Author Archives: Greg Satell

Is Your Platform Burning?

In 1892, George Eastman formed the Eastman Kodak Company to “make the camera as convenient as a pencil.” The idea took off and by the early 20th century, Kodak had become one of America’s largest companies and Eastman one of its most successful entrepreneurs. What made Kodak so successful was not just its products, but… Continue reading

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The One Thing That Can Transform An Idea Into A Phenomenon

Do you enjoy picking groceries up in your electric car? When you get to the store, do you prefer to pay with bitcoins? Do you have solar panels on your house? If the answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you’re in the distinct minority. So much so, that a lot of people probably think you’re weird. Continue reading

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Where To Look For The Next Big Thing

Usually tales of great discovery begin with a flash of inspiration, like when Watson and Crick first imagined a double helix and then quickly realized that they had discovered the structure of DNA; or an accident, like when Alexander Fleming contaminated his bacteria culture and stumbled onto penicillin. Continue reading

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Apple is Not the Next Blackberry, it’s the Next Toyota - Innovation Excellence

In a blog post that recently went viral, Marco Arment argued that Apple may be the next Blackberry. He pointed out that, while other tech companies like Amazon, Facebook and Google are advancing in key artificial intelligence technologies, Apple is falling behind. Continue reading

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The Energy Revolution Will Transform How We Live and Work

Revolutions in commerce used to be few and far between. James Watt’s steam engine, developed in 1781, set the stage for the first industrial revolution. But it wasn’t until a century later that the widespread adoption of electricity and the internal combustion engine brought about the second industrial revolution. Continue reading

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The Genius of Recognizing Genius - Innovation Excellence

All of these stories have one thing in common: the identification of an unrecognized genius…Yet there is also another, less obvious commonality. Continue reading

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Nine Rules of Innovation

So who deserves credit? Engelbart for coming up with the idea? Taylor and Kay for engineering solutions around it? Jobs for creating a marketable product that made an impact on the world? Strong arguments can be made for each, as well as for many others not mentioned here. The truth is that there are many paths to innovation. Here are nine of them. Continue reading

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