Today, we use AI with the expectation that it will make us better than we are — faster, more efficient, more competitive, more accurate. Businesses in nearly every industry apply artificial intelligence tools to achieve goals that we would, only a decade or two ago, derided as moonshot dreams. But even as we incorporate AI into our decision-making processes, we can never forget that even as it magnifies our capabilities, so too can it plainly show our flaws.

“Like all technologies before it, artificial intelligence will reflect the values of its creators. So inclusivity matters — from who designs it…

Big data has far and away transcended its status as a technology buzzword. It has become a full-fledged infrastructural norm; countless business leaders have embraced its potential to provide enhanced insight, trend discovery, and other key variables contributing to their annual goals. This notion has created the need for multifaceted implementation strategies which, ideally, aim to use data as a binding agent for all company sectors, ultimately streamlining internal fluidity.

However, despite their ambition and openness to change, many of these leaders fail to recognize that their implementation strategies are flawed — namely in terms of distribution and accessibility. …

The technology holds great promise, no question — but deployment must be done strategically, and with the understanding that you likely won’t see gains on its first attempt to integrate.

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If you achieve the improbable often enough, even the impossible stops feeling quite so out of reach.

Over the last several decades, artificial intelligence has permeated almost every American business sector. Its proponents position AI as the tech-savvy executive leader’s magic wand — a tool that can wave away inefficiency and spark new solutions in a pinch. …

At this time in 2018, the very idea of bitcoin becoming an accepted currency among major corporations would have been unlikely. Now, the idea still attracts some raised eyebrows — but it isn’t as immediately dismissed.

Cryptocurrency had its first spotlight moment in 2018. It was the modern era’s equivalent of the gold rush; all around the country, adventurous bitcoin dabblers found themselves raking in thousands — sometimes tens of thousands — of dollars after investing comparatively paltry sums.

“Bitcoin and, subsequently, a proliferation of other cryptocurrencies had become an object of global fascination, amid prophecies of societal upheaval and…

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Of all the circumstances that we might have imagined kickstarting America’s smart city aspirations, a pandemic surely wasn’t on our list. And yet, our anxieties over disease transmission might just be the fuel that propels us towards a future in which autonomous cars become the urban norm.

A huge setback for public transit

For the last several months, the COVID-19 pandemic has compelled us to change our perspectives to suit a newly disease-aware world. We’ve adapted our day-to-day routine to suit social distancing recommendations and become leery of crowded, high-traffic areas. Our faith in public transit, in particular, has been shaken so profoundly that it very…

Ever since COVID-19 made its American debut in March, corporate spaces across the country have gone dark.

Once-bustling floors are silent; workstations sit empty as employees log into their work emails from the isolation of their home offices or dining room tables. According to recently-published statistics from Stanford, a remarkable 42 percent of the US labor force is currently working from home full time; analysts for Global Workforce Analytics further posit that even by the end of 2021, 25 to 30 percent will still be signing in remotely.

The abandonment of America’s corporate offices is a necessary measure, one taken…

Once more, titans of industry have fallen under censure for perceived monopolization and the abuse of their considerable power. But this time, their names aren’t Carnegie, Rockefeller, or Vanderbilt, but Bezos, Zuckerberg, Pichai, and Cook.

In recent weeks, all four have faced hard questions about perceived corporate misbehavior. The concerns directed towards each corporate icon may differ according to the specifics of their company’s actions, but all ask the same essential question: Can massive tech companies keep themselves from intimidating or using the small businesses that increasingly rely on their platforms to survive?

In late July, the House Judiciary Committee…

Contrary to what every inspirational entrepreneur biopic might imply, entrepreneurship isn’t a solitary pursuit. How can it be, when the challenges of building a business are so complicated, and usually demand such complex solutions?

As someone who was once a rookie entrepreneur, I can tell you this: despite being acutely aware of how much they don’t know, new founders never fully understand everything they have yet to learn.

All entrepreneurs need help sometimes. When they feel overwhelmed by their leadership responsibilities, product development flaws, hiring challenges, or any of the million other concerns that new founders face in everyday life…

Does a CEO’s gut instinct matter in a world that runs on digital data-crunching?

Over the last decade, big data analytics has risen to the forefront as a tool to facilitate smarter, faster, and more effective decision-making in business. Its meteoric ascension into corporate boardrooms and executive offices has displaced our conventional ideas about the value of an individual leader’s savvy. Today, a leader who so much as mentions intuition during a strategy meeting is likely to prompt a few skeptical looks and a polite variation of: “Okay, but what does the data say?”

Gut instinct is an outdated faux pas in modern business culture — an idea that might have backed CEO icons…

In the past, we sought digital disruption in the hopes of bolstering our efficiency, cost-effectiveness and profit; now, we turn to it for an additional reason: safety.

Six months ago, most of us might have discreetly rolled our eyes when someone brought up the importance of “digital disruption” in a leadership meeting. It didn’t matter that we already understood how vital remaining on the cutting edge of technology and digital-savvy operations was; the term itself was a buzzword. Rather than inspiring action, it was so vague that few people really knew what that implication meant in practical terms.

We felt comfortable procrastinating on digital disruption and dismissing its buzzwordiness. After all, we told ourselves, we have time; we have the leeway to take it slow, stretch our…

Bennat Berger

Bennat Berger is Co-Founder of Novel Property Ventures and founder of Novel Private Equity. To read more about him, visit:

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