Author Archives: Braden Kelley

A Lifetime of Innovations


I heard a great story this week about the history of Lifetime Products and how a family member laughed at the founder of Lifetime Products at a trade show demonstrating their first product, repeatedly saying “The basketball hoop goes up, the basketball hoop goes down.” Well twenty years later, he's eating his laughter...

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Microsoft Tries to Disrupt Mobile Phone Market

I came across an article on Mashable recently highlighting a new Microsoft experiment. It highlights something that Microsoft has prototyped to test as part of their strategy to regain momentum in the mobile phone market by focusing on markets outside the United States where the first generation of the smartphone adoption battle hasn't already been decided.

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Does Indiana Hate Innovation?


Now that I've got your attention, let's talk about homosexuality and whether it has any impact on innovation. There probably are two no more polarizing topics in the United States than homosexuality and abortion. But the truth is that if both sides of the political and religious spectrum focused on the golden rule, there would be less corruption, we'd all be...

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Cloud Computing is Dead, Long Live the Cloud!


Some people have made fun of the fact that I said that the iPad might fail when it was announced, but I just looked back at what I said back in 2010 (before Apple fixed their Value Translation problem) and I stand by what I said in that article, and then I looked further back to what I wrote in 2009 about my vision of where computing needed to evolve, to a concept I call Seamless Computing.

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Top 10 Reasons Not to Innovate


I've been meaning to write this article for more than a year, after a dialog I was part of with the CEO of a leading online travel site where I heard him say that the company wasn't focused on innovation, that it wasn't the right time to focus on innovation. This is despite the fact that the organization lists innovation as one of the company's core values...

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Microsoft's Latest Vision of Future Productivity


I came across the latest vision of future productivity from Microsoft today and thought I would share it with you, along with a whole series of previous videos from Microsoft taking a look at the same subject area, ranging from 2009-2015. It is interesting to see what has changed and what has stayed the same over those six years in their view of the future.

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Thought Leader Wanted


We live in an increasingly complex world where both the volume of change and the pace of change are accelerating. But it is not just change that is accelerating, choice is proliferating as well. Witness the example of General Mills’ Cheerios. Introduced in 1941, there are now 13 varieties of Cheerios on the market, not including snack mixes introduced in 2008.

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Built to Spread


We've all seen the viral videos that seemingly come out of nowhere to garner millions of views on YouTube, videos like this one where five people play one guitar singing Goyte's "Somebody That I Used to Know", which as of this date has garnered more than 163 million video views. Now, surely Goyte's version of the song couldn't have possibly garnered more views than this viral sensation that Walk Off the Earth's cover created, could it?

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Is working smarter foolish?

Last night I dreamed about the extremely unbalanced view of work in our societies, and woke up wondering whether working smarter is foolish. Why is that we lionize the workaholics among us and penalize those that find ways to be more efficient? Why is that we say "thank you for working so hard" to someone who takes sixty hours to complete a task and penalize the person who figures out how to do it in twenty hours by giving them more work to do?

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