Incumbent Capitalism


This is one of my big beefs with the way we think about capitalism in this country: We fundamentally support what I call incumbency capitalism. We don't support innovation capitalism. What's the difference? Every rule around tax credits in the oil industry is set up by, and influenced by, the…

China manufacturing


A couple of fascinating posts on Shenzen small manufacturing. Significantly, they do not just produce copycat phones. They make original design phones as well, as documented in this PDF (it is in Chinese, but the pictures are cool; the collage above is ganked from the PDF). These original phones integrate…

unnovation


This is a brilliant idea. Most innovation, well, isn't: it is "unnovation," or innovation that fails to create authentic, meaningful value. The biggest stumbling block to innovation is unnovation: most companies are too busy unnovating to ever learn how to truly innovate. In the race to innovate, most organizations forget…

end to end design versus BOM design


Grossly simplifying, some products are Bill of Materials (BOM) products and some are Designed products. BOM products come to market via a process of generating a parts list and then integrating. In place of designers, BOM products have buyers and integrators. In place of innovation, BOM products have standards. The…