Author Archives: Eugene Ivanov

About Eugene Ivanov

Eugene Ivanov is the Founder of (WoC)2, an innovation consultancy that helps organizations extract maximum value from the wisdom of crowds by coordinated use of internal and external crowdsourcing.

The quotes we choose

Long time ago, a boy growing up in Russia, I came across a quote by President John F. Kennedy. It impressed me so much that I wrote it down and learned by heart. Many years later, already in the United … Continue reading

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Did the members of the crowd reach the verdict?

There are some professions that inspire awe just by the sound of their name. Professional fact-checker, a person tech companies such as Facebook and Twitter hire to identify false or misleading claims, is one of them. Isn’t it cool to … Continue reading

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3 best innovation team formulas (and when to ignore them)

This article first appeared on Qmarkets blog in 2017 and is reproduced here with some modifications. You’ve heard this cliché many times before: innovation is all about people. Even if you’re an avid fan of AI, you hardly expect robots … Continue reading

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A Case of Innovation Foreboding: 3 Things That Can Damage U.S. Innovation Long-Term

When it comes to complex things, the proverbial glass is never full; it’s only half-empty. On the other hand, the glass is never empty; it’s always half-full. The glass analogy perfectly applies to U.S. innovation. In fits and starts, the … Continue reading

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Does predicting the future have a future?

A popular joke attributed to a bunch of historical figures says: “It is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future.” How true. Writing for the WIRED magazine, Paul Ford described his recent experience of reading The Book of Prediction, … Continue reading

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Why ask your future customers only once about new product development, not twice?

More and more firms have begun practicing the consumer-centric approach to new product development (NPD). As part of this approach, firms use sophisticated market research to identify unmet customer needs that could be converted into successful consumer products. Now, it’s … Continue reading

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Don’t bring me eggs…Sorry, I meant problems.

It appears that the resistance to the time-tested management wisdom “Don’t bring me problems, bring me solutions” has reached a critical mass. Writing back in 2017 for Harvard Business Review, Sabina Nawaz suggested to “retire the saying” and replace this … Continue reading

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A sober look at drinking and creativity

In one of my prior lives, I was a researcher in a Russian academic lab. A colleague of mine was studying the effects of ethanol alcohol on yeast cells. Every time she presented project updates to the rest of the … Continue reading

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Prohibition, disrupted networks, and innovation

The best answer to the question “Do government regulations hurt innovation?” seems to be “It depends.” The suspicions against regulations are fueled by wide-spread belief that they damage economic growth, with which innovation is intimately connected. Yet, academic research on the … Continue reading

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Innovation and spirit. Yes, that spirit.

Recent evidence strongly suggests that the U.S. is facing a growing shortage of novel ideas. Worse, the cost of getting these ideas is growing while their quality seems to be declining. Left unchanged, this trend may have serious negative consequences for American innovation. … Continue reading

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