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Friday, April 13, 2007


So many companies are trying to be innovative, but they don’t seem to understand that reading a book about innovation and then copying the practices of the companies written about is not innovation. Copying is the opposite of innovation.

Marvin Minsky, pioneer in artificial intelligence, has said that AI is whatever hasn’t been invented yet. Maybe innovation is whatever hasn’t been written about yet.


Blogger Unknown said...

As for product innovation, most of the innovative offerings these days seem to be the result of unintended consequences. Any start-up that has a billion dollar business plan is mostly doomed while a DIY app created in a basement or dorm room can take off and become a multi-billion dollar buyout target. This makes it extremely difficult for venture capitalists or angel investors to pick a winner.

I'd like to hear more of your thoughts on deflation 2.0. It seems to me that we haven't begun to adequately take seriously the economic disturbances (or wholesale shifts) that can result from web 2.0.

Monday, April 16, 2007 at 2:12:00 a.m. EDT  

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