BiF-4 – Now Back to Regular Programming

Hello all, I’ve posted the last of my notes from Business Innovation Factory (BiF-4), so I will now be returning to writing original blog posts for you. When Business Innovation Factory posts the videos from BiF-4, I will update all of my BiF-4 posts with links to the video for the speaker. If there are any topics you would like ...

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BiF-4 Insights – Frans Johansson – Author – “Medici Effect”

Spoke briefly about the The Medici Summit. People at the Harvard Centennial on Monday/Tuesday changed their speeches based on the financial cris, but not here at BiF: We view risks differently Innovators and Entrepreneurs People adjust behavior to the perceived risk around them: Example of German taxi drivers and the introduction of anti-lock brakes No reduction in accidents despite this ...

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BiF-4 Insights – Terry Pierce – Office of Homeland Security

HSARPA – 10% of budget in disruptive innovation Disruptive Innovation Group Air Force Academy 4,000 Bachelor of Science (B.S.) students They do social networking World of Warcraft and coordinating 16-17 people to attack a Dragon Flexible distributed control Multiple people getting the same information at the same time (working with Cisco) LCD TV Case Study: We invent radical technology and ...

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BiF-4 Insights – Josh Klein – Frog Design

Josh told the story of getting his book published: He wrote the book, tried to sell it unsuccessfully, and so it was sitting in his drawer So, he gave it away via Creative Commons license He gave it away everywhere he could (including getting it included into the first e-book reader software for the iPhone) 12,000 downloads and comments/fan mail/formatting ...

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BiF-4 Insights – David Yaun – IBM

IBM’s new core values: Dedication to every client’s success Innovation that matters, for our company and for the world Trust and personal responsibility in all relationships Global Innovation Outlook (GIO) program (similar to an innovation jam): Brainstorming around big societal issues 2-3 times per year at sites around the world Ideas were going global Innovation was becoming more open Have ...

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BiF-4 Insights – Tony Hsieh – Zappos.com

We have a Kentucky warehouse with 4 million pairs of shoes. Importance of striking an emotional connection with customers. Tony started LinkExchange before selling it to Microsoft: Sold it because it went from five people to 100 people Hired people without the thought of cultural fit After the sale, formed an investment fund and invested in 20 companies including Zappos.com ...

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BiF-4 Insights – David Rockwell – Architect

Consider the impact of calling someone to congratulate them versus e-mailing them. In designing a building, he starts by talking to the people who will be living in the building and identifying what their experience might be (what would they like). We have a lab focused on craft and technology. We know it is not a profit center, but we ...

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