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Do Our Kids Really Need To Learn How To Code?

Some months ago, I downloaded the Kodable app for my 4 year-old, which boasts that it can teach toddlers how to code before they can read.  My programming skills are pretty basic, but I like the idea of giving my child a head start.

Many of today’s business and political leaders stress that coding has become an essential skill for the digital economy and there’s been an avalanche of new services—from classes and training programs to free online resources like Code Academy and—to meet the demand.

Yet long tech columnist Kevin Maney disagrees.  In a recent piece in Newsweek, he writes that by the time today’s pre-teens reach the job market, they “will find that coding skills are about as valuable as cursive handwriting.”  To many tech denizens, that’s apostasy, but he has a point.  Preparing for the future will take much more than writing command lines.

What Is A Code?

Thinking about code as a set of logical commands is actually a fairly new phenomenon.  At its core, code is a matter of information and complexity.  We encode information in order to communicate it.  Sometimes, we use codes to simplify, to facilitate efficient decoding and sometimes we add complexity to make communication more stable and secure.

When I first began living in a foreign country, I had serious trouble decoding information.  Even as my language skills improved, I still ran into barriers of culture, professional environment and social custom.  Small gestures and turns of phrase that were second nature to natives were still opaque to me and that limited my operational effectiveness.

We all use code in our everyday lives to create bridges between levels of complexity.  In Poland, a simple hand gesture can be used to signify a hard night out, while marketers use a variety of acronyms to convey rather complex underlying concepts.  Using codes in this way makes communication more efficient, but also indecipherable to outsiders.

And that’s why so many digitally inclined people believe that everyone should learn code.  As we become increasingly immersed in a digital environment, we need a certain amount of knowledge in order to interface and communicate effectively.  “As Liz Lukas, CEO of digital training company, Decoded, says, “it’s a matter of basic literacy.”

A Short History Of Computer Code

In the mid-19th century an English mathematician named George Boole created a basic logical system that could be encoded into ones and zeros.  Nearly a century later, Alan Turing proved this logic could be used to create a universal computer and Claude Shannon showed how to encode that logic into electrical switches called logic gates.

All computer codes today are largely based on the work of those three men, but the first ones, called assembly languages, were cumbersome to work with.  So computer scientists compiled the primitive code of assembly languages into higher level languages, like Fortran and COBOL.

Nobody really uses Fortran and COBOL anymore.  Just as those languages encoded complex commands of assembly code into higher level languages—much like a hand gesture encodes a hangover in Poland—today’s computer languages encode earlier ones.  In fact, today’s programming languages include code libraries, to reduce the need to write code.

So you can see Maney’s point.  Just as Fortran and COBOL are fairly useless today, so our present computer languages will not serve our children well in future decades.  In fact, as Maney points out in his column, scientists at DARPA are working on a new computer language, called MUSE, which will encode all present libraries into everyday language.

Operating Between Ecosystems

Yet there is a flaw in Maney’s argument.  Just because computer languages have a way of becoming obsolete, that doesn’t mean that we don’t need to know how to code.  There is an underlying logic to the digital world and we must be capable of operating within that logic in order to function in it.

Take the marketing example I used above.  Many people find marketers’ excessive use of acronyms maddening—with good reason—yet those annoying codes signify essential concepts for selling products effectively.  In much the same way, using symbols such as “#” and “RT” is indispensable for functioning in a social media environment.

Get More Than Coffee From Your Interns This Summer – Here's How

Steve Benson, Founder and CEO of Bay Area Badger Maps, intends to hire so many interns this summer that he will effectively double the size of his startup. According to Steve, “Startups are, by their nature, a great place for interns, because there are more essential things that must get done than there are people to complete them. At the same time, most startups are small enough that the interns are able to interface with people that actually have expertise, so they gain real-world skills while performing meaningful work.” 

