The Future of Open Innovation


When InnoCentive launched in 2001, it was in a context very different from today. Innovation Insights

Innovate Like Sir Arthur C Clarke – An Optimistic Look at the Future

Innovation Excellence

This month I would like to share some similar insights derived from the writings of the equally legendary Sir Arthur C Clarke, the author behind the brilliant Stanley Kubric movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, and a prolific author of quality, Innovation #innovation #innovator authors innovation rules Innovation Stories optimism Science fiction Star TrekLast month I wrote about some classic innovation insights borrowed from the legendary Isaac Asimov.

The History Of The Killer Questions

Beyond the Obvious

I started writing the Killer Questions when I was in my short-lived “retirement” early in 2001. As I relaxed in the Virginian countryside, my mind started to flash back to various experiences I’d had during my working life.

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Beyond the Obvious

In 2001 Apple’s sales figures were in decline. So, how do you determine where you, as an individual or a business, will be in five years? You can’t say where exactly you’re going because you can’t predict what’s going to happen in the world. However, you can challenge yourself to change.

Building and Testing The Killer Questions

Beyond the Obvious

I started collecting the Killer Questions when I was in my short-lived “retirement” early in 2001. As I relaxed in the Virginian countryside, my mind started to flash back to various experiences I’d had during my working life.

Online Innovation Takes Over Startup Culture

Innovation Excellence

From about the mid-nineties through 2001, the landscape was littered with crazy speculation, business plans scratched out on cocktail napkins, and venture capital being pushed to where it never should have been. The dotcom boom never really went away.

Wikipedia – A Lateral Idea in Action

Destination Innovation

Wikipedia was founded by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger in 2001 as a web-based, free encyclopaedia. In the 1930s there were 2000 salesmen in the USA knocking on doors and selling sets of Encyclopedia Britannica. They were selling a highly regarded product and were on handsome commissions.

Steps for Creating a Successful Innovation Program


Since 2001, 52% of the Fortune 500 has disappeared. Every organization and large company faces an existential threat from upstart competitors, changing consumer preferences, and emerging technologies.

Crystallised Challenges – Some Favorites From Our Fifteen Years


InnoCentive became an official entity in 2001 and during the intervening fifteen years has posted over 2,000 Challenges and awarded nearly $20million.

Advance Innovation – Put World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21 in your 2017 calendar, now!

Innovation Excellence

WCIW started in response to a 2001 Canadian newspaper headline to open people’s minds and hearts to the notion that everyone has the capacity to make a creative difference in their lives and and others’ It begins. Use World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 (WCIW) to leverage your innovation skills, knowledge, tools, and attitudes.

To Adapt, We Need To Evolve

Innovation Excellence

When scientists decoded the human genome in 2001, they found something astounding.

Stan Lee: 3 Lessons To Unlock Your Inner Visionary


Up until then it never occurred to me to ask who created these characters; that changed when the first Spider-Man movie came out in 2001. Illustration by Christian Laborin. We lost a great one!

Corporates, Here's When You Know a Startup Is the Right Long-Term Partner


In 2001, Borders outsourced its online book-selling to Amazon. In 2000, Blockbuster passed on the option to acquire Netflix for $50 million. Ten years later, Blockbuster filed for bankruptcy protection, and Netflix's market cap surpassed $35 billion. Similarly, 10 years later, Borders filed for bankruptcy protection. So what went wrong?

How to build a great company by blending bureaucracy and holacracy

Linda Bernardi

September 2015 – In 2001, when I built a start-up in the then-new field of RFID technology, I was often fascinated by the responses in interviews I would get from potential new hires.

So What Exactly Should Kodak Have Done?

Destination Innovation

Kodak entered the digital camera market late but by 2001 they were number 2 in the USA behind Sony. Between 1982 and 2001 Kodak spent more than $20 billion on R&D averaging about 6% of revenues.

A Revolutionary Idea – Thinking Inside the Box

Destination Innovation

McLean died in New York in 2001. McLean in 1957. Containerization was a massively important innovation which powered the expansion of global trade but it was a difficult idea to implement. Before containerization, goods were physically manhandled as break bulk cargo.

Nine Short Innovation Lessons from Lego

Destination Innovation

Jorgen Vig Knudstorp joined in 2001 and was promoted to CEO three years later at the age of 36. Lego is now revered as one of the most innovative and successful companies in the world. But in 2003 the company was $800m in debt and on the verge of bankruptcy.

How to Boost Innovation by Recycling Existing Ideas


First launched in October 2001, Apple ‘s portable music device has revolutionised how we all listen to and download music. This lightweight, technologically proficient reinvention of existing MP3 players was an global phenomenon that has since sold more than 400 million units since 2001.

