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The Jazz of Innovation
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Eureka moment: Does man or machine drive innovation?

Eureka moment: Does man or machine drive innovation? | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Is innovation truly driven by the entrepreneur, or are eureka moments increasingly only coming about because technology allows them to happen?

For entrepreneurial zeal it's hard to beat the moment Archimedes sprang from his bath and charged naked down the street shouting 'Eureka!', leaving the ladies swooning in his wake.

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Taking the technologists to the marketplace

Taking the technologists to the marketplace | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Is the science or engineering student wired differently to the business student? Tarring folk with the same brush is never smart, but there are some general differences between the person who voluntarily chooses the path of science over business.

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If They Don’t Do It Right, I Can Just Do It Myself

If They Don’t Do It Right, I Can Just Do It Myself | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

“If they don’t do it right, then I can just do it myself.” I’ve said and heard that phrase a hundred times (at least). But I’m convinced that replacing a low performing team member with yourself (the owner of the business) is a bad idea in the long run.

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P&G Innovates on Razor-Thin Margins

If you shaved today, either in the U.S. or in India, you probably used a Gillette razor. Gillette (now a brand of P&G), reportedly has had a U.S. market share of more than 80%, with Schick a distant second. Even more remarkably, they achieved this without resorting to price competition. The blade cartridges for its latest-and-greatest razor, the top-selling Fusion ProGlide, retail for around $4 each, leaving Gillette with what must be incredibly lucrative gross margins.

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Stop Blabbing About Innovation And Start Actually Doing It

Stop Blabbing About Innovation And Start Actually Doing It | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
If your business can’t innovate, it won’t survive when the startup across town that doesn’t have to answer to your shareholders does all the things legal has been telling you that you can’t do or don’t have...
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The Scent of Success

The Scent of Success | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

The smell of Christmas: pine trees and gingerbread. The smell of a baby: baby powder and milk. Hundreds of scientific studies have proven what we know intuitively: scents can evoke strong memories and emotions and even inspire certain behaviors. Today, we take a look at some of the latest news on scent and the innovative ways scent in being used in consumer marketing.

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Positive feedback increases innovation

Positive feedback increases innovation | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

The culture of an organization is maybe the most important factor for the level of innovation. A traditional, hierarchical culture clearly doesn't stimulate grassroots ideas and the focus is on maintaing the status quo. More open and team based cultures are much more aligned with disruption via new ideas.

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How the Individual’s Groupthink Tendencies can Affect Innovation

How the Individual’s Groupthink Tendencies can Affect Innovation | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

What do attending a business lunch or going to Catholic Mass have to do with groupthink? Susanna Bill discusses the notion of groupthink and how experiencing something for the first time helps you snap out of it.

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The Dangers of the Minimal Viable Product

A movement originating from the United States' West Coast has sought to transform the creation of new businesses from an art to a science. The intellectual leader of the movement is Steve Blank, a serial entrepreneur who now teaches at Stanford and the University of California at Berkeley. One of Blank's disciples, Eric Ries, turned his wildly popular Startup Lessons Learned blog into The Lean Startup, one of 2011's best business books.

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How Marconi's Wireless Tech Helped Save Titanic Passengers

How Marconi's Wireless Tech Helped Save Titanic Passengers | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Guglielmo Marconi was hailed in his time for inventing the wireless telegraph technology that allowed the Titanic to call for help while sinking.

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The definition of Open Innovation

The definition of Open Innovation | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Professor Henry Chesbrough shook up the business world with his book Open Innovation: The New Imperative for Creating and Profiting from Technology back in 2003.
In 2006 professor Chesbrough released another book Open Business Models: How to Thrive in the New Innovation Landscape and in 2011 Open Services Innovation: Rethinking Your Business to Grow and Compete in a New Era.

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The Post-PC Enterprise

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In 1997, Larry Ellison had a vision for a new paradigm of computing which he called the Network Computer (NC). The idea was simple: a group of partners would build devices and services that leveraged the power of the Internet to compete against the growing Windows monopoly.

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5 Steps To Activate Your Audience For Action

5 Steps To Activate Your Audience For Action | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

The Adventure Project had one chance to get a $25,000 matching grant to help bring clean water and jobs to India. Despite a tiny email list and a complicated business plan, they did it. Here is how you can duplicate their success.

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Entrepreneurs Have to Move Fast or Get Run Over

Entrepreneurs Have to Move Fast or Get Run Over | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

In today’s business startup environment, if you don’t move fast, you get run over. Without a sense of urgency, people and businesses just can’t move fast enough. Speed is the driver because customers have a zero tolerance for waiting, and there are always competitors gaining on you.

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Can Innovation Skills Be Learned?

Can Innovation Skills Be Learned? | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Education expert Tony Wagner and documentary filmmaker Robert Compton teamed up to produce a new book about developing an innovation-driven economy.

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14 Tech-Forward Concepts Reshaping Our Future

14 Tech-Forward Concepts Reshaping Our Future | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Have you ever thought about how you would live in the future?

For the Global Innovation Series, presented by BMW, we’re focused on one simple question: In what ways is technology drastically changing our lives for the better? In a lot of ways, living in a city is challenging — urban citizens are constantly thinking about mobility, energy, shelter, safety and efficiency as they go about their daily lives.

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How Microsoft grew into a giant

How Microsoft grew into a giant | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

The tech giant was a no-name startup when it launched its MSDOS operating system in the 1980s. But the open environment it created with developers fueled its explosive growth.

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“When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.”

“When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
One of the most widespread misconceptions I encounter when talking to people about the current state of the web is that this is pretty much it.
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Robotic rings for wearable robotic interaction

Behold the future of digital communications... as imagined by the late Señor Wences, perhaps. The so-called PYGMY Robot Ring was introduced by Masayasu Ogata of Anzai Imai Lab at the Interaction 2012 Conference held earlier this month in Tokyo.

The concept involves a set of three rings constructed to approximate the look and movements of a mouth and a pair of eyes, all powered by electromagnetic servomechanisms.

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Research is an integral part of innovation

Research is an integral part of innovation | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Although we mostly focus on generating ideas and executing the best ideas, we tend to forget research. We forget it because we are too busy, have no time and/or resources or are too focused on internal processes. We are already pretty satisfied if we manage to have discussions with (potential) customers.

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Real Electricity Flows from Virtual Power Plants

Real Electricity Flows from Virtual Power Plants | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
To reach a goal of getting 80 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2050, Germany plows subsidies into the smart grid.

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Achieving Successful Strategic Transformation

Achieving Successful Strategic Transformation | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Few companies decide to adopt new strategies without being forced to by financial trauma. What can we learn from those rare companies that achieve both successful major change and superior long-term financial performance?
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Looking to the past for ideas

Satchel Paige has been quoted as saying "never look back, someone may be gaining on you", but I think it's our natural proclivity to "look back". Looking back to our past is a way of reviewing and learning from our successes and mistakes. Further, history is concrete. We know what happened in the past, while everything that will happen, or could happen, in the future is still a mystery.

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100 Reasons Why You Don't Get Your Best Ideas At Work

100 Reasons Why You Don't Get Your Best Ideas At Work | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Since 1986, I've asked 10,000 people where and when they get their best ideas. Less than 2% have said "the workplace."

Based on my 25 years of working with a ton of innovation-seeking organizations, here's my take on WHY.

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How Gaming Is Helping Us To Build Better Local Communities

How Gaming Is Helping Us To Build Better Local Communities | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Through crowdsourcing, some platforms open up challenges to public discourse and action, while familiarizing participants with like-minded individuals in the process.

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