At both Expertcity (creator of GoToMyPC and GoToMeeting, acquired by Citrix) and Computer Motion (NASDAQ RBOT, acquired by Intuitive Surgical), our intern programs generated dozens of full-time employees. Although imperfect, these programs proved to be economical recruiting channels. Each program incorporated the following characteristics:

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Components Of An Effective Intern Program

Meaningful Work – Treat your interns as adults and magical things will happen. We insisted that our interns produce something of value during their brief summer tenure. In several cases, we eventually productized summer intern projects, including a mobile version of GoToMyPC which we called PocketView.

Working on real-world projects will shorten the interns’ learning curve, thereby ensuring they will reach an acceptable level of productivity soon after being hired full-time. Additionally, you can pragmatically assess which of them will become effective contributors once they join your venture as a full-time employee.

Law of Large Numbers – Even when your startup is relatively small, you should hire an outsized number of interns. At Expertcity and Computer Motion, despite the fact that both companies were comprised of about 50 – 200 employees at the time, we routinely recruited 30 – 50 interns each summer. Within reason, the larger your intern class, the greater the volume of creative ideas and more talented recruits you will subsequently hire full-time.

Competition – Make it clear that only the best interns will be granted offers for full-time positions. An explicitly competitive environment will cause the high-achievers to excel. We typically hired about one third of our interns.

University Affiliation – Both Expertcity’s and Computer Motion’s Founders were former Professors at UC Santa Barbara, which greatly facilitated our intern hiring efforts.

If you do not have a direct relationship with your local university or college, create one. Do not rely on the campus recruiting office, whose goal is to find every student a job, irrespective of their talent. Instead, network with professors who can direct their best students to you.

Team Building Fun – It is summer after all, so keep it fun. In addition to assessing your interns’ talents, you should also court them. At Expertcity, we organized off-site field trips to nearby Santa Cruz island where we conducted a variety of team-building exercises.

Invest – Frugality should be a core competency at your startup, irrespective of the size of your bank account. However, don’t scrimp on your intern program. If properly run, the aggregate recruiting costs will be substantially less than hiring a like number of employees via conventional means.

Academic Setting – Your interns’ frame-of-reference is the school, so facilitate the transition from the classroom. Create intellectually stimulating teams comprised of interns and full-time employees from a variety of departments and challenge them to solve problems as a group.

Mr. Benson supports this approach, noting that, “Interns need structure. You can’t say, ‘Go get on Linkedin and find me some prospects for a front-end engineering role that we have an opening for.’ You need to teach them how to do these things in a step-by-step way, as if it were a school assignment. Then once they understand how to do it, they can iterate on it and get better and better, until when they leave they actually have a marketable skill. A lot of students are keenly aware that they aren’t given the tools to succeed in a classroom setting and that they have to earn those skills by getting real world experience.”  

Multi-Department Exposure – Integrate your interns into cross-disciplinary teams in order to expose them to a cross-section of your full-time employees. This will allow them to gain a broader understanding of your company’s culture. It will also help you decide which interns to hire full-time, as you can solicit feedback beyond the department in which they will eventually work.

Summer Fun And Mutual Profit – The mutual “try before you buy” aspect of an internship allows both you and the prospective employee to better assess the potential fit.

Charlie Strong Demanding Change In Texas Football Culture

Texas Head Football coach Charlie Strong was hired to bring an immediate change to the University of Texas’ football fortunes. He is wasting no time in creating a culture of discipline and responsibility. He has moved rapidly in dismissing seven incumbent players from the program for violation of team rules. His dramatic wake up call sends a message to the players, administration, and alums that a new day has come for Longhorn football.

Strong and his coaches met with the team this spring and outlined their expectations. He then met with key players and 2014 seniors and laid out his five core values: 1.) Honesty; 2.) Treating Women With Respect; 3.?) No Drugs; 4.) No Stealing; and 5.) No Weapons. There is an expectation that these are values that athletes would embrace anyway, so it is evidence of how far the standards at the Texas football program had dropped. He has also made requirements for the players to attend all classes and sit in the first two rows with no headphones or texting, and to take notes. Missing classes results in punishment, repeated misses impose punishment on the player’s whole position unit.

