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    Stanford University provides a very rich entrepreneurial portal where you can find things like this video of a lecture by Jerry Kaplan on what it takes to be an entrepreneur:

    http://edcorner.stanford.edu/authorM...o.html?mid=364

    The link above is to just the first in the series...you'll see the other links. Be sure to watch the segment on microsensor technology and see if you can't easily imagine how that might impact our industry. You might decide you want to find out more about this developing field, and perhaps integrate new developments like these into a security business that's different (better!) in some important way by utilizing high tech capabilities.

    Kaplan's speech is from 10/2003, and he predicts that microsensors will be important "within 5 years". Well, it's now 2008 and you can see how predictive he was. For instance, here's a link to a company that's already making security-related products using microsensors that you can read about:

    http://www.smartmetric.com/

    The impact of technology like this on physical products is obvious, but what about the impact on services? Obviously, products with new capabilities, lower cost, higher deployability, etc. can drive and shape the delivery of services as well. For instance, Kaplan talks about his entire home being rigged with microsensors that "know" what's going on. What about a client facility...or an entire patrol district? Given that we now have IPv6 and the (relative) assurance that we'll not run out of IP (Internet) addresses in the near future, each sensor could be individually addressable - meaning it can be monitored, controlled and adjusted remotely. Kaplan himself wished that his cell phone would notify him if his elderly mother hadn't stirred out of bed by a certain time. It's important to visualize possibilities!

    The link to the Stanford entrepreneur training site itself is:

    http://edcorner.stanford.edu/index.html

    Registration is free.

    The great thing about all the Stanford videos/podcasts of lectures is that they're broken up into manageable segments as a series so you can view them whenever you have 5-10 minutes, or watch the whole thing at one sitting if you prefer.

    HINT: Listen to podcasts of the lectures when available rather than viewing the video - you just get the audio, but that's what you're interested in and it's smoother even on high-speed connections.
    Last edited by SecTrainer; 03-08-2008, 12:43 PM.
    "Every betrayal begins with trust." - Brian Jacques

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