Learning From Hackers

Do-it-yourself types fly under most corporate radars, or at least they’re mischaracterized as tinkerers, post-end users or, worse, hackers. Epson has demonstrated that they...

Bean Bag Chairs Not Required

“When you come up with hundreds of little innovations, and do it regularly, it adds up to big changes,” said Gerry Smith, who is...

Two Satellites For The Price Of One

It wasn’t business as usual any longer, to hear Jim Peterka, talk about it. Peterka was tapped to lead the 720SP program at Boeing in early 2011 to...

Pushing The Boundardies Of Physics

Can you make it work? was the challenge Pratt & Whitney brought to Alcoa for a radically new engine design in 2009. What emerged...

Reimagining Walls

The Great Recession last decade hit the construction industry early and hard, and USG was no exception. Orders collapsed, as did prices. Though the...

Disruption Can Take Years

Imagine introducing a disruptively novel, simple, low-cost solution to a problem that plagues an entire industry and then, three years later, seeing it mostly...

The Robot Apocalypse Starts With Ping Pong?

I just watched a robot play ping pong. I'm at Hannover Messe, which is a giant industrial trade show that's chocked full of every type...

What Does A Nimble Conglomerate Look Like?

“If we owned a steel mill, what happens if our engineers want to make things in plastic, or with 3D printing?” asked Ronnie Leten,...

Innovating A Solution Before The Market Asks For It

“The challenge came from the business,” said Martin Hayes, an R&D director at Johnson Matthey. “They were talking to customers deep in China, where...

What Happens After You Get Money For Your Startup?

“I remember one story about someone who had a great idea for earphones and spent six months casting about in Shenzhen without figuring out...

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The dream of big data is to make experience predictable, and black swan theory says it can’t be done, at least not wholly reliably....

The Oldest Innovation: Monopoly

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Amazon’s Retail Plan Isn’t About Books

What's up with Amazon opening a store in Manhattan, with hundreds more coming to towns that used to have book stores?  It has very little...