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When an animal eats a vegetable it transfers the latter's power to itself though they occupy different categories. That's what good acquisitions do. It's what conventional mergers don't. Published in The Huffington Post, June 23, 2015 by Daryl Twitchell, Kevin…

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Most of us are now accustomed to an idea of ourselves as collections of digital data that are tracked, packaged and turned into money by someone else. We are beginning to view our private behaviors and transactions as goods we…

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There is no fixed innovation metric suited to all companies, all industries and all audiences. What is universal is that the test of a good metric begins with the same question: What business problem are you trying to solve? Published…

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Good product and service designers try to think like a user.  They start by building empathy for that user - by manifesting close observation of a user or customer's life, without the confirmation bias that can filter our perspective on what a…

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Remember CorningWare? It was a revolutionary product discovered by accident. Here's the story of the scientist who turned a mistake into a transformational innovation. Published in The Huffington Post, November 18, 2014 by Kevin McDermott, Amy Radin, Daryl Twitchell S.…

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How does an innovator keep a robust idea pipeline? Here are some concrete ways of doing it. Published in The Huffington Post, October 16, 2014 by Kevin McDermott, Amy Radin, Daryl Twitchell One day last month The Huffington Post announced that…

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How does an innovator build a network of support for an idea? By managing up, and down - but also sideways, building support among her peers. Here's how.  Published in The Huffington Post, September 8, 2014 by Amy Radin, Kevin McDermott and…

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The Science Careers Guide to Consulting for Ph.D. Scientists ". . . good consultants know how to ask questions, find and collect data, and synthesize unstructured information into insights that are practical and meaningful to their clients," says Twitchell, who is managing…

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Whether an innovation is disruptive or sustaining is irrelevant.  What matters is whether an idea can speak to an unsolved problem or an unmet marketplace need. Published in The Huffington Post, August 6, 2014 by Daryl Twitchell, Kevin McDermott and Amy Radin In…

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What sort of person is it who can shape new ideas and bring them to life as businesses? Put another way, is an innovator's temperament born or is it built?  We say it's built. Published in The Huffington Post, July 11,…

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