Coach Strong told the players they could not live off campus until their senior year – and then only if they earned it. They are to live together in an athletic dorm and become a true team and impose accountability on one another. ?The air conditioned bus that took them a quarter mile to the practice facility is no more, they will walk. There will be no flashing of the “Hook ‘em Horns” symbol until the team earns it again; earrings will not be allowed in the football building. Strong is imbuing his team with the ethos that their focus is winning and graduating. Anything else is insignificant. He has told them they have no time for re-building – the expectation is that they win now.

?Will players in 2014 accept these restrictive rules when they have the ability to transfer? I think so. Athletes respond well to discipline and structure. In 1995, Head Coach Tom Coughlin applied military rules to his newly formed Jacksonville Jaguars team. He made them wear full uniforms in meetings. These were professionals, some in their late 30′s. In their second year they went to the playoffs. The theory was that it was more effective to start with tight discipline and ease off with success than to try and institute discipline in a dysfunctional environment.

Coach Strong is also helped by his track record. His Louisville Cardinals went 11-2 in 2012 and won the Sugar Bowl. In 2013, they improved that record at 12-1 and won the Russell Athletic Bowl. Clearly, Strong knows how to win. Texas’ Athletic Director, Steve Patterson, presided over a resurgence in the Arizona State football program and knows how to rebuild. How they will perform on the field in the coming years is an unknown, but it won’t take long for “Hook ‘Em Horns” to resound again in Texas.

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The Uber-Disruptor – What Ride Shares Can Teach You About Disrupting The Market

“Out with the old, in with the new,” the saying goes.  “Out with the old, kicking and screaming like little children,” would be more accurate.

If you haven’t had to hail a cab recently, you may not have heard of the San Francisco-based tech startup Uber.  But if you witnessed the massive traffic snarl caused by protesting cab drivers in London’s Trafalgar Square, you probably have at least some idea what’s going on.

Uber (and it’s competitors, Lyft and Sidecar) are app companies that have developed an alternative to the taxi.  It pairs drivers and ride-seekers with each other, bypassing the cab companies altogether.  Naturally, the cab companies are not too pleased with this.

If you’re trying to build your own disruptive company, there’s a good lesson to learn here.  Uber and the app ride-sharing industry could shatter taxi cartels worldwide.

The first step?  They use a much more nimble approach that what ride-seekers are forced to endure right now.  For example, let’s take a look at what it takes to become a cab driver in London.

In London, the tradition of licensed cabs goes back at least 300 years to “hackney carriages.”  The application process is managed by local licensing offices and is quite extensive.  There’s a written test, an oral test, and an exhaustive vehicle inspection.  Applicants are expected to know London’s myriad of streets and alleyways by memory—a feat that usually requires between 2 to 4 years of study, roughly equivalent to the time you’d spend on an associate’s degree—and rattle off the shortest route between any two points in the city at the prompting of the test administrator.

Add to that the price of the vehicle, the myriad licensing and test fees, paying to have a meter installed, the criminal background checks . . . becoming a cab driver in London is a huge investment of both time and money.  Whoever coined the phrase “barriers to entry” was probably a London cabbie.

Guess who ends up footing the bill for all of that?  We do!

Not to mention that nearly every city in the world maintains an artificial scarcity of cabs by limiting the number of licenses that they award.  The result is inflated prices and unsatisfactory service—a classic market weakness, waiting to be exploited.

Compare the challenges in London to how easy it is to become an Uber driver: all you need is a car, license, insurance, and a background check.  Same with Uber’s arch-nemesis Lyft—it all works through the app.  There’s no central dispatch or motor pool.

It’s so easy, in fact, that many drivers drive for both companies.  Tales abound of drivers juggling cell phones, picking up fares from both companies while offering bids on Sidecar, the third main ride-sharing competitor who uses a bidding system instead of fixed rates.

