Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2017

by Innovation Excellence

Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2017After a week of torrid voting and much passionate support, along with a lot of gut-wrenching consideration and jostling during the judging round, I am proud to announce your Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2017:

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  1. Sarah Miller Caldicott
    A great grandniece of Thomas Edison and innovation process expert, Sarah Miller Caldicott was co-author of the first book ever written on Thomas Edison’s world-changing innovation practices, Innovate Like Edison: The Five-Step System For Breakthrough Business Success. Her final book, Midnight Lunch: The 4 Phases of Team Collaboration Success from Thomas Edison’s Lab, was released by Wiley. Sarah passed away this year unexpectedly and she will be missed greatly.

  2. Tom Kouloupoulos
    Thomas KoulopoulosTom Koulopoulos is the author of 10 books and founder of the Delphi Group, a 25-year-old Boston-based think tank and a past Inc. 500 company that focuses on innovation and the future of business. He tweets from @tkspeaks.
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  4. Matthew E May
    Matthew E MayMatthew E. May is the author, most recently, of Winning the Brain Game: Fixing the 7 Fatal Flaws of Thinking.
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  6. Greg Satell
    Greg SatellGreg Satell is a popular speaker and consultant. His first book, Mapping Innovation: A Playbook for Navigating a Disruptive Age, was selected as one of the best business books in 2017. Follow his blog at Digital Tonto or on Twitter @Digital Tonto.
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  8. Braden Kelley
    Braden KelleyBraden Kelley is a popular innovation speaker, builds sustainable innovation cultures, and tools for creating successful change. He is the author of the five-star book Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire and the creator of the revolutionary new Change Planning Toolkit™. Follow him on Twitter (@innovate) and Linkedin.
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  10. Ralph Christian Ohr
    Ralph OhrDr. Ralph-Christian Ohr has extensive experience in product/innovation management for international technology-based companies. His particular interest is targeted at the intersection of organizational and human innovation capabilities. You can follow him on Twitter @Ralph_Ohr.
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  12. Nicolas Bry
    Nicolas BryNicolas Bry is a Senior VP at Orange. He’s developed strong expertise in innovation management, creating digital business units with international challenges. He completed a professional thesis on rapid innovation at HEC Business School.
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  14. Paul Sloane
    Paul SloanePaul Sloane writes, speaks and leads workshops on creativity, innovation and leadership. He is the author of The Innovative Leader and editor of A Guide to Open Innovation and Crowdsourcing, both published by Kogan-Page.
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  16. Kevin McFarthing
    Kevin McFarthingKevin McFarthing runs the Innovation Fixer consultancy, helping companies to improve the output and efficiency of their innovation, and to implement Open Innovation. He spent 17 years with Reckitt Benckiser in innovation leadership positions, and also has experience in life sciences.
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  18. Paul Hobcraft
    Paul HobcraftPaul Hobcraft runs Agility Innovation, an advisory business that stimulates sound innovation practice, researches topics that relate to innovation for the future, as well as aligning innovation to organizations core capabilities.
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  20. Chad McAllister
    Chad McAllisterChad McAllister, PhD is a product innovation guide, innovation management educator, and recovering engineer. He leads Product Innovation Educators, which trains product managers to create products customers love. He also hosts The Everyday Innovator weekly podcast, sharing knowledge from innovation thought leaders and practitioners. Follow him on Twitter.

  21. Janet Sernack
    How the Lean Start-up Accelerates InnovationJanet Sernack gained her consulting, education, facilitation, training and executive coaching skills, from 30 years experience in manufacturing, retailing and learning and development businesses to Australia’s and Israel’s’ top 100 companies. She resides in Israel where she founded a start-up, ImagineNation™ that teaches innovative leadership and start-up entrepreneurship via The Start-Up Game™.

  22. Pete Foley
    A twenty-five year Procter & Gamble veteran, Pete has spent the last 8+ years applying insights from psychology and behavioral science to innovation, product design, and brand communication. He spent 17 years as a serial innovator, creating novel products, perfume delivery systems, cleaning technologies, devices and many other consumer-centric innovations, resulting in well over 100 granted or published patents. Find him at pete.mindmatters@gmail.com

  23. Jeffrey Phillips
    Jeffrey PhillipsJeffrey Phillips is a senior leader at OVO Innovation. OVO works with large distributed organizations to build innovation teams, processes and capabilities. Jeffrey is the author of Relentless Innovation and the blog Innovate on Purpose.
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  25. Mukesh Gupta
    mukesh-gupta1-150x150Mukesh Gupta is Director of Customer Advocacy, SAP India Private Limited. He also served as Executive Liaison for the SAP User group in India, and as a Global Lead in Sales & Business Development. He also blogs, and shares podcasts and videos, on his site rmukeshgupta.com
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  27. Adi Gaskell
    Adi-Gaskell-150x150Adi Gaskell tells us: “I am a free range human who believes that the future already exists if we know where to look. From the bustling Knowledge Quarter in London, it is my mission in life to hunt down those things and bring them to a wider audience, with my posts here focusing particularly on the latest research on innovation and change.” Follow Adi Gaskell (@adigaskell)

