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Why private investors and public funding agencies need each other

Why private investors and public funding agencies need each other | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

You might have heard of mp3. Yes, thàt mp3, the disruptive music format that allows you to carry around all your music on a tiny device that fits in your pocket. You might not have heard that mp3 was the result of a publicly funded European research project involving engineers from 5 different European countries.

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Can Bigger Be Faster?

Can Bigger Be Faster? | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

In nature, there's a tradeoff between size and speed. Whales are slow. Birds are fast. But organizations today need to be big and fast. Is it possible? Can organizations be both agile and scalable?

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The Best Motivation for Innovation is ‘Being in Flow’

The Best Motivation for Innovation is ‘Being in Flow’ | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

An important topic in Innovation Management is that of motivation. What kind of incentives can an organization provide to stimulate innovation? Bengt Järrehult argues that there is no such thing as extrinsic motivation and we should really concern ourselves with working in Flow.

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Opportunities for government in the age of digital disruption

Opportunities for government in the age of digital disruption | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Tax and Twitter might not sound as though they go together. But, along with YouTube films that explain tax deductions, the 140-character social-media phenomenon is just one of many ways the Taxation Office uses digital technology to improve service for Australians.


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Four practices for creating an authentic brand

Four practices for creating an authentic brand | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

As an experiment, I followed the world’s twitters during the first Obama-Romney presidential debate. Amidst the flurry of messages passing by my eyes, I finally understood in my gut and not just my head how social media has changed the balance of power when it comes to controlling brand image.

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Sir Richard Branson: Knight of Big Ideas

Sir Richard Branson: Knight of Big Ideas | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Sir Audacity himself: "Dream big by setting yourself seemingly impossible challenges. You then have to catch up with them."

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Why the World Needs Big Ideas

Why the World Needs Big Ideas | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
With so many businesses thinking small, true audacity and vision mean more than ever.
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Training Is Innovation Accelerant

Training Is Innovation Accelerant | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
I’ve neglected to write about a critically important aspect of creativity and innovation — the value of training.

Creativity and innovation training is a highly effective accelerant for business results.

And yes, you can train creativity. And by the way, if you want brainstorming that works – don’t skip training. Much of the research that says brainstorming doesn’t work (ahem) studied groups with no training.

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Why “The Culture of Failure” is Imperative to Startup Communities

Why “The Culture of Failure” is Imperative to Startup Communities | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

I recently wrote about the 12 tips to building successful startup communities. After a recent discussion I had with Steve Blank it made me remember that I had left off one of the most critical factors – a culture of failure.

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What Is Your Why?

What Is Your Why? | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

We corporate drones are actually pretty lucky. Many of us get to work sitting down, in the shade, for eight to nine hours a day. Compared to the work I used to do on the farm, my life is gravy. And so it goes for many people in the developed world. In fact, our work is so far removed from “work” – that is, the expenditure of blood or sweat, that we are fortunate.

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Viewpoints: How president can champion innovators

Viewpoints: How president can champion innovators | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Silicon Valley CEOs have helped both presidential candidates, but will both presidential candidates help Silicon Valley?

When it comes to Silicon Valley and America's innovation economy, here are the issues we need the next commander in chief to champion from the Oval Office.

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Propriété intellectuelle : Libérons la culture et l'innovation

Propriété intellectuelle : Libérons la culture et l'innovation | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
La propriété intellectuelle semble être, dans notre société de l’information, le sujet le plus technique et polémique qui puisse exister.
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Why a common language matters for innovation

Why a common language matters for innovation | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

As noted in previous posts (here, and here) I'm returning to the idea that executives have a number of important roles to play when sponsoring innovation. Perhaps one of the most important roles is the work of creating a common innovation definition and language, and communicating the importance of innovation consistently and broadly.

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The Hunt for Innovation: 10 Strategic Insights

The Hunt for Innovation: 10 Strategic Insights | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Ever hear of the dreaded “CEO Disease?”

It was initially diagnosed by Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck, who discovered that the broad power and authority held by CEOs often leads to risk-averse and even truth-averse culture in which employees offer up nothing but “the good news of their perfection and the company’s success, no matter what the warning signs may be.”

