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Disruptive Innovation

Dreamers and Disruptors: How the Evolution of Silicon Valley is Reshaping Our World

Paul Holland | Posted 07.31.2015 | Impact
Paul Holland

It feels like we may be on the verge of an infrastructure revolution --with the market for these disruptive ideas being so big that their eventual impact could be five to 10 times greater than those companies on which the Valley was built.

Second Career Success Story: This Man Deeply Influenced Steve Jobs On Innovation

Karthik Rajan | Posted 07.31.2015 | Business
Karthik Rajan

Among Steve Job's top 10 favorite books, there is only one business book on innovation. It is by Clayton Christensen. All this happened for Clayton in his 40's/50's! Here is his story.

How Millennials Are Disrupting The Art of Donating

Lauren DeLisa | Posted 07.29.2015 | Impact
Lauren DeLisa

Remember when kids ran through the streets Halloween nights with "Trick or Treat for UNICEF" boxes in tow alongside plastic pumpkin carriers full of fun size snickers and red apples?

Rethinking 21st Century Philanthropy

Natalia Martinez | Posted 07.30.2015 | Impact
Natalia Martinez

Our informal guiding theory is that a rising tide can lift all boats. Larger, community-wide tipping points are the result of the gradual accumulation of individual tipping points, of people "turning on" to trust their own potential, and that of their ideas and projects.

Three Ways to Innovate at Your Company

Kira Makagon | Posted 07.01.2015 | Technology
Kira Makagon

As a serial entrepreneur and now EVP of Innovation at RingCentral, I'm always interested in how companies generate and maintain innovation. Innovating means disrupting -- challenging the status quo even for very successful products.

Diversity Is a Business Crisis in Silicon Valley

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 06.23.2015 | Business
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

Granted, Silicon Valley is investing in programs to attract women and minorities to the technology field, engender good will, and increase workforce diversity through pipeline development. But there continues to be a lack of urgency to change.

In the Face of Fear, Organizational Leaders Need to Create Armies of Yes Men (and Women)!

Jayson Boyers | Posted 06.17.2015 | Business
Jayson Boyers

The message that employees should hear and pass along is "yes." Yes, we want to hear from you. Yes, your opinion matters. Yes, you are valued. This message should be repeated throughout the organization, not only to employees, but customers as well.

Autonomous Vehicles Will Replace Taxi Drivers, But That's Just the Beginning

Sam Tracy | Posted 06.12.2015 | Technology
Sam Tracy

Robots taking human jobs means that those humans can spend their time doing higher-valued work that will drive even more progress, which is especially good news for less-desirable professions like long-haul trucking, which is actually facing a worsening shortage of workers.

The Power of Disruption

Jane D. Wurwand | Posted 06.02.2015 | Business
Jane D. Wurwand

The feeling of consistency may appeal to many because it feels safe. But in business at least, staying in the same place and doing the same thing is not safe. In fact it's quite the contrary, it's dangerous.

What the Medical Device Industry Can Learn From Starbucks

Jordan Safirstein, MD | Posted 06.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Jordan Safirstein, MD

Last week, waiting for my iced coffee at Starbucks, I enviously observed the girl in front of me paying with her phone. Fast forward 30 seconds and b...

The World Is Bifurcated and Disrupted

Said Elias Dawlabani | Posted 05.21.2015 | Business
Said Elias Dawlabani

Why have ideas of contemporary thinkers like Thomas Friedman proved to be incomplete only ten years after they defined the brave new world we live in. Today's world changes at the speed of light and, unless these thinkers can ride on those light particles their insights will only paint a partial picture that lasts for no more than a minute.

Around The World In 30 Days - April 2015

C. M. Rubin | Posted 06.28.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

C. M. Rubin's global education report In April, I continued my conversations with thought leaders around the world on many topics including the ro...

Innovative Challengers at the Gates

Omar K. Alghanim | Posted 06.20.2015 | Business
Omar K. Alghanim

Within retail banking, there have been two standout, truly disruptive innovations in the last 20 years, where a few banks applied mass marketing techniques to create something unique.

The FinTech Agent Who Came in From the Cold

Spiros Margaris | Posted 06.11.2015 | Business
Spiros Margaris

One of my previous financial industry innovation proposals, the "FinTech Supermarket," was about the possibility of an open selection of the best fintech partners. In other words, a client offering the best financial package of financial services under one roof.

The Future Of Driving May Be Electric Golf Carts

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 04.24.2015 | Business

Sorry, Elon Musk -- you're just not that disruptive.

ISIS: The Internet's Biggest Disruptor

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 05.25.2015 | World
Bhaskar Chakravorti

Most plans offered today to counter and combat this group focus exclusively on military or geopolitical solutions. While important, these plans lack a key understanding of the branding, digital marketing and start-up mentality that facilitated the spread of ISIS's influence across the globe.

Environmental Innovation: Nice or Necessity?

Brian Kennell | Posted 05.11.2015 | Business
Brian Kennell

Environmental innovations are much more than nice; they are also fiscally sound practices that add value and provide a tremendous boost to the bottom line. And eventually, they have a domino effect

Disruptive Innovators Must Navigate Political Resistance

Mark R. Kennedy | Posted 05.06.2015 | Business
Mark R. Kennedy

When launching a firm that pursues disruptive innovation, it's best that you authentically deliver your promised benefits to society while anticipating and assessing how and where the disrupted will attempt to fight back so that you can respond in a strategic manner.

Smartphones Are Smart Foreign Policy

Maura O'Neill | Posted 05.04.2015 | World
Maura O'Neill

Today, with more mobile phones than people on Earth, any savvy foreign policy recognizes the power of this small device to do good or evil in the world. Gone are the days when rebels and reformers fought only using guns and physical bombs; this portable machine is as important as any as weapon.

Career Lessons I Learned From Kai Kight

Caroline Dowd-Higgins | Posted 05.02.2015 | Business
Caroline Dowd-Higgins

Recently, I participated on a panel for the Council of Alumni Association Executives in Scottsdale, Arizona. A highlight during the event was a presentation by Kai Kight who identifies himself as an innovator, speaker, violinist, and entrepreneur.

10 Steps to Fight Inertia

Bill Donius | Posted 04.30.2015 | Business
Bill Donius

If so, here are 10 actions you can take to dislodge your organization from its conventional thinking rut.

What Amazon Got Right From the Start

Maura O'Neill | Posted 04.25.2015 | Business
Maura O'Neill

When Jeff Bezos - the founder of Amazon - started offering books to the public over the Internet, he could have decided to partner with Barnes & Noble or Borders and become their online distributor.

Legal Technology 3.0

Oliver R. Goodenough | Posted 04.06.2015 | Technology
Oliver R. Goodenough

The impact of technology on law is moving forward with all the subtlety of a charging rhinoceros, transforming traditional practice and spawning new forms of "legal service" delivery. Surprisingly, many expect that the swirling events will just enhance the existing system, leaving it essentially intact, but with certain processes improved.

One Step Ahead

Janine Garner | Posted 03.29.2015 | Small Business
Janine Garner

Being an innovator, a disrupter, within your area of expertise, knowledge or ideation is not just about that a-ha moment. It's about capitalizing on it. It's about realizing the value of what you hold in your head or your hands and making it all happen.

Uber for Health Care? Think Again

Saquib Rahim | Posted 02.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Saquib Rahim

Clearly there are some health care startups that will meaningfully improve health care. But there is justifiable concern that too many are focused on the wrong patients and wrong problems using technology with limited applicability.