Why Checking Your Email Might Enhance Your Creativity

LDRLB

One possibly explanation for the results is the concept of incubation, specifically the notion that, during incubation periods in creative tasks, the mind “selectively forgets” what was tried before. Innovation burkus creativity incubation innovation organizational behavior

The Myths of Creativity: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

As I worked my way through Burkus’ lively and eloquent narrative, I was also keenly interested in his discussion Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s insights relevant to incubation in Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention (1997): “Once the incubation stage has run its course, which could be a few days or several years, it should […].

The Problems With Incubators, and How to Solve Them

Harvard Business Review

This knowledge gap, I have come to believe, is best filled by savvy incubators. However, there are over 7,500 business incubators around the world. The first business incubator in the U.S. In the last couple of years, we have seen a renaissance in the incubator business.

FBR - Persuasive Presentations, by Nancy Duarte

Jason Womack

When is your incubation time? Since the two weeks that have passed since reading this book, I've tracked 4 different "incubation" times. While attending the TEDx workshop day last February, I met Scott, from Duarte Design, after he'd facilitated a workshop on "effective presentations."

The Value of Vision Series – Kate Emery

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

Yesterday we opened our new social enterprise incubator and co-working space to 60 community friends. One important component would be an incubator that provides space and services for new social entrepreneurs. Crossing The Threshold. Kate Emery, CEO of The Walker Group and.

0418 | Judah Pollack

LDRLB

A regular speaker at Startx, Stanford’s incubator, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and TEDx’ he has spent the past three years designing for and speaking to The US Army’s General staff and Special Forces.

3 Dirty little secrets about being an entrepreneur and running a start-up business

Bernd Geropp

This hockey stick curve illustrates exponential growth following a short, flat incubation period or following an even decreasing profit growth curve. 3 Secrets you should know! Photo: arekmalang/ Resource: www.bigstock.com.

Creating Social Change with Social Media

Harvard Business Review

For 2013 — mark your diary for December 3rd — we've set a goal of 5,000 partners including some of the nation's top corporate names and leading funders.

How Startups Overcome the Capital Gap

Harvard Business Review

You can go to an incubator and potentially try to convince them to write a $15-$25K check to get your idea off the ground. However, the best incubators also look for large, venture fundable business opportunities. Fast-forward to 2013: Zoho is a $200 million dollar a year company.

Can Crowdfunding Solve the Startup Capital Gap?

Harvard Business Review

So pre-seed, pre-incubation or incubation stage companies are areas investors participating in CrowdFunding could look into as well.

Creating Social Change with Social Media

Harvard Business Review

For 2013 — mark your diary for December 3rd — we've set a goal of 5,000 partners including some of the nation's top corporate names and leading funders.

When Big Companies Support Start-ups, Both Make More Money

Harvard Business Review

Now imagine if eBay went beyond providing a technology platform and entered the field of business incubation in a meaningful way, It’s an idea that could have a huge impact. But if these two companies took business incubation seriously, and instead of just offering technical guidance on building apps, also offered business guidance, the impact on global GDP would be tremendous.

The Reality of What Makes Silicon Valley Tick

Harvard Business Review

Noisebridge photo by Dylan Hendricks, 2013. For any one of us, the "reality" of a situation is just what we choose to pay attention to. Take the wonderful experiment a few years ago when renowned violinist Joshua Bell played for tips in the subway.

How to Fund Indian Start-Ups

Harvard Business Review

More recently, there is an over active incubator network that has taken hold. The Indian government is offering money for people to set up incubators, which has led to a lot of clueless people setting up incubators. Several VCs, who for obvious reasons do not want to be quoted, have complained to me that “incubators” and “advisors” in India are dishing out bad advice to unsuspecting entrepreneurs.

How to Reduce 'Infant Entrepreneur Mortality'

Harvard Business Review

The media, business schools, incubators — every part of the eco-system that is supposed to teach good business practices — reinforces this myth. If we can democratize the education and incubation of entrepreneurs on a global scale, I believe that it would not only check the infant entrepreneur mortality, it would create a much more stable economic system. All of the startup incubation eco-system of the world focuses on the venture-fundable businesses only.

Surefire Predictions and Why Doomsayers are Wrong

Harvard Business Review

Young scientists will invent energy-saving or health-promoting products, incubate new ventures while still in college, and sell them to markets eager for ways to control energy or health care costs. If you want certainty, here it is: my surefire predictions about the future. The next two Popes won't be a woman. At least three more corporate executives will be fired for shady financial dealings.