You can see why the taxi drivers are peeved.  It’s a perfect example of a skilled trade being made irrelevant by technological progress.  And because it’s “ride sharing,” regulators are still playing catch-up.

Speaking of regulators . . . the very regulatory bodies that were set up to protect consumers are now doing them a disservice in most of the cities that Uber operates in.  Bitter fights in cities such as San Francisco about whether or not Uber and Lyft can pick up or drop off at the airport has led to citizen’s arrests and long streams of sharply-worded letters.

In the end, Uber will likely prevail.

The real lesson here is about the nature of disruptor companies.  If you want to really, truly upend the market, then you have to focus on perfecting the tools people use to create change.  In the end, companies don’t upend markets—customers do.  And now customers are carrying the internet in their pockets wherever they go.

That’s a lesson that Uber understands.  If Uber fighting alone against the inertia of city governments and lobbying power of taxi cartels, they would have no chance of success.  At 900 employees, they’re not big enough, even with a reported value in the billions of dollars.

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Bull Market Turns Three: Winners

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How To Blow $9 Billion: The Fallen Stroh Family

Members of Detroit’s onetime leading beer family at the Stroh brewhaus, 1974: (from left) Chairman John Sr., President Peter, Eric, Gari Jr., John Jr. (photo courtesy Frances Stroh)

AS WITH MANY OF AMERICA’S GREAT FORTUNES, the Stroh family’s story starts with an immigrant: Bernhard Stroh, who arrived in Detroit from Germany in 1850 with $150 and a coveted family recipe for beer. He sold his brews door-to-door in a wheelbarrow. By 1890 his sons, Julius and Bernhard Jr., were shipping beer around the Great Lakes. Julius got the family through Prohibition by switching the brewery to ice cream and malt syrup production. And in the 1980s Stroh’s surged, emerging as one of America’s fastest-growing companies and the country’s third-largest brewing empire, behind only public behemoths Anheuser-Busch and Miller. The Stroh family owned it all, a fortune that FORBES then calculated was worth at least $700 million. Just by matching the S&P 500, the family would currently be worth about $9 billion.

Yet today the Strohs, as a family business or even a collective financial entity, have ceased to exist. The company has been sold for parts. The trust funds have doled out their last pennies to shareholders. While there was enough cash flowing for enough years that the fifth generation Strohs still seem pretty comfortable, the family looks destined to go shirtsleeves-to-shirtsleeves in six.

“We made the decision to go national without having the budget,” sighs Greg Stroh, a fifth generation family member and former Stroh Brewery employee. “It was like going to a gunfight with a knife. We didn’t have a chance.” His analysis comes tinged with inevitability. It wasn’t. A handful of family-owned regional brewers such as Yuengling and Schell’s continue to thrive, while others, like Olympia and Hamm’s, sold out. And the Strohs’ largest rivals during the 1980s and 1990s, the Coors, who also aspired to turn their no-frills, regional suds into a national powerhouse, remain in the top 100 on the FORBES America’s Richest Families list.

The Strohs chose a different path, a saga that serves as a powerful reminder: Hard as it is to build a family business designed to last in perpetuity, it’s shockingly easy for any successor to tank it.

FOR ITS FIRST CENTURY the Stroh beer business, based in Detroit, grew by following the basics: respect your customers; respect your employees. The former meant catering to Midwest working-class tastes at working-class prices (the family watered down Bernhard Stroh’s precious recipe, after hops and wheat shortages in World War II left Americans accustomed to weaker brews). The latter by treating every employee like an honorary member of the clan. John Stroh, who oversaw a dramatic sales surge in the Eisenhower years, “was known for walking the brewery and knew everyone’s first name,” his grandnephew Greg remembers. “Employees would run through walls for the family.” As if to connect the customers and the business, the Stroh signature was emblazoned on every bottle, topped by a family crest with a lion. Sales surged in lockstep with postwar Detroit, from 500,000 barrels in 1950 to 2.7 million barrels in 1956.

