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New Telecommunications and Gaming Developments

By Braden Kelley | August 24, 2007 |

I came across the following articles on Engadget and thought they serve as a foil to the recent Unnovation Award winner: Telecommunications – Plantronics’ Calisto Pro makes telecommuting fun Gaming – Sony’s PlayTV turns your PS3 into a TV tuner / DVR, plus VoIP on PSP And finally, another article on Engadget hypothesizes that worldwide…

Unnovation Award (Inaugural)

By Braden Kelley | August 24, 2007 |

Usually I like to talk about great things that I’ve seen different places, but occasionally a company does something so nonsensical that it deserves special mention. For this purpose I’ve decided to create my own word in the English language. Here is the word and the definition: Unnovation (n)- The opposite of innovation. To go…

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.

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