The Jazz of Innovation
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The Jazz of Innovation
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What makes a product “fit” a market? Or how to achieve product-market fit?

What makes a product “fit” a market? Or how to achieve product-market fit? | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
If you go after an awesome market – growing fast, has excellent demand and a great growth curve, then you’ve got 90% product-market fit, even though technically 50% of the challenge in any startup is coming up with a good product.

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The older we get, the less we know (cosmologically)

The universe is a marvelously complex place, filled with galaxies and larger-scale structures that have evolved over its 13.7-billion-year history. Those began as small perturbations of matter that grew over time, like ripples in a pond, as the universe expanded. By observing the large-scale cosmic wrinkles now, we can learn about the initial conditions of the universe. But is now really the best time to look, or would we get better information billions of years into the future – or the past?

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How Smart Phones Are Turning Our Public Places Into Private Ones

How Smart Phones Are Turning Our Public Places Into Private Ones | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Smart phones have miraculously enabled people to stay connected, informed, and entertained, even in transit. We can now text, tweet, Skype, check Facebook updates, email in-boxes, Pandora channels and news feeds from a subway stop or street corner. The distracted walker has become both an urban menace and an April Fool’s laugh line.

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America's Most Innovative Neighborhood: 15 Square Miles In New Mexico, Population: 0

America's Most Innovative Neighborhood: 15 Square Miles In New Mexico, Population: 0 | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

A shiny new city rising in the desert is designed to be a testing ground for everything from wireless networks to self-driving cars. One catch: It's totally empty.

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Why Start-up Culture Is Bad for Creativity

Why Start-up Culture Is Bad for Creativity | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Founders are expected to perform under pressure, iterate on the fly, and fail fast. But is that ethos doing more harm than good?
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Top 10 Mistakes Made by Entrepreneurs

Part of 2010 Conference on Entrepreneurship. What things typically trip up an entrepreneur in starting and running a company?
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Startups Are All About the Execution, So Tell Me How

Startups Are All About the Execution, So Tell Me How | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

When entrepreneurs come to me with that “million dollar idea,” I have to tell them that an idea alone is really worth nothing. It’s all about the execution, and investors invest in the people who can execute, or even better, have a history of successful execution. Execution is making things happen, and for startups it usually means making change happen, which is even more difficult.

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3 Mindsets That Can Kill Your Startup

3 Mindsets That Can Kill Your Startup | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

You have a brilliant business idea and you can’t believe no one has thought of it before. Well, maybe this is because it’s not that great of an idea. Don’t worry, many start-up ideas – and actual start-ups — are doomed to fail. Case in point, two such companies that have recently popped up on our radar are Critter and LinkedOut.

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The world before internet: picture book for our children who try to understand how we survived

The world before internet: picture book for our children who try to understand how we survived | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
1. This was our Google Wikipedia on Library 2. How to write without Pages or Word? Wikipedia on Typewriter 3. This was our Facebook Wikipedia on Friendship book  4. This was our beamer.
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Innovation and Incubation in China. Where The System is the Problem.

Innovation and Incubation in China. Where The System is the Problem. | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Will China learn to innovate?

It is a question that has been discussed for a while, and was the topic of focus at the ISTA conference in Nanjing last week.

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Innovating One's Approach to Failure Can Reap Large Successes

Innovating One's Approach to Failure Can Reap Large Successes | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

One of the biggest mistakes made by innovation-seeking companies is to place a premium on the development of the perfect idea. They should instead follow the guidance of two-time Nobel Prize winning scientist Linus Pauling: "The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas."

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6 Key Attributes of a Winning Business Culture

6 Key Attributes of a Winning Business Culture | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

I’m seeing a renewed appreciation of culture and values in business these days. Maybe it’s just another example of nature abhorring a vacuum, but I prefer to think it’s a natural evolution of the pervasive social networking communities, where people relate to and expect to interact with businesses and products they like. They drive the market, rather than the other way around.

