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Design Thinking Comes of Age

There’s a shift under way in large organizations, one that puts design much closer to the center of the enterprise. But the shift isn’t about aesthetics. It’s about applying the principles of design to the way people work.<p>This new approach is in large part a response to the increasing complexity of …

Engineers meet artists: Startups in Bristol and Bath

When asked about things missing from the ecosystem in Bristol and Bath, most startups mention the lack of smart money and good acceleration programmes. These points, especially the former, can be heard in many places in Europe over the past few years — and yet the innovation coming from those …

Startups

Zero Rent, Zero Equity: Why This Accelerator Has A Different Agenda

Grand Central Tech is an accelerator. But it doesn’t charge rent, or equity. It graduates successful companies from free to paid office spaces and charges corporate partners– Google, Microsoft, IBM, Goldman Sachs, and JP Morgan Chase, to name a few– for access to the brilliant companies it …

Startups

How I validated my startup idea

You’ve been working on a cool idea for the past few months. You have made significant progress in building your first prototype.<p>However, you are …

Coworking space The Hub Singapore raises $1.5M

So-called coworking spaces are starting up everywhere in Southeast Asia. We spotted 38 of them at last count, and that’s an under-estimation.<p>While …

13 things tech founders should look for in an incubator or accelerator

Tech founders stand to benefit enormously from the support, mentorship and even capital an accelerator can provide, and not surprisingly, many top …

You Need an Innovation Strategy

Despite massive investments of management time and money, innovation remains a frustrating pursuit in many companies. Innovation initiatives frequently fail, and successful innovators have a hard time sustaining their performance—as Polaroid, Nokia, Sun Microsystems, Yahoo, Hewlett-Packard, and …

Distinct Approaches to Business Model Innovation

Business model innovation (BMI) is becoming ever more important as it turns out increasingly difficult for companies to differentiate based on …

Innovation