  28. Yoram Solomon
    Four Rules to Snap Judge a New VentureDr. Yoram Solomon is a VP of Corporate Strategy, General Manager, Inventor and Author. He has a Ph.D. in Organization and Management, an MBA and LLB. Yoram is a professor of Technology and Industry Forecasting at the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, UT Graduate School of Management; is active in regional innovation and technology commercialization; and is also a speaker and author on predicting the technology future and identifying opportunities for market disruption.

  29. Scott Bowden
    scott_bowdenScott Bowden is an independent innovation analyst. Scott previously worked for IBM Global Services and Independent Research and Information Services Corporation. Scott has Ph.D. in Government/International Relations from Georgetown University. Follow him on Twitter @sgbowden
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  31. Andy Heikkila
    Andrew HeikkilaAndrew Heikkila, a tech enthusiast and writer from Boise, Idaho, and a frequent contributor to Innovation Excellence. He also writes for Tech Crunch. You can follow him @AndyO_TheHammer.
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  33. Robert B Tucker
    Robert TuckerRobert B. Tucker is the President of The Innovation Resource Consulting Group. He is a speaker, seminar leader and an expert in the management of innovation and assisting companies in accelerating ideas to market.
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  35. Michael Graber
    Michael GraberMichael Graber is the cofounder and managing partner at Southern Growth Studio, a Memphis-based firm that specializes in growth strategy and innovation. A published poet and musician, Graber is the creative force that complements the analytical side of the house. He speaks and publishes frequently on best practices in design thinking, business strategy, and innovation and earned an MFA from the University of Memphis.

  36. Mike Shipulski
    Mike ShipulskiMike Shipulski brings together people, culture, and tools to change engineering behavior. He writes daily on Twitter as @MikeShipulski and weekly on his blog Shipulski On Design.
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  38. Frank Mattes
    Frank MattesFrank Mattes founded innovation.support and runs its business in the German-speaking countries. Frank Mattes has 15+ years of experience in managing innovation, change management and projects. He has worked for several specialized medium-sized consulting companies and for The Boston Consulting Group. Frank also founded and runs innovation-3 which focuses on integrating cutting-edge innovation approaches into existing innovation management systems. Frank is also the author of several books.

  39. Soren Kaplan
    Soren KaplanSoren Kaplan is the author of Leapfrogging and a Managing Principal at InnovationPoint LLC where he advises start-ups and also consults to Cisco, Colgate, Disney, Medtronic, Visa, and others larger firms. He led the internal strategy group at HP and is an Adjunct Professor within the Imagineering Academy at NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences in The Netherlands. To learn more or contact Soren visit www.leapfrogging.com

  40. Gijs van Wulfen
    Gijs van WulfenGijs van Wulfen helps organizations to structure the chaotic start of innovation as author, speaker and facilitator. He is the founder of the FORTH innovation method and author of the innovation bestseller The Innovation Expedition. He was chosen by LinkedIn as one of their first 150 Influencers.
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  42. Jacqueline Zhou
    Jackie-1-150x150-5Jacqueline Zhou is the innovation expert at SoapBox Innovations, a SaaS innovation management company. An avid believer in tapping into the collective genius of communities, she shares her innovation insights on the SoapBox Innovations blog and @SoapBoxHQ
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  44. Patrick Willer
    Patrick WillerPatrick Willer is a Workforce Innovation Consultant at SAP. He is intrigued by people: How we think, connect, and create together. This is what inspires his learning, and informs his business career in Human Capital Management. Patrick specializes in creativity, innovation, social collaboration, and solution-focused planning and execution of strategies impactful to Human Capital Management. Follow or connect with Patrick @PattWiller

  45. Saga Briggs
    Saga BriggsSaga has built her writing and editing career at Tin House Books, Night Owls Press, and Dancing Moon Press. Along the way, writing education and education reform have become two of her primary interests. She earned a B.A. in Creative Writing from Oberlin College and lives in Portland, OR. @sagamilena
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  47. Daniel Lock
    Daniel LockDaniel Lock helps organisations unlock value and productivity through process improvement, project & change management. Find out more about him at daniellock.com.
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  49. Eugene Yamnitsky
    Eugene YamnitskyEugene Yamnitsky is Director of Product Management and Innovation at Citrix. He leads the ShareFile Product Management team and is responsible for mobile, desktop and web applications, as well as key infrastructure components and the developer program. Eugene also leads Citrix’s Innovation Center of Excellence where he acts as a catalyst for innovation and mentors teams in their corporate Startup Accelerator.

