Tag: Innovation

  • Seaweed can save the planet from plastic waste

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    From bags to bottles, some 13 million tonnes of plastic flow into our oceans every year, according to a UN report. On the one hand, the benefits of plastic are undeniable, as the material is cheap, lightweight and easy to make. This leads to global plastic production skyrocketing over the next 10 to 15 years, […]

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  • In Search of Leverage: Which Climate Actions Do Really Matter?

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    OnMarch 21, 1995, biologists hired by the U.S. National Park Service released 14 grey wolves into Yellowstone National Park. It was an attempt at addressing a problem that had steadily deteriorated the park’s ecosystem since the 1920s: the overpopulation of elks. The scientists predicted that by reintroducing an apex predator they could trigger a trophic […]

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  • Why a World Without Waste is Possible

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    When you woke up this morning, you may have spent about an hour getting ready. You brushed your teeth, showered, and got dressed. Feeling hungry, perhaps you made breakfast and watched the morning news. Some of you sent children off to school. Others responded to emails that arrived overnight. Me? I cut myself shaving again. […]

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  • Why Entrepreneurs Stop Innovating

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    At some point, every entrepreneur stops innovating. Let’s talk about how to put that off for as long as possible. Make no mistake, the end of the innovation cycle is inevitable. It’s also necessary. At my last startup, Automated Insights, two years after we were acquired, we decided to go all in and push the […]

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  • The trouble with beautiful, stupid innovation

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    This is the third article in my series on how to create a vision and a strategy, prioritise your work and create a roadmap for new and existing products. TLDR; The key is to move from high uncertainty to low uncertainty as quickly and cheaply as possible. There’s a sneaky problem with innovation: it always […]

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  • Navigating currents

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    Growing up near the ocean I learned very quickly about the danger of currents. There were tidal currents that came daily in and out of the bay. You didn’t want to be in the water near the mouth of the bay when this was taking place. Where the waves were breaking you could find water […]

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  • How communities will drive the future of innovation, not governments or corporations

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    Great things in life happen by accident. So has been my journey to find something that I am truly passionate about and love doing. Six months ago I started working with a group of 40–50 students coming from remote parts of India. Their mission: Build a Machine Learning product to improve solar adoption. Challenges were […]

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  • How to Innovate with Metered Funding

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    Investments in innovation take on all shapes and sizes. If you’re Uber, the level of investment is usually undeniably grand whether it’s to the tune of a $500 million collaboration with Toyota to deliver autonomous vehicles by 2021, or $200 million to bring Jump-branded electric scooters to the United States. A company with the sources and long-term management […]

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  • Good Technology, Bad Investment

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    “You have to debug your business model.” I looked across the table at the VC I was having lunch with. It wasn’t going how I thought it would. I was ready to tell him about the cool technology I had developed. How it would transform the world of enterprise computing. He wasn’t interested in that. […]

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  • 35% of US businesses now use targeted mobile ads

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    Over a third (35.5%) of US companies are now using mobile adverts and location targeting to reach audiences based on geo-fencing and geo-targeting, according to new research by BIA Advisory Services. The latest report suggests that businesses with over 500 employees were spending around $4.48 million on ads. Another $2.18 million was being allocated to […]

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