Tag Archives: Sony

Ask, ‘Who benefits most from my innovation?’

Sony and Philips developed the Compact Disc (CD) which they launched in 1982.  It was originally designed to store and play music. It offered much higher quality of recording than vinyl records.  It later became used for data storage; it held far more data than most personal computer hard drives. Mickey Schulhof had joined Sony in 1974 as an engineer.  ...

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3-Point Strategy for Drawing People In

Aristotle maintained that “all men by nature desire to know.” He was referring to human curiosity. Samuel Johnson called curiosity “the first passion and last.” Why? Because curiosity seeks what is different, without regard for whether or not it’s of benefit. Tell someone not to do something, and it creates an instant temptation to do whatever they’re being asked not ...

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Failure Forums: Learning from Best Buy Media Label 'Redline Entertainment'

With every disruptive innovation project there are mountains of unknowns. A team can have a good plan in place but without all of the pieces assembled together it is almost impossible to test each individual hypothesis. This fact is what makes disruptive innovation projects so risky with a high failure rate. This is the story of Best Buy's failed attempt to enter the Entertainment Media Label business and one leader's insistence on making sure that the organization learned from their mistakes.

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Unexpected Holiday Competition for Xbox and PS4

The holiday sales season is fast approaching and the competition for the premium gift of the season just got a bit more complicated. Most people assume that the premium holiday gift battle this year will be between Xbox and PS4. But, some new competition has just entered the picture that may steal some of Xbox and PS4's holiday sales, and it is not a console...

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How Companies Pursue Greatness

James Wynn, Strategy Principal at SYPartners talks with Lou Killeffer about two of the world’s great businesses and brands, IBM and Starbucks, and how companies pursue greatness. This is the first in an exclusive series of Innovation Conversations that looks inside how some companies become great and stay great…

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