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Six Ways to Create New Demand for Your Brand

Six Ways to Create New Demand for Your Brand | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

What do you think is harder: generating a supply of new products or generating demand for those products? Given the large numbers of great new products introduced every year, and the much lower number that achieve their year-one and year-two sales goals, demand appears to be the greater challenge.

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7 Reasons for Entrepreneurs to ‘First Know Thyself’

7 Reasons for Entrepreneurs to ‘First Know Thyself’ | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

If you are going to be a real entrepreneur, it’s important that you know yourself well. After all, you won’t have a direct manager charged with giving you feedback, and your team probably will be afraid to tell you what they really think. Entrepreneurs need to recognize their own strengths and limitations.

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Making Big Ideas Happen - 9 Ways to Address Innovation Fears

Making Big Ideas Happen - 9 Ways to Address Innovation Fears | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

One question near the end of my “Making Big Ideas Happen” presentation at the Big Ideas in Higher Education Conference was on how to handle people who try to say no to challenging thinking and plans because of potential risks.

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The ambitious plan to build Star Trek's USS Enterprise

The ambitious plan to build Star Trek's USS Enterprise | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
One adventurous engineer makes a compelling case to boldly build what no man has built before. Could the crazy thing actually work?
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Personal Delivery on the Rise

Personal Delivery on the Rise | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

P2P delivery sites put people in need of different items locally or in faraway places in touch with people who are willing to bring them. They provide access to much needed items to the recipient; new experiences and an opportunity to do a good deed to the deliverer; and make better use of journey related resources and carbon emissions.

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5 Traits Remote Employees Must Have

5 Traits Remote Employees Must Have | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Managing far-flung employees is always a challenge. (What are they doing, anyway?) Make it easier by hiring the right people first.

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9 Tips On How To Maximize Productivity

9 Tips On How To Maximize Productivity | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Excellent teams don't just come together by accident. It takes a lot of hard work to create synergy.
This was a theme at the recent Behance 99% conference on creativity in New York City, where innovative minds like Nest Founder Tony Fadell and Warby Parker CEO Neil Blumenthal spoke about how to come up with — and act upon — big ideas.


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This Gizmo Lets You Draw A UI On Paper, Then Turns It Into A Touch Screen

This Gizmo Lets You Draw A UI On Paper, Then Turns It Into A Touch Screen | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
You know those huge multichannel mixers--the massive boards that audio engineers manage during concerts to control everything from sound to lights?
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Got a digital health project? Proof-of-concept program wants you (too)

Got a digital health project? Proof-of-concept program wants you (too) | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
A multi-institution proof-of-concept funding program for life science projects is seeking applications for digital health projects for the first time.
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Six U.S. Government Policies that Could Help Innovation Startups Grow

The survey revealed that the tech sector in the U.S. is healthy, hiring, has great business qualities and that startups are optimistic. At the same time, entrepreneurs and startup managers questioned whether the network of policies that support the U.S. innovation economy is optimized for growth. In particular, startups prioritized six government policies that could help them grow.

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Innovation isn't dead, it just moved to the cloud

Innovation isn't dead, it just moved to the cloud | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
According to some doomsayers, innovation is dead and Silicon Valley is just a muck pond where social media companies breed and reproduce like mosquitoes.
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Creativity on the Clock

Creativity on the Clock | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Can inspiration be regulated? This may sound like an oxymoron, but the idea of developing a predictable cycle of innovation is exactly what software company Ovo promises it can do. The company says that it can create “sustainable, repeatable innovation processes and [implement] software applications to enable the processes.” 

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Velocity, speed and innovation

Velocity, speed and innovation | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

The more I thought about the current state of innovation, the more I realized that many of us have it all wrong.  We at OVO often talk about innovation as an enabler to strategy, not a strategy itself.  But I think there's something much deeper going on than that.  First, we know that many executives WANT more innovation.  But they don't want innovation for its own sake.

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