July 23, 2014


Wow. Interesting Danish hybrid entrepreneurship - design program. Fastco article

June 19, 2014

2014 CNBC's Disruptor 50


Innovation and sustainability in the value chain-

A project by FGV in Brazil. Many company examples

Innovation ecosystem

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

Rate of adoption issues for wearable tech-

Good stats for awareness -> intention-> action-> reaction from NYT

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 8, 2014

Reframing problems instead of solving them.

From Yale SOM news: "Miriam Erez, vice dean for the MBA program and chair of the Knowledge Center for Innovation at Technion, observed, "SOM students understand that trying to find the 'right' answer to a given problem is often not nearly as productive as first defining the problem in a whole new way. This is an invaluable framework for anyone interested in starting a business."" Some psych models for doing this.

April 16, 2014

New product failure rates

Nice graphic from Amplified Analytics

Moments of truth

and the desired customer experience- nice visual representation by Taylor Reach Group

Desired customer experience

and a nice 'Dynamic Customer Journey' map by Altimeter

April 3, 2014

Rate of adoption problems and smart watches

-nice article from the Guardian.

March 28, 2014

Hackerspaces in Shanghai

I need to learn more about shanzhai and hackerspaces in China, XinCheJian in particular.

March 25, 2014

the resource revolution

Nice sustainability trend summary by McKinsey

February 26, 2014

Ecosystem marketing

ala Chipotle.

February 12, 2014

UC Berkeley's new online master's program

Scaled up education innovation focusing on data science

January 29, 2014

Characteristics of an innovation culture

with some historical examples thrown in by Ben Horowitz

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.

November 12, 2013

The future of grocery stores?

from Wired

Bill Gates, fertilizer and innovation

from Wired

November 7, 2013

Great packaging by Natura

October 22, 2013

Painting a favela in Rio

audacious Kickstarter campaign!

October 17, 2013

sitawi, the first social enterprise fund in Brazil

From Stanford Social Innovation Review Winter 2012 possible speaker/ site visit?

September 11, 2013

Things that don't scale-

A great post by Paul Graham.

August 8, 2013

More on Solazyme's innovation


August 7, 2013

Continuum Fashion

Digital printing and fashion

June 23, 2013

Solazyme's innovation journey

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

April 9, 2013

Decisive video

Nice summary of the new C&D Heath book.

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?

February 12, 2013

appreciative inquiry and lean startup

I think that the AI method is a great way to maximize learning in MVPs. Thanks for your help, Bliss Browne!

February 5, 2013

The value of prototyping

Nice video from Worrell Design.

Trends in federal spending

explain why innovation around social and environmental problems is likely to come from social entrepreneurs and not government. graph

January 23, 2013

Creative distruction

NIce report and stats from Innosight.

January 22, 2013

Boeing woes

Interesting comments on 787 problems

November 14, 2012

Innovator as need seekers

A Dutch innovation consultant's approach to the innovation process. Nice map!

October 31, 2012


Great resource for angel investment

October 24, 2012

Carbon negative biofuel?

From MIT technology review. Interesting comment at the end.

September 18, 2012

"How might we..."

Nice HBR blog post on framing questions.

July 9, 2012

Disrupt Yourself

From HBR, check out the video. Reframing Christensen's disruptive innovation concept through personal careers.

wicked problems

Nice New Yorker article, using health care reform as an example of a 'wicked problem'.

June 12, 2012

green supply chains

A nice report from Wharton.

June 3, 2012

sustainable Olympic tower design for Rio


May 31, 2012

green marketing ideas

A helpful blog post on green marketing. Lots of overlap with innovation principles. It would be interesting to present to students and let them make the connections.

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 25, 2012

"feed the monster a cookie"

A good argument for trialability, Also good group process and innovation ideas.

March 13, 2012

C.E.S.A.R. Recife

A model for high tech development in NE Brazil

March 1, 2012

Mind Sumo

Nice blend of crowd sourcing, and connecting talented students with businesses.

February 10, 2012

disruptive online news with healthy revenue for writers. See the CivicVentures connection is this article

February 2, 2012

The Hacker Way

" Instead of debating for days whether a new idea is possible or what the best way to build something is, hackers would rather just prototype something and see what works. There's a hacker mantra that you'll hear a lot around Facebook offices: "Code wins arguments."

