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Innovation and the Unknown

Scott MacFarland | Posted 11.26.2014 | Business
Scott MacFarland

It seems that companies are tossing around the innovative word like it's a piece of candy to be chewed on and enjoyed because it tastes so sweet. Maybe some companies can innovate that way and actually benefit from the process. However, I am not quite so sure the innovation process works that way.

Roadmap to Leaving your Corporate Job and Starting a Creative Business (Part 3 of 6)

Sumeera Rasul | Posted 11.20.2014 | Small Business
Sumeera Rasul

As a designer, designing and developing a product is the most crucial part of your business. Many designers struggle to create products that establish a sustainable demand among their customers.

What Is Branding? Not Reality Television

Adrian Kamalii | Posted 11.18.2014 | Business
Adrian Kamalii

Your brand is not a logo, a website, your social media handles, your product or your image. While these examples contribute to the sum of your brand, individually, these facets are not a definition of a brand.

iPhone App Connects People With Cerebral Palsy

Nicole Luongo | Posted 08.03.2014 | Impact
Nicole Luongo

Frantz Alexis has cerebral palsy. At times, he found it difficult to find other people with CP with whom to connect and share common experiences. The ...

The Missing Piece of the Entrepreneurial Puzzle

N. Kimron Corion | Posted 04.27.2014 | Business
N. Kimron Corion

entrepreneurs tend to go full speed ahead, without first understanding one of the fundamental principles of business planning, and that is first identifying their customer profile.

This Could Provide More Effective Relief From Battlefield Gunshot Wounds

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.12.2014 | Impact

U.S. combat troops may soon benefit from faster and more effective relief from gunshot wounds on the battlefield. The U.S. Army has requested expe...

7 Common Customer Development Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Michael B. Fishbein | Posted 03.05.2014 | Small Business
Michael B. Fishbein

When practiced effectively, customer development can be an extremely valuable practice for getting startup ideas, testing viability of an idea, or opt...

Can Your Startup Get Just Corporate Enough to Yield Sustainable Growth While Maintaining Your Agile Culture

Tiffany Crawford | Posted 11.30.2013 | Small Business
Tiffany Crawford

As the startups of today, you are the future IPOs of tomorrow. You have the chance to change the face and experience of "Corporate America" into one that inspires us as much as the fast-paced, ever-changing, startup world does.

JumpShot: An Experiment in Rapid Product Development, Continued

Carrie Yury | Posted 07.20.2013 | Technology
Carrie Yury

Being at a startup not only provides the opportunity to imagine new products, but also allows you to reimagine established ways of doing things.

Jumpshot: An Experiment in Rapid Product Development

Carrie Yury | Posted 06.30.2013 | Small Business
Carrie Yury

This is part of "Freefalling Ethnographer," a series about life inside a digital innovation start-up. Being at a start-up not only provides the oppor...

The Brilliant Complaint Department

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 06.17.2013 | Business
Mitch Ditkoff

While there are many reasons why most people don't get their best ideas at work, there are at least as many why organizations don't get their best ideas a work -- the main one being their tendency to rely on what I like to refer to as the "creative elite."

Is Niche the New Start Up Route?

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 04.23.2013 | Business
Laxmi Hariharan

To be successful today, emerging start-ups must find a niche. They have to solve a very specific consumer need and add tangible value to their customers' lives -- in as social and engaging a fashion as possible.

Note to Management: R&D Is Not Production

Gil Laroya | Posted 01.21.2013 | Business
Gil Laroya

R&D folks need the freedom to play, to innovate, to grow the next big product. This cannot and will never happen if an R&D engineer is spending eight hours a day, five days a week, filling out forms and reports instead of developing products.

Gauging Your Organization's Innovation Training and Coaching Program

Robert F. Brands | Posted 10.30.2012 | Small Business
Robert F. Brands

Successful, sustainable innovation depends on a natural curiosity and open-mindedness from all members of an organization. To gauge your company's training and coaching program, ask yourself these questions.

Marissa Mayer Is Right: Product Focus Has to be Priority #1 at Yahoo!

John Pavley | Posted 10.11.2012 | Technology
John Pavley

Building great products -- products that change the game, that put a dent in the universe, and move the needle -- is far more important than focusing on revenue. It's exactly what Yahoo! needs to do.

Entrepreneurs Can Find Best Advice in Biographies, Not Online

Frank Farwell | Posted 08.11.2012 | Small Business
Frank Farwell

Yep, I am saying that a dog's story can teach you things about product development and brand management better than most business school professors. The book I am referring to is the tale of the most famous dog of all time -- Rin Tin Tin.

2012 Innovation Resolution: Turning Ideas Into Money

Robert F. Brands | Posted 03.18.2012 | Business
Robert F. Brands

Innovation is an indispensable force that turns ideas into money. It is the lifeblood of any organization.

The Management Team -- While Building Usage

Fred Wilson | Posted 03.10.2012 | Small Business
Fred Wilson

So your startup has graduated from the "building product" stage and has entered the "building usage" phase. But what does this mean for the team?

The Management Team While Building Product: Keep It Small

Fred Wilson | Posted 03.04.2012 | Small Business
Fred Wilson

The first stage of a startup, what I call the Building Product stage, is management light. The team should be small.

Muppets and Manufacturing

Matt Cohen | Posted 11.14.2011 | Business
Matt Cohen

Modular design saves money and allows you to meet a demanding production schedule. That's true whether you're looking at a puppet head or a chassis that can be used for multiple vehicles.

Concept Meets Code: 10 Tips for Entrepreneurs Dealing with Developers

Tim Berry | Posted 10.16.2011 | Small Business
Tim Berry

I've seen it too many times: starry-eyed would-be Internet entrepreneur meets real developer, dream in hand. This is culture clash. More often than not, it ends up with wasted time, wasted money and dashed dreams. Concept meets computer code.

Funny Business: The Strange But True Connection Between Pixar, MAD Magazine, and Product Development

Matt Cohen | Posted 06.12.2011 | Business
Matt Cohen

As my bio points out, I am a contributing writer for MAD Magazine. I sometimes worry about admitting that in public, but I have discovered that people...

Is Your Idea Pipeline Being Filled and Maintained?

Robert F. Brands | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert F. Brands

If even 1 percent of new ideas succeed, it can lead to a huge payoff. A steady stream of ideas is what fuels Innovation, so one of Robert's Rules of I...

Do Your Innovation Emperor, Rules & Idea Management Help or Hinder the Process?

Robert F. Brands | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert F. Brands

In the pursuit of innovation, many "enlightened" companies try to follow what they believe are established morays and best practices. Then they wonder why innovation falls fallow.

DK Matai | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
DK Matai

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