Innovation Management

By Tim Kastelle | Posts about managing innovation, creativity, idea flow and making work better.

Who are the Founders of University Spinouts?

Venture capitalists place considerable emphasis on founding teams. As VCs, we think a lot about what personality types, backgrounds, and skills to …

Venture Capital

It’s Not a Problem to Solve. It’s a Polarity to Manage.

I saw this image circulating around social media last week and I had to roll my eyes:<p>It’s not because I don’t believe in the values of “new …

Management

What Deep-Tech Startups Want from Corporate Partners

<i>This article is the first in a two-part series on how big companies can collaborate with entrepreneurs and startups engaged in “deep</i> …

Innovation

Why Warmth Is the Underappreciated Skill Leaders Need

When it comes to success in leadership, there has never been just one playbook. Some leaders are extroverts, natural mentors, and charismatic …

Body Language

Optimize to be Wrong, not Right

By onApril 6, 2017<p><b>0</b> Flares <b>0</b> Flares ×<p>Let’s be honest. We have no idea what is going to happen a year, a week, or even five minutes from right now. And …

Primary Market Research: Advice from MIT's Bill Aulet

Customer interviews are one of the most effective ways entrepreneurs determine if their idea can become a viable product or business. Unfortunately, …

Usability

Scaling-Up: Crossing the Internal Chasm in Corporate Innovation | Integrative Innovation

<i>This article was co-written with Frank Mattes from Dual Innovation and innovation-3.</i><p>The race is on for companies to find big, explorative or even …

We are pushing away from the old innovating core

I continue to investigate and explore as much of the thought leadership on innovation as I can, it continually points to a change in how we approach …

Innovation

Open source tools for discovering and building a startup

Cicada the model tech incubator

<b>Cicada Innovations is the jewel</b> in the crown of Australian incubators, but you won’t find it on most maps of the Aussie startup ecosystem. It is the …

Innovation

Deep change – Good change – Bad change

Some time ago, I initiated a conversation with some folks on “deep change”. What is it? What are the leverage points in organisations to make it …

Jeff Bezos

Jill Lepore on the Challenge of Explaining Things

Scholars who want to write beyond the academy often ask, where are the models for such a thing? Jill Lepore is often the answer. She is the David …

Breast Feeding

Avoiding the trap of low-knowledge, high-confidence theories

We’ve all laughed at detailed renderings of constellations overlaying a paltry set of stars that are in fact quasi-random. Like Fornax, which is just …

Management

Chicago’s Startup Ecosystem: Some Reading

I’m going to Chicago tomorrow to attend the wedding of an old friend over the weekend. Chicago has always been a special place for me—I lived there …

Innovation Inside an Organization Requires Balancing Priorities

It always seems simpler to be able to start with a blank slate, and even better to be given just one project so that you can focus, but the reality …

Innovation

Twelve Forces That Will Radically Change How Organizations Work: The New New Way of Working

Related Expertise<p>The New New Way of Working<p>, Susanne Dyrchs,<p>Contact the Authors<p>Senior Partner & Managing Director<p>Susanne Dyrchs<p>Project Leader<p>Senior …

Management

Why Entrepreneurs Should (Occasionally) Think Like VCs - Leaders Fund

Every day an entrepreneur is challenged with a near impossible balancing act:<p>Should I spend more to hire this amazing VP Marketing?<br>• How should I …

Venture Capital

Why you probably don’t want innovation

Everyone seems to want innovation these days, it’s why I’ve got it in my title.<p>Nobody really knows what it is, but everybody, and I mean everybody, …

Innovation

The 9 Biggest Challenges for Corporates to implement Lean Startup

<b>This post is written for</b> <b>innovation managers & corporate lean startup coaches</b>. For basic descriptions of the terms MVP or intrapreneurship, look …

Startups

Working Notes of a Practising Neo-Generalist (#11) — On ‘plonk work’

Working Notes of a Practising Neo-Generalist (#11) — On ‘plonk work’<p><i>“If anyone can refute me — show me I’m making a mistake or looking at things from</i> …

Architecture

50 Research Methods for Innovation Infographic

A few weeks ago entrepreneur Valer Pop, CEO of LifeSense Group told his startup story to us at the High Tech Campus. After having a successfull …

Usability

4 Things Every Entrepreneur Should Know Going In

All too often, people want to see entrepreneurship as if it were an action movie. The hero, transformed by a great moment of epiphany, champions his …

Entrepreneurship

What mindset does innovation leadership really take?

In 2013 Nokia announced it was being acquired by Microsoft. At the subsequent press conference, then outgoing CEO Stephen Elop, a man that up to then …

Innovation

Intel Disrupted: Why large companies find it difficult to innovate and what they can do about it

In the 21st century it’s harder for large corporations to create disruptive breakthroughs. Disruptive innovations are coming from startups — Tesla …

Innovation

What the hell does “Minimum Viable Product” actually mean anyway?

Elon Musk on making sense of a confusing idea<p>Even the experts are confused by what Minimum Viable Product actually means:<p><b>Eric Ries</b>: “One of the most …

Product Management

You Don’t Need to Choose a Methodology to Innovate

Which method do you choose? Design Thinking? Agile? Lean Startup? Answer: All? None? Who cares?!<p>I am a big believer in process and method. Without a …

Lessons from the “Bezos Way” and the success of Amazon

<i>Amazon’s CEO annual letter to his shareholders is a must-read. Customer focus, decision-making, or the importance of writing important things down… Here are my takeaways from Jeff’s latest.</i><p>Whatever we think of its founder and CEO, Amazon remains a remarkable example of great management. Since its …

Product Management

Linear Thinking in a Nonlinear World

Test yourself with this word problem: Imagine you’re responsible for your company’s car fleet. You manage two models, an SUV that gets 10 miles to the gallon and a sedan that gets 20. The fleet has equal numbers of each, and all the cars travel 10,000 miles a year. You have enough capital to …

Harvard Business Review

Drawing lessons from the “ Bezos Way”

Jeff Bezos (right) putting the customer (left) at the center, in a new Amazon pop-up store<i>by</i> <i>Frederic Filloux</i>Amazon’s CEO annual letter to his …

Jeff Bezos