February 1, 2012

Visualizing innovation

Great graphics,survey from GE, global differences

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.

January 17, 2012

Lots of new teaching tidbits

Game based learning

Useful tidbits.

December 20, 2011

A reason to be optimistic about NYC

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

December 9, 2011

Lean start up model

There are many opportunities to launch new ventures in a leaner way.

December 5, 2011

Chipotle award winning ad and Stratasys

The role of a 3D printer in an innovative ad for Chipotle.

December 2, 2011

Very similar to Moss Kanter's innovation pyramid

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 9, 2011

Titanium bike lock

Funded by I really want one and feel remorse for not acting sooner.

Great way to microfund creative projects, like this nano accessory

Gladwell on Steve Jobs

From the New Yorker Critics can deepen the 'learning by discovery' process by demanding more and 'tweaking' current solutions.

November 1, 2011

Brazil ethanol trends

exports, cold weather and infrastructure constraints.

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.

October 17, 2011

Tangled web

Amazon Signs Up Authors, Writing Publishers Out of Deal
Published: October 16, 2011 NYT

September 21, 2011

freal milkshakes

Sampled these fully automated milkshake machines at truck stops across Montana. Very nice UX and use of technology.

August 29, 2011

Andy Van de Ven innovation video

Excellent 12 min. video from my colleague Andy, recorded in Lithuania.

August 10, 2011

Natural Capital Project

Quantifying the value of ecosystems in NYT, website, U of MN contributing

new Medtronic Innovation Experience Center in Shanghai

"Medtronic incorporated a state-of-the art training facility into the new China headquarters building. The training facility, named The Innovation Experience Center and open to Medtronic employees and customers, features a virtual cath lab, a future surgical room and a telemedicine room, and provides a place for employees and customers to gain hands-on experience with the latest technologies."

June 29, 2011

Nice Charles Eames diagram on the design process

This applies to entrepreneurs and innovators as well.

June 23, 2011

Innovation blog with a Brazilian post

This blog had a post by a Brazilian consultant who could be an interesting contact about Brazil innovation.

June 13, 2011

new healthcare gold rush

Four types of opportunities, according to PwC. Fixers, Implementers, Retailers, Connectors. Minpost summary

sleep apps

How much is the quality of waking life related to the quality of sleep? A review of Lark.

June 10, 2011


I like the clean slate approach to the designs, renewable power manufacturing and smart transit apps. It is a start...

ESPN's 3D TV experience

Innovation hampered by infrastructure woes.

April 28, 2011

$410 corkscrew?

Good use of differentiation and social media for a ridiculously expensive product.

April 2, 2011

Velolet bike rental

Innovative website matching bikes with visiting cyclists.

March 9, 2011


A learning, customizable e magazine for iPads. Could be interesting

Entrepreneurial Design for Extreme Affordability

A great looking capstone class at Stanford on BOP innovation


The founder of Craig's List starts a nonprofit, built on making connections.

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?

solar cell efficiency

Nice chart on trends.

February 14, 2011

ex Facebook ees

Good discussion of how Facebook's culture lives on in new startups by ex ees. Jumo organizing nonprofits?

February 10, 2011

Pepsi Refresh 2011

How they are refining the project with social media.

February 8, 2011

solar power cheap as fossil fuels

DOE efforts to improve infrastructure barriers.

February 3, 2011

leadership issues at JP Morgan

An excellent example of what happens when there is not a healthy debate among leadership.

February 1, 2011

Switch by Chip and Dan Heath

Reading it right now, lots of good insights. Here's a video on why change is so hard by Chip.

Chinese megacities

Seven cities of 10M+. The view from McKinsey

January 29, 2011

Google's dot org

What happens when they decide to spend 1% of profits on philanthropy?

Platform growth strategies

NYT article mentioning Michael A. Cusumano's work, and a video

social entrepreneurship trends

Ashoka's view on trends: participative, sector agnostic

January 20, 2011

Cargill sustainable supply chain

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

December 6, 2010

Barefoot University

Creative solutions to solar electricity infrastructure constraints in Africa:

November 30, 2010

Brazil to the rescue with US biofuel mandates

Commercial flight using biofuel|gul|11-30-2010|gulliver

November 10, 2010

Clever Google demo slam

I like their playful way to introduce new apps.

