An Innovation Conversation with Fahrenheit212 Our interview with Fahrenheit 212 ultimately referenced: innovation´s star turn from interesting to imperative; the maturation of the category; the growing prominence and pitfalls of the RFP, Abraham Lincoln, unicorn sightings, the pursuit of a model that creates innovators in addition to innovations, and oh yes, their mantra, "the Money and the Magic".
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A Peek Inside Ireland’s Innovation Island I had the opportunity recently to intervidw Rory Mullen, West Coast Director, IDA Ireland, and ask him a few questions about the innovation climate in Ireland and how the government is contributing to an increase in the innovation capacity of the island. Continue reading →
What China Must Do to Innovate Innovation is an essential ingredient to the growth and success of China's economy. The use of methods such as Systematic Inventive Thinking will accelerate that growth. But where should China focus its innovation efforts? Continue reading →
The 2014 Global Innovation 1000 Study from Strategy& Strategy& 2014 Global Innovation 1000 Study: For the 10th year, Strategy& analyzed R&D investment at the 1,000 biggest-spending public companies in the world. In addition to undertaking our recurring analysis of R&D spending trends, we interviewed and surveyed more than 500 R&D e...
Open Innovation Summit: Questions for OI leaders (Oct. 30-31) Innovation Excellence is looking ahead to the 2014 Open Innovation Summit "Ride the wave of Exponential Open Innovation" in Chicago October 30-31. We've checked out the great line-up of Open Innovation and industry practitioners, and are asking ourselves - and you: What questions should we be askin...
Introducing Healthovate – the State of Innovation in Healthcare Healthovate, the newest book from the IXL Center, covers the exciting new innovations across the continuum of care, not only treating a diagnosed disease or condition but in wellness, nutrition, exercise, with access provided through mobile / m-health solutions and more distributed "outlets" closer ...
Procrastination vs. Innovation Procrastination has been an enemy to innovation for many years and getting over it can take some doing on your part. Although you try very hard not to procrastinate, yet you find yourself giving in to it and as a result, you lack the momentum to do the work of innovation. Continue reading →
Billiard Ball and Boxcar Innovation There are a couple of analogies that are worth consideration with regard to how to understand the effect that an innovation practitioner can have on workshop participants: the billiard ball and the boxcar. Continue reading →
Book Preview: Crowdsourced Innovation - Quo Vadis? Crowdsourcing? The reality today reflects what the writers of the visionary and iconoclastic Cluetrain Manifesto envisioned fifteen years ago: the marketplace has become a worldwide conversation. Continue reading →
What Large Companies Want (from Small Ones) In the film, "What Women Want", Mel Gibson´s character has the ability to read women´s minds and understand what they´re thinking. In the real world, we often need to second-guess what our existing or potential partners want. This is the case for Open Innovation... Continue reading →
How Ad Agencies Can Avoid A Death Spiral The large holding companies that control the agency world have largely centralized innovation efforts in order to make their investments more efficient, so improvements in services tend to be general and incremental rather than targeted and disruptive. Continue reading →
Mobile Providers: No One Has Complained* About Our Service, So Net Neutrality Shouldn't Apply To Us posted on 10/31/2014 03:58 PM As we've pointed out in the past, the wireless providers, led by lobbying group CTIA, are desperate not to have the FCC include wireless broadband in whatever new net neutrality/open internet rules it releases. However, Tom Wheeler has been hinting that he's had enough of wireless providers screwing over the American public. The head of CTIA, Meredith Attwell Baker (famous for jumping from an FCC commissioner job to head Comcast lobbyist just months after she approved Comcast's merger with NBC Universal), has written an absolutely hilarious opinion piece at Wireless Week insisting that everyone loves their wireless providers, so there's no need whatsoever to apply any net neutrality rules. Of course, her definition of everybody loving their mobile operator differs from, well, basically everyone not paid by the mobile operators to be their public spokesperson. From our innovation economy to the free exchange of ideas, the United States is a shining example to the world of the promise of an open Internet. It is widely embraced by policymakers, innovators and consumers alike, particularly with respect to mobile broadband. We remain the global leader in mobile innovation and have embraced openness across the ecosystem. So much so, that not a single formal complaint against wireless providers has been made to the Federal Communications Commission since it first adopted open Internet rules in 2010. Oh, really? First of all, that last sentence is so ridiculous that it deserves a special callout for just how blatantly dishonest it is. You know why there's been no formal complaint to the FCC against wireless providers under its 2010 open internet rules? Because those rules never applied to wireless in the first place. This was one of the major loophole/problems with the 2010 rules: they explicitly carved out wireless providers. So the reason why there haven't been any formal complaints against wireless providers is because you couldn't make a formal complaint under those rules. To use that as the example of "nothing to see, move along now" is ridiculous -- and totally dishonest. Furthermore, the idea that the US is a "shining example" is laughable. Our mobile broadband offerings are a joke. The mobile carriers have run into many, many problems, often around really nasty anti-consumer practices. As we've discussed just this week, AT&T got fined for lying to subscribers by selling them an "unlimited" plan and then throttling it down to useless, and Verizon Wireless agreed to pay $64 million for regularly overbilling customers. Sure, there were no complaints under the open internet rules that didn't even apply to the wireless providers, but there were tons of complaints about anti-consumer behavior. And that's not even mentioning AT&T getting fined (earlier this month) for cramming charges put on consumers' bills (in which the FCC made use of its Title II authority, which could be the prime tool for net neutrality rules). Or their efforts to block out alternate payment solutions in favor of their own ISIS Softcard initiative. Or the efforts to block certain devices from their network. The US mobile broadband network is not, in any way, a shining beacon of openness and freedom as Attwell Baker represents. It's the opposite. Subjecting wireless broadband networks to rules that dictate how wired broadband networks are designed and operated would be a mistake. Instead, wireless network managers need maximum flexibility to keep networks expanding and clear. And wireless companies need the ability to differentiate their products and services without having to ask permission. This is our best guarantee that we maintain an open and innovative Internet-one in which mobile broadband retains its virtually limitless capacity to transform our lives. Ha! What she's proposing is that while wireless providers may not have to ask for permission, everyone else will have to do so because what CTIA wants is for the mobile operators to be able to discriminate and block and set up tollbooths. If we have to choose between the big wireless providers having to "ask for permission" from the FCC to engage in anti-consumer behavior... or every app maker, or online service provider having to beg for permission to work on a mobile network, it seems like the former is much more likely to lead to an "open and innovative internet." In commenting on last month´s vote for Scottish independence, President Obama turned to an old maxim that retains a modern ring of truth: `If it ain´t broke; don´t fix it.´ When it comes to maintaining the open Internet and all the momentum surrounding mobile broadband, we couldn't agree more. It seems like the mobile ecosystem is very, very broken, considering just how much the mobile operators have been able to get away with. But, we're supposed to ignore all of that just because no one complained under a set of rules that they couldn't complain under? How stupid does CTIA think everyone is?Permalink | Comments | Email This Story