August, 2014

The Right Way to Do Lean Research

Boxes and Arrows

StartX , a nonprofit startup accelerator, recently devoted an entire day to the role of design in early-stage companies. One panel included Laura Klein, Todd Zaki-Warfel, Christina Wodtke, and Mike Long. Each panelist had made their mark on how design is done in start-ups: Laura wrote the influential O’Reilly book on UX for Lean Startups, and Todd penned the bestselling Rosenfeld Media Prototyping book.

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Want a new market ready for innovation? Find it on Craigslist

Improvides

If you're looking for opportunities to launch new and innovative businesses, the best place to start looking appears to be Craigslist Craigslist is one of the granddaddies of the internet. It's been around since 1995 (older than some entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley!), and frankly is as basic-looking as a website can get. It also has customised […]. Originally published at Want a new market ready for innovation? Find it on Craigslist. Blog articles Craigslist innovation startups

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10 Awesome Lessons on Innovation from Great Explorers

Gijs Van Wulfen

This advertisement ran in a London newspaper in 1913. Could you have imagined answering it? If you did, you are a real innovator. Besides you, over 1000 men did. They were hoping to be chosen for an Antarctic exploration led by Sir Ernest Shackleton. He gained fame for his 1909 expedition to the South Pole. When I read this ad in one of my travel books it struck me that 100 years later this could have been and ad for an innovation project.

Crowdsourcing and User Innovation Conference 2014

Open Innovation

The 2014 "Open and User Innovation Conference" is over and Academy is about to begin. Before I get two immersed in AOM, let me offer a few belated insights about #OUI2014 and why it remains relevant — and (I argue) central — for OI and UI scholars. By many measures, today OUI is the world’s best innovation conference.

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

Gentlemen, This is a Football

Technology Created

Vince Lombardi was a legendary coach. There’s no debating that. His record was 96 wins against 34 losses. He won six division championships, two conference championships and two Super Bowls. Because he so exemplifies the spirit of football and winning, the NFL named the Super Bowl trophy, the Vince Lombardi trophy. What were the keys to his success? Well, obviously, there were many including passion, a devotion to details, and an incredibly high standard of excellence.

How Vendor Contracts Influence M&A Discussions

BPI Thought Leadership Media Coverage

As consolidation picks up, buyers and sellers must examine their vendor contracts to make sure terms and pricing are in their favor

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Lessons from AGCO: Successful University Collaborations

Innovation Leader

Ravi Godbole, from the agricultural equipment manufacturer, explains how university relationships fits into AGCO’s growth strategy and what pitfalls to avoid

Consequential DisruptionDISRUPT | INNOVATE | LEAD

Linda Bernardi

Why Global Disruption is not enough. We Need to Disrupt MEANINGFULLY! As you know, I have been a strong advocate of disruption leading to innovation from the 1st day of my career post graduate school (Mathematics) at BBN (Bolt Beranek & Newman) in Cambridge. We invented things that did not exist and in as […]. Blog Disruption Innovation consequential disruption device innovation enterprise gadget innovation

Networks, Communities, Ecosystems and Platforms

Open Innovation

I’m now home after 3 conferences and 2 weeks on the East Coast. During the trip, much of my time — and all of my speaking roles — was spent talking about networks, communities, ecosystems and platforms. Maybe I’m getting crotchety in my old age, but it seems like there’s some sloppiness in the use of these terms by innovation scholars.

10 Awesome Lessons on Innovation from Great Explorers

Gijs Van Wulfen

This advertisement ran in a London newspaper in 1913. Could you have imagined answering it? If you did, you are a real innovator. Besides you, over 1000 men did. They were hoping to be chosen for an Antarctic exploration led by Sir Ernest Shackleton. He gained fame for his 1909 expedition to the South Pole. When I read this ad in one of my travel books it struck me that 100 years later this could have been and ad for an innovation project.

