Profiles of Innovators

Father of the Internet Knows Best

Imagine having the opportunity to ask Johannes Gutenberg about his thoughts on how his printing press would change the industry - let alone his opinion on how his press would change the world. Well, essentially, that’s the chance that I’ve had this morning, when I was given the opportunity to speak to Google's VP and Chief Internet Evangelist, Vinton ‘Vint’ Cerf, known around the world as one of the ‘fathers of the internet’.

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Innovator Profile – Justin Ruthenbeck

Here is a video I found on Intuit's web site of an interview conducted by Jan Bosch. Jan Bosch was a VP of Engineering Process for Intuit and started their Open Innovation efforts before moving on to academic roles at Chalmers University of Technology and also at the University of Groningen in Sweden. In this video, we meet Intuit Innovator Justin Ruthenbeck.

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Bill Strickland: A Santa for the Economy?

Would that Santa could bring us a few more Bill Strickland's! Or the "1%" might take a page out of his book. But in life's great art of individual uniqueness, there is only one of this special man. The entrepreneurial leadership he has demonstrated over many decades is one heck of a Solving-Big-Problems role model.

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Lifehacks for Productivity

My attention of late has been focused on how to be more action-oriented, and I realized I’ve been poorly equipped with tools (techniques, processes, frameworks, and technologies) for Getting Shit Done [GSD]. So I have been experimenting with different ways of holding myself accountable and moving towards more integrity in thought :: word :: action.

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Study in Courage: the "Done Manifesto"

"There are three stages of being, claims the 'The Done Manifesto': not knowing, action and completion. The Done Manifesto is simply the most visceral description of "doing the work" of innovation, the emotional/psychological nature of fast prototyping, iterating and working in our field that I've seen anywhere. This is not what just 'creative vision' feels like. This is what it feels like to create. "Create" and "Innovate" share the same root: "ate" which essentially means to consume, to preoccupy and engross.

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Understanding Innovation the W L Gore Way

Once in a while you have to stop and reflect. Why do I keep banging away at innovation, along with countless others? Often I feel we are preaching to the converted, or the ones forced to listen just in case they miss something and are suddenly banished to hell, a non-innovating organization. A place where no one will ever listen ...

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Seven Managers Struggling With Innovation

The reason why a lot of managers struggle with innovation is because they are too far removed from the commercial reality. Neal Thornberry, professor of Management at the American Babson College, explains it as follows: Marketing presentations take the place of real opportunity analysis. They don’t know if they can make it, if anybody will buy it, for how long, at what price and how they will defend it against people trying to steal their market.

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Innovator Profile – Sarah Miller Caldicott

What if you were related to Thomas Edison?  You might wonder, as Sarah Miller Caldicott, his great grandniece, did… exactly “why the Edison phonograph and cylindrical records in her childhood home worked so differently from the small plastic record player that spun 45’s and wax LP’s?” She wondered, “How did they get this way?” Wondered indeed. Caldicott went on wondering how ...

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