THE DISRUPTORS' BLOG

Planning for the Most Important Customer of a Corporate Innovation Program

By Michael Himmelfarb | October 4, 2019 |

Top corporations spend almost $825Bn on innovation, yet 19 out of 20 innovation efforts fail. Given its (often existential) importance and focus, why is innovation success so scarce? (Source: 2018 BCG Global Innovation Survey, 2019 PitchBook study) One reason is that innovation teams, even those using the most customer-centric development approach, often fail to adequately…

5 Psychological Traits of Highly Innovative Organizations

By Pete Foley | October 3, 2019 |

When creating an innovation team, we often put a lot of thought and effort into bringing the right functional expertise together. Making sure we have diverse marketing, design, engineering, product supply, finance, research and innovation working together early in the process is certainly smart. But for a team to deliver big, disruptive ideas that will have…

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The Age of Innovation is Here to Stay, Are You Prepared for It?

By Jesse Nieminen | October 2, 2019 |

The Personal Computer and the Internet have, without a doubt, revolutionized business in the last 25 years. For most of us, it’s now impossible to think of the business world without all of the technology and the services built on top of these two innovations. Yet, what if these innovations are just teaser of what…

Biomedical AIntrepreneurship update and challenges

By Arlen Meyers | October 1, 2019 |

Biomedical AIntrepreneurship describes the practice of creating AI products and services to solve bioscience (drugs and devices) and clinical problems. As such, it is the pursuit of opportunity under conditions of uncertainty with the goal of creating user defined value through the design, development and deployment of biomedical innovations that use a predominantly AI backbone,…

How A Networked Culture Drives Innovation

By Greg Satell | September 30, 2019 |

In Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance, the bestselling memoir of the his historic turnaround at IBM, Lou Gerstner wrote, “I came to see, in my time at IBM, culture isn’t just one aspect of the game—It is the game. In the end, an organization is nothing more than the collective capacity of its people to…

Entrepreneurial Efforts for Innovation Must Fit Your Brand

By Mike Shipulski | September 30, 2019 |

To meet ever-increasing growth objectives, established companies want to be more entrepreneurial. And the thinking goes like this – launch new products and services to create new markets, do it quickly and do it on a shoestring. Do that Lean Startup thing. Build minimum viable prototypes (MVPs), show them to customers, incorporate their feedback, make…

Silicon Valley’s Next Target: Disrupt the Construction and Real Estate Industries

By Soren Kaplan | September 29, 2019 |

‘Construction Tech’ and ‘Real Estate Tech’ are the next greenfield market spaces. Every industry, every company, and every leader must recognize one simple fact: every product, service, process, and business model will be disrupted–it’s just a matter of time. Companies that think they’re immune to the trends and technologies upending every industry on the planet risk…

Get Ready for the Largest Divide Man Has Ever Faced

By Tom Koulopoulos | September 29, 2019 |

According to one of the most detailed studies of A.I.’s adoption, the benefits and the risks are much greater than anything we’ve ever imagined. Are you prepared? The din of AI seems to be everywhere. From boardroom to bedroom, AI is promising to alter every aspect of how we work, live, play. But we’ve heard…

How Education Can Win the 4th Industrial Revolution

By Arlen Meyers | September 27, 2019 |

If you agree, then thriving in the 4th industrial revolution will require nothing short of restructuring public education at all levels, not just k-12. Even doctors will need to change how they educate their young. How many things can you do with a paperclip? Many not for profits are directing their efforts to provide equitable access to…

When Should You Collaborate and When Should You Compete?

By Greg Satell | September 26, 2019 |

Boeing and Airbus are arch-rivals, competing vigorously over decades for supremacy in the global aviation market, much like DowDupont and BASF do in chemicals. Yet all of these companies, along with many others, collaborate at places like the Composites Institute (IACMI). They do this not out of any altruism, of course, but self-interest. It is…

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