End of Week Roundup! [Issue #45]

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End of Week Roundup! [Issue #45]

Happy Friday from Beem!

Here is our Weekly roundup to ensure you guys know what’s been shaking the Tech, Comms and HR world this week. Before we dive in, don’t forget to send us an email to hey@wearebeem.com if you have a story you want to share! Whether it’s about leadership, HR, innovation, company culture or communications or even your own story, we’re keen to learn, so share it with us and we may feature your post in our upcoming issue.

Right, what’s been making waves this week? Check this out and join the discussion below!




What 40 Years of Research Reveal About the Difference Between Disruptive and Radical Innovation



“If you went to bed last night as an industrial company, you’re going to wake up this morning as a software and analytics company.”

The second wave of digitization is set to disrupt all spheres of economic life: software is eating the world! Yet, despite the unprecedented scope and momentum of digitization, many decision makers remain unsure how to cope, and turn to scholars for guidance on how to approach disruption. The first thing they should know is that not all technological change is “disruptive.” It’s important to distinguish between different types of innovation, and the responses they require by firms.



The 5 biggest takeaways from Mark Zuckerberg’s appearance before the Senate



Mark Zuckerberg made his highly anticipated debut before the Senate this week during a marathon five-hour hearing before a joint session of the Commerce and Judiciary committees. Zuckerberg remained calm and level-headed throughout, and senators were mostly polite and deferential as they sought to understand how Facebook had inadvertently allowed the profiles of up to 87 million people to be collected by the political data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica.

Here are the five most notable developments from the week’s hearings! There’s going to be so much more going on with Facebook and this data breach, so let’s stay updated on what’s going on!



Community Colleges and the Creation of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems



Entrepreneurship is vital to ensuring that job growth occurs all across America, and entrepreneurial ecosystems enable entire communities to foster job growth and innovation. Crucial to that process is the role of community colleges, which are accessible to every town and city in the nation and are playing an increasingly pivotal role in the evolution of those ecosystems.

Entrepreneurial ecosystems create a community culture that embraces, instills, and inspires entrepreneurship. This is something truly inspiring!



Careful what you wish for: Alexa may be eavesdropping



More on data management!

Amazon’s Alexa is supposed to listen only when you call her name but she could soon be getting a lot nosier, with plans to eavesdrop on conversations and “whisper” shopping suggestions. The internet shopping giant has filed a US patent for a “voice-sniffing” system that it would use to monitor whole conversations where users had not actively chosen to talk to their digital assistant.

An algorithm would listen for trigger words, such as “love”, “enjoy”, “hate” or “returned”, and analyze the sentences that followed to build complex profiles of people’s likes and dislikes. The data would be used to recommend products and this is NOT what we’re looking for.



Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments section below and we’ll feature your article in next week’s Roundup!

Also, let us know what type of content you guys want more or less of, we’re all ears!

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