Announcing New York Entrepreneurs Business Network Speaker Series 1: Skills You Need to Succeed in Your Business

Announcing New York Entrepreneurs Business Network Speaker Series 1: Skills You Need to Succeed in Your Business We will be speaking at the upcoming New York Entrepreneurs Business Network Speaker Series 1: Skills You Need to Succeed in Your Business, on Wednesday, November 4th. The event will be held at the Barnes & Noble at Lincoln Triangle (Lincoln Center), 1972 Broadway, New York, NY 10023 and begin promptly at 9:15am. Price: $10.00 in advance/$20.00 @ the event. For more information, or to register, please visit
http://www.ny-entrepreneur-network.com/calendar/11593673/ We hope to see everyone there!…

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Google’s 80/20 Formula – It can work for you!

It’s a well-known fact that Google employees are encouraged to spend 80% of their time on core projects, and 20% of their time on “innovation” activities that peak their own personal interests. This 80/20 formula can also work for any organization that desires to ramp up its innovation spirits. Here are some helpful tips we found on the Mama Bee blog. Mama Bee is an information site for working mothers in the corporate world. Google's 80/20 Formula - It can work for you!  Google’s 80/20 Innovation Model The ITO (Innovation Time out) policy encourages Google employees to spend 80% of their time on core projects, and roughly 20% (or one day per week) on “innovation” activities that speak to their personal interests and passions.…

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Innovation Spotlight: Art and the Vacuum Cleaner

Innovation Spotlight: Art and the Vacuum Cleaner One recognized approach for developing innovative ideas is to bring together two seemingly unrelated elements, and see what you can create from them that is new, different and value-added. If this isn't just such an example, I don't know what is. The Roomba autonomous robotic vacuum cleaner used to create powerful artistic images, both photographically, of vibrant light and motion, as well as in print. http://www.flickr.com/groups/roomba/pool/show/ Great fun to look at. And the floor got cleaned at the same time. How's that for innovative efficiency?  …

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The Awesomeness Manifesto

This thought-provoking excerpt written by Umair Haque, Director of the Havas Media Lab, invites us to explore a fresh viewpoint about our relentless pursuit of innovation… and why it’s time to innovate innovation itself.
The Awesomeness Manifesto Innovation: it's the ultimate source of advantage, the undisputed heavyweight champion of the economic ring. Innovation is what every organization should be ruthlessly pursuing, right? Wrong. I'd like to advance a hypothesis: awesomeness is the new innovation. Let's face it. "Innovation" feels like a relic of the industrial era. And it just might be the case that instead of chasing innovation, we should be innovating innovation.…

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Technology + Design = Apple?

I wanted to share this recent blog posting by John Maeda, President of the Rhode Island School of Design. John is an inspired thought leader on the subjects of innovation, design and technology.   Technology + Design = Apple?
A few months ago, I sat with John Sculley, the former CEO of Apple, who described Steve Jobs' primary design principle: "Not what you can add, but what you can remove." It reminded me of the first law I outlined in my book The Laws of Simplicity, that, "The simplest way to achieve simplicity is through thoughtful reduction." This philosophy runs counter to a typical tech company's approach, where the goal is always to upgrade and add as opposed to subtract.…

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