In or Out Corporate Innovation

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  Corporate Innovation on life-support. What’s an Innovator to do? It’s no secret, that in today’s internet-speed environment, “innovate or be amazon-ed” is the new mantra. But, according to a PwC report, nearly three-quarters of businesses admit that they are not out-innovating their competitors. Much of Internal Corporate Innovation continues to look more like ‘Theatre Innovation’ than the real deal. The flaws: too siloed, too insular, too slow to adapt, too many sign-offs, too many hurdles; the internal constraints go on and on. When Scott Emmons, Neiman Marcus’ head of innovation left the company (in early 2019), he wrote an op-ed on […]

Artificial Intelligence: The 4th Industrial Revolution is Here

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In 1950 Alan Turing published his landmark paper outlining the creation of computer systems that would ‘think’ like a human.  If you could hold a conversation with a machine that was indistinguishable from another human – voila  proof of a ‘thinking machine’. This description set the stage for what we know as the broad category: Artificial Intelligence. It’s been almost 70 years since Turing’s publication, but this revolution isn’t really about recreating a human’s brain or intelligence.  It’s about taking our human capacity way beyond our capabilities. AI is not about one single emerging technology, rather it defines a completely […]

MassChallenge selects The Innovation Scout – press release

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The Innovation Scout joins Global Network of Startups Providence, RI May 28, 2018 – The Innovation Scout, a company that accelerates corporate innovation and product development using Machine Learning and Big Data announced that it has been invited to participate in the first ever Mass Challenge Rhode Island accelerator program. Selected from nearly 400 promising startups across industries and regions around the world, The Innovation Scout will join the most competitive cohort to date. “We are thrilled to be counted as a MassChallenge high potential startup. Their unrivaled connection to global corporate leaders and connection to an international group of […]

Cafe Jaffe: Don’t Look at the Finger

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The number one question I’m asked… (or at least used to be asked…) is, “Joe, what’s the next big thing?” My answer is always the same: there is no next big thing you moron; the next big thing is now!” My provocation is designed to make 3 points: Why are you worried about the next big thing when your website (aka fundamental digital touchpoints including – but not limited to – content, search, e-mail) sucks! Don’t fall victim to “bright and shiny object syndrome” Forget about the next big thing and focus on the next big thing FOR YOU It’s […]