Innovation Quotes of the Week – May 18, 2013

by Mari Anixter

Innovation Quotes of the Week – May 18, 2013 This week we continue a featured series of some of our favorite innovation-related quotes. Click on author name to link to their article. And, please contribute your favorite innovation quotes in the comments and we’ll feature the best submissions in next week’s Innovation Quotes of the Week.


” It doesn’t matter what you make, or sell, or offer. If you continue to embrace “business as usual,” you are doomed.”

Alexander Osterwalder


” I’d like to challenge orthodoxy and make the case for entitlement as a necessary ingredient for innovation, not a necessary evil. ”

Deb Mills-Scofield


“So, what happens when people talk innovation but do creativity? Not much and that’s the problem.”

Jeffrey Baumgartner


“We don’t want to wait on innovation…so we’ve taken an approach that’s not always perfect, but we think it’s the best thing for our brand and customers.”

Adam Brotman, Starbucks Chief Digital Officer


“One of the next waves of innovation in building data centers is related to the increasing number of layers between application and storage.”

Steve Todd


“Charles Darwin was on to something. Business innovation has a lot in common with his theory of evolution, about the origin of species.

Matthew May


There are many reasons why incremental innovation dominates. Call me an innovation nerd if you like, but I find the whole approach to incremental innovation really interesting.”

Kevin McFarthing


” People enter this world with a certain amount of greatness. So many people, through the pressures of society or the way we’re educated, unlearn that greatness. They fritter it away. They start limiting themselves.”

Keith Yamashita


” Many people see innovation as a mystifying process. In reality, there’s nothing mysterious about it.”

Holly Green


“Innovation doesn’t always come from experts: Beware of the ‘curse of knowledge.'”

Jérôme Provensal


“My stipulation is that you should do innovation as fast as humanly possible, even at the risk of skipping steps or bypassing checkpoints, because your internal clockspeed is almost certainly out of synch with the market’s clockspeed.”

Jeffrey Phillips


“I think the [Arthur D Little] study gives encouragement that having a focused, disciplined approach to innovation does make a difference.

Paul Hobcraft


“As innovators, our job is to invent the future.”

Tim Kastelle


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Innovation Quotes of the Week – Dec. 16, 2012Mari Anixter is Managing Editor for Innovation Excellence. She is a communications professional living in New Mexico.


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