June 19, 2014

Innovation ecosystem

and the Valley of Death- an NSF analysis Also good Schumpeter innovation definition.

June 12, 2014

Disruptive innovation in health care

David Bornstein, in the NYT. Could this be replicated down another level, with patients and social media?

May 7, 2014

New art museums in Shanghai

from ARTnews

May 5, 2014

The future of social impact bonds-

in the UK, good question.

April 30, 2014

Robert Strand on Scandinavian CSR

and cooperation strategies 4 23 14 talk

March 25, 2014

the resource revolution

Nice sustainability trend summary by McKinsey

November 26, 2013

Brazil and 'ecosystem services'

A 'running in packs' solution by multinationals to reducing their environmental footprint.

November 14, 2013

Brazil political view

Economist interview with Eduardo Campos, governor and probable presidential candidate in 2014. Nice overview of Brazil's issues today.

October 24, 2013

Braskem named as Brazil's best firm in carbon management

August 8, 2013

More on Solazyme's innovation


June 23, 2013

Solazyme's innovation journey

Great article from the NYT! Big pivot from biofuel to niche oils.

March 7, 2013

3D printed car in Minneapolis

article about RedEye On Demand, a subsidiary of Stratasys. Case? Guest speaker? Site visit?

February 20, 2013

New Google Glass info

From Huff Post, interesting new video. Infrastructure issues?

November 20, 2012

A day in Sao Paulo

BBC video, Havaianas

October 31, 2012


Great resource for angel investment

October 24, 2012

Carbon negative biofuel?

From MIT technology review. Interesting comment at the end.

August 7, 2012

Social entre. efforts in China

Good summary, NEST sounds promising.

June 8, 2012

MN firms in China

MinnPost article on biz in SIP.

June 3, 2012

International factoring

Big conference in my Beijing hotel today. Yet another link in the global value chain.

April 24, 2012

Start Some Good

Like Kickstarter, for social entrepreneurs

April 4, 2012

Google Project Glass

It sounds unlikely, but the video makes it seem useful. This would be a fun project to work on.

March 13, 2012

C.E.S.A.R. Recife

A model for high tech development in NE Brazil

February 1, 2012

E laCarte

Disruptive innovation for restaurants or limited tech fad?

January 30, 2012

Wall trampoline

Lots of good infrastructure issues with this new extreme sport.

January 24, 2012

Blue Honey Bio-Fuels

WI based org helps restaurants recycle cooking oil. Lots of partners. Interesting contrast to Brazil efforts.

December 20, 2011

A reason to be optimistic about NYC

new science and tech grad school(s). Proactive government can make a difference.

December 6, 2011

Brazil challenges

Nicely summarized with lots of charts, from a Rio prof.

November 30, 2011

Common Threads Initiative

Patagonia has an interesting way to help customers sell their used stuff on Ebay, using the Patagonia website.

November 1, 2011

Brazil ethanol trends

exports, cold weather and infrastructure constraints.

October 30, 2011

Foxconn and the Ipad enter Brazil

the infamous "Brazil cost". In Jundai, on the way to Campinas

October 26, 2011

TAM Airline and jatropha based jet fuel

Big network based innovation with biofuels in Brazil. 10/25/11 NYT article on the infrastructure issues.

June 10, 2011

ESPN's 3D TV experience

Innovation hampered by infrastructure woes.

March 1, 2011

More on Yike Bike

An invention trying to be a sustainable innovation. It has broken some of the Segway infrastructure constraints.

February 22, 2011

simpler Toyota plants

A blue ocean approach, since 60% of car manufacturing is plant costs. Less carbon footprint as well?

February 8, 2011

solar power cheap as fossil fuels

DOE efforts to improve infrastructure barriers.

February 1, 2011

Chinese megacities

Seven cities of 10M+. The view from McKinsey

January 20, 2011

Cargill sustainable supply chain

Nice video on Truvia sweetener. I wonder how it will become carbon neutral by 2020?

December 13, 2010

Brazil video

60 minutes gushes over Brazil's economy.

December 6, 2010

Barefoot University

Creative solutions to solar electricity infrastructure constraints in Africa:

November 10, 2010

Cargill chocolate innovation

new sweetener only one to meet Euro labeling standards.

October 28, 2010


We need to set up a better way to measure electric car efficiency ,

October 12, 2010

Embrapa AgriEnergy

Embrapa AgriEnergy is the R&D arm of Brazil's Ministry of Agriculture, focusing on biofuels. Good stats and charts.

2010 Brazil Biofuels report

Great history, facts and future directions of Brazil's biofuel industry. Grupo Sao Martinho, Amyris Biotechnologies, Dedini and Novozymes look interesting.

