Author Archives: Braden Kelley

Innovation at the Bottom

Came across an article on a BusinessWeek blog talking about the One Laptop Per Child project announcing their plan to offer a line of accessories. The article talks about a $10 DVD Player and a $100 Projector, and how they might be a boon to entrepreneurs in developing countries when paired with the low cost XO laptop. Innovation at the ...

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Devil in the Details – Strategic Innovation

There is more talk about strategic innovation every day. As more and more industries enter their commodity phase, companies are looking to differentiate themselves and increasingly they are turning to strategic innovation to do so. The art of strategic innovation has been the subject of many books including: Dealing with Darwin, Blue Ocean Strategy, and Fast Second. Books on the ...

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Why Municipal WiFi is a Bad Idea

I saw a headline today in USA Today about Municipal WiFi and how many cities are pulling the plug on planned Municipal WiFi setups. After thinking about it, I must say that I am glad because Municipal WiFi is not money well spent. Let’s think about this for a moment. What is the goal of a Municipal WiFi system? Is ...

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Time Kills Innovative Magazine

From an article in the NY Times: “The latest dot-com casualty comes from the newsstand, not the Internet. Ten editorial staff members from Business 2.0 will join Time Inc.’s Fortune magazine. Business 2.0, a monthly magazine about the new economy, will be shut down rather than sold, its owners at Time Inc. have decided. The publication, which has been suffering ...

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Will iPod Touch Drive iPhone Innovation?

The iPod Touch has the potential to be the most under-appreciated product launch of 2007. Largely viewed as underwhelming in the wake of the June launch of the iPhone, the iPod Touch has the potential to be the Trojan Horse for future iPhone enhancements. This could instead position it as one of the most important product launches of 2007. The ...

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Learning Innovations from Microsoft

Want to read up on the latest technologies or innovative business thinking? If you’re committed to continuous learning to maintain your edge in your career, then no doubt you are frequently making trips to Borders or Barnes & Noble, or perhaps online to Amazon to purchase the latest business, technology, or self improvement books. If you are really green and ...

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Possible Strategic Innovation in Tobacco?

Do you truly know how your customers want to consume your product? Cigarettes are of course typically sold by the pack or by the carton. These have been the standards for a long time, and you start to take for granted that these are the only way to purchase them. But, lo and behold I was in 7-eleven the other ...

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New Telecommunications and Gaming Developments

I came across the following articles on Engadget and thought they serve as a foil to the recent Unnovation Award winner: Telecommunications – Plantronics’ Calisto Pro makes telecommuting fun Gaming – Sony’s PlayTV turns your PS3 into a TV tuner / DVR, plus VoIP on PSP And finally, another article on Engadget hypothesizes that worldwide sales of the Nintendo’s Wii ...

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Unnovation Award (Inaugural)

Usually I like to talk about great things that I’ve seen different places, but occasionally a company does something so nonsensical that it deserves special mention. For this purpose I’ve decided to create my own word in the English language. Here is the word and the definition: Unnovation (n)- The opposite of innovation. To go with the word, I’ve created ...

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The Incredible Shrinking Laptop

As technology advances and people’s demands for ever-thinner, ever-lighter laptops increase, more and more the thickness of a laptop is beginning to be determined by what ports it has. What are manufacturer’s to do? Well, the first thing they did was to introduce docking stations and mini-docking stations. Not a very elegant solution for mobile uses. What we need now ...

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