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This Old Dog has a New Trick!

Old dog, new tricks

I recently came across an article from Harvard Business Review (see HBR Blog) claiming that CEOs are too old to innovate! Although, the author does acknowledge that older CEOs might have some worthwhile skills:

“Of course, the CEO job also requires more than creativity, and additional years of experience may help with this broader set of duties. For instance, researchers estimated the peak age for good financial decision making to be 53. So while creativity is probably in decline for most people by the time they hit 50, other critical management skills are still improving.” (Frick, 2014)

My reply was this:

“As an academic I praise research, but the problem with this research is that disruptive ‘innovation’ is, generally speaking, atypical. Nobel prize winners are ‘typical’, that’s what they do for a living: scientific research. As a 55+ female with an IT startup (www.comwriter.com), I could only have done this with the experience that I have garnered over the years. Most young entrepeneurs don’t make it because of a lack of business experience (not lack of ideas!).”

I think it is time we stopped stereotyping ‘older’ versus ‘younger’ individuals. Innovation is what some people do, and what some don’t!

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IT Startup Poised for International Success

After just 3 months on the market, the ComWriter startup hits 5,000 registered users from 39 countries. ComWriter is a cloud-based writing application for students and faculty to write assignments, dissertations and journal articles. This innovative product combines a word processor, a bibliographic tool, and an online library within the same platform. ComWriter’s primary innovation is the auto formatting of references and text to academic standards with one click of the mouse using pre-defined styles.

ComWriter hits 5000 Sign Ups

Dr Glassop, a former academic and IT executive, is the founder of ComWriter. Linda said “This is a very exciting milestone to reach for our fledgling company.” “It demonstrates that there is a significant need for an innovative writing tool in Higher Education.”

Linda has had her fair share of dissenters. After all it requires a lot of courage to take on Microsoft Word AND Endnote in one hit. Linda explains “Word is 22 years old, and Endnote is 17 years old.” “It is about time we had a product designed specifically for academic work.”

The productivity gains with ComWriter have seen undergraduates getting High Distinctions for their assignments, and PhD students flocking to the  app. While ‘app’ seems to be an understatment for this behemonth platform, the future looks rosie for this Australian innovation.

There is a FREE version for High School students to get University-ready. Looks like Linda has thought of everything!

Issued: 2 December, 2014

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ComWriter: finalist in AIMIA Awards 2014 ‘Best of Websites & Online: education & learning’

AIMI Awards

AIMI Awards

The Annual AIMIA Awards are the longest running and most prestigious Awards in Australia’s Digital Industry. Entries are judged by a panel of over 160 Australian & International industry experts.

Auto format your writing to academic standards

Auto format your writing to academic standards

All winners will be celebrated at the 20th Annual AIMIA Awards ceremony in April 2014.

 

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January 16, 2014 · 3:14 AM

Thumbs up for ComWriter!

What the New Learning Times had to say about ComWriter:

Comwriter is a platform that provides tools to make writing an academic paper less stressful. Every function in the platform works to make it easier for writers to organize their thoughts and writing. Some of these functions include templates of different paper styles and online space to upload and organize digital resources used for writing papers. Users can apply APA or MLA style to their paper even after they begin writing. There are also tools that help users monitor their progress like due date reminders and a display of the word count.

By Demetri Lales.  January 09, 2014

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Australian Government increases research funding

In November 2013, the Hon. C. Pyne, Minister for Education, announced that the government “will deliver a clear strategy, one that lays out a path to growing a world class education and research industry, that realises our economic potential, reduces barriers and frees the sector to be more productive and globally competitive.” He further announced an increase in funding of A$522m (1177 projects) for the research and innovation sector.

ComWriter is a writing tool that directly supports productivity within the research sector.

– store resources within your writing application

– capture bibliographic data easily

– mobile technology to take research with you in the cloud

– write productively using modern tools; collapse sections, drop’n’drag paragraphs to re-order

– leave formatting for others to consider by using pre-defined styles to academic standards (e.g., APA, Harvard, MLA, Chicago, Turabian)

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Accolades for ComWriter @Educause USA

Anaheim, Ca. 15-17 October, 2013

The ComWriter booth in Startup Alley at Educause, USA was kept busy with interest from Universities (MIT, Duke, Georgia, SF, USC, Fort Hays, UNC, Indiana, Penn State and more), Colleges (St Marys, West Hills), Publishers (MacMillian, Cengage, Norton, McGraw Hill, Nelson), and Providers of Learning Management Systems (Blackboard, D2L and Canvas). Visitors stated “awesome”, “this will be big”, “this could go viral” as they got excited by the innovative features of ComWriter. Linda Glassop and Josh Kekwick were kept busy demonstrating ComWriter throughout the Exhibition. Dr Glassop said “We are very encouraged to get such fantastic validation for ComWriter in this important market”

ComWriter Visits @Educause USA

ComWriter Visits @Educause USA

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