Author Archives: Arlen Meyers

Welcome to Innovation Resorts

Dear Innovator, On behalf of the staff at Innovation Resorts, welcome. We hope you enjoy your stay and please do not hesitate to contact us via our app if you need anything. Our model is a cross between Canyon Ranch and Techstars and our mission is to help you get your ideas to customers in a supportive and healthy environment. Thinks of us as chicken ...

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Dr. Asshole

In 2004, Stanford Professor Robert Sutton published “More Trouble Than They’re Worth” in the Harvard Business Review. His subsequent book, The No Asshole Rule, expanded on the theme and described how toxic the syndrome can be and whether you are one or not. Are you one? Here is a test to find out and the accompanying survival guide for assholes. Prof. Sutton now has a ...

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Innerpreneurs, entrepreneurs, wannapreneurs and intrapreneurs

These days, you can’t be a hipster without being a -preneur. They come in all sizes and shapes. Ganjapreneurs sell pot or pot derivatives. Technopreneurs do online anything. And then there are the doctorpreneurs, physician entrepreneurs or medpreneurs. The list gets even more confusing since there are so many different kinds and definitions. Here is a brief lexicon to help understand the ...

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How to Compete Against Commoditycare

There are large variations in US sickcare. Surgery rates for a given condition vary depending on where you live and the costs are all over the map too. When it comes to outcomes, the numbers are hard to come by for any given doctor, so who knows? But, with advances in data acquistion and analytics, treatment metrics will, at least theoretically, regress ...

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How do you do innovation?

If you had an idea for a medical device, would you know where to go at work to get help commercializing or deploying it in your organization? Most of the time, based on my experience, the answer is no. Giffford Pinchot, who originated the term “intrapreneur”, has suggested that you rate your organization in several domains to see whether your ...

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Drivers of International Healthcare Entrepreneurship

Life science entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity with scarce, uncontrolled resources with the goal of creating customer/user-defined value through the deployment of biomedical and clinical innovation. Innovation can come in many forms, not just products and services.There are many new exciting business opportunities for innovators to develop and commercialize their new products and services. However, the life science innovation ...

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The Novelty-Value Matrix

There are many definitions of innovation. In my view, there is a qualitative and quantitative component that helps to determine whether something is innovative as defined by users. The qualitative component is newness i.e whether someone is new or is old done in a new way. The quantitative component is the multiple of user defined value created when compared to competitive ...

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How is Digital Health Entrepreneurship Different?

Medical and health entrepreneurship, the pursuit of opportunity with scare resources with the goal of creating user defined value through the deployment of biomedical and clinical innovation, is growing quickly. After many years of either ignoring opportunities or being sidelined, physician entrepreneurs are finally throwing their hats in the ring.  There are two basic categories of medical entrepreneurship-biomedical and clinical. There are significant ...

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