Ideas for Reducing the Legal Friction in International Business for Small Business

John Barker
Written by John Barker
on April 24, 2015

There is a lot of friction that companies doing business in multiple countries must hire attorneys to reduce and manage data, especially since each country has its own privacy laws for retention and management of customer and employee data. Rules for advertising, marketing, selling (and collecting taxes on those sales), developing, and enhancing products can differ by country. Labor laws and policies vary by country. Don’t forget, of course, the impact of bilateral and multilateral investment treaties. Large corporations have the resources to hire expert in-house corporate legal departments and pay for services by outside counsel to manage these transaction costs. But what about smaller corporations? After all, 95% of businesses are small businesses. Many of them only have one attorney in their corporate legal departments or have none at all. Yet, like big businesses, they must import and export and manage global supply chains. So how can these smaller businesses manage the transaction costs and reduce the friction of international business? Read further >

3D Printing Reloaded

Ornella Zampieri
Written by Ornella Zampieri
on April 17, 2015

My previous post about 3D printing had a great social resonance, with plenty of likes, tweets, and contacts, indicating that it is an extremely interesting topic and a truly disruptive technology. Recently, a young girl received a custom prosthetic hand that was built from a 3D printer. But it still seems to me that the full understanding of its potential is yet to come. Read further >

Accelerating Adoption of Medical Evidence into Clinical Practice

Linda Peitzman
Written by Linda Peitzman
on April 13, 2015

Patients expect doctors to hold themselves to the highest standards, including an expectation that the care they provide is based upon the latest medical evidence and best practices. But while doctors work diligently to stay current with all of the changes in medicine, it is a nearly impossible task. The volume of clinical information is estimated to double every 3-5 years—while a physician’s capacity to recall and organize relevant medical information remains static. Read further >

Making Current Awareness for Professionals Actionable

John Barker
Written by John Barker
on April 03, 2015

I like Wolters Kluwer Health’s UpToDate‘s model of current awareness. Subject-matter experts in healthcare monitor articles in medical journals and results of clinical trials and incorporate into the evidence-based clinical decision support guidelines within UpToDate so that medical professionals’ decisions are truly up to date. Instead of merely presenting the most recent journal articles for reading – and there are hundreds of thousands every year – UpToDate presents a “comprehensive synthesis of the evidence.” In summary, UpToDate makes health and medical current awareness actionable. In my opinion, UpToDate is an inspirational model for current awareness for lawyers, accountants and compliance professionals. So how might UpToDate’s model of presenting practice-changing updates manifest in the tax, legal & regulatory space? Here are some examples: Read further >

Ubiquitous Computing Era – Wearables Rise!

Steven Lindo
Written by Steven Lindo
on March 30, 2015

In 1988 when Mark Weiser first articulated the concept of Ubiquitous Computing, I wonder if he had sensors and wearables in mind? Ubiquitous computing, sometimes called the age of calm technology refers to the era where technology is pervasive or omni-present in our lives, but not dominant. Instead, ubiquitous computing is about technology that recedes to the background. This is where “wearables” will rise!

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