Insights for Innovators from the Founding of Google

In 1973 Mr and Mrs Page, who both worked at Michigan Sate University, were blessed with a son.  The father was a Professor of Computer Science and the mother taught programming.  They called their son Lawrence though he was known as Larry.  At the age of six the boy was given a home computer, one of the very first models, and soon he was programming.  Larry was a precocious child and went on to... Read More--

Everything that can be made can be made better.

Every man-made thing you use or see can be redesigned.  Every design can be improved upon.   The force and benefits of innovation can be applied to every thing, process, method or product that you can imagine. Take the humble egg carton that we are all familiar with.  It was designed 100 years ago by Joseph Coyle and it is such a good and practical design that we take it for granted.  The BBC... Read More--

Has the Innovation Engine run out of Steam?

The Economist recently ran a feature entitled, ‘Has the Ideas Machine broken down?’   The front cover showed a Rodinesque figure sitting on a toilet and pondering the question, ‘Will we ever invent anything as useful again?’ There are many pundits who think that the innovation engine which has powered the growth of the world economy is running out of steam.  Peter Thiel, one of the founders... Read More--

Why bring manufacturing and services back home? To improve agility and innovation.

A recent special report in the Economist highlights a growing trend among American and European companies; they are bringing back work which was previously offshored or outsourced to cheaper locations.   Offshoring means moving work and jobs outside of the country in which the company is based; outsourcing means giving work to outside companies.  The process of bringing the work back is known as... Read More--

Could you do what Aron Ralston did?

Aron Ralston On April 26, 2003, Aron Ralston was hiking through the Blue John Canyon area in Utah.  As he climbed down a narrow canyon a large boulder became dislodged and crushed his right hand against the canyon wall.  He was trapped.  Even worse, he had not informed anyone of his hiking plans so no one would know where to search for him. He spent the next five days slowly consuming his meagre... Read More--

Improve your career prospects and your networking by improving your TMAY

I volunteer at Bracknell Careers Springboard, which is a club for job-seekers. We help unemployed people get back into work. Many are middle-aged professionals who have been made redundant and find it hard to get re-employed. The most important skill that we work on is how they present themselves and in particular, how they answer the request, ‘Tell me about yourself.’  We call the answer their... Read More--

A Phantom Innovation can still be a Winner

On 1st April 1998 Burger King published a full page advertisement in USA Today announcing an innovative new product, the “Left-Handed Whopper.”  The advertisement stated that the new whopper had the same ingredients as the original Whopper (bun, lettuce, tomato, hamburger etc.).   However, the left-handed whopper had “all condiments rotated 180 degrees. ”  The resulting... Read More--

We don’t just need Great Leaders; we also need Great Followers

Can you name some current political leaders who are held in high esteem?  I think most people would find this difficult because by and large political leaders are held in very low esteem.  It is commonplace in the media and on the internet to hear people criticizing government ministers for their incompetence.  They are blamed when they act and they are blamed when they fail to act.  They just... Read More--

Minimize your way to Innovation

Between is a popular app which creates an intimate space for just two people.  It allows a couple to share their own private social network where they send each other sweet messages and exchange photos or songs.  In some ways it is like Facebook for couples.  It is a social network which has reduced the number of friends you can have down to one. We tend to think that our innovations should always... Read More--

What makes Israel such a hotbed of Innovation?

What makes Israel so successful at business innovation particularly in the high-tech field?  Each year this tiny country of 7 million people attracts some $2 billion in venture capital funding – about as much as Germany and France combined.  When you adjust for population Israel leads the world in the number of high-tech start-ups and the size of the venture-capital industry.  The country... Read More--