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March 26th, 2006 - Open Knowledge — LiveJournal

Mar. 26th, 2006

03:42 pm - Nathan Fillion interview for Slither

Elizabeth Banks and Nathan Fillion interview each other, as part of the promotion for Slither.

Trivia: James Gunn, the director of Slither, is the husband of Jenna Fischer, who plays Pam Beasley in The Office.

08:44 pm - Here's an Idea: Let Everyone Have Ideas


March 26, 2006
Under New Management
Here's an Idea: Let Everyone Have Ideas

LIKE many top executives, James R. Lavoie and Joseph M. Marino keep a close eye on the stock market. But the two men, co-founders of Rite-Solutions, a software company that builds advanced — and highly classified — command-and-control systems for the Navy, don't worry much about Nasdaq or the New York Stock Exchange.

Instead, they focus on an internal market where any employee can propose that the company acquire a new technology, enter a new business or make an efficiency improvement. These proposals become stocks, complete with ticker symbols, discussion lists and e-mail alerts. Employees buy or sell the stocks, and prices change to reflect the sentiments of the company's engineers, computer scientists and project managers — as well as its marketers, accountants and even the receptionist.

"We're the founders, but we're far from the smartest people here," Mr. Lavoie, the chief executive, said during an interview at Rite-Solutions' headquarters outside Newport, R.I. "At most companies, especially technology companies, the most brilliant insights tend to come from people other than senior management. So we created a marketplace to harvest collective genius."

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