Category Archives: Global Innovation

A stranger in the room

Better decisions come from teams that include a “socially distinct newcomer” (Kellogg School of Management News, 2009) What role do external consultants play in shaping corporate innovation? Steve Blank, one of the greatest innovation thinkers of our times, seems to discount … Continue reading

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Investing in R&D spending

Innovation is rapidly becoming the key factor defining America’s economic growth, prosperity, and competitiveness on the world stage. It also has a profound effect on national security, as highlighted in a 2019 report composed by the Council on Foreign Relations … Continue reading

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A boomerang drug

On June 7, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), its first in nearly two decades. Manufactured by Biogen (a biotech company based in Cambridge, MA) and called Aduhelm, the drug was … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Ideas are a dime a dozen. Are they really?

Any seasoned innovation practitioner would tell you that idea generation is the most straightforward part of the innovation process. Generating ideas is easy, the thinking goes; it is at the stage of testing these ideas and deciding which one to … Continue reading

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Sharing Knowledge in Times of Crisis – and Beyond

(This piece was originally posted to the HeroX blog) In March 2020, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy1 released an open dataset of scientific information on the novel coronavirus responsible for the ongoing worldwide pandemic. Titled COVID-19 Open Research Dataset, … Continue reading

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Innovation: The Role of Money and Government

Over the past couple of months, I have attempted to assess the role of a few major socio-economic factors on the national innovation potential. To do that, I ran a series of simple regression tests to estimate the correlation between … Continue reading

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