The mammoth changes came in the early 1980s. John Stroh had moved into the chairman’s role in 1967 and handed control of the brewery to his nephew, Peter, who became CEO in 1980. Like John, he had a plan to grow, but not incrementally: He would do it by acquisition. In 1981 Stroh bought New York-based brewer F&M Schaefer, which, like Stroh, was founded by a German immigrant in the mid-1800s and also offered low-priced suds to its regional fans (famous marketing line: “The one beer to have when you’re having more than one”). The next year, in what family members describe as “the minnow swallowing the whale,” Peter Stroh bet the family business, borrowing $500 million (the book value of the Stroh business was $100 million at the time) to buy Joseph Schlitz Brewing of Milwaukee.

Suddenly Stroh was the third-largest brewer in the U.S., with seven plants and a national footprint. On paper there was synergy. FORBES valued the company at $700 million in 1988, listing the Strohs with one of the largest family fortunes in the U.S. at the time, shared by 30 relatives.

But Peter Stroh’s grand vision of a thriving U.S.-wide brewer failed to materialize. It largely missed the boat on the biggest industry trend in a generation: light beer. And Stroh’s core product–cheap, watery, full-calorie beer–was a commodity. But saddled with debt, Stroh couldn’t afford to match the ad spending of its bigger rivals, Anheuser-Busch and Miller. Unable to spur demand through marketing, Stroh turned to price, introducing a 15-pack for the price of 12 cans and a 30-pack for the price of a case of 24. While the latter had legs, it wasn’t enough to outrun the shrinking margins.

Meanwhile, an ambitious family from Colorado began moving into the Stroh markets. “It became a competition between Stroh and Coors,” says Scott Rozek, a former director-level employee who spent 12 years at Stroh. “At that time there were four big breweries in a three-brewery industry–there was really only room for three.” By the end of the 1980s Coors overtook Stroh as the country’s third-largest brewer.

In August 1989 the Stroh Brewery Co. was in retreat. The company that had treated employees like family laid off 300 people, one-fifth of its white-collar workforce. “I had to let go four of the five people in the marketing research department. It was heartbreaking,” remembers Ed Benfield, former director of market research at Stroh.

The next month Peter Stroh, who died in 2002, agreed to sell the family business to Coors for $425 million. But Coors got cold feet and pulled out of the deal a few months later. “It had something to do with due diligence, and Bill Coors,” says Benjamin Steinman, longtime editor of newsletter Beer Marketer’s Insights. “There were lots of stories.”

Desperate, Peter Stroh brought in renowned adman Hal Riney to give the Stroh’s brand a more upscale look and position. The cherished Stroh signature gave way to block print, prices were raised, and the 15- and 30-packs were nixed. It could not have been a worse decision. But since the product hadn’t changed, customers could do the math: Sales of Stroh’s-brand beer fell more than 40% in one year, “the biggest drop in sales in the history of beer,” says Benfield.

Market share for Stroh’s, as well as for its acquired brands like Schaefer, Schlitz and Old Milwaukee, fell from 13% in 1983 to 7.6% in 1991. Even CEO Peter Stroh admitted the troubles. “We’ve been through a very difficult period,” he told FORBES in 1992. “We tried to do too much.”

And yet it tried to do more. In 1996 Stroh repeated his mistake, borrowing yet more money for the $300 million acquisition of struggling brewer G. Heileman. The purchase fell flat. Heileman had breweries in cities like Seattle and Portland, where Stroh didn’t, but it lacked a big stable of strong brands. One industry analyst remembers the deal described as “two sick chickens–they were both declining.”

It got worse. Peter Stroh had tried to diversify the business, with investments in biotech and Detroit real estate. Both were far from the family’s core competencies and lost them millions more. By 1998 cousin John Stroh III had taken charge at Stroh Cos., the brewery parent. And while the company had turned to contract brewing for others, including Sam Adams, as a way to make up for plummeting sales, Stroh took a mortal hit in 1998 when it lost a contract with Pabst.

