Innovation

  • The future of business is good jobs as a service Crunch Network

    The future of business is good jobs as a service

    Most people in business and finance (and most people, frankly) think that the new economy (of artificial intelligence and autonomous machines) is like the old economy: satisfying customers’ needs for products and services. But, the real heart of the new economy will be about helping people need each other more. Read More

  • Disrupting the wrong stuff

    Disrupting the wrong stuff

    Author Tom Wolfe once wrote a book about the American space program called The Right Stuff. Last week I wrote a piece called Technology is disrupting everything. I don’t bring up Wolfe’s work to compare myself to him — that would be laughable — but because an astute reader named John G. Moore, Jr. left me a comment in that piece that got me thinking we are in fact… Read More

  • Technology is disrupting everything

    Technology is disrupting everything

    I spent a good part of my day yesterday attending the On-demand Economy conference at MIT. It was an interesting if somewhat academic look at the changes facing us as individuals, organizations and as a society as we shift to an on-demand world. What struck me beyond how this new way of doing business is affecting us, was how technology was driving this change — and that the speed… Read More

  • Why Big Companies Keep Failing: The Stack Fallacy Crunch Network

    Why Big Companies Keep Failing: The Stack Fallacy

    Stack fallacy has caused many companies to attempt to capture new markets and fail spectacularly. When you see a database company thinking apps are easy, or a VM company thinking big data is easy  — they are suffering from stack fallacy. Stack fallacy is the mistaken belief that it is trivial to build the layer above yours. Read More

  • Advice For Higher-Yielding Agriculture Startups Crunch Network

    Advice For Higher-Yielding Agriculture Startups

    With interest and investment in food and agriculture startups reaching record levels, new entrepreneurs are entering this important sector, bringing fresh ideas and perspectives on how best to feed the world. While numerous opportunities exist to make a difference in this space, I’ve noticed some common pitfalls for new entrants. Read More

  • The Two Distinct Types Of Fintech Innovation Crunch Network

    The Two Distinct Types Of Fintech Innovation

    Fintech, the (faintly uncool) term for financial technology, is booming these days. But it’s wrong to think of fintech as a single sector. There are two very distinct types of fintech innovation that entrepreneurs, consumers, investors and regulators need to be able to tell apart. To understand the distinction, it’s helpful to take a look at venture-backed innovation in general. Read More

  • In The Age of Disruption, Customer Love Is More Important Than Ever

    In The Age of Disruption, Customer Love Is More Important Than Ever

    Think about how frustrated you were the last time you waited for your cable guy to show up, or how annoyed you got when you settled into the back of a cab, only to have the driver tell you he wouldn’t take a credit a card. What about the time you had to pay a hefty fee for the right to text and use data on your smartphone outside of the country? These scenarios are probably all too… Read More

  • Disruption In Healthcare Could Be Costly Crunch Network

    Disruption In Healthcare Could Be Costly

    Entrepreneurs are giving the healthcare industry a much-needed injection of innovation. Enthusiasm for new ideas and solutions in healthcare is clear from the 200 percent growth in funding for digital health companies between 2010 and 2014. Digital health companies received a record-breaking $4.1 billion in funding in 2014, and more than $600 million in the first quarter of 2015. Read More

  • Labs And Incubators Fuel Enterprise Innovation

    Labs And Incubators Fuel Enterprise Innovation

    Change doesn’t come easily to large organizations. Over time they have established a firm set of core business processes to give  them the structure to manage massive workforces, which makes sense, but it also means they lack the agility of smaller companies. They have created systems to provide safe and effective ways of doing business, which protects companies from chaotic… Read More

  • With Tech, What’s Old Is New Again Crunch Network

    With Tech, What’s Old Is New Again

    Technology tends to run in cycles, and as it evolves some early failed attempts might be worth another look in the context of more modern infrastructure. In several instances lately, whether streaming video or meal delivery, everything old has become new again. Streaming Video? Been There, Done That Let’s start with video streaming darlings Meerkat and Periscope as a prime example… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Fits and Starts

    Gillmor Gang: Fits and Starts

    The Gillmor Gang — John Borthwick, Dan Farber, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — take a walk on the wild side as The New York Times publishes all the news that fits. Except, that is, the news about itself. The Twitterverse is clogged with leaked Innovation reports, business model Kremlin Wall analysis, and newsroom disappearances galore. For the record, we also stop in… Read More

