Vivek Wadhwa wears many hats. He is vice president of research and innovation at Singularity University; a fellow at the Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University; director of research at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University; and a distinguished visiting scholar at the Halle Institute of Global Learning at Emory University. He is the author of The Immigrant Exodus: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent, which was named by The Economist as a “Book of the Year of 2012.” In 2013, TIME listed him as one of “The 40 Most Influential Minds in Tech.” He specializes in entrepreneurship and public policy.
With all the emphasis lately on paperless, ebooks, the Internet, and so on, it may seem that the humble community library that we all grew up with is under attack. But there’s plenty of evidence that the library is changing with the times and has as big a role in our society as ever—and it’s getting some staunch defenders. We wanted to do our part.
Faced with tight budgets and cutbacks, local and state governments have been cutting library budgets, even as the economy is improving. Some detractors are even saying that in the age of the Internet, people don’t need public libraries any more.
Roger L. Kay founded Endpoint Technologies Associates, an independent technology market intelligence company, in 2005. Previously, he was a vice president at IDC, covering desktop and mobile computers. Before that, he ran his own research and analysis firm and worked for a variety of companies in the technology arena. He is multilingual, a frequent world-traveler, and has even bicycled over the Alps. He now lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two children.
Chances are, your company has a business continuity or disaster recovery plan to cover all of the run-of-the-mill disasters in your area, whether you’re subject to wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and so on. But are you ready for the flu?
Christopher Surdak, a former senior manager for storage technologies for Accenture, is an expert in collaboration and content management, information security, regulatory compliance, and cloud computing with more than 20 years of experience. This excerpt is from his new book,Data Crush: How the Information Tidal Wave is Driving New Business Opportunities.