Tag Archive | Innovation

The Great Tech War Of 2012 | Fast Company

By Farhad Manjoo, Fast Company, October 19, 2011

Apple, Facebook, Google, and Amazon battle for the future of the innovation economy.

Gilbert Wong, the mayor of Cupertino, California, calls his city council to order. “As you know, Cupertino is very famous for Apple Computer, and we’re very honored to have Mr. Steve Jobs come here tonight to give a special presentation,” the mayor says. “Mr. Jobs?” And there he is, in his black turtleneck and jeans, shuffling to the podium to the kind of uproarious applause absent from most city council meetings. It is a shock to see him here on ground level, a thin man amid other citizens, rather than on stage at San Francisco’s Moscone Center with a larger-than-life projection screen behind him. He seems out of place, like a lion ambling through the mall. …

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The Innovator’s DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovation

Innovative capabilities are not innate, argues Harvard Business School Professor Clay Christensen and INSEAD Professor Hal Gregersen and their co-author in The Innovator’s DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators. Anyone can master disruptive innovation by developing five skills:
  1.  Associating: Drawing connections among questions, problems, or ideas from unrelated fields.
  2.  Questioning: Posing queries that challenge common wisdom.
  3.  Observing: Scrutinizing the behavior of customers, suppliers, and competitors to identify new ways of doing things.
  4.  Experimenting: Constructing interactive experiences and provoking unorthodox responses to see what insights emerge.
  5.  Networking: Mixing with people who have different ideas and perspectives.

E-Gov: Performance Measures for Projects Aimed at Promoting Innovation and Transparency Can Be Improved

GAO-11-775 September 23, 2011

Summary: Congress enacted the Electronic Government (E-Gov) Act in 2002 to promote better use of the Internet and other information technologies (IT), thereby improving government services for citizens, internal government operations, and opportunities for citizen participation in government. Among other things, the act established the E-Gov Fund to support projects that expand the government’s ability to carry out its activities electronically. The act also created the Office of Electronic Government within the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The Administrator of this office is to assist the OMB Director in approving projects to be supported by the E-Gov Fund. The General Services Administration (GSA) is responsible for administering the fund and notifying Congress of how the funds are to be allocated to projects approved by OMB. GAO was asked to (1) identify and describe the projects supported by the E-Gov Fund, including the distribution of fiscal year 2010 funds among the projects and their expected benefits; and (2) for selected projects, identify their progress against goals. To do this, GAO reviewed project and funding documentation, analyzed project goals, and interviewed agency officials. Read More…

Computer Hackers’ Hackathons Go Mainstream – WSJ.com

By Emily Glazer, Wall Street Journal, September 13, 2011

During a “hackathon” last year, GroupMe co-founders Steve Martocci and Jared Hecht built a group text-messaging service in one 24-hour stretch. In August, the co-founders sold GroupMe to Skype for around $80 million. Hackathons, once an obscure corner of the computer-programming world, are becoming more mainstream. The contests, which bring together computer programmers for a few days to cook up applications on the fly, are being used by entrepreneurs as a launchpad for their start-ups. …

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Facebook Investor Roger McNamee Explains Why Social Is Over

by Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, Business Insider SAI,July 22, 2011

Elevation Partners and Facebook investor Roger McNamee, who is also a rock musician, gave an amazing talk recently where he goes over some of the biggest trends affecting the technology industry. … More specifically, a few big themes:

  • Microsoft is toast because we’re moving to a post-PC era;
  • HTML5, the new web standard that allows to make interactive web pages, is going to revolutionize the media and advertising industries;
  • Social is “done”, it’s now a feature, don’t go do a social startup. …

For full text of the article, visit Facebook Investor Roger McNamee Explains Why Social Is Over.

Creating a Culture of Innovation at the World Bank

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Rahim Kanani – The Common Good – Forbes, June 22, 2011

Social critic and technologist Steven Johnson believes that if we surround ourselves with different people who hold different views, we will have more original thoughts and because of this we will become innovative. Johnson, author of Where Good Ideas Come From, gave the keynote speech at Innovation Days, an internal World Bank event held last week at Washington, D.C. headquarters and in World Bank offices around the world. The yearly event is aimed at accelerating knowledge-sharing and learning by showcasing innovative initiatives and approaches across the institution. Johnson told staff that just a few core characteristics, at the individual and institutional level, cause innovative ideas and creative collaboration to thrive. To start, …

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Creating a Culture of Innovation at the World Bank – Rahim Kanani – The Common Good – Forbes.

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