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University-industry collaboration and its impact on manufacturing

Although U.S. economic recovery remains modest, some cause for optimism can be found in the "manufacturing comeback" that has been bringing jobs back to regions where the shift to services has long been assumed. Policymakers interested in encouraging this trend often refer to Germany, where export-oriented manufacturing has remained a motor of economic growth in spite of high labor costs and strict labor regulations. Innovation capacity in Germany is often attributed to firms' embeddedness in a highly decentralized system of application-oriented universities and research institutions.

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If you want to be innovative, it helps to be a little bit ‘different.’

If you want to be innovative, it helps to be a little bit ‘different.’ | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

“Brokenness” is a key element to a questioning and creative spirit. Scientists have started to prove what most people in the tech or other creative spheres already know: If you want to be innovative, it helps to be a little bit “different.”

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Marketing Innovation: Going to Extremes

What do you say when you have nothing new to say? That is the dilemma marketers face in mature categories where the product's features and benefits are well understood. Even more challenging is when your product is virtually the same as the competition. Running ads to remind the market what they already know is wasteful and potentially annoying. But you can't risk being invisible to the market or you will lose brand awareness.

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Innovation Concepts: multipurpose kitchen gadget

Innovation Concepts: multipurpose kitchen gadget | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

It’s a great solution for small apartments. Designer Buse Ustun introduced the concept of compact multipurpose kitchen gadget that will save space. It can work as a frying pan, induction hob and grill. Quickly cleaned and easily and stored on base of the unit.

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Kortrijk: Stad van Innovatie, Creatie en Design

Kortrijk: Stad van Innovatie, Creatie en Design | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Hoe trots de Stad Kortrijk ook is op zijn historisch patrimonium, de Groeningestad kijkt vol vertrouwen door een 21ste-eeuwse bril naar de toekomst. Befaamde architecten en urbanisten zijn de stad - met respect voor haar verleden - aan het hertekenen. Neem hier alvast een kijkje !

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How to Manage Innovation as a Process

How to Manage Innovation as a Process | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

It’s much better to think of innovation as a process than to think of it as an event. I think about it as the process of idea management inside an organisation.

This means that in order to innovate effectively, you not only have to generate great ideas, but you have to select the ones that you want to invest in, then execute them, figure out how to keep people inside the organisation committed as you go through the process, then get the new ideas to spread out in the world. And if one part of that process goes wrong, then your innovation efforts will likely fail.

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The 10 richest tech entrepreneurs in Europe

The 10 richest tech entrepreneurs in Europe | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

A list of the 10 richest tech entrepreneurs in Europe, because we know you just love lists, and we do too. Germany is very well represented, and SAP is almost like a country by itself.

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Nouvelles mesures pour l'innovation : les réactions des entrepreneurs

Nouvelles mesures pour l'innovation : les réactions des entrepreneurs | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Depuis l'annonce du projet de loi de Finances 2013 fin septembre, les entrepreneurs qui plaçaient beaucoup d'espoir dans le nouveau gouvernement pour favoriser les PME innovantes ont déchanté - avec en point d'orgue la fronde des « pigeons » contre la taxation des plus-values de cession.

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5 Ideas That Will Blow Your Mind

5 Ideas That Will Blow Your Mind | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
You won't find apps or Angry Birds here. Check out five ambitious companies pursuing big, bold ideas.
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Here's what Europe needs to copy from Silicon Valley

Here's what Europe needs to copy from Silicon Valley | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Should the tech hubs of Europe — or anywhere else desperate to become a center of innovation, for that matter — ignore Silicon Valley or mimic it? There are good reasons to try and start over, but don’t throw everything that we’ve learned away, says Dan Crow.

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8 Questions Investors Use to Bypass Startup Hype

8 Questions Investors Use to Bypass Startup Hype | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

If you really want to impress a startup founder as a potential employee, or you want to be a smart investor, you need to know the right questions to ask. These are the questions that get past the hype of a founder “vision to change the world,” and into the realm of real business strengths, weaknesses, and current health.

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