Innovation

Inventors are Not Created Equal

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How to Recognize and Grow Different Types of Inventors Innovators are often difficult to recognize. They don’t wear signs or fit a particular personality profile. Sometimes they quietly go through the day while drawing little attention to themselves and many times it seems they cannot stop talking about their ideas or inventions. What often happens is inventors fall into different ...

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Startups Studios: a new kind of startups and innovation accelerators

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Startups Studios Startups Studios are a new kind of accelerators for innovation: instead of accelerating startups previously settled, like traditional incubators and accelerators do, they participate to the set-up of the start-up. A start-up studio is a company that starts companies: Sometimes they generate their own genuine ideas, and find out the right team to execute (like eFounders -focused on ...

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Pleasure to Innovate

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Stéphane Bernard published with Olivier Pujol ‘Pleasure to innovate‘, finding out the idea, and executing it. He kindly accepted to answer our questions on innovation learnings. 1) NB: You share the exemplary innovation story of Mathieu Dombale in this video, sorting out some key principles for innovation success (listening to and observing users with empathy, transversality, pilot phase, open source, ...

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Stop Chasing The Last Big Thing

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Business in the digital age has become a seemingly neverending series of “next big things.” Whether it’s e-commerce, search engine optimization, social media, big data or something else, the pattern of firms struggling to adapt is as predictable as Gartner’s hype cycle. First there is widespread panic, then a rushed effort to get up to ...

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Innovation from the Summer of 1927 – Part II

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This is the second in a series of articles based on Bill Bryson’s One Summer: America, 1927, which takes a whirlwind tour through a series of major events that occurred in the summer of 1927.  Bryson relays the story of the architect Harvey W. Corbett, whose ambitions were larger than physics would permit.  Corbett, Bryson notes, “predicted that skyscrapers would ...

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How to Actually Keep a Trade Secret

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I can’t tell you it is a secret – well ok… Trade secrets have a number of fundamental flaws. Probably the most difficult thing about keeping a trade secret is your company has to be able to keep a secret. While the concept of keeping a secret is easy, the implementation can be extremely difficult. With algorithm or process based secrets, ...

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Moving Away from Best Practices

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If the work is new, there is no best practice. When you read the best books you’ll understand what worked in situations that are different than yours. When you read the case studies you’ll understand how one company succeeded in a way that won’t work in yours. The best practices in the literature worked in a different situation, in a ...

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Innovation Starts with a Question

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In a world where it is extremely difficult to sustain any competitive advantage you build, it is important to constantly innovate and come up with new ideas, products and solutions and that too at Speed. We all know that innovation always starts with an insight. You have an insight when you suddenly see things differently. You see things differently when ...

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Design Thinking and Action Learning for Product Managers and Innovators

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How can your products solve customers’ needs… as fast as customers need them? Try Design Thinking coupled with Action Learning. Design Thinking is a method of problem solving centered around the end user. Action Learning is a collaborative process that defines a problem and focuses on the desired outcome. Using these two processes together provides innovative solutions fast enough to ...

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