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When Product Features Disappear – Amazon, Apple and Tesla and the Troubled Future for 21st Century Consumers

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One of the great innovations of the 21st century are products that are cloud-connected and update and improve automatically. For software, gone are the days of having to buy a new version of physical media (disks or CD’s.) For hardware it’s the magical … Continue reading

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Lean Goes Better with Coke – the Future of Corporate Innovation

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In 2012 I got together with Alexander Osterwalder, Henry Chesbrough and Andre Marquis to think about the Lean and the future of corporate innovation. We had some radical thoughts how companies were going to have change to remain competitive in the 21st century in a blog post. … Continue reading

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Strangling Innovation: Tesla versus “Rent Seekers”

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The greatest number of jobs is created when startups create a new market – one where the product or service never existed before or is radically more convenient. Yet this is where startups will run into anti-innovation opponents they may not expect. … Continue reading

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When Hell Froze Over – in the Harvard Business Review

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In my 21 years as an entrepreneur, I would come up for air once a month to religiously read the Harvard Business Review. It was not only my secret weapon in thinking about new startup strategies, it also gave me a … Continue reading

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Why Big Companies Can’t Innovate

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My friend Ron Ashkenas interviewed me for his blog on the Harvard Business Review. Ron is a managing partner of Schaffer Consulting, and is currently serving as an Executive-in-Residence at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. He is a co-author of The GE Work-Out and The … Continue reading

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Qualcomm’s Corporate Entrepreneurship Program – Lessons Learned (Part 2)

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I ran into Ricardo Dos Santos and his amazing Qualcomm Venture Fest a few years ago and was astonished with its breath and depth.  From that day on, when I got asked about which corporate innovation program had the best … Continue reading

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Designing a Corporate Entrepreneurship Program – A Qualcomm Case Study (part 1 of 2)

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I ran into Ricardo Dos Santos and his amazing Qualcomm Venture Fest a few years ago and was astonished with its breath and depth.  From that day on, when I got asked about which corporate innovation program had the best … Continue reading

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The Future of Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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Almost every large company understands it needs to build an organization that deals with the ever-increasing external forces of continuous disruption, the need for continuous innovation, globalization and regulation. But there is no standard strategy and structure for creating corporate innovation….read full post. Download … Continue reading

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Startup Communities – Building Regional Clusters

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How to build regional entrepreneurial communities has just gotten it’s first “here’s how to do it” book. Brad Feld’s new book Startup Communities joins the two other “must reads,” (Regional Advantage and Startup Nation) and one “must view” (The Secret … Continue reading

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Why Innovation Dies

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Faced with disruptive innovation, you can be sure any possibility for innovation dies when a company forms a committee for an “overarching strategy.” I was reminded how innovation dies when the email below arrived in my inbox. It was well written, … Continue reading

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