By 1999 there was internal concern about whether they could even make their interest payments on the debt incurred, says one former executive. And so Bernhard Stroh’s legacy was sold for scraps: Miller Brewing, owned at the time by Philip Morris, bought Stroh’s Henry Weinhard’s and Mickeys brands, while Pabst bought the rest of the brands owned by Stroh’s as well as its brewery near Allentown, Pa., for a price several sources peg at around $350 million–about $250 million of which was used to pay down debt incurred with the Heileman purchase. Some of the remaining $100 million or so was transferred to a fund to pay employee pension liabilities, which Stroh had retained in the sale. The rest went into a fund for the family that dribbled out checks until 2008, when it was completely tapped.

A (Partial) List of People Who Had A Chance To Change GM's Culture

Last week, the results of a General Motors investigation into how a recall crisis festered were released. “The GM nod” phase became popular to explain how the largest U.S. automaker could fail to act on a pressing problem.

Once again, GM’s corporate culture came under examination. The “GM nod” referred to how managers could nod that, yes, something needed to be done but left a meeting not doing anything.

The thing is, many people had a chance to change the culture. At various times, GM assured the public it really, really was going to do things differently this time. Here’s a (partial) list of people who thought they changed GM.

Robert Stempel, CEO: Stempel succeeded Roger Smith as GM’s chief in 1990. Smith had spent billions of dollars and created a new brand (Saturn). By the time Smith retired, GM’s financial strength had weakened and its share of the U.S. vehicle market was sliding.

In his first public appearance as CEO, Stempel had a news conference in Detroit. To demonstrate how his reign would be different from Smith’s, Stempel brought along his lieutenants and the press conference stressed team work repeatedly. The idea was to establish a symbol of how GM had changed.

Reporters attending the press conference had set up a pool for the number of times the words “team” or “team work” would be uttered.

Unfortunately for Stempel and GM, things got worse. The first Gulf War and a recession slammed vehicle sales. GM’s board soured on Stempel. The GM lifer was deposed in 1992. That led to…

Jack Smith, CEO: Smith was the board’s choice to take over for Stempel. At the time, Smith’s time as CEO seemed to be a rousing success. GM avoided financial ruin — something that people weren’t certain of during Stempel’s time as CEO. GM eventually began to generate profits and Smith became a GM hero.

Looking back, there’s a natural question. How much of the comeback stemmed from Smith’s decisions as CEO and how much was the rise of sport-utility vehicles as a profit source for U.S. automakers. SUVs helped the bottom lines of GM, Ford Motor Ford Motor and Chrysler. Also, the three companies had big profits from large pickups. By the end of the 1990s, Detroit’s automakers were more truckmakers than automakers. Meanwhile, the surge in profits relieved the pressure to change GM’s culture.

Also, the story of a CEO’s tenure isn’t settled until you see what happens afterward. That led to…

Rick Wagoner, CEO: Wagoner’s career got a lift when Smith took over. Wagoner took over for Smith as CEO in 2000. Initially, Smith stayed around as non-executive chairman, but later Wagoner took that title as well.

Wagoner, in his public pronouncements, said he was aware of GM’s challenges. In 2004, GM held a press briefing in France ahead of the Paris Motor Show. Wagoner laid out how GM was addressing its various challenges. But the picture he painted was of a gradual approach. Rather than a crisis atmosphere, Wagoner projected a steady hand on the GM wheel.

That was fine as long as GM’s home market in the United States cruised along during most of the 2000s. By 2008, however, a financial crisis meant a big drop in sales. GM, during the decade, sold off units either in whole or in part to generate cash. With the financial crisis, the gradual approach wasn’t going to work. That led to…

The Obama administration: President Barack Obama moved to bail out GM and Chrysler. The administration had one price: Wagoner had to go. So he did. The bailout took the form of a U.S.-backed bankruptcy. Technically a “new” GM was created while “old GM” would dispose of assets in bankruptcy court that wouldn’t be part of the “new” company. Brands such as Pontiac and Saturn were gone.

