Innovation Quotes of the Week – June 9, 2013

by Mari Anixter

Innovation Quotes of the Week – June 9, 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.


” Great innovators tend to be contrarians… For me, one of the greatest modern examples of this is Elon Musk – of Paypal, SpaceX, and Tesla fame.”

Rowan Gibson


” Here’s the problem with entrepreneurship as the new economic gospel:  it’s a risky path to economic redemption, one that most of its disciples will fail to complete. ”

Melba Kurman


“Sure, serendipity has always been important, but in a world of near-constant disruption, it becomes essential to survival.”

Ralph Ohr


“When Israelis analyze the reasons for their entrepreneurship, they use words as ‘fighting spirit’, ‘hunger for life’, ‘team building’, ‘field operations, skills they often link to the 3 years experience they spend in the army, and to the fact that the country has limited natural resources: it had to conquer ‘self-reliance’, to go against the odds, and pull out life from the desert.

Nicolas Bry


“We call the intersection of lower transaction costs and brainstorming at scale enabled by online connections crowdstorming.”

Peter Ryder and Shaun Abrahamson


“Competitively unpredictable: two words that spell the key to success in today’s fast paced, highly competitive business arena.”

Stefan Lindegaard


“Common sense tells us that students are more likely to learn if they are motivated by and engaged with the curriculum or project at hand. Now, hard science is telling us the same thing.

Saga Briggs


“The future of mobile money is happening right now in Africa. Where is the future of your industry happening?”

Tim Kastelle


“It is counter-intuitive to think that someone focused on innovation would spend time [on ‘shelfware’], but my guess is that such an activity could help  a company break the cycle of repeating past mistakes.”

Scott Bowden


The mobile phone is causing a shift in bank practices and distribution models like nothing that has come before.

Holly Green


” There are a lot of things not going well for Microsoft right now – Microsoft reorganization appears to be rearranging the chairs on the Titanic.

Adam Hartung


Creativity is not bound by the sole innate characteristics of an individual and can in fact be changed based on situation and context.”
Jérôme Provensal


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Innovation Quotes of the Week – Dec. 16, 2012
Mari Anixter is Managing Editor for Innovation Excellence. She is a communications professional working in Boston, MA.

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