Monthly Archives: April 2009

Ten Rules for Strategic Innovators

HSM Global recently hosted a webinar with Dr. Vijay Govindarajan of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in the run up to the World Innovation Forum, and has been kind enough to post it online. Here it is: One of the main points of the webinar is that managers need to consciously look at how they allocate time between: ...

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Sources of Innovation – Invention versus Discovery

One theory of why there is more innovation in a downturn comes from Professor Dominic Houlder of London Business School. It goes like this: There are two main sources of innovation – invention and discovery. Discovery as it relates to innovation is analyzing where customers are being over-served and where they are being under-served. Discovery is teasing out what needs ...

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Washington Innovation Summit Roundup

I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend the Washington Innovation Summit by the event organizers. It was a great event that attracted over 400 attendees interested in technology and innovation to Bellevue, WA on April 9, 2009. The event was headlined by Senator Maria Cantwell and Gifford Pinchot, followed by other area technology and innovation dignitaries. (event schedule) ...

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Let’s Start an Innovation Revolution to Remove Obstructions to Innovation

For decades, innovation in the mobile industry was obstructed by the mobile carriers. Walled gardens seeking to maximize airtime revenue ruled the day and delivering value to customers a distant concern. Carriers had ultimate power to determine what innovations customers would have access to and their contract terms and limitations discouraged application development. Then along came a man with a ...

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Live from the Washington Innovation Summit – Miracle Materials

Here are my notes from the Miracle Materials breakout session: Dr. Jim DangerfieldEVP of FPInnovations We found way to break apart cellulose and create nanocrystalline cellulose – 20nm long and 10nm wide. We have built a pilot plant with the ability to make one ton of nanocrystalline cellulose per day. We’ve used nanocrystalline cellulose to make paper. As you create ...

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Live from the Washington Innovation Summit – Gifford Pinchot

Gifford Pinchot is the co-founder of Bainbridge Graduate Institute and is credited with creating the term “intrapreneur” and today brought up the term “ecopreneur”, and he is also an angel investor. Here are my notes from the session: He spoke about several social topics including Grameem Telecom, access to safe water, and the disappearing frontier forests (old growth). It’s no ...

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Apple iPhone OS 3.0 to Enable New Innovations

Apple’s next iPhone might contain both video input as well as a magnetometer (digital compass). This opens up some interesting possibilities for iPhone application developers to innovate. Here is an example of a virtual pet application being developed that would use the video input capabilities: And here is an example of an application showing what might be possible with magnetometer ...

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Live from the Washington Innovation Summit

I’ll be live on Twitter, blogging, and interviewing attendees and speakers at Washington’s Innovation Summit April 9, 2009 in Bellevue, WA. The Washington Innovation Summit presents a wide variety of business, research and government leaders clustered together in a full schedule. This event used to be known as the Washington State Technology Summit, but broadened its agenda this year to ...

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