Category: Innovation

Reducing the Risk of Innovation - Innovation Excellence

Innovation is never risk-free. That doesn’t mean you have to throw money away every time you want to try something new. Follow these tips to think more like an entrepreneur, and watch as your company begins to solve more problems more quickly. Continue reading

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You’ve got the idea. The website’s being built. Technology elements are being integrated. Social media channels have been set up. So what’s left to be done? Here are six innovative approaches that you probably haven’t considered, which can help make a big difference to the growth your start-up achieves in the early stages – and which will support you over the longer-term too. Continue reading

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Innovation Torchbearer

Most innovators have their own style when they pitch their ideas. Some styles work better than others. Few, like Nancy Duarte, have systemized the product pitch into a verifiable process that works. Her system works in innovation, product management, and in leadership, particularly when it comes time to scale the company. Continue reading

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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 Most Innovative Marketing Tactic is with the Crowd - Innovation Excellence

The greatest innovations in marketing have occurred over the past decade, and are fueled by crowd-driven venues and user-generated content. Continue reading

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Whilst the practice of “build-test-fail-learn-iterate” can lead to elegant innovation and superior user experiences in relatively simple, linear 1:1 company-customer markets such as consumer goods or tech, in markets characterised by many stakeholders with often competing interests, design thinking is less effective. Continue reading

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The Seeing AI Glasses of Microsoft

Saqib Shaikh lives is blind, lives in London, and is a core Microsoft developer. He lost the use of his eyes at age 7. Saqib found inspiration in software development and is helping build Seeing AI, a research project helping blind or visually impaired people to better understand who and what is around them. Continue reading

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