Cargill chocolate innovation

new sweetener only one to meet Euro labeling standards.

November 8, 2010

Microsoft Kinect

Strategies to increase observability:

Oakley and 3D glasses

Oakley enters the market with an opinion about the format war.

October 28, 2010


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

October 13, 2010

Bio diesel plans in Brazil

Good article describing challenges of expanding Brazilian biodiesel.

October 12, 2010

Cargill Biofuel

10 of Cargill's Next-Gen Biofuel Bets

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.

October 11, 2010

hype cycle and iPad

Nice graph and worth studying why the iPad launch worked so well.

October 6, 2010

100% sustainable shoes?

Bio Way shoes, eco friendly, made in Life Way solar powered factory certified by Greenpeace
"The innovations are on the shoe leather (tanned with biodegradable astringent found in tree bark), the soles (made of latex extracted from rubber trees in Brazil and takes only five years to degrade in nature) in water-based glue, the shoelaces and the line (both organic cotton)."

No Brasil a linha Bio Way é comercializada nas lojas do Greenpeace localizadas na cidade de São Paulo: Pixolé Calçados e American Shoes. Em Curitiba na loja Holt Zutto. O site:

Ciao Mao

Sustainable and innovative Brazilian shoe co. Not much in English, but doing all the right stuff.

September 21, 2010

Brazilian and Chinese design firms

Interesting global networking model for design

September 8, 2010

How Pleasure Works by Paul Bloom

Here is the link to interview with Paul Bloom about his book How Pleasure Works. I think there is a strong connection to design concepts. People enjoy things more when they connect to the stories behind them. Essentialism, "the notion that things have an underlying reality or true nature that one cannot observe directly, and it is this hidden nature that really matters."

Innovative and sustainable products/services have deep elements that are not readily apparent. The opportunity is to connect customers to the deeper meaning of the innovation.

August 24, 2010

Arcimoto and Clean Tech Open

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

Parasole Group and cycling

Three successful restaurant openings in the midst of a down economy. Could be an interesting way to look at cycling concepts. Could invite guest speaker to last class and or/cater food.

August 11, 2010


Nice video Also reality TV show Garbage Moguls

Sustainable architecture

Very inspiring discussion on the challenges and benefits of sustainable architecture.

August 2, 2010

3D movie adoption hurdles

Classic adoption problems. This will be easy to talk about.

June 18, 2010

Kahn Academy

Youtube based, deinstitutionalized education. Web drawibg app could be useful. Khan Academy website Interesting to analyze this as a disruptive innovation, look at rate of adoption issues.

May 11, 2010

passionate creatives

April 30, 2010

Relay Rides

Nice business model for car sharing., featured on's Juice Pitcher

March 31, 2010

Why CEOs Don't Get Innovation

A good article on the culture wars within organizations around innovation. Good empahisis on open innovation and necessary infrastructure.

March 10, 2010

springwise website

full of new business ideas

March 1, 2010

Mr Clean Car Washes

February 15, 2010

four levels of uncertainty

Hugh Courtney's book, 20/20 Foresight: Crafting Strategy in an Uncertain World talks about four levels of uncertainty. This works nicely with Kanter's innovation pyramid. Summary and graphic McKinsey Quarterly article

Here is a public domain article with examples of each level ( no formatting in article).

February 4, 2010

Concierge Health Care and P&G?

An interesting acquisition for P&G. Probably something UHG should be doing. I like it as part of P&G's innovation pyramid. Also a wise way to learn and deal with external partners. I am curious why they sold their pharma biz.

January 26, 2010

Dow and sustainable design

Dow creates plastic with soy bean waste, then partners with designers to create products

January 20, 2010

Reverse innovation

Good HBR article 12/09? re: GE global innovations that end up expanding US market. Ex- low cost diagnostic equipment for China, 85% price reduction. Aneesh Chopra, US gov. Chief technology officer

January 11, 2010

Strategic inflection points, Andy Grove and AOL/Time Warner

A quote from Tom Friedman NYT column 1 11 10:

"Andy Grove, co-founder of Intel, liked to say that companies come to "strategic inflection points," where the fundamentals of a business change and they either make the hard decision to invest in a down cycle and take a more promising trajectory or do nothing and wither."

An example of cycling. The AOL/Time Warner merger was a big bet around the internet. Right idea, bad execution. Not much hedging.