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Is Myopia the Biggest Threat to Innovation?


How did Napster, which enjoyed a brief moment of popularity in 2001, back when broadband was limited mostly to colleges, kill a $14 billion industry? Innovation is all about the ability to see clearly.

Will big data solve the innovation gap?

RTI Innovation Advisors

2001 promised a journey by an intelligent AI and astronauts to Jupiter. For many companies, I think there is a relatively significant gap between what they actually generate as compelling new products and what they wish they generated. We could call this the "innovation gap". The gap is real, and it means that many companies aren't as profitable or as competitive as they'd like to be.

Do We Need Managers or Management?

Tim Kastelle

It’s achieved impressive results since being founded in 2001, and is run by a committee of about ten people. Note: this was originally posted on Harvard Business Review Blogs , with terrific editing by Sarah Green Carmichael.

The principles that you need to know about Agile Development


In 2001, the “ Manifesto for Agile Software Development”, was published, which gave popularity to the term ‘Agile’ and marked the beginning of the application of light software development methods. The change of culture made within the company, coupled with the correct application of this approach has the power to generate a greater impact on the delivery of value through technology, leading to the success of the enterprise.

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Can you take Criticism? And was the Reformation really necessary?

Destination Innovation

On April 17, 2001, he made what became an infamous comment during a conference call with financial analysts. ‘Someone told me that I am poor at taking on board criticism so I quickly pointed out they were wrong.’ This little witticism is at the core of many a corporate disaster. Martin Luther.

The Leader of Innovation Paints a Vision of a Better Future

Destination Innovation

in 2001, many people were surprised, including Mulcahy herself. Anne Mulcahy. When Anne Mulcahy was appointed CEO of Xerox Corp. She had never run a company before and had little financial experience, having worked mainly in Sales and Human Resources functions.

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IL Master Class: Innovation by the Numbers

Innovation 360 Group

Based on the work of Magnus Penker, Ralph-Christian Ohr and Kevin McFarthing, on Jaruzelski & Dehoff (2010), and Loewe, Williamson, Chapman Wood (2001).

Why designers need systems thinking

The Inovo Group

Ever since Tim Brown wrote his seminal book ‘ The Art of Innovation ‘ in 2001, the role of design thinking in innovation has grown – and for good reason. Design thinking is big in the corporate world.

11 Paradoxes of Entrepreneurial Thinking: why entrepreneurship can hardly be taught

Open Innovation EU

Corporate entrepreneurship has been widely studied because it is believed that it directly leads to innovation and an organization is not able to sustain competiveness over time without renewal or regeneration (Covin, Green, & Slevin, 2006; Damanpour & Gopalakrishnan, 2001; S. 2001).

Setting yourself apart through Innovation

Paul Hobcraft

This is the highest single country concentration since the research began in 2001 and reflects both the continued global dominance of the West Coast as a centre of innovation and its impact on other sectors across the country, some of which previously had a greater focus on M&A driven growth.

Understanding the future leads to better innovation

RTI Innovation Advisors

iTunes was first released in 2001 as a way to store and manage music. As many of you loyal readers know (thanks Mom!) I'm a big believer that success in life, as in innovation, is about understanding the future and bringing products and solutions to the market just as the market realizes its needs. This builds on the famous quip that to win the future you should create the future. The unspoken but obvious counterpoint is that you can wait to see what the future holds and then react to it.

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Price Drives the Perception of Value

Stephen Shapiro

One week after starting my speaking business back in 2001, I met with the owner of a speaker’s bureau in London to discuss representation.

The Evolution of My Speaking Video

Stephen Shapiro

This video contains primarily footage of me speaking at a large Accenture event (where I worked from 1986 – 2001), combined with some clips of speeches I did in Singapore. In a post last week, I shared with you my most recent demo video.

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Why Is IoT Hot Now?

Linda Bernardi

In 2001, my startup in Cambridge and several others started the IoT movement via RFID and devices on the net. My first white paper on this topic was called “IoD, Internet of Devices.” ” At the same time, colleagues at MIT AutoID Center, were propagating IoT.

Do We Need Managers or Management?

Tim Kastelle

It’s achieved impressive results since being founded in 2001, and is run by a committee of about ten people. Note: this was originally posted on Harvard Business Review Blogs , with terrific editing by Sarah Green Carmichael.

FEI Boston Speaking Topics For The Annual Conference


In 2001 Mike found himself on a stage receiving a finalist certificate for a prestigious innovation award. FEI Boston Speaking Topics.

Research in 3D printing innovation

Open Innovation

In many ways, 3D printing research reminds me of open source software research in 2001 or 2002. Frank Piller (photo by Joel West) On Tuesday, Frank Piller and I hosted a successful workshop on 3D printing at RWTH Aachen.