Category Archives: Innovation

You Can’t Force Innovation

With the downturn in the market, more and more companies are jumping on the innovation “band wagon” as their quick fix strategy to survive.  For most of these companies, it’s too little, too late.  There is no magic pill that will turn your unimaginative company into an innovative genius overnight.  Innovation is about openness, creativity, and controlled chaos.  For those process-driven companies that are trying to figure out how to become creative, understand this important fact – you can’t force innovation.

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Is the Lean Startup Model Killing Product Innovation?

“Build it and they will come”….that’s what a lot of us techies were taught in school and used to believe. I thought that the cooler the design, the more elegant the technology, the bigger the “wow” factor, the more successful a product would become.  Not so.  The tech startup world has a lot of great inventions, fabulous technology, and amazing high-tech products that never lived up to their hype.  Times are changing, and the lean startup movement  is revolutionizing the way tech startups conceptualize, launch and grow their businesses.  Early stage customer development, market validation, and traction are the new keys to success and early stage investments…but wait!  How does innovation play into this new strategy?  Is there any value in technical product innovation any more?

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