March 12, 2018 | By: Rob Hoehn
When the Commission for Environmental Cooperation launched a challenge to the youth of North America, they received hundreds of unique, green business proposals. The young entrepreneurs competed for seed funding and came up with some truly disruptive ideas.
March 10, 2018 | By: Kevin Faber
Many companies around America struggle with communication between the management, the employees, and every level for that matter. Unfortunately, bad communication can lead to lower production and even conflict within the company, squandering sales and hurting reputation.
February 27, 2018 | By: Ryan Ayers
In theory, most of us like the idea (or at least see the necessity) of regulations. Just look at a recent survey from Pew, that shows 74% of Americans think “the country should do whatever it takes to protect the environment.”
February 26, 2018 | By: Rob Hoehn
When the United Way told the story of their crowdsourcing program, Edwin Goutier, Innovation Lead at Unitd Way, said that one of the things that he hears a lot is that people don’t think of the United Way (or nonprofits in general) as innovative.
February 7, 2018 | By: Samantha Thorenson
Why do most small businesses fail within their first year? The answers you’ll get will vary depending on who you ask. I think it comes down to one thing – habits. Successful entrepreneurs engage in the right behaviors on a consistent basis, while struggling entrepreneurs practice limiting behaviors on a consistent basis. Here are 7 things to incorporate into your routine to make you a better entrepreneur.
February 1, 2018 | By: Paul Sloane
Sir Tim Berners-Lee is known as the inventor of the World Wide Web. He created its three fundamental components: the formatting language HTML, the address system URL, and the HTTP system for linking sites. He was born in 1955 and grew up in London. As a schoolboy he was an avid trainspotter. He learnt about electronics from tinkering with a model railway. He gained a first-class honours degree in physics at Oxford University and became a software engineer.
January 30, 2018 | By: Suzan Briganti
Let’s face it, creativity separates humans from the rest of the animals. Our species has opposable thumbs and with that, it seems, the inborn drive and ability to alter our environment. No wonder the topic of innovation ability provokes such primal emotions. Yet — like speed, intelligence or artistic talent — innovation talent is NOT distributed evenly across humanity. Given this truth, what is the best approach to driving more innovation in your workforce?
January 22, 2018 | By: Rob Hoehn
In November, the United States Coast Guard presented at Open Nation on their Coast Guard ideas program. They talked about how lessons learned from previous extreme weather occurrences (Sandy, etc.) still hadn’t become institutional knowledge by the 2017 hurricane season when they were so desperately needed. The reason that this hadn’t happened was that all of the methods for collecting new ideas were slow and opaque.
January 16, 2018 | By: Zak Goldberg
Every business deals with sensitive information and documents – from personal data relating to clients to important company plans. It is therefore of upmost importance that all such secure documents are handled and managed in the safest ways possible to avoid any leaks or losses. There are many ways to ensure that your secure documents remain that way, whether you are dealing with electronic or hard copies.
January 11, 2018 | By: Emma Miller
In today’s era of hyperconnectivity, technology is the backbone of every successful business, irrespective of its size. For your startup, the choice of right hardware and software pieces means not only managing your team properly, but also boosting their productivity, getting the most of every project, and saving a lot of time and money.
January 8, 2018 | By: Rob Hoehn
Anyone who is managing their innovation program with innovation software is generally amassing a wealth of data. Many people are looking at that data on an individual idea-level, but it’s actually possible to start looking at that data and identifying new themes, trends, or topics that will inform your strategy in the coming years by grouping that information on tags, text analysis, and more. It can be a trend early-warning system if you pay attention to it.
December 27, 2017 | By: Naseem Javed
All over the world, members of most national trade associations, no longer wish to pay heavy dues just to wait a year to spend few days in an annual convention, receive quarterly newsletters and some educational webinars. They find all these too slow and very boring.
December 19, 2017 | By: Dr. Stephen M. Sweid
Author is suggesting that with the advent of the 4th industrial revolution children ought to start contributing to progress at the age of 6 years, through a learning-oriented but paid work for 3 hours per day, indeed with involvement in the hi-tech end of things. The future is now, and there is no more learning and preparing for the future.
December 19, 2017 | By: Rob Hoehn
In an Innovation Point article, Founder Soren Kaplan notes that only one third of Fortune 1000 companies have defined innovation metrics. And yet 77% of business leaders see innovation as a priority. How is it possible that something that is so important to business leaders doesn’t have a defined set of KPIs?
December 8, 2017 | By: Emma Miller
Websites are the heart and core of every modern business. Your entire marketing efforts and promotions are supposed to lead visitors to your website and convert them into customers. In a sense, a business website is there to seal the deal. However, no matter how good your marketing efforts are, if your website isn’t good enough, your potential customers will simply leave. In addition, online consumers have certain expectations when it comes to business websites, such as good functionality, speed, user-friendliness and so on.