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This venn diagram from IDEO’s website captures the essence of innovation:       Innovation is at the intersection of: what consumers want, how viable it is for our business, and how technically feasible it it.

Josh Clark, author of Tapworthy, wowed the crowd at IxDA New York City. Thanks for Bloomberg for hosting and giving a tour of their impressive usability lab. Here are some highlights: Senors Give Us Superpowers Mobile should not be the companion – or lite version – of the desktop. ‘Our smartphones and tablets hold so […]

The magazine industry gets an F in Apps, according to Chris Sanborn, President of Sanborn Media Factory. He and Radhika Nayak, VP of Product at Simon & Schuster (S&S) spoke at a panel last night at NYU’s Center for Publishing.  Here are their 7 tips to up the grade: 1. Reconceptualize the App “We’re not […]

At the Women on Wall Street conference last night, Steven Berlin Johnson gave a keynote on how innovation happens. He has studied the history of breakthrough innovations and found a pattern: They are created not by “Eureka!” moments, but slow hunches that incubate, sometimes for decades, with diverse people collaborating to make unintended consequences. Here […]

Nice summary of biz innovators and their success and failures: http://amex.co/1erVwsv. Excerpts below. I want to know what business stories gave you your greatest innovation lesson. “1. Think of things that never were and ask ‘why not?”: Bobby Kennedy’s famous motto is an apt description for the beginning of business innovation. Great ideas can strike at […]

At TEDxNY, we discussed William McDonough’s talk on cradle to cradle design. Hope you can join us next week – see http://tedxnewyork.blogspot.com/. The new Grey offices are amazing – open workspaces designed for collaboration – looks like an industrial-designed coffee bar. They reviewed this old talk in light of the COP15 (2009 United Nations Climate […]

Fortune Brainstorm Tech blog: innovation doesn’t have to be risky. Excerpts below. Full post at http://bit.ly/59o6hT. I want to know: Are you focusing on innovation or survival? “Many companies remain shell-shocked from the past 18 months of economic disaster. As such, innovation – despite its potential rewards – is not exactly in fashion right now. […]

Matthew May, Chief Strategist for MBox Design on 4 traps in the way of a culture of constant innovation. Excerpts below. I want to know: What traps have you seen? “1. Swinging for fences. In sports we worship the game-clinching grand slam home run, the three-point field goal at the buzzer, the blinding slapshot in […]

Ad Age’s CMO Strategies analyzes hits + says they’re not luck or creative genius. Excerpts below. Full post at http://bit.ly/2580aJ I want to know: What predictors do you see for great innovation? “Popular opinion suggests that great innovation results from a mysterious combination of forces that make it appear to fall from the sky. Whether […]

Amazing Sci-Fi Like Technology from a PhD student at MIT Media Labs at TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Talks. Called “Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology,” he’s figured out how to use any surface as a computer – a wall, piece of paper, your hand – just incredible. Watch and read at http://bit.ly/14hJcz. Posted […]