Rules of the HP Garage


[The garage where Hewlett and Packard started HP, 1939 photo] by Paul Williams Founders Bill Hewlett and David Packard had the right idea when they first built their company. They believed if you had passion for what you did – and did it with quality – the money will follow. This was a pretty radial idea back in the 1940s, ...

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People With Passion Drive Innovation Success


I love those truisms that people use to describe a situation. Strangely they are usually based on obvious failures, but perhaps it’s simply easier to teach people based on failure than success. Some relatively well-known truisms include: You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drinkYou can’t push a string uphillTime waits for no man I’d ...

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CEO, Entrepreneur, or Both?


Entrepreneur, CEO or Both? Which hat, or hats do you wear? CEO…that title sounds good doesn’t it? Okay, so you founded the company, but does that mean you should also be the chief executive? Did you bestow the title upon yourself simply because you had the authority to do so, or are you the right person for the job? Perhaps ...

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Influencing Your Innovation Potential

Interview – Steve Todd of “Innovate with Influence” I have the pleasure of knowing Steve Todd (the Rockette on the left), a Distinguished Engineer for EMC Corporation with a hand in generating over 140 patent applications and billions of dollars in revenue. Steve has a great sense of humor and is the author of “Innovate with Influence – tales of ...

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Optimizing Innovation – Dr. Guido Petit of Alcatel-Lucent


We are happy to bring you some of the key points and insights from Dr. Guido Petit’s talk at the Optimizing Innovation Conference, which was held October 21-22, 2009 in New York City. Dr. Guido Petit, Director of the Alcatel-Lucent Technical Academy spoke about Optimizing Innovation through Entrepreneurial Boot Camps. The program had its genesis back in 2002 after massive ...

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The Other Innovation Guru at Harvard Business School


A colleague asked me, “Who is that innovation guru at the Harvard Business School?” That’s easy: Dr. Teresa Amabile Dr. Amabile heads the Entrepreneurial Management Unit at Harvard Business School and is the only tenured professor at a top school to devote her entire research program to the study of creativity. She is one of the world’s leading voices in ...

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Can entrepreneurs lead us out of this crisis?


I agree with Tom Hayes and Michael Malone in their belief that “Entrepreneurs Can Lead Us Out of the Crisis.” Why? Because entrepreneurs have the agility, flexibility, and grit to make change happen. Innovation is the chief tool of the entrepreneur. Hayes and Malone outline about a half dozen ways the new administration can help them. And those ways are ...

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Start-ups Don't Starve, They Drown

Three Steps to Keep from Drowning in Big Data

A former colleague who worked with me at a couple different start-ups had this quote at the top of his white board at all times: “Start-ups don’t starve, they drown.” The point is simple – very few of our organizations have a lack of opportunity, or things to do. One of our most important jobs is to choose the right ...

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