Start-ups Don't Starve, They Drown

Three Steps to Keep from Drowning in Big Data

A former colleague who worked with me at a couple different start-ups had this quote at the top of his white board at all times: “Start-ups don’t starve, they drown.” The point is simple – very few of our organizations have a lack of opportunity, or things to do. One of our most important jobs is to choose the right ...

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Why can’t your firm innovate?

by Jeffrey Phillips Recently there’s been a debate about why larger firms can’t innovate. Perhaps they are too comfortable. Perhaps they are too afraid to cannibalize their markets. Perhaps they are afraid of risk and uncertainty. Perhaps, Perhaps. Or maybe they operate under a management model that rewards compliance and punishes creativity. Now I think we are getting to the ...

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How are you holding up?

Well, Labor Day is behind us, autumn is upon us, and we’re about to come up on a year since the fall of Lehman Brothers. The recession itself is almost two years old, having officially started in December, 2007. Most companies began to feel the slowdown early last year, followed by an unanticipated shockwave that rippled through the economy in ...

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Challenging from the Edge of the World

by Kevin Roberts I wrote yesterday about the recent YMCA Raise Up N’ Represent in Auckland. In my speech I referenced a startup by three twenty-something guys in Dunedin, a city near the southern tip of New Zealand’s south island. If New Zealand is the Edge of the world, Dunedin is at the Edge of the Edge. And as I’ve ...

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Will the Flip be Flipped by the iPod?

by Braden Kelley Apple’s September 9, 2009 media event came and went with what most might call a whimper. There was no highly anticipated Apple iTablet, and the event served to mostly refresh the iPod line. Lost in the disappointment over the lack of an Apple tablet computer introduction was a small, but potentially huge change to the iPod Nano. ...

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Innovation – Elite Unit or Crowdsource?

A classic dilemma for companies is determining the best way to foster innovation. There are many good books with different approaches. Clayton Christensen’s “Innovator’s Dilemma” has influenced a generation’s thinking about innovation. He focuses management and entrepreneurs’ attention on the Big I: ‘disruptive innovation’. One outcome of the popularity of Christensen’s book is the awareness people have that entrenched business ...

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Creating High Performance Customers

The past few weeks, I’ve been schlepping around fabric stores since Cyndi wants to recover several pieces of furniture. This is unfamiliar territory for me, which usually means an opportunity to hunt for different takes on Brainzooming-related ideas. One can imagine the most asked question in a fabric store is, “How much material is it going to take to reupholster ...

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The Front End Of Innovation Challenge

In a recent meeting in one of my network groups, we focused on the front end of innovation as a couple of the members have current challenges on how to identify and develop ideas in the very early stages. I remember attending my first Front End Of Innovation conference in Boston five years ago. Hundreds of people participated and there ...

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The Beatles and Innovation

“As usual, for these co-written things, John often had just the first verse, which was always enough: it was the direction, it was the signpost and it was the inspiration for the whole song. I hate the word but it was the template.” – Paul McCartney by Drew Boyd The Beatles were innovators, and they did it the old-fashioned way: ...

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People First, Processes Next, Then Ideas

The chief thing you as an innovation leader must realize is that when it comes to making innovation happen, people matter more than ideas. Take a moment to think about that. Many innovation initiatives fail miserably because their leaders don’t understand this simple fact. In fact, it is actually more important to have A-grade people than it is to have ...

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