Parting Ways with Public Trading

Harvard Business Review

In the early stages, incubation and launch, historically venture capitalists and angels (in addition to the "friends, families and fools" beloved of the entrepreneurship literature) have provided seed funds for organizations to develop an idea.

Innovating the Toyota, and YouTube, Way

Harvard Business Review

USA Today ran an excellent — if over-flattering — profile of YouTube's splashy but serious effort to provide a high-tech incubator for content and channel creators. In terms of people, processes and technologies, Toyota and Google's YouTube have little in common.

Enabling the Natural Act of Entrepreneurship

Harvard Business Review

I met Slovenian entrepreneur, Sandi Cesko, in 2007 when his Ljubljana -based multi-channel retail operation, Studio Moderna , had about $70 million in sales. Not bad.

Scaling Your UX Strategy

Harvard Business Review

This process has been incubated successfully at SAP, where teams have compressed the product development process into three months for some new releases.

The Economy of Punishment

Harvard Business Review

As part of this journey, Cat launched a program called Defy Ventures , in New York, that provides a business incubator for ex-offenders who then have an opportunity to compete for $150,000 in seed capital for their businesses.

The Two Questions to Ask Before You Innovate

Harvard Business Review

It''s perilously easy for corporate innovators to skate past the why and the how, particularly those working in new-growth groups or incubators. The project team had certainly prepared for the workshop. Its members had a carefully constructed PowerPoint document, replete with facts and figures that showed the attractiveness of what we''ll call the booming management-training market in China (details have been disguised to protect the client''s confidentiality).

Increase the Odds of Your Start-Up’s Success

Harvard Business Review

As some of you will remember, I headed a start-up called HCL Comnet in 1993, which incubated the idea of remote infrastructure management services. While traveling between India and the U.S. these past few months, I spent some of the long hours in the air looking back at my professional life and the lessons I learned along the way. Each phase of my career offered different challenges, successes, and lessons, but my most exhilarating moments were undoubtedly during the start-up phases.

The Case for Slacking Off

Harvard Business Review

It is the incubator for future bursts of creativity. I recently asked an executive I coached how many emails she received each day. Five hundred,” she replied. But I don’t read any of them. If I did, I wouldn’t really be doing my job. Given the work I do, my challenge isn’t obtaining information but figuring out how to push information away so that I don’t suffer from information overload. I need time to think.”.

Six Ways to Befriend Future Tech Billionaires

Harvard Business Review

New business incubators are becoming increasingly common in the U.S. and elsewhere; the best results come from those that provide access to sources of advice, which is why University-linked incubators show a slightly higher survival rate for new ventures after the crucial five-year mark, as my research overview for the HBS US Competitiveness Project showed. David Karp, who sold Tumblr to Yahoo for $1.1

How a Game Got Our Global Employees to Collaborate

Harvard Business Review

As an added bonus, it has become an incubator for thousands of talented minds to create, innovate, and engage in new initiatives that include future product and service development. VJ, an engineer in India working on a development project, is trying to resolve technical issues within a software application.

Getting Buy-In for Innovation that Doesn’t Fade at the End of the Quarter

Harvard Business Review

For a business incubated by a large company using an annual funding cycle, you generally need a one-year mission that clearly articulates to direct reports and colleagues what you are aiming to do and what the result should be. You’ve prepared a business plan for a promising new entrepreneurial venture.

Morning Advantage: One Entrepreneur Who Will Not Be Rushed

Harvard Business Review

Denizens of incubators well know the benefits of working in the same building with other aspiring entrepreneurs, who share their passions, frustrations, odd hours, advice, and companionship. A nine-year-old in Irvine, California, frustrated with the quality of videogame virtual-reality goggles, began tinkering with VR helmets he’d bought cheap from government auctions and hospital supply shops.

The Next, and Overlooked, VC Opportunity: The Middle East

Harvard Business Review

And, in fact, western VCs are beginning to trip over dozens and dozens of new local and regional angel funds, incubators, VCs and institutional investors happily finding great companies in their back yards. Venture capital is ignoring the Middle East for all the wrong reasons. Ultimately, playing it safe will cause them to yield new opportunities. I''ve interviewed over 150 impressive, young entrepreneurs and engineers throughout the Arab world.

