Keep it Simple – Like the Original Spreadsheet

Dan Bricklin was a student on a Harvard MBA course who struggled with all the models and calculations that the case studies required.   In 1979 he invented the world’s first spreadsheet, Visicalc, in order to make his life easier.  Initially Visicalc was available only on the Apple II computer – whose success is largely attributable to this exclusivity. Bricklin gives an interview in... Read More--

Elon Musk – Serial Entrepreneur and founder of Tesla Motors and SpaceX

Elon Musk was born in South Africa in 1971. He got his first computer at the age of 8 and started to program. At 17 he went to University in Canada and subsequently settled in the USA where he founded a company, Zip2, which provided online travel guides. Zip2 was an early internet success and in 1999 he sold it to Compaq Computer Corporation for $330m. Straight away Musk started another internet company... Read More--

Literally a Leap of the Imagination

The fans packed into the Olympic Stadium in Mexico City in 1968 saw something they had never seen before.  An athlete competing in the men’s high jump went over with his back to the bar.  The man was a 21 year old American, Dick Fosbury.  He won the gold medal with a leap of 2.24 metres, a new Olympic record. The conventional way to undertake a high jump until then was the straddle method (or... Read More--

How Facebook misses out on Talent

There are pervasive myths that older people are stuck in their ways, lack creativity and dynamism and cannot cope with new technology.  This is reflected in ageism in hiring.  According to research firm Payscale, the median age of a worker at Facebook is 29, at Amazon it is 30 and at Microsoft 33.   In 2007 at age 22 Mark Zuckerberg profoundly stated, ‘Younger people are just smarter. Why are... Read More--

Webinar on How to Think like an Innovator

There are hundreds of books on innovation so why do we need another one?  Find out on this webinar:   Brightalk Webinar. Rod Sloane interview Paul Sloane   Including the stories of three great innovators; Anita Roddick, Jorge Odone, Sir Charles Dunstone.   Save #short_code_si_icon img {width:32px; } .scid-5 img { width:32px !important; } Share : function openwindow(url) {,"Window","menubar=0,resizable=1,width=750,height=400"); } ... Read More--

Innovation Insights from Jeff Bezos and Amazon

    As a boy brought up in Florida, Jeff Bezos developed a keen interest in computers.  He graduated from Princeton in 1986 with a degree in computer science and electrical engineering. He then worked for an investment firm in New York before quitting his well-paid position in 1994 to start Amazon, just as internet commerce was beginning to take off.  He started the company in his garage... Read More--

The Founder of IKEA was the Master of Frugal Innovation

Ingvar Feodor Kamprad was born in 1926 on a small farm in the Swedish province of Småland. He had an austere upbringing and the lessons he learnt in thrift stayed with him throughout his life. At the age of six the boy started a business selling matches to neighbours. He bought the matches in bulk and sold them in small inexpensive packs. He went on to sell seeds, pens, pencils and even fish in this... Read More--

David Bowie – The Arch Innovator

David Bowie Born David Jones in January 1947, David Bowie renamed himself in 1966 to avoid confusion with Davy Jones of The Monkees.  He was a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, painter, and actor. He was a highly influential musician who continually re-invented his sound and persona, from the 1960s hippy of Space Oddity, through Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Pierrot,... Read More--

Nine Famous Entrepreneurs who were College Dropouts

Infographic from guest contributor Marianna Velma, writer from Austin, Texas, at College-Writers.     #short_code_si_icon img {width:32px; } .scid-9 img { width:32px !important; } Share : function openwindow(url) {,"Window","menubar=0,resizable=1,width=750,height=400"); } ... Read More--

The Leader of Innovation Paints a Vision of a Better Future

Anne Mulcahy When Anne Mulcahy was appointed CEO of Xerox Corp. in 2001, many people were surprised, including Mulcahy herself. She had never run a company before and had little financial experience, having worked mainly in Sales and Human Resources functions. Xerox faced huge financial problems and the stock price fell 15% on news of her appointment. The financial market had little confidence in her... Read More--