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Nokia acquires Navteq – Foolish or Strategic?

By Braden Kelley | October 2, 2007 |

Nokia announced a $12 Billion acquisition of map provider Navteq yesterday. Only time will tell if this acquisition will prove to be the next Skype (where eBay overpaid and had to write down the value of Skype) or the next MySpace (which looks to be a bargain at $580 million). My question is this: Does…

Innovation in Pet Ownership?

By Braden Kelley | October 1, 2007 |

Recently I heard a guy telling a story about how he goes out a few times a year on a buddy’s boat and that one day his buddy let it slip that he spends $30,000 a year mooring and maintaining his boat. My reaction? Wow! $30,000? In fact his buddy’s wife joke’s that the only…

Are $300 Jeans an Innovation?

By Braden Kelley | September 30, 2007 |

I came across an interesting article by Chip Heath and Dan Heath in Fast Company. The article hypothesizes that people’s enjoyment of luxury goods has moved beyond the feeling of status to personal enjoyment. Think about the concept of wine connoisseurs moving beyond wines to jeans, watches, mens dress shirts, and even coffee. Traditional luxury…

The Second Coming of the Retail Health Clinic

By Braden Kelley | September 28, 2007 |

There used to be a day when you could go to your local barber and get all sorts of wonderful health treatments. That fortunately or unfortunately faded with the old west. That day is returning however, or at least in a slightly different fashion. All across the nation companies like MinuteClinic are opening locations in…

Can Microsoft out-innovate Google?

By Braden Kelley | September 27, 2007 |

Microsoft announced today a round of updates to its Live Search offering. Searchengineland had a good story on the developments. Microsoft, a late comer to the search engine game, has stepped up their pursuit of the number two spot, putting Google and Yahoo! on notice that they are serious about playing in this market. Microsoft…

People powered search as an innovation?

By Braden Kelley | September 26, 2007 |

An article in Fast Company recently waxed on about mahalo.com and Jason Calacanis as if they were the greatest thing since sliced bread. We live in an amazing world. Where else but on the web could you create a half baked product, launch it, and get someone else to pay you to provide the functionality…

Innovation at the Bottom

By Braden Kelley | September 25, 2007 |

Came across an article on a BusinessWeek blog talking about the One Laptop Per Child project announcing their plan to offer a line of accessories. The article talks about a $10 DVD Player and a $100 Projector, and how they might be a boon to entrepreneurs in developing countries when paired with the low cost…

Devil in the Details – Strategic Innovation

By Braden Kelley | September 24, 2007 |

There is more talk about strategic innovation every day. As more and more industries enter their commodity phase, companies are looking to differentiate themselves and increasingly they are turning to strategic innovation to do so. The art of strategic innovation has been the subject of many books including: Dealing with Darwin, Blue Ocean Strategy, and…

Why Municipal WiFi is a Bad Idea

By Braden Kelley | September 22, 2007 |

I saw a headline today in USA Today about Municipal WiFi and how many cities are pulling the plug on planned Municipal WiFi setups. After thinking about it, I must say that I am glad because Municipal WiFi is not money well spent. Let’s think about this for a moment. What is the goal of…

Time Kills Innovative Magazine

By Braden Kelley | September 12, 2007 |

From an article in the NY Times: “The latest dot-com casualty comes from the newsstand, not the Internet. Ten editorial staff members from Business 2.0 will join Time Inc.’s Fortune magazine. Business 2.0, a monthly magazine about the new economy, will be shut down rather than sold, its owners at Time Inc. have decided. The…

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