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Driven to Death by the Rate of Innovation

September 18, 2014

We recently had a fascinating meeting with a prominent venture capitalist based in Palo Alto, and during the course of our conversation about the pressures that his portfolio companies are under he used a fascinating phrase to describe the tech industry as a whole.  He said that the lagging companies, many of which are not […]

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A Great Learning Opportunity in London

September 9, 2013

Science, technology, and medicine are shaping our individual and collective futures.  So are cities, and robots, and data analytics.  So is your own creativity.  These are vitally important themes that are surely fascinating, and sometimes frightening as well.  They are frequent topics of this blog, and for good reason, as they are surely worth time […]

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A Visionary’s Despair Creates Hope for a Better Future

August 18, 2013

While many of us admire the unconventional thoughts and unexpected ideas created by innovative and visionary members of society, and sometimes we envy their great intellect or deep insights, the life of a visionary has its own particular difficulties and challenges.  The unique quality of a visionary is a clear grasp of the future, but […]

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Creativity and Innovation

July 6, 2013

The notion of “creativity” is an elusive but important one for the field of innovation.  Indeed, it is central to the principles and practices of innovation, for the innovation process can be readily understood as the transformation of an initial creative insight into some form of artistic, social, or business value. In this way, creativity […]

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The Innovation Master Plan: A New Book

August 12, 2011

I’ve just released a new book (shown above on the left), The Innovation Master Plan. Here’s a short passage from the introduction: “Some executives look at the innovations that come from companies like Apple or P&G, and they think to themselves, ‘Well, we don’t have people or the resources like theirs.  We can’t do that kind […]

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The Billion Dollar Bump

June 20, 2011

When a company achieves greatness, one of the unwelcome side effects is that its leaders become tempted by new challenges elsewhere. So is Apple’s triumph in the market going to cause the company to  start bleeding executives? Last week Apple’s head of retail, Ron Johnson, announced he was leaving to become CEO of J.C. Penney. […]

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