Monthly Archives: February 2010

Bill Gates Coming out of Retirement?

When I saw the op-end piece in The New York Times this morning by Dick Brass, I thought it was time to submit an article somewhere about this pattern of facts. I came across Blogging Innovation today and thought it might make an interesting place to cast some daylight on the possibilities. I shouldn’t get into any trouble because I ...

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Cisco Announces $250,000 iPrize Competition v2.0

by Braden Kelley Cisco has announced its second Cisco iPrize Competition. At stake is a $250,000 Grand Prize that will be awarded after eight selected finalists have the opportunity to present their innovation idea to Cisco’s selection commitee using Cisco Telepresence. The first Cisco iPrize was awarded to an idea focused on reducing the energy consumption in the electrical grid. ...

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Finding (or Avoiding) Innovators

As always, we’d like to make our readers and clients happy. In that vein, I’d like to introduce how to spot people who are likely innovators. In this way, you can identify them more quickly, and choose to hire them if you want to be more innovative, or you can ignore and avoid them if the status quo is more ...

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Exploiting the Competition for Innovation

Whether you want to admit it or not, competition is part of your world, and likely a bigger part than you’d care to admit. Granted, exploiting the competition is not a novel concept. Even so, it is still very common to hear many executives adopt a competition neutral position. These executives simply don’t believe competition to be a significant factor ...

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Innovation Metrics of Leading Companies

I have often shunned the idea of metrics for innovation as it has been very difficult finding companies being good at this. However, I believe it is important to work this out in order to raise the innovation productivity and in this post I share some input from a couple of large corporations based on a discussion on LinkedIn last ...

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Are MBAs becoming irrelevant?

by Idris Mootee Are business schools preparing students for a flat world where organizations and national boundaries are becoming blurred? Looking at this year MBA rankings by Financial Times, there aren’t many changes in the Top 10 list. The surprise is that #10 is a Hong Kong Business School and #12 is an Indian Business School. Other top schools (some ...

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Real Reason Amazon Should Acquire Netflix

Amazon and Netflix might be great together, but not for the reasons you might think. The way I see this, it’s a little bit like peanut butter and chocolate, two great tastes you might not expect to go well together. People are talking about the possible acquisition of video company Netflix by Amazon, and they are speculating that it has ...

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The 'Captive Upsell' Business Model

I was reading Free: The Future of a Radical Price by Chris Anderson the other day, and it got me thinking about other innovative business models. One of the best that I have encountered recently was at the Bridgestone tire store when I got new tires for my car. What was so impressive was how they convince you to purchase ...

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Creating Preference in a Commodity Business

I was asked recently how to successfully sell value in a commodity business. When your product or service is virtually identical to what is available elsewhere, how do you create differentiation, preference, value and market share acceleration? It’s not easy, but there are ways. Here are five to start: Service: How well you treat your customers can make a big ...

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