December 23, 2009

Need finding tools

Google and innovation

This could be a good innovation and culture article, from HBR.

December 2, 2009

Mini E problems

A great 'mini case'. from 12/2/09 Bloomberg

November 17, 2009

Bloomberg Innovators show

Good web content for class.

October 30, 2009

Netflix and coopetition

Coopetition make make web of relationship (external relationship) strategies much clearer for students. Netflix is a good example in this 11/09 K@W article

October 29, 2009

Morola Droid

Wonderful innovation journey story from 10.29.09 NYT. Shock, cycling, external relationships- its all there.

October 27, 2009

Energy for the base of the pyramid

Ashoka study with relevance to Brazil

October 26, 2009

Wal-Mart green labelling running in packs example

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

October 21, 2009

Blue Ocean Strategy WSJ article

The blue ocean strategy is interestingly echoed in the following article from the Wall Street Journal -

"Value Monopolies"

"Value Monopolies", another sticky idea coined by Edward De Bono in his best-seller "Sur/petition", a fabulous read for marketers. -recommendation from Tahsan Khan in MGMT 6050

Daniel Pink, Tom Friedman and education

Daniel Pink as quoted today in Tom Friedman's great 10/21/09 NYT column today on education. And DP's new talk on motivation and ROWE. How do we create ROWE into the classroom?

the fun theory

Great video and a website to check out. Why Volkswagen sponsorship? Good lesson for innovating and viral marketing.

October 9, 2009

Innovation wiki

Inovo Innovation Wiki is a MI consulting firm site.

October 5, 2009

sketching in hardware

Amazing tools for electronic prototyping:

September 25, 2009

innovative presentation tool

One of my MGMT 6050 groups used prezi for their presentation. An interesting alternative to boring power points. Good examples on their website.

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.

September 10, 2009

Hara Hachi Bu

Why are 5,000 people in Albert Lea, MN wearing bracelets that say "Hara Hachi Bu"? It is part of the AARP/Blue Zones Vitality Project. Also tied into Richard Leider, a"purpose coach".

Green Palm oil

Good case on how certification can sustain rain forests. NYT article Indonesia and SE Asia focused, but refernce made to soybeans and the Amazon. Interesting role of NGOs, GreenPeace in particular.

September 1, 2009

How Disney choses to innovate

Through acquisition of Marvel and Pixar. Similar to Medtronic and UHG. This creates interesting challenges and opportunities for corporate employees.,0,2258308.story

August 26, 2009

Better Place launch strategy

A good launch strategy in Tokyo?

August 25, 2009

Design Driven Innovation book

Design Driven Innovation: Changing the Rules of Competition by Radically Innovating What Things Mean (Hardcover)
by Roberto Verganti (Author)

August 21, 2009

Brazil forest incentives

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

July 8, 2009

Tom's Shoes

Wonderful socially responsible business model. How do you sell shoes online?

May 12, 2009

ideas project

A website with lots of social networking trends.

May 1, 2009

A new VC funded iPhone social app from some ex Blizzard guys. Stay tuned.

April 1, 2009

Karl Ulrich- Product Design

Lots of good ideas about innovation processes and idea screening for this Wharton Prof.

March 30, 2009


Professor Gao Jian from Tsinghua was part of this conference on innovation and BRIC nations. There are slides accessible through registration. Could be interesting to explore this summer's conference. Much of the research is based on globelics. Many good concepts for MGMT 4050 Brazil

March 23, 2009

the future of news

It is rare to get to see an industry self destruct. Here is one blogger's take on What's next for news.

March 19, 2009

Flip Video story

Flip is a great story and a great case. I love the lessons learned from the first products. Nice returns on Cisco sale for founder(80M) and VCs on sale. Timing considerations? Why Cisco?

February 11, 2009

Google PowerMeter project

This is a great smart meter innovation by Google. It will be fun to watch it roll out.

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.

January 26, 2009

Free Global University That Will Be Online Only

NYT article on web 2.0 attempt at online education. What are the best best practices on educational social networking?

November 18, 2008

Patagonia clothes recycling

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

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.

October 6, 2008

Best Buy innovation tools

You Tube video summarizing Best Buy's innovation tools, including prediction markets.

