Archives: January 2010

It's Back: Innovation Spending Is Rising

Posted by: Michael Arndt on January 28

As founder and managing director of innovation consultancy Strategos, Peter Skarzynski meets with a lot of businesses. A year ago, when he made client calls, corporations were mostly talking about...

Google's fluid, iterative innovation process

Posted by: Helen Walters on January 26

Yesterday, Google announced a new "stable" release of its open source browser for Windows, adding some 1,500 "Extensions" (which add functions to the browser toolbar) and "Bookmark Sync", which synchronizes...

Innovators of the Decade

Posted by: Michael Arndt on January 14

Who are the most innovative companies of the 2000s? Scott Anthony, managing director of Innosight Ventures, posed that question on his Harvard Business Review blog. (Actually, he asked for "the...

Monsanto v. Food Inc. over How to Feed the World

Posted by: Michael Arndt on January 11

Anyone who's seen the documentary Food Inc. knows that Monsanto comes across as a thug. Its bioengineered soybeans, designed to be unaffected by Monsanto weedkiller Roundup, command 93% of the...

America's Virtual Fence: A Failure in Design and Innovation

Posted by: Helen Walters on January 11

Steve Kroft put together a great piece on America's proposed virtual fence along the border of the U.S. and Mexico for the weekend’s Sixty Minutes show. What particularly struck me...

And the World's 2009 Patent Winners Are...

Posted by: Michael Arndt on January 10

Who are the patent champs of 2009? Samsung and Toyota, of course. But would you have guessed Mondobiotech, a Swiss company that specializes in fermentation? Thomson Reuters just forwarded to...

Ford and IDEO redesign the dashboard

Posted by: Helen Walters on January 07

Ford CEO Alan Mulally delivered the opening keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas this morning. The car company's theme, ahead of next week's North American International Auto...

Is Drug R&D in Jeopardy?

Posted by: Michael Arndt on January 06

The U.S. drug industry, historically one of the most lavish spenders on research and development, ended 2009 with plans to eliminate a record 69,100 jobs. The toll is up 60%...

Google takes on the pinata of the telecom industry

Posted by: Helen Walters on January 05

As excitement around today's launch of Google's Nexus One phone reached heights matched only by the Burj Khalifa (sorry), one commentator came out with a really smart take on what...

Rockefeller Foundation's push toward design and innovation

Posted by: Helen Walters on January 05

Recently, I wrote a story about the Aspen Design Summit, a small event at which big name designers and philanthropists got together to talk about ways to apply the techniques...

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