Author Archives: Greg Satell

Is Disruption is Good or Bad? Why We Need to Stop Arguing! - innovation excellence

The idea of disruption excites some people and terrifies others. Consider the recent case of The New Republic, in which a new, disruptive CEO came in and vowed to “break shit.” The company’s top journalists balked, the brand was sullied and the business still struggles. And all for what? Continue reading

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Here's How We Can Win the Race to Cure Cancer

Over the past 20 years, research at NIH has been making slow progress against cancer, increasing survival rates by about 1% per year. Yet now, through a new initiative called 21st Century Cures Act, we can accelerate that progress, perhaps drastically, and finally cure cancer as well as other chronic diseases such as Alzheimer’s and diabetes. Continue reading

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How Power Is Shifting From Corporations To Platforms

It was largely during the 20th century that corporations rose to power. Private enterprises— usually run by a cadre of professional managers rather than by entrepreneurs— came to rival the reach and influence of governments, controlling massive resources that were not bound by traditional borders. Today, however, that dominance is on the wane. Continue reading

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The Future Of Money

It’s easy to see how money caught on. It was a much more efficient way to transact business than bartering one good for another. Money was also a useful store of wealth, certainly more convenient than livestock or grains. These two core functions—a medium of exchange and a store of value—still define money today. Continue reading

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Could Ukraine Be the Next Silicon Valley?

Even among the sordid histories of Eastern Europe, Ukraine is particularly tragic. In just the 20th century, it was starved by Stalin, decimated by Hitler, subjected to seventy years of incompetent Soviet rule, looted by its own government and, most recently, invaded by Putin. Continue reading

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The modern world is one of the visceral abstract, in which unlikely ideas lead to important breakthroughs and seemingly useless things can become useful indeed. While hard facts define today, new value is created only when the impossible becomes possible. Continue reading

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If we’re going to win the future, we have to invest in it. Or, put another way, why isn’t what’s good for Microsoft good for the country? Continue reading

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