Marc Touitou was hired a year ago this month to be CIO of the City and County of San Francisco, in response to complaints that the city had been too slow to take advantage of new technology, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. He was born in Paris and maintains dual citizenship, and spent much of his previous career in the private sector for companies such as ASML and Naspers. He identifies himself as a “change manager.”
Likely every kid (or adult, for that matter) who’s seen a Disney movie has ended up wanting to work there. Ed Catmull actually got to do it—and in the process, he wrote a heck of an interesting business book, “Creativity, Inc.”
Like Finding Nemo, which features two parallel stories of the dad fish and the son fish searching for each other, “Creativity, Inc.” is really two books: The story of Pixar (including a heavy dose of What Working With Steve Jobs Was Really Like), and the business book Catmull was trying to find for himself.
Open source isn’t rocket science. Well, okay, now it is.
Starting this week, NASA is planning to release a great deal of its software to the open-source community.
Dr. Rob Abel is CEO of the IMS Global Learning Consortium, a nonprofit collaboration of universities, school districts, government organizations, content providers, and technology suppliers. It has been described by Learning Solutions magazine as an international organization that develops open standards for communicating information and for application compatibility in the field of education. To demonstrate his interest in education, he has a fistful of degrees: a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Change from Fielding Graduate University; a Masters degree in Management from Stanford; a Masters degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Southern California; and a Baccalaureate degree in Computational Physics from Carnegie Mellon University.
We all received an interesting lesson in that recently when a 14-year-old boy, Suvir Mirchandani, claimed that federal and state governments could save up to $370 million per year simply by shifting to a different font in their printers.