Category: Feature Of The Week

Crossing the Innovation Chasm – Geek Squad Founder Robert Stephens

Best Buy acquired the then startup Geek Squad which had been founded by entrepreneur Robert Stephens in 1994. During a recent interview Robert shared his story of entrepreneurship, risk taking, acquisition strategies, his pick for Most Visionary CEO, and an expensive 99 cent burrito. Continue reading

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Insights - the Raw Material for Big Ideas

There is actually a front end to the front end of innovation. Before you start ideating, you need a set of really novel strategic insights. These are like the raw material out of which exciting innovation breakthroughs are built. Continue reading

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FirstBuild: Co-Creating the Next Generation of Home Appliances

I recently discovered FirstBuild, an online and physical community dedicated to hacking, designing, engineering, building, producing and selling the next generation of home appliances. I am delighted to share my interview with Taylor Dawson, a Founding Member of FirstBuild, via partner company GE. Continue reading

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FOTW IMAGE Bank

For all the great things that the design thinking movement has brought to modern innovation—bringing overdue recognition to the importance of creative thinking, uncovering latent consumer needs, and iterating down the path to success—it has a structural flaw. Continue reading

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Midnight Lunch - Dishing on Collaboration

One of the biggest stall points I see in organizations today lies in the lack of true collaboration in innovation teams. Continue reading

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Creating a Common Language of Innovation

Unfortunately, there is no universally accepted definition of the word innovation, and there have even been multiple articles written by the Doblin Group, Geoffrey Moore and others about how many different types of innovation there are and how you must choose which types of innovation to focus on. When it comes to innovation, individuals speak about it differently and there are lots of misunderstandings. Continue reading

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No Excuses! Hult Prize 2014

$1,000,000 dollars was gratefully accepted by NanoHealth, a startup that triumphed over five finalist teams before a packed room at the Clinton Global Initiative. It is one of many powerful stories surrounding and connecting a community of social entrepreneurs, students, mentors, supporters and guests. Continue reading

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