Author Archives: Deborah Mills-Scofield

As some of you know, I am passionate about networking, leading indicators and innovation from new combinations of existing things. I’ve been wondering how networks can be leading indicators for innovation! Sarah Beaulieu reminded me about LinkedIn’s Maps, so I took a look at mine… Continue reading

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In the corporate world, I see behavior that wasn’t tolerated in ‘my day’ and I’d never tolerate…from my kids let alone colleagues, including the C-suite. The Harvard Business Review even ran an article “Rudeness at Work: What’s Your Story?” What the heck is going on? Are permissiveness and indulgence endemic everywhere? Continue reading

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Four Lessons from the Best Bosses I Ever Had

My first boss at Bell Labs had a habit of yelling. While he was an equal-opportunity yeller, when he shouted at me in my first department meeting, I got up, told him when he wanted to talk, not yell, I’d be in my office and walked out. I was 20 years old, just out of undergrad, and sitting among a group of aghast Ph.D.’s . Continue reading

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Why am I a VC?

What is the role of a VC today? To help innovations that provide not just money and profit, but meaning and purpose become reality. Continue reading

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The Soul food of Innovation? Irritation!

Seriously! You know when you have an idea for a new business, product, service or process and you tell someone and they pick it apart? They tell you all the reasons it won’t work. You get really really peeved and annoyed and say to yourself, “They just don’t ‘get it’.”? Frustrating isn’t it? Continue reading

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Intangible Loss of Outsourced Innovation

A few Sunday’s ago, New York Times front page featured How U.S. Lost Out on iPhone Work about the loss of American jobs overseas and the implications for our middle class. I’ve been thinking about the second and third order effects of outsourcing, especially now that some companies are either doing or seriously considering insourcing. Continue reading

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Paradox of Mentoring

I’m mentoring Oberlin College students applying for a fellowship to start their business after graduation in May. Many of these kids were in my recent Business Model Innovation class. For some reason, the stakes seem higher to me than in mentoring ‘adults’. For these kids’ their first entrepreneur experience will shape their view of entrepreneurship, innovation, success and failure. Continue reading

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