How to Build Rural Innovation Ecosystems

The 2016 election revealed a dramatic gap between two Americas—one based in large, diverse, thriving metropolitan regions; the other found in more homogeneous small towns and rural areas struggling under the weight of economic stagnation and social decline. Amazon choosing NY and Washington to build headquarters is an example. Economic development experts agree that regional economic development depends on creating ecosystems that ...

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How to Cut Costs and Still Be Innovative

With all the hype these days around the impending disruptions on the horizon such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, augmented reality and the like, it’s natural to assume that breakthrough innovation requires breakthrough technology. And if you consider the mind-boggling burn rates of recent innovation icons like Uber, WeWork, and MoviePass, it’s also easy to assume that monstrous investments are needed to grow a successful ...

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Top 20 Innovation Articles of January 2019

Drum roll please… At the beginning of each month we will profile the twenty posts from the previous month that generated the most traffic to Innovation Excellence. We also publish a weekly Top 8 as part of our FREE email newsletter. Did your favorite make the cut? But enough delay, here are January’s twenty most popular innovation posts: Top 100 ...

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Should Tech Workers Worry About Age Discrimination?

43 Percent of Boomer Tech Employees Are Worried About Losing Their Jobs. Here’s Why They Shouldn’t Be The workforce is changing in ways that are much more complex than the generational stereotypes we’ve bought into. There’s nothing new about the fear of diminishing employment options as we age. But what is new is the antidote. Just published research of 1,011 ...

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Explore, engage and extrapolate to discover the pains, gains and jobs to be done of your customer

Response-ability is all about your ability to intuitively anticipate the future and to know what your customer wants before your customer knows it. Intuitive anticipation is the main differentiator for successful, innovative companies.   Looping, one dimension of response-ability, has to do with your ability to explore, to engage, and to extrapolate what your customer tells you. At every stage of ...

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The Right Way to Choose the Best Idea

We have too many ideas, but too few great ones. We don’t need more ideas, we need a way to choose the best one or two ideas and run them to ground. Before creating more ideas, make a list of the ones you already have. Put them in two boxes. In Box 1, list the ideas without a video of ...

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Why Your Idea is Not Investor-Ready

In my role as the President and CEO of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs (SoPE), I sometimes receive inquiries like this: “Hi, Dr. Meyers. I was reading some of your posts on the SoPE website and social media, and was wondering if you wouldn’t mind taking time to read the enclosed business plan for an idea I have and whether you could ...

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