Clay Shirky on collaboration

Interesting perspective on the web. interview and at TED

Here is a more recent youtube video, author of Here Comes Everybody.

His speaking style is particularly effective- posing questions, thought experiments, limited but clear AVs, lots of big ideas and very specific support for each point. He also seems genuinely curious about every question he asks.

September 29, 2008

Clearwire and WiMax

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

WSJ 2008 innovation awards

Sept 29, 2008

Good interview "with Judy Estrin, a former Cisco executive, Disney board member, and author of "Closing the Innovation Gap," thinks the U.S. is falling behind innovatively but offers five core values that can help companies innovate. Stacey Delo reports." She likes Pixar as an example of great innovative culture.

Also podcast with Joachim Ebert, a vice president at management consultancy A.T. Kearney, tells the Journal's John Leger about successful strategies. Plenty of companies have innovation strategies, but what's the best way of ensuring success? He likes the Tata Nano car as a great example.

September 26, 2008

Pumping hydrogen

From NYT 9 23 08 Good case on infrastructure

prediction markets

Best Buy, among others, uses prediction markets to evaluate innovations. Could this be used in 3010 and 4050? has a free pilot

reverse mentoring

Disney's take on innovation

September 24, 2008

most innovative hotel in Shanghai?

from NYT:
"URBN Hotels Shanghai (86-21-5153-4600; is a super eco-chic boutique hotel. It is the first carbon-neutral hotel in China and has one of the most unique designs I have ever seen."

September 10, 2008

Microsoft Photosynth

There is something of value here, but it is not clear what yet. Maybe their use of community posting.

Blaise Aguera y Arcas: Jaw-dropping Photosynth demo

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.

July 10, 2008

Difficulty of change

Good NYT article about why some employees embrace change and others don't.

Unboxed- If You’re Open to Growth, You Tend to Grow By JANET RAE-DUPREE
Published: July 6, 2008

"Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck believes that the answer to the puzzle lies in how people think about intelligence and talent. Those who believe they were born with all the smarts and gifts they’re ever going to have approach life with what she calls a “fixed mind-set.? Those who believe that their own abilities can expand over time, however, live with a “growth mind-set.?

June 18, 2008

LinkedIn innovation case

Interesting example of divergence post VC capital round. Will they be successful? NYT 6 18 08

June 17, 2008

Tesco Fresh and Easy case

More tweaks to the Tesco Fresh and Easy US entry:

from 6 15 08 Financial Times

April 30, 2008

utilium online textbook substitute

This could be an interesting case or semester long project for 4050. Is it a better alternative to a textbook?

April 25, 2008

measuring innovation

Here is the Freakonomics blog entry with good secondary sources

April 1, 2008

Tesco needs a fresh start in the U.S.

Interesting how Tesco could mess up a major US launch of Fresh and Easy. Might be a good case compare and contrast to Super Target. More Fresh & Easy Buzz

March 31, 2008

cognitive jolt

According to a NYT article, biometric studies of successful TV ads use a cognitive jolt to gain attention:

"Although winners of Lions are replete with emotional appeals meant to engage viewers, they also use what Ms. Moses called a “cognitive jolt,? a twist or surprise, to earn interest."

This comes up in Sticky Ideas, Van de Ven research and 3M coversations about the difficulty of changing behavior. How to teach this? Or better, how to use it to teach more effectively?

March 24, 2008

More on "Made to Stick"

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die (ISBN 978-1-4000-6428-1) is a book by brothers Chip and Dan Heath published by Random House in 2007. The book continues the idea of "stickiness" popularized by Malcolm Gladwell in The Tipping Point, seeking to explain what makes an idea or concept memorable or interesting. A similar style to Gladwell's is used, with a number of stories and case studies followed by principles. The stories range from urban legends, such as the "Kidney Heist" in the introduction; to business stories, as with the story of Southwest Airlines, "the low price airline"; to inspirational, personal stories such as that of Floyd Lee, a passionate mess hall manager. Each chapter includes a section entitled "Clinic", in which the principles of the chapter are applied to a specific case study or idea to demonstrate the principle's application.

