Reinventing America: Lessons from the Forbes Innovation Summit "Why Indiana? Why not?," Steve Forbes told the audience in kicking off the recent Reinventing America: The Innovation Summit. Forbes´ event in Indianapolis was part of the organization´s new Reinventing America Series to help shine a spotlight on the business success stories happening in our country´s heartland.
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The Hangar, the Coat Hanger, and the 2-Sided Solution The second in a 10-part series on how to transform innovation success rates, from the pages of How to Kill a Unicorn (link), by Fahrenheit 212 founder Mark Payne (recently published by Crown Business). Continue reading →
Questions for Chief Strategy Officers at CSO NY (Dec. 2-3) Innovation Excellence is looking ahead to the Chief Strategy Officer Summit in London October 16-17. As we've gone through the line-up of Chief Strategy Officers and industry players, we asked ourselves, and are asking YOU: What are our most pressing questions for CSOs and Industry Innovators? Con...
What Change Roles Are Missing? I´m gearing up to write a new book and app on organizational change to complement a powerful new collaborative, visual change planning toolkit that will be incredibly useful for use in change programs, project and portfolio management, and even innovation, and so I´m canvasing the organizational change literature space (including change leadership, change management, and business transformation) and looking to identify: Continue reading →
This Is Why Religion Is Just a Technology This post is one of a series of conversations published on the Time website, authored by myself and Nicha Ratana, with transformational leaders who were storytellers at the BIF10 Collaborative Innovation Summit in Providence, RI, on Sept. 17-18. Irwin Kula is an eighth-generation rabbi known for his fearless attitude about change - a rare quality among religious leaders who tend to adhere closely to tradition. Don't miss the video at the bottom... Continue reading →
Stop Innovating Your corporate culture is where innovation goes to die. It´s easier and more fun to do workshops than to actually innovate, because innovation involves risk, and the culture doesn´t support taking risks. Continue reading →
Who NOT to Put in Charge of Innovation I just hung up from a call with a colleague in which we were planning how to bring up a difficult topic at tomorrow´s client meeting regarding innovation. It is surprising how often this situation occurs in consulting work. This time the root of the situation may be traced to an observation Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble made in their book The Other Side of Innovation, regarding the characteristics of successful innovation executives. Continue reading →
Big Data & Analytics for Pharma Michael Kotowski recently attended the Big Data & Analytics for Pharma Summit in Philadelphia. Here are some great quotes from these innovation speakers, thinkers and doers at #DataPharma: Continue reading →
A Game Plan for Corporate Innovation I recently had some interactions with a company working to ramp up their innovation efforts. We had several discussions on different ways of approaching this and here you get some quick and dirty insights on how such an approach could look like. Continue reading →
3 Lessons in ‘Just Do It’ Innovation In the field of innovation, change that can impact a business runs the gamut between 'just do it' ideas and ideas that take weeks, months, or even years before they start generating a return. But every idea has the potential to make an impact and save employees or end users both time and money. For ...
Gratitude in Unexpected Places: Embracing Constraint in Engineering posted on 11/25/2014 01:08 PM With Thanksgiving around the corner and family coming into town, November is all about gratitude for me. Frankly, it´s easy to feel grateful for all of the energy, innovation, and success we see around us every day here in Silicon Valley. But this week, I´m actually feeling grateful for something unique - something many programmers […] The post Gratitude in Unexpected Places: Embracing Constraint in Engineering appeared first on WIRED.
Stupid Patent of the Month: Who Wants to Buy Teamwork From Penn State? posted on 11/25/2014 05:44 PM Ever wanted to own the latest in "teamwork" technology? Well, you´re in luck. On December 8, Penn State is holding a large patent auction, and one of the items is U.S. Patent 8,442,839. This patent purports to describe an improved collaborative "decision-making process." As well as being a good example of a silly patent, this month´s winner highlights concerns with universities trying to monetize their patent portfolio. Why would a university, which presumably has a mission of promoting knowledge and innovation, sell an unsuccessful patent that has no value except to a troll? First, a little background. In April this year, Penn State held its first patent auction. It offered exclusive licenses to dozens of patents but only received a single bid (meaning that it likely didn´t even recover the cost of holding the auction). This is consistent with experience at other schools. Evidence shows that the vast majority of technology transfer offices lose money for their university. Selling old patents brings universities little revenue but risks contributing to the wider economic harm from patent trolling. Indeed, over 60 universities (paywall) have sold patents to infamous patent troll Intellectual Ventures. Many, including EFF, have expressed concerns with universities selling to patent trolls. To its credit, Penn State says that it does not want to foster patent trolling. And it has included some licensing terms that will discourage trolls from buying its patents (including a six month bar on filing infringement actions). But it is difficult to see how a patent like U.S. Patent 8,442,839 would have value to anyone but a troll. The patent, titled "Agent-based collaborative recognition-primed decision-making," includes a single independent claim. Steps include "receiving information regarding a current situation to be analyzed," interacting to receive "assistance in the form of assumptions or expectancies about the situation," and using "collected information to determine whether a decision about the situation is evolving in an anticipated direction." The patent reads a little like what might result if you ate a dictionary filled with buzzwords and drank a bottle of tequila. A typical passage explains: Story building also involves information gathering, but it is more than cue-driven information investigation, because the agents are still unclear about what cues to investigate. Therefore, the key is to identify a collection of cues which the team needs to pay attention to. Our model adopts a combination of two mechanisms: hypothesis exploration and experience synthesization. In other words: learn from experience. The patent examiner originally rejected the application as not directed to patentable subject matter. Penn State responded by amending its claim to "include a team-oriented computer architecture that transforms subject matter." In other words, it took an abstract patent and said, "Do it on a computer." Fortunately, the Supreme Court has put a stop to this kind of nonsense. We think Penn State´s patent would be found invalid under Alice v. CLS Bank. But even invalid patents have value to patent trolls. This is because they can use the cost of litigation to extort settlements. Indeed when patent trolls are actually forced to litigate to the merits, they lose over 75% of the time. We urge Penn State and all universities to be more responsible. Instead of selling patents that have little value except as litigation weapons, universities should focus on true technology transfer-partnering with others to bring new technologies into the world. And universities should end their opposition to patent reform. We have a petition calling on universities to support patent reform here. Sign it now! Reposted from EFF's Stupid Patent of the Month series Permalink | Comments | Email This Story
DailyDirt: Space Explorers Need Your Help... posted on 11/24/2014 08:00 PM We've mentioned a few DIY space projects before where nearly anyone can participate in an effort to expand our knowledge of our solar system or to develop a cheaper way to get into space. More and more space exploration seems to rely on the help of a growing ecosystem of space geeks who can voluntee...