Killer Innovations Podcast

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A weekly podcast about ideas, creativity and innovation from an award winning innovator of technologies and products used by 100's of millions of people worldwide. The show is hosted by Phil McKinney, retired CTO of Hewlett-Packard (HP) and author of Beyond The Obvious, where he shares his rule-breaking approach to innovation and creativity. 100% of the author royalties from the book are donated to charities such as . The complete backlog of content (going back 2005) is available at /killer-innovations . Follow Phil on Facebook at and twitter at

When the mantra “innovate or die” is invoked, two companies who are often mentioned as examples are Nokia and Kodak. But in what ways, exactly, did these two companies fail to innovate? and what lessons can we learn from their failures? Here are 5 innovation blind spots that I identified that ultimately doomed them to failure … 1) They Defined Their Business Too Narrowly Nokia began life in a small village in Finland, as a paper mill.…


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In the 1984 movie “Dreamscape” starring Dennis Quaid and Christopher Plummer , government researchers found a way to have people join another persons dream and then actively participate, and in some case disrupt it.
If you look up the Merriam-Webster's definition, it says that innovation is "the act or process of introducing new ideas, devices, or methods." However, in a world of continuous technological and ideological advancement, how much is really new?
For many innovators, making a splash through social media is the subject of long thought and a lot of trial and error. On the other hand, innovators like Elon Musk tend to have the Midas touch when it comes to combining innovation and social media. -
Everyone knows of the old saying “Great minds think alike,” usually said as a kind of joke when two people have the same idea at the same time. But just how true is that statement? In fact, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that bigger,
Had enough of Barbie's Dream House? Ever wonder why dolls and tiaras and pink party dresses fill the “girl” aisles of the toy store? - After one such stroll down the isle with one of my grand daughters, I was reminded about the stereotypical thinking ...
Do you consider yourself a brave person? A person of courage and conviction in the face of a challenge? Most of us don’t, but as an innovator, you practice bravery every day. Bravery means opening oneself up to criticism and overcoming the fear of fail...
A few years back, I was invited to participate in a meeting with leaders from the US Department of Education. Others in attendance at the meeting included university presidents, representatives from the teacher unions and a handful of others. All told,
Innovation From Boredom March 22, 2015
It might happen while you’re taking your morning shower, or maybe you’re in the middle of your morning commute when a flash of creativity strikes: a great idea for a mobile app, a way to hack your Ikea bookshelf to solve a pressing storage problem or a...
My guess is that you didn't expect to hear from me today. I know its been way too long since the last podcast - 5 months to be exact. History of the Podcast In the early days of this podcast (as a reminder we launch on March 22,
In a recent discussion among patent attorneys and engineers, the question was asked about the requirement of originality before something can be issued a patent. Younger engineers tend to have the belief that only truly original ideas can be patented.
Is STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) the answer to preparing our kids to be the innovators of the future? That's the question I was recently asked during the Q&A; session at the end of a speech. Based on what other attendees said,
\- This weeks Killer Innovations Podcast is a phone interview with Geoffrey Moore. - Geoffrey is an author, speaker, and advisor who splits his consulting time between start-up companies in the Mohr Davidow portfolio and established high-tech en...
Geoffrey Moore - What it takes to be an innovation leader
I was recently interviewed by Adam Colliers on the The Science Layer Podcast. This is a new podcast that hosts interviews with scientists, technologists and innovators. The audio quality is a little rough but listenable (is that even a word?). -
During a recent meeting where team members provide updates on their innovation projects, one of the project leads pushed back when I challenged the team to "go faster". All the person said was: Law #4. -
Yes -- there is a new podcast posted! - Over the last year, I've spent a significant amount of time laying a foundation of core attributes so that a culture of innovation can flourish. Rather than talk in hypothetical,
Culture of Innovation Culture is one of those things that is hard to quantify. When I ask executives about their culture, they are confident that they have a culture that encourages innovation. In most cases,
When posed with a major (big) innovation effort, why do some people freeze? Is it the size that intimidates them? Yes in a way. But size is relative. If you have no perspective, then eveything can look big and daunting. -
How To Test Your Idea May 7, 2012
So you have an idea. You thinks its a killer idea. How do you make sure its the next great thing before committing significant resources (e.g. money, time, etc)? - Testing your ideas doesn't have to be a big long dragged out process.