Recently, our Managing Partner, Mark Weber, had the opportunity to tour a former textile mill just north of Uptown Charlotte where Duke Energy is accelerating innovation. Learn more about Duke Energy’s Innovation Center at Optimist Hall.
Did you know that in the world of karate, there is a better chance of breaking a board with the strike of your hand if you aim for a spot about 6″ behind the board? There is a lesson to be learned here. Aiming beyond the target can be beneficial when planning for the future. Read this article from Chief Executive magazine to learn more.
According to the just-released 2018 Employer Needs Survey, 50 percent of North Carolina businesses report hiring difficulties and 60 percent of NC STEM-related and manufacturing companies experience the same. A recent Deloitte study estimates 2.4 million positions may go unfilled over the next decade.
Immersive technologies, such as virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) or mixed reality (MR) [collectively called XR], are being used to address the skills gap behind those numbers. Charlotte-based Lowe’s finds VR particularly useful for simulating the numerous home environments a sales or service representative may encounter. Global shipping giant DHL Supply Chain reports an average 15 percent or greater improvement in productivity in its warehouses utilizing AR glasses, while also reducing onboarding and training time by 50 percent.
What does this mean for employee training? Read more on: A Virtual View of the Skills Gap Dilemma.
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Entrepreneurship isn’t just for start-ups – corporations need it now more than ever. Intrapreneurship is acting like an entrepreneur within an established company. It is about creating a new business or venture within an existing organization. Read this article from the MIT Sloan School of Management to learn more about the importance about intrapreneurship and why you should care.
Did you know that Charlotte is one of six cities in the USA identified by The Brookings Institute (a nonprofit public policy organization) as a “major-emerging immigrant gateway“? With more than one quarter of a million immigrants, Charlotte’s ability to integrate immigrants (especially when it comes to education, occupational training, and English language ability) is critical for our city to make the most of its immigrant population and their mostly U.S.-born offspring.
Croixstone’s founder, Mark Weber, serves as Board Chair of ourBRIDGE for KIDS, an innovative, nonprofit afterschool program that serves more than 100 CMS families representing 20 cultures on Charlotte’s east side. Sil Ganzó, ourBRIDGE founder and Executive Director, was recently profiled by StyleBlueprint as a “FACE of Charlotte.”
We enjoyed participating in this week’s “first ever” North Carolina Health Innovators’ CEO Roundtable. It was energizing to spend the afternoon with healthcare executives, thought leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs from across the Charlotte region. A huge shout out to Scott Pope of In Scope Ventures and Kelli Murray of MedSpeaks.com for sharing your vision on creating our own local “innovator tribe” here in the QC. And thanks to host Blair Primis of OrthoCarolina for your warm hospitality! #innovatehealthCLT
As the 31st most powerful woman in the world according to Forbes, Adena Friedman, president and CEO of NASDAQ, is the first woman to lead a global exchange company. As a leader in her field, Adena looks to many other business titans for inspiration.
Steve Jobs. Elon Musk. Benjamin Franklin.
So what do these “serial breakthrough innovators” have in common?
NYU Stern professor Melissa Schilling explores the answer to this question in her new book, Quirky, which examines the traits, foibles and genius of eight fascinating innovators who changed them world. Read more here.