Posts Tagged ‘American Innovation’

The Innovation Squeeze…and Bill Maher’s New Rules…

May 13, 2013

Where is the American innovation engine?   Right now, this great engine of growth reminds me of  a sputtering car engine, struggling to turn over when the battery is low in sub-freezing temperatures.

What’s worse, we need innovation now, more than ever.  Jobs are scarce, jobs that actually pay the rent or mortgage are even scarcer.   If we want to see the creation of jobs that have some meat and bones on them, we should be doing everything to get that innovation engine chugging along like it used to.  As technology and off-shoring swallows jobs whole into an abyss we count on the innovation engine to create the next generation of jobs.   We need the next internet, the next PC, the next wonder drug, the next something…. that will put people back to work.

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Innovation with a little “i” or a big “I”?

March 11, 2013

Public emphasis on little “i” innovation….

Innovation means many things to many people.  I hear a great deal about Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg as being iconic innovators for the late 20th to early 21st century world. These are the names people know.  In the public eye they are the icons of American exceptionalism and innovation.

But are they really?  I’m not trying to take anything away from these innovators.  But I am trying to get people to put these products  and applications in their proper perspective.  Because that’s what they are: products and applications using existing technology. They aren’t groundbreaking and game changing in the same respect as the creation of the internet of our generation or the mainframe computers  of 50 years ago.   These products were built on the foundation of those discoveries.

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