The Innovation Factory

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The Innovation Factory Game Changing Innovation at Scale The Achilles’ heel of Corporate Innovation is the inability to productize enough ideas to create Innovation at Scale. Conventional wisdom says: Innovation is expensive, takes time and cannot be automated. In every aspect, innovation is an art and science that only humans can master. Conventional wisdom is half right. Corporate Innovation is evolving. Take R&D, the traditional base for innovation in existing companies. R&D is under pressure to move from ideas to solutions. A truly magical feat as R&D is populated with people whose job it is to find new ideas, but […]

Innovation Strategy: Define Your Opportunity

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We hear it all the time, “we aren’t sure exactly what we are looking for”.  Some companies just believe they need to be part of the newest tech trend, even though there isn’t a clear reason why.  So why have an innovation strategy at all?  It’s simple really, to clearly focus and align the innovation efforts of your team. These efforts need to ultimately connect with your overall business strategy. Innovation isn’t easy, it’s often a frustrating exercise inside of big companies.  Why do efforts to innovate often fail?  Here’s a hint: it’s not about execution.  The problem is routed […]

6 Tech Trends Every Innovation Exec Needs to Follow in 2017

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Everyone seems to have a tech trends list for 2017. We are different.  Hyper focused on how the most interesting Startups are moving the needle, we’ll dive deep on these topics throughout the year. Our bi-monthly newsletter (shameless newsletter signup plug) will cover these topics and more.  Startups that look to change your business and the world especially in the 2 to 5 year range is our sweet-spot. Our mission: deliver startup info in a context that is immediately usable to your business goals and priorities. These trends and the startups that help to define them, are bringing applications to […]

5 Reasons Why Startups Are Your Most Important Innovation Partner: Open Innovation

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Open innovation is a distributed, more participatory, and decentralized approach to innovation.  The underlying case for open innovation is the fact that no company, no matter how capable or how big, could innovate effectively all on its own.  This is because of the wide distribution of knowledge and research.  Startups can take advantage of this distribution and create an “idea-tester” environment rather quickly.  There aren’t many barriers for entrepreneurs to get a company up and going.  The cycle for building and testing ideas is faster. The cost of this testing activity from startups is rather low.  This is why we […]