Boundless Imitation

I want to go into Mimetic Theory in a little more detail – I’ve just been reading René Girard’s Mimetic Theory (Studies in Violence, Mimesis & Culture), and the author makes some fascinating points. If we assume that Mimetic Theory has some basis in fact (if you’d like to read more about it, you can…

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don’t buy an electric car today, invent clean power generation tomorrow

Having a Tesla is all the rage around here – yes, I myself even put down a deposit on a Cybertruck – less for the fact that it’s electric and more for the fact that it looks great. If you ask me, most car manufacturers make extremely boring, same-old-same-old cars. It’s the future; people make…

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how to discover the secrets of great new products: do the least you can do, fake it before you make it, and don’t be afraid of embarrassment

Many startup founders (or corporate innovators) have an issue with the concept of an MVP. The definition of a Minimum Viable Product varies greatly – but in the purest sense, it should be “the least you can do” For example, I co-founded a startup in 2009 with two ex-Yahoo colleagues. We’d started as a consulting shop…

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Calling All Founders: How To Build A Platform for All Humans

Many people bemoan the fact that we have to keep moving from platform to platform. It’s our own damn fault. Take Podcasting, for example: I first heard of podcasting back in 2005 when I read Wired magazine’s issue (which is used to read religiously). The cover was very stark and distinctive – it was titled…

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Popsockets: An Innovation Story

TL;DR: Inventor has a problem, invents a product to solve his problem, tries the product out with friends and family, friends and family use the product for a completely different purpose, inventor pivots the product to focus on the purpose, profit! You probably have a Popsocket, or if you don’t have a Popsocket, you probably…

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3 Ways to Deal with Innovation Resistance

Having been in the innovation business all of my career and for the last 15 years as a professional innovator, I’ve seen my share of resistance to innovation. Most of the time, individuals within internal innovation groups within organizations are typically pretty innovative, they spend time pushing forward-thinking products and services forward within the organization. In some cases, however, especially in staid, older organizations without a strong innovation culture, even folks in the innovation group themselves can put up a fight when it comes to breakthrough ideas. Even in some organizations which are tied down by market forces or regulatory burden, there’s still a need to experiment. read more

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How To Be The Next Elon Musk

Everyone Wants To Be Elon Musk. Here’s How.

If you spend any time on Quora, the question and answer site which I pioneered a version of from 2000-2005 (as I’ve always said – being a futurist is like being a meteorologist, you are usually right, but at the wrong time) you’ll find an inordinate fascination with Elon Musk. read more

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