The Incredible Shrinking Laptop

By Braden Kelley | August 20, 2007 |

As technology advances and people’s demands for ever-thinner, ever-lighter laptops increase, more and more the thickness of a laptop is beginning to be determined by what ports it has. What are manufacturer’s to do? Well, the first thing they did was to introduce docking stations and mini-docking stations. Not a very elegant solution for mobile…

A Revolution in Management Consulting?

By Braden Kelley | August 10, 2007 |

Management consulting firms are built on a model that requires the maintenance of a bench of their people to staff on their projects. People sitting on their bench cost them money, so any management consulting firm with a bench is naturally going to staff whatever people they have on their bench to whatever projects they…

Live to Innovate

By Braden Kelley | July 31, 2007 |

If you really want to innovate, then endeavor to make a life, not a living. We achieve greatness when we pursue our passions, and that which will make an impact. Just remember:

Long Live the Mobile Operators (update)

By Braden Kelley | July 20, 2007 |

Yesterday Clearwire and Sprint agreed to partner together to build out a nationwide WiMax network instead of competing. As a consumer this feels very anti-competitive, but hey, call something a partnership and you can get away with anything.

What happened to smart advertising?

By Braden Kelley | July 18, 2007 |

For a television advertisement to be effective, do you need to lay out everything for the viewer and make it obvious? Or, is an advertisement more memorable if you let the viewer connect the dots themselves? Here are two examples of television advertisements that promote the product in a slightly more intellectual/emotional way that promotes engagement and curiousity:

Invention versus Innovation

By Braden Kelley | July 17, 2007 |

Continuous innovation requires that innovation is placed at the center of the organization and that all parts of the organization are changed to support it. To effectively place innovation at the center of the organization, people must know what innovation is, what it looks like in their organization, and how they can contribute. Most people easily confuse invention with innovation, and wrongly chase invention in the name of innovation.

The Network Operators are Dead – Long Live the Mobile Operators

By Braden Kelley | July 15, 2007 |

There is little doubt now that the telecommunications industry is a tumultous and precarious place to be. On the wireline side, baby bells and cable companies are engaged in a necessary but costly arms race. Both are forced to invest in increasing broadband capacity and coverage while simultaneously facing increasing competition from wireless service providers.

Invention versus Innovation – Auto Industry Example

By Braden Kelley | July 11, 2007 |

Here is an invention that never became an innovation (for sale on eBay): Want to buy a car with disappearing doors? (check out the video) Up next week – “Invention versus Innovation” How do you think invention and innovation are different? I’ll give you my point of view next week.

iPhone Followup – Innovation in a Box

By Braden Kelley | June 28, 2007 |

My initial iPhone article highlighted why the iPhone will not be a success in its first incarnation. Make no mistake though, the introduction of the iPhone will revolutionize the mobile telephony market. Let’s answer some of the criticisms of the most innovative mobile handset in the history of mobile telephony:

The Growing Housing Divide

By Braden Kelley | June 21, 2007 |

I was speaking with a friend of mine recently and he brought up an interesting point. He asserted that there was a widening gap in home prices between where people want to live and where people have to live. How else can you explain the housing price fall in most of the country while places like Seattle continue to have rising prices?