The book's outline follows the acronym "SUCCES" (with the last s omitted). Each letter refers to a characteristic that can help make an idea "sticky":

Simple — find the core of any idea
Unexpected — grab people's attention by surprising them
Concrete — make sure an idea can be grasped and remembered later
Credibility — give an idea believability
Emotion — help people see the importance of an idea
Stories — empower people to use an idea through narrative

Here is a web link with a high level overview via a slide show:
Time Magazine web link:,9171,1552029-1,00.html

March 3, 2008

“The All-For-Nots?

Can Michael Eisner succeed at web based video? Some interesting divergence strategies. From NYT 3 3 08

February 28, 2008

Why habits are hard to break

Upstream vs downstream strategies

( Verplanken & Wood, 2006).

February 27, 2008

sony leadership woes

not perfect sources, but some great examples of how not to do leadership

February 26, 2008

Editors Choice of Twine, the semantic Web tool

Web 3.0, what ever that may be. May be an interesting way to hyperlink information. Demo looked fairly user friendly. Twine web page

February 15, 2008

t shirt twist

Just when you though there was nothing new to do with t shirts:

socially responsible t shirt recycling with heavy consumer awareness and website/ social networking play

February 13, 2008

Fahrenheit 212

Interesting innovation consulting firm. It would be interesting to give a class an assignment to review a moribund company/brand and make a recommendation ala F212. Some sort of judging at the end.

February 5, 2008

global innovation insights

Nice Christensen like observation about global strategy. Good emphasis on role of social contributions.

January 29, 2008

Mars Pushes Caffeinated Snickers via College Sampling

Interesting incremental innovation. Likely to be successful?

January 28, 2008

Online Chinese language instruction

The Latest on Technology Deals From Dow Jones VentureWire WSJ
January 28, 2008; Page R4

Breaking the Language Barrier

"Some say the best way to learn a language is to interact with native speakers. LiveMocha Inc. is letting people do just that without having to live in a foreign country.

The company, based in Bellevue, Wash., is building an online social network for people to learn foreign languages with each other. The company's site,, carries about 160 hours of lessons that people can use to learn one of six languages. But the focus is allowing people to teach each other. Users can write on the site in a foreign language or upload an audio file of a spoken passage and have others who are native speakers assist them in correcting the submission. Users can also chat live via text, audio or video with others who want to give or receive assistance on a language. The site also allows people to create a profile and link to friends on the site.

LiveMocha, which was founded in February and launched its site in September, says it has roughly 130,000 users. It raised $5.3 million this month in Series A funding led by Maveron LLC to further the development of the site, including adding more content and different languages."

January 24, 2008

Facebook and Scrabulous case?

"Most industries do not begin on a single day, but it's easy to see Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's presentation on May 24, 2007, as the starting gun in an entrepreneurial race that some have dubbed "the Facebook Economy." Zuckerberg announced that the social networking site would open to third-party developers, transforming itself into a platform on which other businesses can operate. Eight months later, more than 14,000 applications from third-party developers are live on Facebook, including Scrabulous, an online version of the word game Scrabble. But Scrabulous, one of Facebook's biggest hits, may also become a victim of its own success. "

January 23, 2008

coffee making innovation

NYT article about new $20K and $11K coffee makers. This less expensive one, Clover, is available at Kopplin's coffee. 490 Hamlin (at Randolph) in St Paul.

January 18, 2008

Institutionalizing Innovation

2008 Christensen update

January 16, 2008

The Innovation Killer

Another interesting source:

The Innovation Killer: How What We Know Limits What We Can Imagine... And What Smart Companies Are Doing About It (Hardcover)
by Cynthia Barton Rabe (Author)

Made to Stick

Interesting book on successful ideas. Summary article for class would be good.

The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch

Source of multimedia content and case ideas?

"The Big Idea" is your roadmap to the American Dream. Each weeknight, Donny Deutsch, the maverick CEO who built a multi-billion dollar advertising and media business, introduces you to the men and women who have made BILLIONS with their Big Idea.

Their stories. Your Roadmap to the American Dream. The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, weeknights at 10p/1a on CNBC.

Carlson alum Steve Nielsen, business social networking site.

January 15, 2008


The consumer as the producer: involving the consumer not only makes them do the job, but also create bonds and ensures authenticity.

This will be a cornerstone in 4050.

January 14, 2008

Tesla ousts more key employees

Employee turnover is a classic innovation journey scenario.

December 20, 2007

PIB work in SF

good example of 'running in packs' and how it break down into smaller clusters.

