Innovation From Boredom

Innovation From Boredom

March 22, 2015 12:01 am

It might happen while you’re taking your morning shower, or maybe you’re in the middle of your morning commute when a flash of creativity strikes: a great idea for a mobile app, a way to hack your Ikea bookshelf to solve a pressing storage problem or a brand new business idea.…

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Creating Opportunity: On Malcolm Gladwell, Impressionism, and Being a Big Fish in a Small Pond

Creating Opportunity: On Malcolm Gladwell, Impressionism, and Being a Big Fish in a Small Pond

January 5, 2015 6:12 am

Who isn’t familiar with the Impressionists?  Most of us, no matter how little we may know about art, have heard of Monet and Renoir.  Impressionism makes an impact on the human psyche with its sublime, colorful landscapes and distinctive human subjects.  It’s not an exact representation of the world, but rather a rendition of the way we process the world.…

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What is the magic behind the innovations of Silicon Valley?

What is the magic behind the innovations of Silicon Valley?

October 2, 2014 2:15 pm

Many governments and organizations have wanted to unravel the magic behind the innovations of Silicon Valley so that they can take it back and re-create its success.…

Killer Idea: Simple invention solves annoying problem in the game of golf

Killer Idea: Simple invention solves annoying problem in the game of golf

September 22, 2014 8:59 am

We all have pet-peeves, those small things that annoy us or seem unnecessarily complicated.  What if instead of letting your aggravation build up, you used obnoxious things in life to inspire you to create, innovate and strategize?…

A Killer Idea: Licensing an innovation back to the original innovator

A Killer Idea: Licensing an innovation back to the original innovator

August 25, 2014 7:08 am

The innovation of inflatable space station modules, now being developed by Bigelow Aerospace as the basis of a commercial space station, has a strange history. The concept was actually developed by NASA as part of a project called Transhab, which contemplated attaching inflatable modules to what would later become the International Space Station.…

Do we really understand what it means to be creative?

Do we really understand what it means to be creative?

August 18, 2014 10:18 am

Creativity is that which separates human beings from beasts. It is more than just building a tool or expressing one’s “self” or drawing a picture. The ability to be creative involves an understanding of nature that we then change and adapt based on our needs or to solve a problem.…

A Killer Innovation: A Microscope that Fits in Your Shirt Pocket

A Killer Innovation: A Microscope that Fits in Your Shirt Pocket

August 11, 2014 8:03 am

When Manu Prakash took his idea to Bill and Melinda Gates, he probably encountered no small amount of skepticism.  His innovation?  A paper microscope that weighs less than a few coins, fits in your pocket and costs about one dollar to manufacture.…

Henry Ford almost lost it all by not recognizing that an innovators job is never done

Henry Ford almost lost it all by not recognizing that an innovators job is never done

July 16, 2014 7:04 am

One of the secrets to being an innovator is the ability to ferret out the unspoken needs and unspoken wants of a customer and then develop a product or service that fills it.…

How do you find that next killer idea? Observe potential customers and ask questions

How do you find that next killer idea? Observe potential customers and ask questions

July 9, 2014 11:16 am

Over the last few months, I started to post selected excerpts from my book, Beyond The Obvious.  This weeks post takes a look at how to identify ideas that could lead to billion dollar innovations.…

Is the fear of failure killing your creativity and hindering your success?

Is the fear of failure killing your creativity and hindering your success?

July 7, 2014 7:09 am

If you look at any of your favorite creative projects, you will see a polished gem staring you in the face.  And this is where most people stop.  The final product is so amazing that it intimidates them.…

Is STEM enough to make innovators?

Is STEM enough to make innovators?

June 30, 2014 7:04 am

Is STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) the answer to preparing our kids to be the innovators of the future? That’s the question I was recently asked during the Q&A session at the end of a speech.…

Did you know that brandy was the unintended consequence of a medieval tax dodge?

Did you know that brandy was the unintended consequence of a medieval tax dodge?

June 23, 2014 7:02 am

Brandy is a distilled drink made from wine, though some forms are created from mash made from fruits other than grapes. Some brandies are aged in wooden casks.…