Entrepreneurship

The Grass is Always Bluer

I’ve been asked to visit the Bluegrass Region in Kentucky on February 7-8 to help catalyze a community conversation on turning the region into an entrepreneurial and innovation hotspot. Why is it you can stand on your head and scream from the rooftops in your own hometown, with few listening, while the same message resonates in the community right next ...

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For Sale – Innovative Business Idea

A few years ago I looked around the corporate and consulting landscapes and I noticed that there was a talent gap in both places. There are many occasions when consulting firms look to their bench and don’t have the talent they need there to fulfill a client need right away and so sometimes they lose business to their competition. And ...

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Great Report on Small Business Innovation

Intuit has recently made great improvements on their Intuit Collaboratory website. In a press-release announcing this, I found a link to the Intuit 2020 research series authored by Emergent Research together with Intuit. On this site, you can find a great report on small business innovation. It starts with a good explanation of why small businesses are natural innovators and ...

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Building the Innovation Business Case

One of the toughest aspects within Innovation is making the Business Case. Much of the information is imperfect, the returns are often fuzzy and unclear in the early stages and the doubters line up ready to block and deter new ideas from entering the commercialization process. Justifying new innovation to others can often be really hard. How can you reduce ...

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Turning the Battleship

The Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Economic Council issued an RFI to collect feedback about university commercialization, including recommendations for more effective models, descriptions of current best practices and better metrics to gauge success.

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Are Entrepreneurs Born or Made?

Entrepreneurship is now a pretty big deal. Business schools all over the world have courses in this area and some even make it their major focus of teaching and research. Governments are also interested in entrepreneurs and routinely ask themselves how they can develop a more entrepreneurial national culture. Many years ago, an economist called Schumpeter recognized that risk taking ...

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Making Magic Happen

Magic happens through: Creativity Misdirection Showmanship Engaging storytelling Illusion Magic also happens through: Discipline Planning Rehearsal Process Repetition Magic happens through exploring big ideas with a whole brain approach! When you do that well, it’s magic!!! Don’t miss an article (2,050+) – Subscribe to our RSS feed and join our Continuous Innovation group! Mike Brown is an award-winning innovator in ...

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Reach Your Customers in Innovative New Ways

In the late 19th century people living in rural America had to go into town to their local store to buy the goods they needed. The selection was poor and the items were expensive. A young railway company agent, Richard Sears, decided to try a new approach. Together with a watchmaker, Alvah Roebuck, he set up a mail order catalogue ...

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