobile Ordering
  • iPad Order Kiosks
  • Facebook Ordering
  • Tabletop E-waiter & Checkout
  • Digital Menuboards & Smarphones
  • Games while-u-wait
  • Online Coupons

A Smart Tattoo For Medical Sensing And Athletic Performance | Co.Exist: World changing ideas and innovation

A Smart Tattoo For Medical Sensing And Athletic Performance | Co.Exist: World changing ideas and innovation

A Smart Tattoo For Medical Sensing And Athletic Performance | Co.Exist: World changing ideas and innovation.

“Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, and University of Toronto have come up with a lightweight, transferable tattoo that easily sticks to the skin, and barely troubles the wearer. Inside are a set of ion-selective electrodes that register the pH or salt levels of the skin, as well as traces of potassium, sodium, and magnesium.”

Inspiring Entrepreneurship

Venture for America | Mobilizing Graduates as Entrepreneurs

Andrew Yang is changing the landscape of America by connecting emerging start-ups and early-stage companies in depressed cities, including Detroit, Providence and New Orleans, with the talent they need to grow their businesses and reinvigorate their communities. Yang’s organization Venture for America (VFA), modeled after Teach for America (TFA), hopes to create 100,000 new jobs by 2025. The VFA business model is terrific because it gives students hands-on experience in an entrepreneurial environment, and allows them to apply their education to help revitalize neighborhoods and provide new jobs and opportunities for people without them. It also provides entrepreneurs with low cost access to high-quality labor and helps depressed cities compete with cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York for recent grads from top universities.

According to an article on forbes.com, over 1,000 students have applied for VFA fellowships and the first 7 of 50 fellows have been selected. Yang eventually wants to run a recruitment database and charge start-ups for access – brilliant.

This original post was written on 3/10/2012. On 12/3 Andrew Yang posted to the VFA blog that Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com, and Downtown Project have pledged $1 million to VFA over the next several years to help revitalize downtown Las Vegas. This pledge is the largest VFA has received to date.

Lessons:

  • You do not have to start from scratch. Build on great ideas that are already working (VFA & TFA)

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BioLite CampStove review | Digital Trends

BioLite camp stove review | Digital Trends.

The BioLite CampStove works by using thermoelectric technology. A thermoelectric generator converts the heat from the fire into electricity, allowing users to power most things that connect via USB while boiling water or cooking a meal. This would have been a lifesaver in areas hit hard by Superstorm Sandy. Click above to see product review on Digital Trends.

Four Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Sam Adams

Four Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Sam Adams | Fox Small Business Center.

“When I started, the economy was just coming out of a recession and no one knew were the American economy was going. It’s very similar to what’s happening today. But I believe there is always a place in this economy for a great product, made by passionate people, who don’t do a lot of dumb things in business.” – Jim Koch, The Boston Beer Company

Lessons:

  • Be patient: “it me took almost 12 years before Sam Adams was all over the U.S”
  • Protect your seed money:  “all we had were two car phones, and all of our accounting was done in shoe boxes”
  • Do what you love: “passion sustains”
  • Put your product first: “be the best at what you are doing”

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