Case Study

Failure Forums: Lessons from SimonDelivers – a failure to change customer habits

SimonDelivers had launched as a online grocery delivery business in 1999 at the height of the Dot.com boom. By 2001 many of their competitors had imploded in the Dot.com bust. Miraculously SimonDelivers had managed to be one of the few that weathered the storm only to be later caught up in the real estate bust of 2008. Often times we can learn more from failures of others than from their successes. This story is a glimpse into the lessons learned from the failure of SimonDelivers.

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Hult Prize Profile: Reel Gardening

The seed of innovation were planted in the 10 year old experience of Claire Reid who later designed Reel Gardening: a special paper strip, pre-packaged with organic open pollinated seeds and organic fertilizer spaced at the correct distance from one another -- to ensure the plant is positioned at the correct (optimum) depth in the soil.

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Hult Prize Profile: SokoText

Five graduate students/ entrepreneurs from the London School of Economics are one of six finalist teams competing for $1 million in seed funding. On Monday night in New York City, the winner -- of the $1 million dollar prize -- will be announced at the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative.

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Connecting University Researchers

Analyzing university research side-by-side with other corporate innovation activities has its advantages. In my last post, I shared specific data about a list of Chinese researchers that are actively involved in local university research. The pie chart below highlights the set of researchers that collaborated with Chinese universities for a specific time period.

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