Entrepreneurship

Intellectual Property Barriers Won't Stop Creativity

My great-grand-mother Jeanne started her own local couture business in Paris in the 1930s. She called her brand, or rather her house as people would say in those days, Micky. It was easy to memorize, it sounded fashionable, distinctive, and it was the short for her young daughter’s name Micheline. A few years later, quite unexpectedly, she got sued over ...

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Entrepreneurs Must Focus on Learning

The Entrepreneurial Mindset written by Rita Gunther McGrath and Ian MacMillan is one of the best resources available for organizational entrepreneurial strategy. While the book was written ten years ago in 2000, it still defines the methods for success for fast competitors who “move on ideas that others overlook and who confidently act while others dither.” One of the authors’ ...

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Choosing Optimism

The writer Douglas Coupland, coiner of the phrase GenX, is an ominous kind of guy. In a reverse mirror image, he’s calling himself a “radical pessimist” against my school of “radical optimism.” By radical I’m not just meaning extreme, but consciously applied, as per the Rules for Radicals classic by late veteran activist Saul Alinsky. Coupland’s school of radical pessimism ...

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5 Ways To Improve Your Innovation Pipeline

How healthy is your company’s innovation pipeline? Is it already operating at peak performance, helping you pump out a torrent of new growth opportunities across product, market, and industry spaces? Or would it be fairer to say that there is still room for improvement? If so, allow me to suggest five design rules for enlarging and enhancing your innovation pipeline. ...

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Don't Waste This Crisis

Use it to get back on the path you need to be on. by Idris Mootee There were tours visiting our office last week. People were curious about what we do and what kind of people we hire. It is an interesting question. I guess our job is to help large companies go through mid-life crisis. Crisis is a popular ...

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Combining Open Innovation with Corporate Ventures

I recently wrote a blog post, Is Open Innovation Replacing Corporate Venturing? which got lots of comments here and especially in our 15inno LinkedIn group. One comment came from Ignaas Caryn, who is Director of Innovation and Venturing at Air France KLM. He suggests a more holistic approach to innovation including a kind of a hybrid model for corporate venture ...

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Running Towards the Competition

(Instead of Running Away) by Glen Stansberry I used to run from competition like a schoolboy runs from the playground bully. I’ve had plenty of ideas for sites and products that I never developed because I was scared stiff of the competition. In fact, a couple of years ago I abandoned a project that was 95% completed because a huge ...

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Brilliant Accidents

I love hearing stories about how big ideas came to be. It turns out that, oftentimes, world-changing innovations weren’t the result of an isolated epiphany or the effortless insights of a genius. They were accidents. The technology blog Gizmodo recently told the story of the “10 Greatest (Accidental) Inventions of All Time.” My favorite involves one of the most ubiquitous ...

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