Written in Golden Gate Park on Friday, December 13, 2012  Thought of the day: it does take more than one person to screw in a light bulb! Just read an article in The Atlantic Monthly, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite magazines. It focused on how some manufacturing might be returning to the

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Typed up on very bumpy Delta Flight 1680 from San Francisco to Denver In business school, I developed a service for middle schoolers to create their own online curriculum and study materials. Back then, I had aspirations of competing against Prodigy and Compuserve. I am always  on the lookout for similarly conceived products (yes, I am

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Reposted from Collaborative Innovation, a site sponsored by Dassault Systemes and developed by Human 1.0 Article by by Jill Hart on July 27, 2012 Nicco Mele, 2009 Distinguished Lecturer and adjunct faculty at Harvard’s Kennedy School, has been breaking new ground in web strategies for more than a decade. In 2004, while webmaster for Vermont Governor Howard Dean’s run for the

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My former employer, Intuit, has always been considered a thought leader in the area of product innovation. Even with this reputation, however, the company realized in 2006 that it needed to become more nimble and innovative to compete. To accomplish this, Intuit had a number of key hires including Per Kris Halvorsen, Chief Innovation Officer

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Awhile back, I was asked to develop a product strategy for a company that manufactures electronic vehicle charging stations. After my first client meeting, it was clear that they really wanted me to develop a variety of services to be marketed every time a customer interacted with product, most of which would be delivered via

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Interview was conducted on May 29th, 2012 and recorded in the lobby of the Courtyard hotel. The write up was done at Starbucks in the Presidio, San Francisco, California. Unlike my other interviews, this was the first one that I conducted in person instead of via a phone conversation. It felt fitting that I was recording

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Today, I attended Silicon Valley Forum’s Launch Event, which was held at the Microsoft campus in Mountain View, California. It focused on 30 specially selected startups launching their products in front of an audience of VCs, Angels, Industry Executives, Bloggers, Press and Television. I just listened to Paul Saffo share his views on the current ‘social economy.’ (In

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One of the interesting existing trends out there is the  “free agent” economy in which individuals leverage websites like eLance, oDdesk and Gigwalk.com to find a job. These sites provide a  “‘match.com”’ approach to finding a job. They are , bringing together someone who needs work to be done (demand), and someone who can get

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