August 24, 2010

Arcimoto and Clean Tech Open

Alternative electric vehicle Arcimoto is gaining credibility through external validation from 2010 Cleantech Open Business Competition

April 2, 2010

Caribou coffee fair trade Brazil

Poco Fundo coffee, possible site visit from Sao Paolo

March 4, 2010

Brazil and 2016 Olympics

Nice Wharton article. Lots of infrastructure issues.

November 16, 2009

TechnoServe Brazil

Addressing infrastructure issues around poverty around the world and in Brazil. Bonnie Raquet from Cargill on board.

November 3, 2009

Green is the new black

"If green is the new black, then the University of Washington is one of the trendiest campuses in the nation."

October 26, 2009

Wal-Mart green labelling running in packs example

NYT 7 15 09 At Wal-Mart, Labeling to Reflect Green Intent

September 25, 2009

Brazil ethanol industry

Good list of infrastructure and external partners

September 21, 2009

Moobella icecream maker

Just secured$18M to launch commercial instant ice cream makers according to NYT article. Nice video on company website. Significant redesign since launch in 2006. Still only in Boston. Many regulatory issues. Web bases monitoring. Mass customization trend.

Moobella icecream maker

Just secured$18M to launch commercial instant ice cream makers according to NYT article. Nice video on company website. Significant redesign since launch in 2006. Still only in Boston. Many regulatory issues. Web bases monitoring. Mass customization trend.

August 21, 2009

Brazil forest incentives

A good NYT article on new incentives to maintain forests in Brazil.

July 8, 2009

Cargill and The Nature Conservancy in Brazil

Sustainability, soybeans and the Amazon

February 10, 2009

"Product of the Year"

A new running in packs strategy for consumer products companies. See the shameless promotion in this video. Not a bad business model for POY.

November 18, 2008

Patagonia clothes recycling

Great infrastructure issues and running packs strategy. Note counter example about Mark and Spencer

November 14, 2008

Why China's Stimulus Plan Will Change the World

An interesting Motley Fool article on big changes in China.

November 6, 2008

IBM and infrastructure innovation

How should companies respond to the shocks of a major recession and change in administration? This NYT article discusses investment in "smart infrastructure" as an answer. It shows how companies can be proactive with government instead of reactive. Plus there is a quote from Rosabeth Moss Kanter, one of my favorite academics.

September 29, 2008

Clearwire and WiMax

WIS 9 29 08 Great examples of strategic alliances and infrastructure challenges. Also learning by testing

September 26, 2008

Pumping hydrogen

From NYT 9 23 08 Good case on infrastructure

August 29, 2008

iPhone and infrastructure problems

AT&T’s Rivals Are Happy to Attack Over iPhone’s Network Woes
Published: August 28, 2008

Wonderful examples of challenges with external partners and infrastructure. Not clear how or when it will be fixed.

June 11, 2008

suppport for MN entrepreneurs

From MinnPost:

"One could argue The Collaborative, Minnesota High Technology Association, GetGoMN, MentorNet and others are doing what's needed: providing near-term opportunities for startups to connect with those who can assist the startup or emerging Minnesota company in making ideas a reality and forming or accelerating their businesses."

December 3, 2007

Amazon's kindle ebook

Kindle ebook may be a way to dissect an innovation strategy: divergence in publishing, trial and error learning, web of relationships, social responsibility trend. This is a long article- a shorter one may be more appropriate for a case.

November 16, 2007

MannKind inhailable insulin

Betting an Estate on Inhaled Insulin

Published: November 16, 2007

A good example of the innovation journey, including the following concepts: overpersistence, lack of pluralistic leadership, management turnover, web of relationships, lack of customer demand, infrastructure challenges( including regulations), the value of prior industry experience, pros and cons of deep pockets

November 8, 2007

Amory Lovins hypercar

Good video on 100 MPG concept car that resells energy back to the grid.

October 22, 2007

finance innovation and global markets

" It wasn’t supposed to work this way. Interconnected global markets should make the world economy more stable, according to traditional economic theory, with risk spread more widely and strength in one region offsetting weakness in another.

“In practice, we’re not seeing that happening,? says Richard Bookstaber, a veteran hedge fund manager and author of a new book, “A Demon of Our Own Design: Markets, Hedge Funds and the Perils of Financial Innovation.?"

from NYT

September 12, 2007

what does it mean to be green

Interesting WSJ article on green certification and hotels.

Hotel Chains Grapple
With Meaning of Green
Marriott, Starwood Face Confusing Products, Standards
In Bids to Make Lodging Environmentally Friendly
September 11, 2007; Page B1