Category Archives: innovation

Power: The Real Innovation Issue

One of the things I’ve keenly been made aware of lately, after having toured the Tesla plant and seeing what they are working, to the devices we have in our pockets and on our wrists, to the Apple Watch and the many upon many little booths at CES hawking solutions for this problem, it seems… Read More »

Droning About Drones

Something that was in huge supply at CES were drones – little itty-bitty drones which can fit in the palm of your hand (the Nixie and the ZANO) all the way to huge drones which could deliver packages (I wonder if Amazon will be shipping via drone anyways, even though they said they weren’t – its… Read More »

Big Brothering Ourselves At CES

Specifically looking for interesting examples of internet of things (IoT) implementations at CES, I was struck by all of the devices that basically allow to us watch ourselves, take pictures of ourselves and video ourselves. Ultimate donut selfie, anyone? There seemed to be a huge undertone of “security” all over the place – there were… Read More »

Blogs Are Dead

Of course, since this article will also be appearing on my blog at some point, I’m sure that some of you will accuse me of being a hypocrite – I suppose there are still a very few reasons for having a blog. My contention is that if you are starting a business today, unless it is something… Read More »

Exponential Organizations: A Book Review

I think I must have recommended this book to at least 15 people, and that’s only in the last few days. I can’t remember the last time I did that for any book. I used to work at Yahoo! during Salim’s tenure at Brickhouse (I ran the internal innovation group, shepherding ideas from employees to product… Read More »

Kennedy Goes Back To The Future

Does anyone here remember when President Kennedy announced that we would put a man on the moon before the end of the decade? Probably not – was before most of our time: On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced before a special joint session of Congress the dramatic and ambitious goal of sending… Read More »

Google Is Your Dad

Do you remember the days when you used to go to your dad – or your mom – or your extended older family – in order to get advice and information on things? Your dad seemed to know everything, right? If you had a question on almost everything – why is the sky blue –… Read More »

The Future Of Work

  Are you still working in a company where everyone comes into the same office, Monday to Friday, generally from 9-5? Does your CEO frown on telecommuting or outsourcing? Are you clinging to outmoded ways of working, since its what you’ve always done? Back in 2002, I read a book called “Free Agent Nation” by… Read More »

Does Hyperpersonalization Impede Innovation?

  I was at a conference the other day about the future of the enterprise. Of course, my crazy futurist side kept on talking about how the enterprise itself is an outmoded concept of work, and in the not too distant future, all types of work will be carried out by more loosely connected individuals,… Read More »

Put Down The Mouse And Step Away From The Computer

As someone who’s been steeped in the culture of innovation most of my career and in Silicon Valley for the last 15 years of my career, I sometimes find that those two ethos’s (ethii?) sometimes compete with each other. After all, the Silicon Valley ethos is one of entrepreneurs sacrificing all sorts of things (social life,… Read More »