David vs. Goliath Innovation Smackdown

“Small businesses are nimble and bold and can often teach much larger companies a thing or two about innovations that can change entire industries.” - Richard Branson

In an article for Entrepreneur magazine entitled “5 Ways Small Companies Can Out-Innovate Big Corporations,” Steve Sponseller demonstrates how innovation isn’t just for the big guys. In fact, smaller businesses may have the advantage when it comes to innovation.

According to Sponseller, the innovative advantages of small businesses include agility, responsiveness to opportunity, collaboration, alignment, and measurement.

Where Ideas Come From at IBM

"Who has a good idea?" That question is often heard in times of great desperation. However, in that environment, good ideas are usually nowhere to be found.

In a recent New York Times article entitled “How IBM Brings Ideas Forward From Its Teams,” Phil Guebert, General Manager of Design at IBM, describes how elements of design thinking help shape the ideation process at IBM.

Guebert compares traditional brainstorming to the Breakfast Club.

Is Work Chat Legit?

Back in the day of the AOL-Time Warner merger, a friend in one of the affected companies later recounted the painful experience attempting to use AOL chat for online business meetings. It wasn’t pretty, and the experiment left such a bad taste that any future mention of chat for business was met with resistance, or laughter. Not legit.

Then came Enterprise 2.0, with companies like IBM and Yammer providing secure collaboration solutions to the enterprise, including microblogging and chat.

Fast forward to now. Github, one of Fast Company’s most innovative companies, uses chat for everything.

Why You Need to Innovate Your Business Model

Ask anyone to name the most valuable innovation that comes to mind, and the answer will likely be a product. However, the best answer could be a business model.

Innovation is the practice of exploiting change in order to create a new business, a new service, or a new market. Although innovation is often described in terms of new products, one of the most fruitful sources of innovation is business model innovation.

Wharton professor Raffia Amit describes the many benefits of business model innovation in an interview entitled, “The Latest Innovation: Redesigning the Business Model.” He

Can Computers Innovate?

In a recent Wall Street Journal article, Walter Isaacson, biographer of Steve Jobs, insightfully compares artificial and human intelligence.
The life of famed mathematician Alan Turing is featured in the upcoming movie, “The Imitation Game,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Turing was instrumental in cracking the German military codes during World War II.
The movie explores the “humanity" of artificial intelligence, as described by the Turing Test. The Turing Test involved asking the same question of a human and a computer.