Posts Tagged ‘innovation’

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    Just Desserts

    May 27, 12 • 296 Views • No Comments

    Our story begins in 1920 with some ice cream, some chocolate and a stick. A candy maker decided to coat the ice cream with the chocolate, insert the stick and freeze it. Patenting the stick idea, he created the first ice cream bar and called it a Good Humor...  [read more]

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    A Better Ketchup Bottle?

    May 25, 12 • 302 Views • No Comments

    In a 1964 TV commercial, during a pouring contest between 2 young boys, Heinz ketchup was “…too thick and rich to run.” In another ad, Heinz lost an OK Coral duel because it was the “slowest ketchup in the west…east, north and...  [read more]

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    You’ve Got Mail?

    May 19, 12 • 427 Views • No Comments

    During dinner this evening, my friend said that she loves her local post office. A very small branch in a teeny building, they know her name, her needs, and are a neighborhood institution. But, is it worth $1 billion a month? During the first 3 months of...  [read more]

  • Friction Free Clicks

    Feb 26, 12 • 266 Views • No Comments

    Which friction minimizing invention received a patent in 1999? Amazon 1-Click. Described by Amazon in their application for patent 5,960,411, the purchaser just hits a button that activates the movement of payment information from “the client...  [read more]

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    Encouraging Innovation

    Jan 29, 12 • 406 Views • No Comments

    “Steve had this firm belief that the right kind of building can do great things for a culture.” The Steve is Steve Jobs and the building is Pixar’s headquarters. (The quote came from Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs) The usual Hollywood...  [read more]