Zero Resource Innovation: Your Brains, Our Brawn

While I mentioned in a previous post that becoming a larger company, with operating revenues and processes (some might call that “growing up”) might lead to a dip in the creation and release of new, innovative products, that need not be the case. The fact is is that your team is still innovating in their heads […]

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Is Disruption is Good or Bad? Please Stop Arguing!

Is Disruption is Good or Bad? Why We Need to Stop Arguing! - innovation excellenceThe idea of disruption excites some people and terrifies others. Consider the recent case of The New Republic, in which a new, disruptive CEO came in and vowed to “break shit.” The company’s top journalists balked, the brand was sullied and the business still struggles. And all for what? Continue reading

Potato power: 2 Sisters starts up ‘world-first’ plant

Free photoI’m always interested in how the Food and Beverage manufacturing industry comes up with innovative ways to entice consumers to eat healthier. A lot of market studies and crowdsourcing ideas have certainly made this an interesting industry to watch. But here’s some interesting trends going on behind the scenes over in the U.K. that takes manufacturing to a whole, green new level.   Alice Foster over at Food Manufacture UK writes about how 2 Sisters Food Group has started up the ‘world’s first’ potato-powered energy plant to turn mashed potato and other factory waste into energy, it claimed.

From Startup to Maturity: how to un-kill creativity

From Startup to Maturity: how to unkill creativity - innovation excellenceIn 1998 Teresa Amabile published the article How to kill Creativity at the Harvard Business Review. Believe it or not--it was an inspiring article for me. It inspired me not to find more way to kill creativity, but rather to understand how can established companies un-kill creativity and out-innovate startups. Continue reading

Age Of The Introvert: The Next Big Market

A few weeks ago, I wrote about introverts and how a number of different sources are now saying that introverts could be much better than extroverts at running companies, and I agreed – to an extent. Introverts have a lot of great qualities when its comes to running companies, however I suggested that while running […]

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What I Learned from 10 Chemical Salesmen and Some Masking Tape

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As a person infinitely more interested in alchemy than chemistry, not once during my formative years as a young entrepreneur did I ever, once, aspire to sit in a room with 10 middle-aged, overweight chemical salesmen from New Jersey -- modern day Willy Lomans driving 100,000 miles each year to call on purchasing agents from Maine to Virginia in a heroic attempt to sell more of their company's product and, eventually, win the "President's Award" that would be bestowed on them, at their year end pow wow, in the Oakwood Room or the Bellmore Room or some other vapidly named meeting space in a modestly priced hotel still trying to figure out how to reduce their high rate of employee turnover.

Giant fans can suck Co2 from atmosphere and turn it into fuel

 

A few weeks ago I shared how innovative technology can now suck the smog out of the air in large, polluted cities. Speaking of green technology and air quality, a British Columbia company, Carbon Engineering, built the first air-capture CO2 demo plant. This technology works, and is now ready to be implemented on a larger scale.

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Like trees, air-capture technology traps CO2 from the ambient air. However, as the team at Carbon Engineering points out, “planting enough trees in the numbers needed would require diverting vast amounts of agriculturally productive land. In fact, to absorb enough CO2 as an air-capture facility, trees would require roughly a thousand times more land.” Unlike trees, however, air-capture plants can be built on land that cannot be cultivated, such as deserts.

David Keith, a professor at Harvard University School of Engineering and the executive chairman of Carbon Engineering, together with a team of scientists has been doing CO2 capturing at a Prototype Contactor at the University of Calgary for several years already. The prototype system built at the University can absorb emissions from about 14-15 vehicles or about 100 kilos of carbon dioxide per day.

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Let Someone Else Be The Last Mile: Be The Platform

Back before I came to the US, I worked for a cable company in Canada who was part of a consortium which launched the first high speed internet access trials in Canada. Think something like, Xfinity – all of the cable companies in Canada got together to form something we called Wave (along with a […]

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