  • Bill Gates: It’s OK If Half Of Silicon Valley Startups Are “Silly”

    Bill Gates: It’s OK If Half Of Silicon Valley Startups Are “Silly”

    Microsoft Founder Bill Gates doesn’t worry that Silicon Valley is the home of billion-dollar texting apps and farming games. “Innovation in California is at its absolute peak right now. Sure, half of the companies are silly, and you know two-thirds of them are going to go bankrupt, but the dozen or so ideas that emerge out of that are going to be really important,” Gates… Read More

  • Study: Copycatting, Diverse Teams, And Transparency Are Keys To Innovation

    Study: Copycatting, Diverse Teams, And Transparency Are Keys To Innovation

    A fascinating new study explores, in exquisite detail, the hidden secrets of innovation. Rampant copycats, the authors find, are a surprising key to discovering creative solutions. Imitators must, however, be supported with diverse teams and transparency of success. “You benefit when other people imitate you because they help you explore multiple variations around your solution that… Read More

  • Imagining The Future: Ray Kurzweil Has “Unlimited Resources” For AI, Language Research At Google

    Imagining The Future: Ray Kurzweil Has “Unlimited Resources” For AI, Language Research At Google

    Last month, famed inventor, entrepreneur and futurist, Ray Kurwzeil, announced that he was joining Google as a director of engineering. Many have wondered what Kurzweil’s new position would mean for Google and the billions of people its global reach directly or indirectly touches. Would they be uploading Kurzweil’s brain into their datacenters? Become the next Skynet? Speaking at… Read More

  • Innovation: Where Can We Go From Here? A Lot Of Places, Actually

    Innovation: Where Can We Go From Here? A Lot Of Places, Actually

    Just when you think that we’ve innovated all that we can, something new comes along and completely blows our mind. It could be an advancement in hardware, software or just a new way of thinking of things. Humans are pretty resilient when it comes to thinking up new things to tinker with and making our lives easier. This year was pretty awesome when it comes to innovation, and not the… Read More

  • Department Of Defense To Private Sector: We Need Your Help With Mobile Innovation

    Department Of Defense To Private Sector: We Need Your Help With Mobile Innovation

    On stage at the second-day keynote, Major General Robert Wheeler talked about the changing role of industry and enterprise as it relates to technological innovation, and how where once the military led in that department, now the vast majority of advances are being driven by advances made in the private sector. And that means the DoD is in a position of asking for help from a variety of sources. Read More

  • Clayton Christensen: “Disruptive Innovations Create Jobs, Efficiency Innovations Destroy Them”

    Clayton Christensen: “Disruptive Innovations Create Jobs, Efficiency Innovations Destroy Them”

    If you get the opportunity to hear Clayton Christensen hold court, seize it. Speaking at BoxWorks in San Francisco today, Christensen was characteristically soft-spoken, self-deprecating and good-humored, even prompting Ron Miller to describe him as “the Steven Wright of business research” and the anti-Aaron Levie. Read More

  • Who Moved Apple’s Cheese? The Role Of The Knock-Off Effect In Innovation

    Who Moved Apple’s Cheese? The Role Of The Knock-Off Effect In Innovation

    Chris Hawker, the founder of Trident Design, LLC, has over 20 years of experience developing and commercializing his own and others’ inventions. His most famous product, the PowerSquid, was the subject of a six-part series published in TechCrunch called the Song of the PowerSquid. As the president/founder of Trident Design, LLC, I’ve been inventing and commercializing products… Read More

  • Chile’s Grand Innovation Experiment


    Regions all over the world have spent millions—sometimes billions—of dollars trying to create their own Silicon Valley. They drank the same Kool-Aid and used the same recipe: start with a research university; build a fancy tech park next it; give tax breaks to chosen companies to locate in the park; attract venture capital by offering matching investments; and watch the magic… Read More

  • How China’s Entrepreneurs Are Helping It Win

    Bob Compton and I finally have something to agree about. The Washington, D.C.–based venture capitalist produced a provocative documentary, 2 Million Minutes, which tracked six students—two each in the U.S., India, and China—during their senior year of high school. It showed the Indian and Chinese students slogging to learn mathematics and science, and the Americans partying… Read More