11 Ways to Make a Short Remote Design Thinking Project a Success

You can achieve a huge amount in a short period with a virtual design thinking project. While some teams want to come together for several weeks or months to tackle a challenge, others want to run short, sharp projects to find a quick solution. And with the right preparation, attitude, and structure in place, that's totally possible.To help make sure your short innovation projects are a success, download this free guide from the team at Sprintbase, a virtual design thinking platform, to learn their top tips.

Can You Get It For Me Wholesale?

BPI Thought Leadership Media Coverage

Study Finds Renegotiating Core Services Contracts Can Yield Huge Savings

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Decisions for the 1st WOIC

Open Innovation

After several meetings by the co-chairs and hundreds of reviews, the acceptance decisions have been made for the World Open Innovation Conference 2014. Authors have been notified and people can start making their plane and hotel reservations. December's Program The program chairs — Chesbrough, Piller, Tucci and West — were overwhelmed with the interest in our inaugural conference.

Setting Innovation Goals at American Cancer Society

Innovation Leader

The American Cancer Society's new Managing Director of Product Innovation talks about building an innovation team, setting goals, and collaborating within a large non-profit

How Heathrow Airport Clears Emerging Tech for Take-Off

Innovation Leader

London’s Heathrow Airport handles 72 million passengers a year. Amidst the need for operational efficiency, Richard Harding explains what the innovation team has achieved

The D&I Garden: Seeds of Innovation that Grow into Creative Breakthroughs

Speaker: Donald Fan, Senior Director of the Global Office of Culture, Diversity & Inclusion at Walmart Inc.

In the digital era, rife with uncertainty and ambiguity, innovation plays an essential role in sustaining organic growth and outperforming the global competition. Research proves time and again, there exists a robust bond between innovation and diversity & inclusion (D&I); our challenge is to help our leaders understand how to plant the seeds of innovation in the fertile D&I garden in order to drive a strategic and competitive advantage from the office and in the digital landscape.

How DuPont’s Innovation Centers Bring It Closer to Customers

Innovation Leader

Karen Weining of DuPont explains how the pioneering materials company has been collaborating with customers at its network of 12 innovation centers around the world

What are Fidelity, Schlumberger & Others building for Glass?

Innovation Leader

Companies are experimenting with Glass apps for airline check-in personnel, oilfield workers, and assembly line workers. The hoped-for benefits are better service and more productivity

Why Intuit Says ‘You Never Know’ about Ideas until You Test ‘Em

Innovation Leader

Executive Bennett Blank explains how Intuit is creating infrastructure that encourages teams to test ideas in the market to help determine which ideas hold real promise

Disney SVP on How Accelerator Program Led to New Partnerships

Innovation Leader

With the Walt Disney Co. about to launch the second round of its Disney Accelerator program for startups, we caught up with Michael Abrams, Senior Vice President of Innovation

B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.

Xerox CTO on Connecting Research to Customer Pain Points

Innovation Leader

Sophie Vandebroek of Xerox discusses how the company connects to emerging customer needs and how her team solves customers problems fast

Awesome Innovation Infographic To Double Your Effectiveness

Gijs Van Wulfen

Take a closer look at the Innovation Infographic as pdf. Starting innovation is for many a struggle to master. A study of Booz & Company shows only a quarter of all companies are effective at the start of innovation. And Stage-Gate Guru Robert Cooper shows that of every seven new product/service projects, about four enter development, 1.5 are launched, and only one succeeds. You might recognize some of the struggles in practice: “Our short-term mindset rules.”

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Awesome Innovation Infographic To Double Your Effectiveness

Gijs Van Wulfen

Take a closer look at the Innovation Infographic as pdf. Starting innovation is for many a struggle to master. A study of Booz & Company shows only a quarter of all companies are effective at the start of innovation. And Stage-Gate Guru Robert Cooper shows that of every seven new product/service projects, about four enter development, 1.5 are launched, and only one succeeds. You might recognize some of the struggles in practice: “Our short-term mindset rules.”.

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