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  51. Keary Crawford
    Keary Crawford“Passionate about building growth, innovation and service-focused organizations.” Keary Crawford is a Co-founder of Opptiv and a Co-author of Growth Thinking: Building the New Growth Enterprise. Keary has spoken on innovation and entrepreneurship for the European Commission; and has been featured in Wired Magazine and on GrowthHacker TV. Keary is an alumna of the University of Maryland and a Fellow of The Wharton School.

  52. Nick Partridge
    Nicholas PartridgeNicholas Partridge is senior innovation director at LPK and he’s obsessed with creating “the new”: be it product, service, brand or experience. Nick is a veteran innovator, having partnered with the world’s most powerful brands and scrappy upstarts on their hairiest innovation challenges. Prior to LPK, he served as co-head of Idea Couture (NYC), as innovation director at Fahrenheit 212 (NYC) and as industrial designer at Essential (Boston). On Twitter at @KnewNewNeu.

  53. Jorge Barba
    Jorge-BarbaJorge Barba is an Innovation Insurgent and is the Creative Strategist at Blu Maya, a San Diego based Digital Marketing Firm that helps organizations build their online business with strategy development for new products and services. He’s also the author of the innovation blog Game Changer. And lastly, you can follow him on Twitter @jorgebarba.
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  55. Saul Kaplan
    Saul Kaplan is the Founder & Chief Catalyst at the Business Innovation Factory. He is the author of The Business Model Innovation Factory. Follow Saul and his work @TheBIF
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  57. Peter Cook
    Peter Cook Peter Cook is Rock’n’Roll Innovation Editor at Innovation Excellence. He leads Human Dynamics and The Academy of Rock, and provides Keynote speaking, Organisation Development and Business Coaching. You can follow him on twitter @Academyofrock and contact him for a copy of his book Punk Rock Business.
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  59. Harvey Wade
    Being Innovative - the role of the leaderHarvey Wade is Innovation Program Manager at Cisco providing strategic direction and support to leaders and their organisations. Prior to Cisco, Harvey has had innovation roles at Allianz, Mindjet and Spigit. His blog is Innovative Thoughts.
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  61. Kevin Namaky
    Kevin NamakyKevin Namaky is the Founder of Gurulocity marketing education. As a brand marketing leader and as Head of Strategy at a global consulting firm, he created billions in new value for companies big and small. Kevin founded Gurulocity to help small business owners and entrepreneurs hone their strategic marketing craft and unlock their potential. Connect with Kevin on LinkedIn.

  62. Stefan Lindegaard
    Stefan-Lindegaard-Small-1Stefan Lindegaard is a speaker, network facilitator and strategic advisor who focus on the topics of open innovation, intrapreneurship and how to identify and develop the people who drive innovation.
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  64. Matthew Griffin
    Matthew Griffin was recognised in 2013 by the public as one of Europe’s leading emerging technology and disruptive innovation experts. He works with Her Majesty’s Government and Private Sector organisations around the world to help them foresee the opportunities and threats that emerging technologies and trends will have on business, culture and society at large. Follow or contact hime @mgriffin_uk

  65. Linda Ackerman Anderson
    Linda Ackerman AndersonDr. Linda Ackerman Anderson, Co-Founder of Being First, Inc., specializes in facilitating transformational change in Fortune 1000 businesses, governments, the military, and large not-for-profit organizations. Industry experts regard Linda as a founding leader of Organization Transformation and a godparent to the OD community. She brings more than 40 years of experience to her work in leading Conscious Transformation and created the renowned 9-phase change model; The Change Leader’s Roadmap™.

If your favorite didn’t make the list, then next year try to rally more votes for them or convince them to become an Innovation Excellence contributing author and they’ll earn more points based on the quality and the quantity of their contributions.

Over the next few days we will be putting together a PDF version of this list for printing or downloading to your iPad, Kindle, Nook, GalaxyTab, or other tablet, PC, or Mac. If you would like to advertise in this downloadable version of the Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2016, please contact us.

Our lists from the seven previous years have been tremendously popular:

Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2010 (download the PDF)
Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2011 (download the PDF)
Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2012 (download the PDF)
Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2013 (download the PDF)
Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2014 (download the PDF)
Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2015
Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2016

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Braden KelleyBraden Kelley is a popular innovation speaker, builds sustainable innovation cultures, and tools for creating successful change. He is the author of the five-star book Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire and the creator of the revolutionary new Change Planning Toolkit™. Follow him on Twitter (@innovate) and Linkedin.

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