An entrepreneur comes to a venture capital firm with the design for a game-changing electric vehicle. The VC wants to know: if we give you capital, how many of these great new cars will you produce in 3 years? The entrepreneur does not yet have a factory or workers or…


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So, you want to build a tech start-up. You have your product idea, your seed capital, and your founding team. Now you just have to hire three engineering teams and build three versions of your product. Surprised?

Let us count them down. A website, obviously, that’s one. An iOS app…


Technology has continually expanded our horizons over the past hundred years. The radio brought the first instant stream of news, music, and information. The television animated those streams and offered a complete audio-visual experience. The computer and the internet brought the ability to interact with those streams — to create…


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Quantum mechanics was discovered at the beginning of the 20th century and was behind such transformative technologies as nuclear power, lasers, particle accelerators, and semiconductor electronics. In many ways, quantum mechanics was the magic door through which society entered the modern age of computer connectivity and smartphone ubiquity.

By the…


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Since publishing Cowakening: Social Change in a Time of Covid, I have received some truly inspiring feedback and, repeatedly, a question — what can each of us do, on an individual level, to help promote the cause of human rights? …


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What happens when we cannot go outside? Many of us travel inward on journeys of thought and reflection. In the short term, the Covid-19 pandemic has wrinkled the fabric of our lives, but in the long term it may well stitch the canvas of a new social consciousness. …


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Over the past two decades, we have heard the same refrain from politicians, pundits, documentarians, and digital experts and it goes something like this: Electronic voting is hackable therefore paper ballots are the only way to avoid rigged elections.

On its surface, the argument sounds reasonable, especially when it is…


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You get thirty minutes with a stranger and using that single conversation, you must decide whether to work with that person for the next thirty months, give or take. Seems like a tall order, doesn’t it? …


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The government’s answer to containing the coronavirus pandemic may well lie in the pockets of its citizens. Smartphones have become so ubiquitous that nearly all of us cannot imagine leaving home without them. …


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As the world’s leading economies move to an unprecedented level of lockdown, we enter uncharted economic territory. Even during wartime and under siege, cities have historically maintained their markets, their transit, their schools, their offices, their nightlife, and their social gatherings. Massive sectors of both national and local economies are…

Jack Plotkin

I have devoted much of my career to solving complex challenges through innovation across management, technology, and process.

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