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What You Need to Spend on Innovation, Michael Dell!


Pointed observations by Roman Stanek on TechCrunch: I must admit that I nearly spit out my morning coffee when I overheard a rumor that — on the heels of the expectation of going private — that Mr. Dell told his employees: “Welcome to the world’s biggest startup.” After founding three startups, I can tell you […]

Square Leads Fast Company’s List of Top 10 Finance Innovators


Fast Company has published its list of the world’s top 10 most innovative companies in finance , lead by our pioneering fave, Square. The list is fascinating, if only for the decoding of innovation trends as highlighted below: World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies In Finance Rnk Company Description 1. Square simple credit-card transaction system […]


MySpace: New and Improved Brand Showcase


Backed by the promotional push of a new album by investor Justin Timberlake, MySpace officially relaunched its newly redesigned site. The user experience is definitely a cut above the competition. After using the social network for a while, Facebook and Twitter feel positively antiquated compared to the new MySpace. The user interface does take getting […]


Facebook Graph Search


The film The Social Network implies that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was driven by the desire to persuade women to have sex with him. While the movie has been proven to be fairly inaccurate relating to this matter, Zuckerberg yesterday introduced what is perhaps the best dating tool ever: Facebook Graph Search. As Danny Sullivan […]

Why Silicon Valley Innovation Has Stalled


Pando Daily’s Francisco Dao picks up on Arrington’s lack of innovation theme: …the current internet space is largely driven by people trying to make a fast buck as opposed to people working at the edge of the envelope. As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, when incubators are graduating multiple companies mailing men’s underwear and […]

Bored by Silicon Valley’s Lack of Innovation


Mike Arrington says he’s bored, asks what’s next: I want something completely new and different to happen, and lots of it. Stuff that makes us change the way we think about a market, or the world. Something that inspires a new generation of crazy startups doing crazy things. It’s all me-too stuff. The only arena that’s […]

Popularity of Innovation


The Innovation mindset changed the 1990s. Scott Berkun, author of “The Myths of Innovation,” says innovation rose to prominence during the 1990s, with the 1996 release of James Utterback’s “Mastering the Dynamics of Innovation” and Clayton Christensen’s 1997 “The Innovator’s Dilemma.” The Wall Street Journal conducted a search of SEC reports and found that the […]


Service Marketing Innovation: U.S. Marines


Ad agencies and their clients are perennially in hot pursuit of marketing innovation. This never-ending goal has gained more urgency in the recession as companies and other organizations try to squeeze more ROI out of existing budgets. At Social Revolution, we practice what we preach. Many blogs and pundits cover innovation, how to encourage it, […]


Square: An Innovation Case Study


As an innovation specialist, you’re probably frequently asked to name an innovative company. Don’t hesitate for a moment, there is one irrefutable answer: It’s Square — the company that has brought disruptive innovation to the credit-card processing market. On Monday, I was called by Contra Costa Times’ George Avalos to comment on Square’s announcement that […]


Online Broadcasting Reinvented


On Sunday something remarkable happened. YouTube drew 8 million concurrent livestreams, the most people ever to watch a single online event — Austrian Felix Baumgartner’s space jump from 24 miles high (39km). Baumgartner broke the speed of sound record, reaching 834mph (1,342kph) during a nine-minute descent. Not only was the web video a tremendously exciting […]

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