Surefire Predictions and Why Doomsayers are Wrong

Harvard Business Review

Young scientists will invent energy-saving or health-promoting products, incubate new ventures while still in college, and sell them to markets eager for ways to control energy or health care costs. If you want certainty, here it is: my surefire predictions about the future. The next two Popes won't be a woman. At least three more corporate executives will be fired for shady financial dealings.

A New Model for Innovation in Big Companies

Harvard Business Review

In essence, OneLeap runs something like an accelerated competition and incubator inside the company. It seems we’re all racing to get more entrepreneurial. Increasing creativity and innovation is not only on the priority list for start-ups; it’s also a strategic goal for CEOs of small, medium, and large-sized companies. Despite this growing obsession, however, big companies are still not very good at it.

Meet Your New R&D Team: Social Entrepreneurs

Harvard Business Review

Social entrepreneurs can serve as the "R&D function" for learning how to serve underdeveloped markets, according to Jim Koch, director of the Global Social Benefit Incubator at Santa Clara University , which has supported more than 160 social enterprises over the last decade. The smartest minds in social innovation are increasingly committed to engaging with the private sector to make significant changes in areas like health, education, and poverty.

You Probably Had a Better Week Than Ron Johnson

Harvard Business Review

Others use procrastination as a "thought incubator" that allows their brains to process ideas unconsciously, according to Quartz. AN APPLE A DAY KEEPS THE CUSTOMERS AWAY. Tired of the "bad Apple" puns yet? Surely Ron Johnson is. After an epic battle over brand differentiation versus price, Johnson was booted as CEO of JC Penney.

Entrepreneurs Take On Manufacturing

Harvard Business Review

In 2013, the multinational contract manufacturer Flextonics — which makes products for Apple and Microsoft — began offering Lab IX , a service that connects startups with manufacturing partners.

Want to Do Corporate Innovation Right? Go Inside Google Brain

Harvard Business Review

An internal incubator. “The time we spent incubating in Google X was really essential,” Corrado says. ” The result of that incubation period was an actual product. Apple fuses technology with design.

0511 | Larry Downes: Full Transcript

LDRLB

If it was, maybe you bring them into your incubator, work with them more directly, see if you can turn that into a product or service idea. This is a full transcript of LDRLB episode 0511, an interview with Larry Downes. David: Who are you and what do you do? LARRY: I’m Larry Downes, and I’m a research fellow at the Accenture Institute for High Performance. David: You’re incredibly humble.

How Brigham & Women’s Funds Health Care Innovation

Harvard Business Review

The initiative, called BCRISP (Brigham Care Redesign Incubator and Startup Program), invites clinicians to submit short proposals that answer five questions about their ideas: 1) What problem are they are trying to solve?

Turkey and the Economics of Coups

Harvard Business Review

The 1980 coup, for example, ushered in years of human rights abuse and incubated a violent insurgency in the country’s southeast region, a conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people.

How an Ecosystem Mindset Can Help People and Organizations Succeed

Harvard Business Review

In December 2013 he was an up-and-coming young San Francisco entrepreneur and CEO of an incubator, when he posted an offhand comment on Facebook about homelessness in his city. Greg Gopman has had an interesting two and a half years.

How Singapore Became an Entrepreneurial Hub

Harvard Business Review

based venture capitalists about my plans to move my family out to Singapore to oversee Innosight’s nascent investment and incubation arm. based WiFi service provider Ruckus Wireless snatched it up in 2013. “You are crazy.”

The “Older” Entrepreneur’s Secret Weapon

Harvard Business Review

His firm had a summer incubator program for student entrepreneurs. Five years later I am at the helm of a company that grew its revenues 450% in 2013, and counts one in 200 Americans as a supporter.

Engaging Medical Specialists in Improving Health Care Value

Harvard Business Review

To this end, the medical management team developed the Brigham Care Redesign Incubator Start-up Program (BCRISP), which launched in 2013. Over the past decade, patients, payers, government, and others have increasingly scrutinized the care physicians deliver.

What Happened When Linkin Park Asked Harvard for Help with Its Business Model

Harvard Business Review

But by 2013, Linkin Park and Machine Shop had to address the fact that digital music (first downloads and then streaming) had changed the business dramatically. Photo by Mark Fiore. How do musicians make money today?