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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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Search versus Execute

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One of the confusing things to entrepreneurs, investors and educators is the relationship between customer development and business model design and business planning and execution…read full post. Download MP3

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Why The Movie Industry Can’t Innovate and the Result is SOPA

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This year the movie industry made $30 billion (1/3 in the U.S.) from box-office revenue.But the total movie industry revenue was $87 billion. Where did the other $57 billion come from?..read full post. Download MP3  

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How the iPhone Got Tail Fins – Part 2 of 2

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By the early 1920’s General Motors realized that Ford, which was now selling theModel T for $290, had an unbeatable monopoly on low-cost automobile manufacturing. Other manufacturers had experimented with selling cars based on an image and brand. (The most notable was … Continue reading

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How the iPhone Got Tail Fins – Part 1 of 2

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It was the most advanced consumer product of the century. The industry started with its innovators located in different cities over a wide region. But within 20 years it would be concentrated in a single entrepreneurial startup cluster. At first … Continue reading

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Why Governments Don’t Get Startups

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Not understanding and agreeing what “Entrepreneur” and “Startup” mean can sink an entire country’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. I’m getting ready to go overseas to teach, and I’ve spent the last week reviewing several countries’ ambitious attempts to kick-start entrepreneurship.  After poring through stacks … Continue reading

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