Silicon Valley Shaped by Technology and Traffic

perhaps an exercise where students find the cluster for med tech, auto design, financial services, flat panel tv

December 18, 2007

a video social networking site called Seesmic

This is an interesting new, buzzy business. Might be interesting to look at first week, before we know anything, then revisit at the end.

A French Twist in Silicon Valley
With backing from high-profile investors, Loïc Le Meur is giving new meaning to the idea of "building a company online"

December 13, 2007

Kraft struggles to innovate

A good example of why innovation is hard but necessary for big companies. Might be good to pair with Christenson and another case of an innovative large or small co. P&G? Starbucks? Perhaps a company that truly believes in organic or health food. Bring Oreos and Tassimo(set backs) to class.

Refilling Kraft's Cookie Jar

December 12, 2007

Chinese yumberry Frutzzo

New import from China. Might be interesting to look at Frutzzo in 3010.

From China, Only in a Bottle, a Berry With an Alluring Name

innovative chocolate

Chocolate in Beta Testing, Offered by a Wired Founder

Nice case, trial and error learning, web of relationships

December 10, 2007


Interesting strategy involving external relationships and divergence of offerings.

TiVo Shifts to Help Companies It Once Threatened

December 5, 2007

Facebook Beacon

Lots of controversy with Facebook's Beacon launch. Good documentation of trial and error learning:

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.

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die
by Chip Heath (Author), Dan Heath (Author)
The authors credit six key principles: simplicity, unexpectedness, concreteness, credibility, emotions and stories. (The initial letters spell out "success"—well, almost.)

Look for article to include in mgmt 4050

November 29, 2007

Zune Case

Microsoft Challenges the iPod (Again)

Zune's trial and error learning- is it enough to compete with Ipod? Perhaps divide the classs in have and have them discuss innovation strategies for each competitor.

Tesla setbacks

Tesla names new CEO
By Matt Nauman
Mercury News
Article Launched: 11/28/2007 03:57:19 PM PST

Maybe they will make it, maybe they won't.

November 28, 2007

Seth Godin marketing guru solving problems

This may be a good starting point for innovation course. 8 minute video about sliced bread and the importance of solving legitimate problems.

November 16, 2007

Google convergence and divergence

This could be the best example of the concept

innovation networks

Good info from Larry Huston, managing partner of consulting firm 4INNO, future competitive advantage will depend on "innovation networks" -- individuals and organizations outside a company that can help it solve problems and find new ideas for creating growth.

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 14, 2007

Lulumon Clothing setbacks

Possible case about an innovative clothing line, supposedly with seaweed. Good way to discuss setbacks, perhaps the web of relationships.

November 8, 2007

Amory Lovins hypercar

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

November 5, 2007

40 Bond street

New development in NYC. Hybrid apartment, town home w/ services like a hotel. Designed to the max and expensive. New and retro at the same time. An example of how the premium price. Catching a lot of trends.


NYT article:

October 31, 2007

Cisco CSR award

Nice explanation on what to do and why to do it. Credible independent verification of CSR efforts by Clinton Foundation,-good-for-society/2008-1036_3-6212067.html

I like this innovation quote:

"Jobs will go where there is the best-educated work force, the right infrastructure, and a focus on innovation and supportive governments."

October 29, 2007

Chevy Volt case

from NYT:

Good innovation case on competitive threats, supplier risks.

October 22, 2007

Radiohead case

Great case on innovation and pricing models

Radiohead Said to Shun Major Labels in Next Deal

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

October 17, 2007


Nice gadget, facebook linkage, vc funded, interesting advisory board.

October 8, 2007

customer collaboration and innovation

from knowlegde @wharton

Ikea, wikipedia, YouTube examples, service vs product innovation

good reading early, with market research

Why Your Start-up Will Fail

Interesting Forbes article on loss of focus. Possible cases include TiVo, Flickr. Could be way of reinforcing convergence idea in 4050. Or business plan section of 3010?

October 1, 2007

disruptive international cell phone

A new approach to cell phones

dirt flavored soda

Jones soda breaking new ground. Good distribution case

September 27, 2007

Tesla electric car

Good interview with Pogue, NYT. Nice case on innovation, life cycle, target market selection, rollout strategies.

September 26, 2007

Amazon takes on itunes

A good innovation case, particularly as it relates to strategic alliances.

