Government Opens Up to Innovation

Name one of the leading governments for fostering innovation? If you said the United States, I think you are wrong. While the United States government may dole out a lot of research grants, the United Kingdom tends to take a more active approach in encouraging citizen innovation. Witness this article from the BBC web site about a competition launched by ...

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The Napkin PC and Other Innovative Ideas

I came across the web site for a Microsoft-sponsored alternative computing form factor contest the other day, and I must say there were a few interesting ideas that might help people begin to see the future of computing. The most interesting concept was coincidentally the winner of the contest, the Napkin PC. If you follow the link above you’ll see ...

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Battle for Mobile Dominance Escalates

Lest anyone thought that Apple and Google’s latest assaults on Nokia’s dominance in the mobile space would go unchallenged, news came out today that Nokia is acquiring the rest of Symbian that it did not already own. This would be interesting news by itself, but Nokia, recognizing that its future as a handset manufacturer is at risk ratcheted up the ...

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iPhone Pro Update

For those skeptics out there who doubt that Apple will launch an iPhone Pro sometime between October 2008 and January 2009 at Macworld, check out this BusinessWeek article. The synopsis is that the iPhone 3G is $53/unit cheaper to manufacture than the original iPhone according to analysts. This puts the cost to produce the iPhone 3G at $173 versus $226 ...

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The Second Coming of the iPhone

To commemorate the launch of the second version of Apple’s iPhone, I’d like to revisit my original iPhone article from one year ago. In that article I theorized why the iPhone would not succeed, at least not in its first incarnation, and why it would not be until its third version that it would be a runaway success. So, one ...

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Food Innovation – New Tastes using Old Methods

Ever notice how long food ingredient lists have gotten over the past thirty or forty years? Distribution and logistics hurdles used to require that food was a local and fresh affair. Then television and new distribution and logistics capabilities enabled the creation of regional and then national grocery chains. This encouraged companies to make one centralized product in quantity for ...

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Announcing the Innovation Community

I am pleased to announce the launch of the new multi-author Innovation Community at http://innovationcommunity.ning.com The Innovation Community provides: A forum for people interested in driving business results and discussing innovation topics Centralized access to the writings and videos of several visionaries:– Gary Hamel, Clayton Christensen, Geoffrey Moore, Michael Raynor, Braden Kelley, David Sable, Stephen Shapiro, and the minds of ...

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A Mobile Dining Innovation

          VS.           OK, there aren’t too many food concepts that I would call innovative, but here is one: It’s a business that is starting up here in Seattle called Skillet Street Food. It’s concept is that it retrofits Airstreams into working, mobile kitchens that serve “evolved cuisine” during breakfast and lunch at locations that change day-to-day. But not day-to-day in the ...

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Why MyStarbucksIdea is a Bad Idea

Today we will examine Starbucks’ open innovation attempt – MyStarbucksIdea. You may have come across it already, but it is worth examining because it represents one of the largest open innovation efforts to date, and it is the first I have seen built on a customized salesforce.com platform. Some might say it is just a fancy suggestion box and not ...

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