Category: Digital Entrepreneurship

digentDigital Entrepreneurship remains a passion of mine and an emerging strength for RIT. This Fall, students in “Building a Web Business” worked on and launched the following businesses online:

http://www.trackexploits.com/ http://www.colegrovemotorsports.com/ http://footballconversation.com http://www.raptoob.com/ http://www.thecashplanner.com/ http://www.virtual-handy-man.com/ http://Athletescore.com http://Westgatefashionpark.com http://college-warehouse.com/ http://www.ezlowfare.com/ http://www.calamitees.com/ http://frznsun.com http://www.singlefrugalfather.com/ http://emilyannalyse.com http://connectafam.com http://leroysaucecompany.com/ http://www.cakefections.com/ http://tidywhities.net http://www.digitutors.com/ http://sportzjunky.net http://msflotips.com

The list includes Ad-based content sites, Online retail, Amazon affiliates and others. This is very impressive work for just 10 weeks of class time. Our Digital Business minor supports students in learning about how new technologies like those deployed in this class are transforming traditional business practice!

Next up: the Digital Entrepreneurship class with students from around RIT’s campus. Last night’s team formation yielded 10 project teams creating business plans for new ideas that leverage these new technologies. Stop in at: http://digent.rit.edu to learn more.

From Kevin Kelly’s The Technium

Martin Heidegger: “No one can foresee the radical changes to come.  But technological advance will move faster and faster and can never be stopped.  In all areas of his existence, man will be encircled ever more tightly by the forces of technology.  These forces, which everywhere and every minute claim, enchain and drag along, press and impose upon man under the form of some technical contrivance or other–these forces…have moved long since beyond his will and have outgrown his capacity for decision… Technology is in no sense an instrument of man’s making or in his control. It is rather that a phenomenon that is centrally determining all of Western history.”

These technophobes are right about so many things. The technium is the phenomenon that is centrally determining all of Western history. It is outgrowing our capacity of understanding. It is advancing faster and faster without end. It is proceeding on an autonomous course. It is an end in itself. It is a kind of fate.

This is scary. We have birthed a child more powerful than us, rocketing off to remake our essential nature, yet it zooms beyond our capacity to understand or control, accelerating in power, yet biased in its direction. No wonder the autonomy of the technium provokes such genuine concern.

Yet the very same innate forces of extropy and self-organization that nurture the technological imperative, also are responsible for real progress. We have birthed a child more powerful than us, rocketing the advance of diversity and intelligence,  it multiples on its own, yet it is headed in the direction we’d all like to go — more options, choices, possibilities and free-will.

I am off for AMCIS Thursday and looking forward to a fun few days. It has been some time for me to visit an “MIS” conference. In the mean-time I have been working on:

founding the digital business group, digital entrepreneurship

future internet economics

social network monetization and value

I am very interested in where this discipline that took me in has come since last I checked in. I will also be recruiting for the Saunders MIS group, which is one of a variety of disciplines in the College that fit together nicely. Can’t wait to see how it all comes together!

If you want to meet up in San Fran, try vperotti@saunders.rit.edu or twitter message me @vicperotti

NSF logo The Future of the Internet SWITCHNET project is actively underway with new graduate and undergraduate students participating. You can learn more about this project at my RIT website: http://people.rit.edu/vjpbbu.

My group will be in Washington, DC on April 6 and 7 for the latest FIND meeting.

The DigEnt social network, once just courseware for the 24 people enrolled in the Digital Entrepreneurship class at RIT, has now achieved Membership of over 400 people.  I find this a truly great achievement by the contributors!

Along the way, we have received local and national media attention, benefitted from the wisdom of individuals throughout the world, and created connections that are today advancing new business ideas, while creating great educational experiences for students.