David Rose, MIT Media Lab

Today more than ever, great, new, innovative ideas come from anywhere. But if you had to name a capital for this place called anywhere, it just might be the MIT Media Lab, where researchers design technologies for people to create a better future. This group of incredible thinkers and doers take existing and non-existing technologies and evolve them to make our every day lives better. How does that happen? Within the Media Lab is something called the “Tangible Media Group,” and within the “Tangible Media Group” is my next guest – David Rose, visiting scientist, product designer, teacher, and serial entrepreneur. (Originally broadcast 5-5-13 on The John Batchelor Show)


Mark Coopersmith, Entrepreneur & UC Berkeley Lecturer

After years of hearing about jobs leaving our country for overseas — offshoring — there’s a new trend in American business. It’s called “reshoring.” From service industries to manufacturing, a range of incentives is leading companies to use American workers in new ways. Just this week, Apple announced it would invest some $100MM to produce some Mac computers in the US. Was this a publicity stunt for Apple or more evidence of the reshoring trend — or both? Mark Coopersmith is a UC Berkeley Lecturer on Entrepreneurship. He is also active in companies of his own, some of which are on the cutting edge of the reshoring movement. (Originally broadcast 12-16-12 on The John Batchelor Show)

Clara Shih, CEO, Hearsay

Facebook’s IPO missteps aside, there can be no argument that social media is a major — if not THE major — next step in human connection. More than a billion of us sign up to post comments and photos and stories about ourselves. But what about businesses? Is the social environment a place where businesses and other enterprises not only can play, but can win? If so, how? Joining us now, is one of the most important and thoughtful minds on the topic. Clara Shih is not just CEO of Hearsay Social. At 30, she has already been named one of FORTUNE’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs of 2011, one of Fast Company’s Most Influential People in Technology, and one of Businessweek’s Top Young Entrepreneurs of 2011. She also sits on Starbucks’ Board of Directors, and Clara joins us now. (Originally broadcast 6-2-12 on The John Batchelor Show)

Steve Blank, Entrepreneur & UC Berkeley Lecturer

With the launching of Facebook’s $100 billion IPO bid and their stunning $1 billion purchase of the photosharing app Instagram, we have clearly hit a new high in tech excitement. But at a time when other tech launches, including Linked In, have recently come back earth, how excited should we be? And what should we be looking for next? Steve Blank has sat on the boards of no fewer than five start-ups, including Macrovision, Immersion and E.piphany. He also lectures on Entrepreneurship at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, and he joins us now. (Originally broadcast 5-12-12 on The John Batchelor Show)