When Will this Low-Innovation Internet Era End?

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Then there's another view, which I heard from author Neal Stephenson in an MIT lecture hall last week. Stephenson was clearly trying to be provocative. But he's not alone in the judgment that we're not actually living in an era of great innovation. Gordon's productivity research.) It was only as new factories were built that took advantage of the unique properties of electric motors that a productivity boom ensued. Innovation Tech industry Technology

Why Business Leaders Need to Read More Science Fiction

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Singapore has overtaken Silicon Valley as the world’s innovation hub after FDA regulation prompts a brain drain from California. Neal Stephenson’s The Diamond Age inspired Jeff Bezos to create the Kindle ; Sergey Brin mines Stephenson’s even more famous Snow Crash for insights into virtual reality. They make us more efficient and productive. Leadership Innovation Creativity Digital ArticleAt the end of the 19th century, New York City stank.

The Stakeholders You Need to Close a Big Deal

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The champions I’ve known have been motivated by a host of related factors – generating personal visibility, drawing attention and resources to their domain, or being perceived as innovators. OnLive’s product enabled high-end video games to be hosted in the cloud and played from any device. The decision maker at AT&T was CEO Randall Stephenson. With that, Stephenson felt he could defend his decision. Entrepreneurship Innovation Sales

Can Being Overconfident Make You a Better Leader?

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Randall Stephenson, then CEO of AT&T, famously said , “I told people you weren’t betting on a device. There was also no way that Apple could have met its tight product timelines, or kept its products shrouded in secrecy until launch, without fierce commitments from its employees. As such, our findings are consistent with research showing that overconfident CEOs are better innovators. OLI SCARFF/Getty Images.

The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of the U.S. Antitrust Movement

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The authorities accepted the increased risks from concentrated telecommunications, financial, and radio industries, among others, for the prospect of future efficiencies and innovation. “Firms in industries with the largest increases in product market concentration have enjoyed higher profit margins, positive abnormal stock returns, and more profitable M&A deals, which suggests that market power is becoming an important source of value.” Tim Evans for HBR.