Owning a Domain name

Hands up who thinks that they or their company own one or more domain names? OK, unless you work for nominet, ICANN or one of the other registrars, put your hands down. When you ‘purchase’ a domain name, what you are purchasing is a registration that entitles you to use the domain name for a certain period of time. You are not purchasing the domain name itself which remains owned by the registrar with whom you take out the contract.

Oooh what a picture, oooh what a photograph

It is so easy these days to get the perfect image you need for your website or to go on top of an article like this. All you have to do is type the topic into Google (or another favourite search engine), click on images and select the one you need right? No WRONG!

R in a circle or TM?

While on a recent holiday in Brugge, Belgium and while I should have been enjoying the chocolates, mussels and beer, I couldn’t help but stop to take some pictures of the branding at the local McDonalds. The reason is because I am often asked whether you should use an ® or a TM next to your name or logo, whether you have to use one of the other, what they mean and why they matter.

Choosing a name for your new venture

Choosing a good name for your new venture can be very challenging and is also very important. Although the saying goes that “a rose by any name smells just as sweet”, and there is something in the fact that is your product / service is so compelling it is likely to be a success whatever it is called.

Hate cleaning? Robots could be the solution

Remember how far off the future seemed as a kid? You may have had daydreams about self-driving cars and automated homes. While some of that is still (sadly) quite a ways off, technology has come a very long way. Case in point, the automated cleaning industry.

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

This may not be one of life’s big questions. But the topic of machine learning is all the buzz in the artificial intelligence (AI) community these days. The idea that machines are actually learning might be news to you. And you might wonder how they do this without a brain. Yes, machines don’t have brains. Not like human brains, at least. But they are learning.

Building Innovation Ecosystems to Reinvent School

It feels like a crazily long time now since my adventures across the USA last autumn, in which I looked at trends in school design and edu innovation. Over the last 4 months—as well as getting stuck into new projects in the UK—I’ve been synthesising all my learning from the vast array of conversations and observations during those 7 weeks into a detailed paper which has now been published by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.