Tag Archives: sports

Shoe Dog: 11 Lessons from the Creator of Nike

I’m a sneakerhead. In English, that means that I collect trainers. I love the aesthetics of the shoes, but perhaps more so the dynamics of the collectibles market which Nike effectively created. In his new book, Phil ‘Shoe Dog’ Knight, the founder, former CEO and now Executive Chairman of Nike, he tells his story of taking the business from humble origins, through an IPO in 1980 and onto its current $30 billion market capitalisation.

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Pushing My Personal Limits with Innovation

Physiclo Basketball Resistance Tights

About two months ago I came across an article in Engadget about Physiclo, a startup company launched to provide resistance clothing for athletes. I’m assuming their name Phyisclo is a mashup of the words physical + clothing. Cute. As a basketball player for which height and youth are not advantages (I’m about 5’8” and a bit past my 21st birthday ...

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What April Fool’s Day Teaches Us About Innovation

What April Fool's Day Teaches Us About Innovation

April Fool's Day was this week. Did anyone have a good prank played on them or come across a good corporate April Fool's? My favorite this year was from my alma mater, the University of Oregon. Go Ducks! We try to think a little differently at the University of Oregon and specialize in helping the world run a little faster (and more comfortably), and with some of Nike's founder behind the football team, why shouldn't they have the world's most advanced field, say, an LED field?

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A Lifetime of Innovations

I heard a great story this week about the history of Lifetime Products and how a family member laughed at the founder of Lifetime Products at a trade show demonstrating their first product, repeatedly saying “The basketball hoop goes up, the basketball hoop goes down.” Well twenty years later, he's eating his laughter...

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