September 25, 2007

Grockit MMOL

A very disruptive approach to learning, initially training students to prepare for GMATs. Is this for real?

EchoStar to Acquire Sling Media

Perhaps a case on harvest strategy, strategic alliances?

September 12, 2007

disruptive data storage technology

Out of the labs comes 'racetrack memory" Could be a nice case or exercise with Christianson to talk about disruptive trends.

September 6, 2007

Mash ups

Innovation project for 4050?

Unstoppable book by Chris Zook

Nice interview with BCG consultant/ author. This could be good reading for 4050. Mining customers for innovation ideas.

Amazon ebook- Kindle

This could be an interesting innovation case- compare and contrast with Rocket book failure. Also look at Google's strategy (Sony as competitor.)

August 22, 2007

Harry Potter theme park

email from Marketing Daily:

Bloggers Key Marketing Aid For Wizarding World Theme Park
by Laurie Sullivan, Wednesday, Aug 22, 2007 5:00 AM ET
UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT IS INVITING opinions from fans and bloggers when deciding the taste of butterbeer sold at Hog's Head tavern and chocolate frogs from Honeydukes--delicacies whisked from the pages of J.K. Rowling's best-selling Harry Potter novels and into a high-tech theme park scheduled to open in Florida by 2010.

Warner Bros. Entertainment and Universal Orlando Resort announced in May the construction of a 20-acre Harry Potter theme park at the Universal Orlando Resort. Both companies have based the park--The Wizarding World of Harry Potter--on the famed seven-book series. Now organizers are looking for ways to connect and interact with fans through online polls, blogs and Web sites that give them a voice in shaping the experience at the park.

"The key influencers of the Harry Potter brand are living and breathing 24 hours a day on the Internet," Cynthia Gordon, vice president/new media partnerships at Universal Orlando Resort, tells Marketing Daily. Park executives affectionately call bloggers on some of the most influential fan sites "the AP of the HP world."

Sites like and provide a strong marketing connection between the Harry Potter brand and the zillions of fans worldwide. Bloggers follow news in real time to get a clear idea of where the company is heading, or how top brass feel about certain market forces affecting the industry. Almost instantaneously, the thoughts of company executives are revealed as they occur.

The insight into the power of bloggers came shortly after sending a viral marketing e-mail and sharing information on the Harry Potter theme park with seven Web masters. Following the web cast that detailed the agreement with Warner Bros., Universal Orlando's Web site experienced a 400% spike in traffic, the majority of visitors coming from links posted on

The number of interested fans flocking to the press room on the day of the announcement spiked, too--from 30,000 to 1.5 million. The news became No. 13 for the most-searched topic on Google. Now, about 60,000 fans are registered on the Universal Orlando Resort's site to get updates on park happenings. "You don't control it," Gordon says. Just let it happen, and "don't stand in its way."

The park plans to leak information slowly. There are no plans for mass mailings or press releases to general consumers, the travel industry or media. When ready, park organizers will direct fans to the news "with a wink and a nod" through sites and blogs.

The idea isn't a random experimental marketing stunt. Analysts say more U.S. consumers are visiting blogs. Peter Kim, Forrester Research senior analyst, believes the strategy makes sense, but because traveling to the park for some could become a high-ticket item, Universal Orlando Resort may want to invest financially in generating buzz.

"They could hold a contest to find out what butterbeer tastes like, fly the [winner] to the park to taste it, film the event and then upload the video to YouTube," he said. "Integrating offline with online would give the campaign more legs."

With one eye on overseeing the theme park, Rowling--who began her career as a novelist writing in Edinburgh cafes--has the other on a detective novel. The author has been spotted with a notebook in hand at coffee shops in Scotland, a British newspaper reported Saturday. Rowling--now Britain's richest woman worth $1 billion--according to Forbes magazine, wrote initial drafts of the Potter series in city cafes.
Laurie Sullivan can be reached at

recording everything

Here is a New Yorker Article about Gordon Bells project to record everything in his life. Is there a business in this? Maybe. It certainly is a technological trend/possibility. Microsoft is funding a research project on it called MyLifeBits .

August 14, 2007

Google Health

Lots of trends and no conclusions in this article about new Google and Microsoft initiatives. Could be a good case about trends, social repsonibility and innovation.