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Happy Birthday, Standard Time

Posted by Andy Freed on 11/18/16 10:36 AM

On this day in 1883, time zones launched in the United States.  Prior to the time every major city had a "noon stick" where the sun being overhead set the time for noon and time was extrapolated from there. Who cared if Boston was a few minutes earlier than New York when the two were days apart on horseback.

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Topics: Standards

Getting a Charge Out of Standards

Posted by Andy Freed on 4/4/16 8:00 AM

I love new tech toys. Sometimes they’re just good for their own sake, and sometimes they teach a larger lesson.

My latest toy is a Zolt charger. These are pretty cool—a shout out to www.gozolt.com. It’s the world’s smallest and lightest laptop charger. And it works great. But there’s a catch.

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Topics: Standards

Disruptive Standards

Posted by Greg Kohn on 2/24/16 3:08 PM

disruptive_standards.jpgWhen most people think of standards, they think of companies in an industry coming together to address common points of pain or to collaborate on technical specifications that would benefit the entire ecosystem. In other words, traditional standards efforts tend to support the "all boats rise" notion that when standards are developed and adopted, everyone wins. 

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Topics: Technology Standards, Standards

The Joint Development Foundation: Offering "a Standards Organization in a Box"

Posted by Andy Freed on 1/20/16 6:00 AM

Here is an innovative approach to launching an organization quickly-- the Joint Development Foundation (JDF). It's an organization that enables smaller standards and source code development collaborations to form swiftly and efficiently through a turnkey legal and operational infrastructure. 

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Topics: Standards, Associations

Spinach and Standards: Much in Common

Posted by Greg Kohn on 9/22/15 7:00 AM

My neighbor is a spinach farmer. Because his work is so much different than mine, I ask him about it whenever I can. What I’ve learned most through our conversations is that in farming, timing is everything. This past week is a great example of that. Ordinarily my neighbor would have seeded for his spring crop last week, to ensure that the seedlings would mature enough to survive the first frost. He couldn’t do that, though, because our area received significant rain last week, softening the ground too much to accept the seeds. That meant, by his calculation, yesterday and today were the only two days available to get his spring crop planted. That his team’s plows kept running in the field until 3 am this morning demonstrated that he wasn’t taking any chances on missing that critical window. 

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Topics: Standards

What’s next after CES?

Posted by Andy Freed on 1/7/15 8:55 AM

This week I had the opportunity to attend the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. This is a massive show—covering 2 million square feet of exhibit space. For those keeping score at home, the Chrysler Building in NYC is about that size. That’s big.

Every year, CES is a showplace of the latest gadgets: TVs, mobile devices, and more.

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Topics: Technology, Technology Standards, Standards

The Long Road to Standards Adoption

Posted by Bruce Rogers on 9/10/14 2:35 PM

With its much-anticipated announcement this week, Apple became the latest and the last of the leading smartphone vendors to adopt Near Field Communication or NFC technology. The company announced NFC will be in its forthcoming iPhone 6 models and will become the enabling technology for a new mobile payment ecosystem called Apple Pay. Apple Pay will allow consumers with iPhones to pay for goods and services at some 220 thousand stores throughout the U.S.

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Topics: Standards

Winning Lessons from the World of Sports

Posted by Andy Freed on 5/14/14 4:00 AM

In Boston sports, these are “the good old days.” With the Sox winning championships, the Bruins contending for the Cup and Tom Brady slinging passes, it’s pretty fun to be a sports fan here. In honor of Boston sports, here’s what our four teams can teach associations:

From the Red Sox: “Know your role.” When a ball is hit up the middle in baseball, you never see the shortstop and second basemen collide as they both go for it. That’s because they know exactly where the other one will be.

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Topics: Operations, Starting an Association, Organizational Development, Governance, Association Management, Membership, Leadership, Experience, Standards

The Three “I”s of Successful Tech Associations

Posted by Greg Kohn on 5/1/14 2:43 AM

As someone who's worked around technology associations for a long time, I often get asked: "So what are the secret traits of the groups that are the most successful?" Quite honestly, these secrets traits aren't really so secret. In fact, I like to call them the three "I"s. All of the better-performing organizations I have worked with have had at least one of these traits; some of the great ones have had all three.

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Topics: Operations, Starting an Association, Organizational Development, Technology, Management, Membership, Leadership, Standards, Association Management Company

Missed Connections

Posted by Andy Freed on 3/20/14 3:12 AM

I’m still pretty young (by my own standards). But I can remember the days of pink “while you were out” slips, calling in for messages from pay phones and (gasp) not having email at work.

And every innovation carries with it the same promise—it will keep us more connected. In many ways, this is true. When I sit in a far away hotel room talking to my kids over Facetime (when they actually answer), it’s a remarkable display of the promise of the connected society.

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Topics: Starting an Association, Association Management, Technology, Membership, Leadership, Standards

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