Most Successful Loser in History

I came across an interesting branding article on a BusinessWeek blog the other day about Al Gore, and I have to say one thing about Al Gore: Has there ever been a more successful loser in history? Al Gore lost or “lost” the 2000 Presidential election (depending on who you’re talking to), and since then has gone on to amass ...

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Sony’s Big Bet on Blu-ray

Sony has probably made its single biggest gamble to date with the Playstation 3. Lost in all of the stories about Sony’s recent struggles, is the monumental importance of Blu-ray succeeding. Sony has bet the future of two of its strategic pillars (video playback and video gaming) on Blu-ray’s success. These two strategic pillars are out on the table in ...

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Digital Photos Go Wireless

There was an interesting piece of news last month from a company called Eye-Fi that has come up with technology to enable digital cameras using SD memory cards to transfer photos wirelessly. The company has engineered a solution that combines 2GB of memory and WiFi in an SD memory card format. No more fumbling for cables. My camera doesn’t use ...

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Followup: Innovation Loves the Early Adopter

Best Buy announced today that it has exited the analog TV business. Of course, this makes it easier for them to promote that all televisions purchased in their store will work in the all-digital future, but buried in the press release was a statement about the availabilty of converter boxes. Those choosing to be in the late majority and laggard ...

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Free for All – Will Telco’s Adapt?

Free phone calls. Will they prove to be a passing fad or will the telecommunications companies have to learn to adapt to a world where people expect to communicate for free (or nearly so)? First it was Skype, then it was Jajah and iChat, but we also can’t forget the impact that Vonage has had despite its financial struggles. The ...

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Buttoned-up Innovation – Jajah Buttons

Today’s telecommunications world is full of choices. It used to be that if you wanted to call someone, you picked up your landline and made a call. Now you can use a landline, a calling card, a mobile phone, a VOIP phone, Skype, or Jajah. Different options have their own best uses. If I want to dial in to a ...

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Innovation Loves the Early Adopter

Where would our technology industries be without the early adopters? Our technology industries thrive on those people and companies who are willing to pay high prices for the latest in entertainment technology or business solutions. Personally, I don’t have the time to beta test new technologies, either as public betas or as newly released products, so I am very happy ...

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Innovation in Motion

Why is it so hard for airlines to innovate? I just came across a site called flightaware.com that shows you the exact location of all airline flights. Why is this so great? Well, as a business traveller, knowing about flight delays ahead of the masses (even before the airline is likely to alert you), allows you to jump the queue ...

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Invention or Innovation? – 300 MPG Car

Engadget has an article on a 300 MPG car that Aptera is now beginning to accept pre-orders for. Apparently, they intend to deliver it in twelve months. I would contend that this automobile is an invention not an innovation, because there are already hybrid cars in the marketplace and this automobile will likely prove more useful than valuable. I believe ...

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