Category Archives: Innovation

No, designers don’t *have* to code.

Over at Wired, Liz Stintson responds to John Maeda’s new Design in Tech Report: But design’s role in this world is constantly shifting. In his 2017 report Maeda makes the case that the most successful designers will be those who can work with intangible materials—code, words, and voice. These are the designers who craft experiences […]

‘Exclusive RIght’

From Reuters, Taxi owners, lenders sue New York City over Uber: Taxi owners and lenders on Tuesday sued New York City and its Taxi and Limousine Commission, saying the proliferation of the popular ride-sharing business Uber was destroying their businesses and threatening their livelihoods. The lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court accused the defendants of […]

rise from a liquid media

News flash, there’s more than one way to skin a cat, and 3-D print objects: The technology, called CLIP — for Continuous Liquid Interface Production — manipulates light and oxygen to fuse objects in liquid media, creating the first 3-D printing process that uses tunable photochemistry instead of the layer-by-layer approach that has defined the […]

Adapt or Die

Mike Isaac for The New York TImes: Regulators in Chicago have approved a plan to create one or more applications that would allow users to hail taxis from any operators in the city, using a smartphone. In New York, a City Council member proposed a similar app on Monday that would let residents “e-hail” any […]

I’m Going to Pass on This One

It seems Walter Isaacson is jumping on the innovation bandwagon with his new book, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution. Isaacson did a really shitty job with his biography of Steve Jobs. In the book you can see he doesn’t understand the industry or the technology and […]

frugal innovation

In a world with microchip implants, car-to-car communication, and talk of drone delivery services, it can seem as if innovation is becoming increasingly high-tech. But what about the world’s poorest, for whom such gadgets are out of reach? What types of innovation would be most beneficial for them? These questions are the driving force behind […]

There’s an idea in this pile of cash somewhere.

Awesome headline: BGR: Samsung is ‘hiring like crazy’ trying to come up with original ideas Samsung is spending somewhere in the neighborhood of $300 million in building its Bay Area R&D center, which will be an enormous facility of 1.1 million square feet. Business Insider notes that Samsung actually spent more on R&D than any […]

Disrupting Disruptions

Over at the New Yorker, Jill Lepore calls out Clayton Christensen on his innovation and disruption theories: In his original research, Christensen established the cutoff for measuring a company’s success or failure as 1989 and explained that ” ‘successful firms’ were arbitrarily defined as those which achieved more than fifty million dollars in revenues in […]

The Art of Remixing

One of the things that I am most passionate about is showing respect for the ingenuity of others. Working in an ecosystem where I am often competing very closely, it is inevitable that I will be confronted with situations where the easy thing is to match/copy/remix someone else’s ideas into my own app. What I […]


Horace Dediu shares my frustration in how most people have no idea what innovation means: But there is another form of ignorance which seems to be universal: the inability to understand the concept and role of innovation. The way this is exhibited is in the misuse of the term and the inability to discern the […]

Steroids Suck

Bijan Sabet: We often hear about new products that promise to beat the current market leader by being the “blah blah blah on steroids”. I’m not a big fan of this strategy. That doesn’t mean that the market leader isn’t vulnerable but it’s a question of the approach. Apple didn’t put a hurt on Microsoft […]

Don’t Get Crazy

Over at Slate, Jessica Olien explains how people don’t actually like creativity: In the United States we are raised to appreciate the accomplishments of inventors and thinkers–creative people whose ideas have transformed our world. We celebrate the famously imaginative, the greatest artists and innovators from Van Gogh to Steve Jobs. Viewing the world creatively is […]


Steven Sinofsky responds to the fall of Blackberry on his blog: Disruption happens when a new product comes along and changes the underlying assumptions of the incumbent, as we all know. Incumbent products and businesses respond by often downplaying the impact of a particular feature or offering. And more often than folks might notice, disruption […]