During the 2008 presidential campaign, GM being alive was cited by the Obama campaign as one of President Barack Obama’s main accomplishments. GM’s 2009 bankruptcy was short — so short, there really wasn’t enough time to address the culture issue. Which led to…

GM management post-bankruptcy: Fritz Henderson became CEO after Wagoner got the boot. But the chairman of the new board of “new GM,” former AT&T Ed Whitacre, decided there was somebody better: namely, Ed Whitacre. So he took the helm as CEO in late 2009.

solar Energy in the US

Solar Energy in the US :

Daylight incorporates vitality and when you can capture it utilizing a particular gadget, you’ll be able to flip it into electricity. For a few years, solar energy was always overlooked. However now that the world is becoming hotter, the sources of fossil fuels are depleting, and the price of electricity is constantly rising, many individuals now notice the importance of photo voltaic power.

With solar energy, you will not have to fret about electricity once you’ve put in the solar energy system. Except for that, you will get clean and renewable energy. If you set up a solar energy system, you’re capable of hit two birds with one stone ? you?re capable of save the earth and you can save some huge cash within the coming years. The system can last for about twenty years and that?s like a lifetime already. With correct care and upkeep, the system would possibly attain thirty years of service.

Within the US, solar energy is gaining popularity. Years ago, it would have been not possible to use solar energy in homes as a result of it was too expensive. However because of fashionable expertise, many householders in the US in addition to businesses now make use of photo voltaic energy. Energy bills can surely be decreased thereby saving the atmosphere and the pockets of householders or businesspersons.

Some locations in the US get pleasure from a whole lot of daylight notably Los Angeles California. There are so many solar energy programs available right now and photo voltaic panels are simply certainly one of them. Despite the many advantages of solar energy, have you ever questioned why only a few people use it? At this level, specialists declare that solar energy continues to be inefficient. To generate extra electricity, then bigger photo voltaic panels are needed that are fairly bulky. Just think about placing a large and ugly panel on your rooftop which may destroy your private home?s overall beauty? Ready made photo voltaic panels are fairly expensive that ranges from $35,000 – $250,000 depending on the size.

Scientists are still conducting researches and at current, solar energy in the US is claimed to be extra efficient now not like many years ago. Drastic modifications were made thereby improving the photo voltaic panel?s value and appearance. With the invention of the photovoltaic cells, solar energy was enormously improved. The cells can be positioned on metal substrate to capture daylight and the vitality can be stored within the battery. The photovoltaic panels contain n layers of cells thereby increasing its efficiency. These new panels make use of the ?amorphous silicon skinny alloy expertise?. By way of this expertise, the cells are usually not bulky anymore and highly efficient. With stylish photovoltaic panels, your own home or workplace will still look pleasant eve with the panel on top.

Except for the cell, photovoltaic shingles were additionally invented. Basically, the shingles modified photo voltaic panels. Should you don?t want to use bulky photo voltaic panels, this is an excellent alternative due to its aesthetic and convenient design. The photovoltaic shingles seem like odd shingles and are coloured black.

Why Solar Energy in the US ?

The photovoltaic cells and shingles have undoubtedly enhanced the solar energy technology. Who knows? Maybe in the future, specialists and scientists can now develop smaller cells, panels, etc. Try LA and see the photo voltaic powered homes there. You can now start calculating your private home?s electrical requirements to be able to determine the proper size of the ability system. Start with a small challenge and work your approach up but when you can afford to pay for ready-made ones, go ahead.

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Top Tips From Award-Winning Entrepreneurs

Millionaires. Centimillionaires. Billionaires.

Every one of them gathered together at the ‘Entrepreneur Of The Year‘ gala hosted by Ernst & Youngand sponsored by The Kauffman Foundation For Entrepreneurship. Without further delay, here are some of the top tips by award-winning entrepreneurs.

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Will China Change The Game For Qualcomm?

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