May 12, 2014

Adam Minter interview on Fresh Air

The author of my current favorite book Junkyard Planet interviewed by my favorite interviewer.

March 25, 2014

the resource revolution

Nice sustainability trend summary by McKinsey

February 26, 2014

Ecosystem marketing

ala Chipotle.

December 11, 2013

A single family plan to address poverty in Brazil

Associação Saúde Criança has an innovative approach in this NYT article.

December 9, 2013

Favela tourism in Rio

A Forbes article and a crowdfunding campaign.

November 12, 2013

The future of grocery stores?

from Wired

Bill Gates, fertilizer and innovation

from Wired

October 17, 2013

sitawi, the first social enterprise fund in Brazil

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

August 8, 2013

More on Solazyme's innovation


January 22, 2013

Boeing woes

Interesting comments on 787 problems

November 20, 2012

Brazil- US agriculture relations

Why we pay $17M/month to help Brazilian farmers.

October 19, 2012

Monkeys, the Olympics and SOS Mata Atlantica

How the Olympics are saving an endangered species.

June 3, 2012

International factoring

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

April 24, 2012

Guillermo Cuellar, pottery rock star

I love what Guillermo does making pots. Great video on TPT showing his entrepreneurial journey.

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 5, 2011

Chipotle award winning ad and Stratasys

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

December 4, 2011

Natura one step closer to the US

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.

October 17, 2011

Tangled web

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

September 21, 2011

Brazilian green polypropylene

Braskem announces green polypropylene unit to be operational 2nd half 2013. Working with Fundação Espaço Eco, consulting from DOM Strategy Partners. Also the Akatu Institute. Currently making sugarcane plastic bottles for Natura, Odwala, P&G among others.

August 10, 2011

Natural Capital Project

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

November 16, 2010

Walmart Brazil and CEO Hector Nunez wins C.K. Prahalad Award

From 6/8/10, good video, including a complement from Greenpeace! An example of 'running in packs'.

November 10, 2010

Cargill chocolate innovation

new sweetener only one to meet Euro labeling standards.

November 8, 2010

Rise of the 'citizen consumer'

How can organizations authentically support causes?

Oakley and 3D glasses

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

October 29, 2010

Grupo Pão de Açúcar

Brazilian supermarket chain uses a tracking system to make sure beef doesn't come from rain forest cleared land. Greenpeace role as well.

Biofuels webs of relationships

Many shared bets on advanced bioenergy, with Cargill in the mix.

October 12, 2010

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.

September 21, 2010

Brazilian and Chinese design firms

Interesting global networking model for design

August 24, 2010

Arcimoto and Clean Tech Open

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

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.

Toyota mess and web of relationships

Toyota - NHTSA relationship could also ensnare big three automakers. Detroit Free Press article

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.

September 25, 2009

Cargill running in packs strategy

Industry wide response based on GreenPeace report and McDonalds decision. 7/25/09

Cargil, Amazon, Geenpeace Nature Conservancy

Great examples of web of relations between Cargill and NGOs over soybean and related infrastructure, businesses

Brazil ethanol industry

Good list of infrastructure and external partners

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 31, 2009

Ranching, the Amazon, Greenpeace, Amazon Herb Co.

Interesting example of external relationship impact. Zamu drink.

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?

October 6, 2008

Best Buy innovation tools

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

September 29, 2008

Clearwire and WiMax

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

September 10, 2008

Entourage and Virgin America

Nice cross promotion by Virgin America as away to promote its new route in a difficult economic climate. Nice brand polishing. Is the value proposition compelling enough? 'Entourage' in the Sky

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.

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 16, 2008

Carlson alum Steve Nielsen, business social networking site.

December 12, 2007

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 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

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.