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[2 Oct 2009 | 3 Comments | 925 views]

Successful people, consistently successful people, understand the difference between process and results. A recent article in the Boston Herald about Theo Epstein, the general manager of the Boston Red Sox, shows that Theo understands this principle well. It is the primary reason behind the consistent competitiveness of the Boston Red Sox since the beginning of the Epstein Era. I love this team more than ever because it has become such a model of scientific excellence, marketing genius, innovative management, and patient execution.
Are you judging your personal, professional, and organizational results on …

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[10 Aug 2009 | 13 Comments | 8,260 views]
A Remarkable Story

My first impression of Seth Godin upon meeting him was that he is an extraordinarily efficient person.  You wouldn’t think of a “creative” as efficient in the sense that a supply chain manager, hamburger flipper, accountant, or the Octomom are efficient.  But Seth conducted interviews with about thirty candidates for the SAMBA program in under three hours.  He made up his mind on who fit perfectly soon after and, it turns out, he picked an amazing group.
How amazing? That remains to be seen. Everyone in the group was so remarkable, I …

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[3 Nov 2008 | No Comment | 679 views]
Think Outside of the Frame

Innovation is usually associated with “thinking outside of the box.” In this video, BMW Group designer Chris Bangle shows us how to think outside of the frame. A car with a skin of cloth? Impossible you say? Impossibility exists only in the mind ruled by rules. “Thinking flexible, acting flexible, context over dogma.” Think. Ask Questions. Think Different.

Creativity, Design, Innovation, Latticework, Politics, Private Equity, Randomness, Strategy, Venture Capital, Video »

[28 Sep 2008 | 7 Comments | 1,819 views]

This post is not really about politics. Sure the presidential campaign continues marching towards an exciting conclusion. Sure a sudden bevy of vocal, cynical, and amateurish political observers and bloggers are loudly decrying the two presidential candidates as basically undifferentiated “clowns.” There are major differences between the two parties and the two candidates – would we really be so divided as a nation and would our political debates be as heated if they are essentially the same? Please people, let’s be respectful of our diverse …

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[20 Sep 2008 | 2 Comments | 1,343 views]
The State of Intellectual Property

A while ago, I wrote about patent trolls and wondered about the viability of intellectual property, in the form of patents, as a liquid, tradeable, securitized asset class. I also mentioned Nathan Myhrvold’s Intellectual Ventures as one outfit that could drive patents toward an elevated asset class status. In a recent TechCrunch post about Myhrvold, it appears he’s gone a long way in pushing patents to become more liquid and tradeable. In summary, Intellectual Ventures has systematically acquired a patent portfolio of over 20,000 patents. In the eight years since …

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[4 Sep 2008 | 2 Comments | 14,647 views]
The Case for Interruption and Disruption

A few months ago I came across a piece by Jeff Nolan, titled Incrementalism and “The New New Thing,” which struck poignantly at a raw nerve. He called attention to the incrementalism gripping Silicon Valley despite the flush amount of capital available for startups. Much of the attention and hype has surrounded social networking and Web 2.0 startups but each new entry is a slight improvement over the previous. But only discontinuous, quantum leap innovations create disproportionate value. So what’s next?
Umair Haque’s An Open Challenge to Silicon Valley put it …

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[15 Apr 2008 | No Comment | 589 views]

This is too funny. Now you know that Search Engine Optimization (SEO) has hit mainstream. OMG.