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SXSW Preview: What’s the Next Generation Internet? Surprise: It’s all about the Blockchain!
Mar15

SXSW Preview: What’s the Next Generation Internet? Surprise: It’s all about the Blockchain!

by Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott Yes, the digital revolution has brought countless wonders. The Internet, World Wide Web, Social Media, Mobile Computing, Geospaciality, Big Data and The Cloud, have enabled myriad wonderful developments in virtually every aspect of life. But when it comes to business, a careful analysis shows that the changes to date are only scratching the surface. Capitalism’s basic institution, the corporation, has...

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SXSW Preview: Reality Check: The Dark Side of Digital Economy
Mar11

SXSW Preview: Reality Check: The Dark Side of Digital Economy

Not everything I’ve written holds up well. But in re-reading the Digital Economy for 20th Anniversary edition re-write, I’m both struck by how the book has withstood the test of time, and deeply concerned about where we have arrived. The subtitle of the book was “Promise and Peril in the Age of Networked Intelligence.” The book was pretty breathless about the opportunities but equally it warned of the huge dangers ahead. I wrote: Some...

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Best Advice: Leave the Executive Fast Track to Become an Entrepreneur
Feb10

Best Advice: Leave the Executive Fast Track to Become an Entrepreneur

Thirty-five years ago (yep, that sure dates me), a colleague dragged me kicking and screaming away from my fast-track executive career to join her in launching our own company. At the time, I was deeply anxious — worried this would end up being the biggest mistake of my career. It turned out to be the best professional advice I’ve ever had. It’s an amazing story, actually. In the late 1970s, I was hired as a researcher at Canada’s...

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No Middleman Is Safe In the Digital Economy
Dec20

No Middleman Is Safe In the Digital Economy

Canadian Business Magazine profiled Don Tapscott’s reflections on the middleman and how to find places for growth in the digital economy. When Don Tapscott’s The Digital Economy: Promise and Peril in the Age of the Networked Economy was published in 1994, travel website Expedia was just a skunkworks project within Microsoft. Twenty years later, the company is the perfect example of a phenomenon that Tapscott detailed in his...

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MIT Innovations: Introducing Global Solution Networks
Dec08

MIT Innovations: Introducing Global Solution Networks

Don Tapscott has written the lead essay in this quarter’s Innovations, a distinguished quarterly journal published by MIT Press. The issue focuses on The Dynamics of Development as it pertains to the journal’s three main areas of interest: technology, governance and globalization. In the article, Tapscott writes: Nothing less than a massive transformation in the nature of government and governance is underway. Ideas about...

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Do Companies Still Need a CIO?
Nov24

Do Companies Still Need a CIO?

Introducing the IT Services Supermarket The IT Function has been under duress for many years. Prior to the introduction of the personal computer, the IT department controlled all technology use. With the PC and then later the early days of the web many business departments, such as marketing, R&D, and supply chain management, increasingly went outside of IT to procure and meet their technology needs. This trend has accelerated...

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