Profiles of Innovators

Dr. Feynman’s 6 Principles of Trendspotting

Is it possible to predict the future? Apparently, Richard Feynman could. He dreamed up some of the today’s most exciting technologies, like nanotech and quantum computing, decades ago. Moreover, these weren’t mere daydreams or flashes of inspiration; he foresaw how they would actually work, what problems would have to be overcome, etc.

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Insight Trumps Knowledge

Most of us spend our lives pursuing knowledge when what we really need is insight. Throughout our education and our careers we strive to learn things that we hope will bring us success. While knowledge is certainly important, a great insight will beat it every time.

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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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