Let’s Go to San Francisco

A week ago, I returned from the 2017 Clean and Cool Mission to San Francisco and the Bay Area. Twenty of the best young UK clean technology companies, selected by open competition, spending an intensive week studying, debating and learning, ...

A Technologist Learns to Win Friends and Influence People

Innovators need to be persuasive In my career in industrial R&D and innovation I spent a lot of time trying to persuade people to give me the resources I needed to execute my ideas, or to persuade them to try something ...

Worried Businesswoman

The Challenge of Business Model Innovation

You Need More than Product Innovation Innovation is about much more than just creating a new product or service. Innovation should apply to all parts of a business; from supply chain and logistics to the relationship with customers and how you ...

Bamboo and thatch plane used by Cargo Cult

Beware of Cargo Cult Management

Cargo Cults During World War II, Melanesian islanders were astonished when the Japanese and American militaries arrived with vast quantities of supplies of all sorts, delivered by plane and parachute drop. These supplies found their way into the local economy where ...

Bridging the Gap in Future Cities

There is a lot of frustration in our inability to make our cities work more effectively for citizens. We can see the problems, and we have a large number of solutions being offered by everyone from big multinational engineering consultancies ...

Why Do Innovations Fail?

Most new products and services launched onto the market fail to deliver the expected results. There is a big debate about how many fail. The numbers range from estimates of 80% – 90% all the way down to around ...

Yellow taxis

Would You Know a Disruptive Innovation if You Saw One?

Since it was introduced to the wider business world by Clayton Christensen 20 years ago in “The Innovator’s Dilemma” the idea of ‘disruptive innovation’and ‘disruptive technologies’ has spread around the world. The insight that Christensen and his colleagues had was ...

Tianjin eco-city

The Business Opportunity of Future Cities

There is a rapidly growing global market out there that you may not yet be thinking about. It is expected to be worth more than $2 trillion p.a. by 2030. It has an insatiable appetite for innovation of all types, ...

San Franciso Bay

The Clean and Cool Entrepreneur Missions

The right story in front of the right people If you are an ambitious company with plans for rapid growth, one key task is to get the right story about what you have to offer in front of the right people. One ...

Harry Houdini in Chains

The Power of Limits in Innovation

Sometimes I meet a business that is really keen to innovate, and are prepared to be super open-minded. They say things like: “We want to think out of the box.” “Nothing should be off the table.” “We are looking for a breakthrough business ...