Facebook’s Latest Move Should Terrify You

By Tom Koulopoulos / October 6, 2019 /

The biggest risk facing the rise of tech giants such as Facebook, Google, and Amazon isn’t privacy, it’s this. If you fear the conversation about the loss of privacy, which has brought companies such as Facebook to the forefront of our collective psyche, then this should terrify you. You’ve likely seen news coverage about the…

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The One Genius Google Innovation Strategy That You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

By Greg Satell / June 24, 2019 /

It’s no secret that Google is one of the most innovative companies on the planet. Besides pioneering and then dominating the search industry, it has also become a leader in developing futuristic technologies such as artificial intelligence, driverless cars and quantum computing. It has even launched a life science company. What makes Google so successful is not one particular…

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Alphabet, Apple, Microsoft, and Facebook are Monopolies: So What?

By Tom Koulopoulos / June 23, 2019 /

The need to support a free market by breaking up large companies that stifle innovation and competition is well established, but is it still valid? We’ve reached an economic precipice in building the future of technology; one that is striking chords of terror in many. Namely, that so much of our overall economic health is…

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If Hacking DNA Frightens You, This Will Terrify You

By Tom Koulopoulos / May 19, 2019 /

In a 9-minute internal video, Google explores the future of hacking DNA We’re all familiar with the double helix that constitutes our genetic makeup, the incredible progress in decoding it, and the potential for hacking it to eradicate disease or even create bespoke organisms. But what most of us don’t know is that there may…

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How IBM, Google and Amazon Innovate Differently

By Greg Satell / April 25, 2019 /

Every organization strives to innovate, but few succeed consistently over time. That’s why so many once dominant companies hit a peak and then decline. A recent study estimates that 50% of the current S&P 500 will be replaced over the next ten years. Success is supposed to breed success, but it often breeds failure. Yet…

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Why Early Google and Facebook Employees Are Rallying to Protect Kids from Social Media

By Tom Koulopoulos / March 24, 2019 /

Algorithms are driving behaviors that may very well be inadvertently targeting society’s most vulnerable, and the Social Media obsession may be harming children in ways that we are just beginning to understand. Social media is one of those topics that divides people. Some see it as oxygen–they can’t live without it–and others see it as…

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Why Google Can No Longer Innovate – According to a 13-Year Veteran

By Tom Koulopoulos / March 10, 2019 /

Four lessons that are at the core of why so many successful businesses eventually fail. Steve Yegge strapped on his parachute and jumped out of a perfectly good airplane, in fact, by any measure, it was not only safe but one of the world’s most successful and invincible planes. OK, he didn’t really go skydiving.…

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Which Rock Band is the Model for your Innovative Startup?

By Paul Sloane / February 13, 2019 /

It has been said many times that founding a startup is similar to launching a rock band.  For example: You gather a small, talented team with different skills but a common passion. You practise for long hours to improve your product. You create a demo tape or prototype product to show people. You network like…

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Cultivating A Culture of Curiosity to Drive More Innovation

By Jesse Nieminen / February 6, 2019 /

I recently read a great article on how disasters can lead to innovation by Paul Sloane here on Innovation Excellence. It’s a great reminder for all of us on how simple curiosity is the driving force behind many of the greatest innovations we come up with. The article inspired me to write a follow-up sharing…

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If You’re Looking To Make A True Breakthrough, Start With The Monkey First

By Greg Satell / November 5, 2018 /

At Google’s X division, the company’s “moonshot factory,” the mantra is “#MonkeyFirst.” The idea is that if you want to get a monkey to recite Shakespeare on a pedestal, you’d better start by training the monkey, not building the pedestal, because training the monkey is the hard part. Anyone can build a pedestal. The problem…

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