Posts Tagged ‘innovation’

  • GDP: The Brooklyn Bridge

    Jul 30, 13 • 407 Views • No Comments

    The story of the Brooklyn Bridge is really about cheap steel. Used to iron that tended to be brittle, 19th century bridge builders had little experience with steel. And yet, the dimensions of the Brooklyn Bridge required what steel could provide– a......  [read more]

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    Innovation: The Cup Holder

    Jul 20, 13 • 922 Views • No Comments

    Steve Jobs once said, “It’s not the consumers’ job to know what they want.” I suspect that automakers were thinking like Steve Jobs when they gave us the cup holder. The story of the cup holder begins in 1950: A tough device to perfect, the cup......  [read more]

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    Demand and Supply: Should Congress Unbundle Cable?

    May 16, 13 • 860 Views • No Comments

    If I pay $100 for a 50 channel cable package, then choosing the 25 channels I really watch should cost me $25. Yes? I suspect Senator John McCain agrees. But it might not work out that way if his legislative unbundling proposal is passed by Congress.......  [read more]

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    Creative Destruction: Purell’s Story

    Mar 15, 13 • 431 Views • No Comments

    Blowing out candles on birthday cakes has been banned in Australian childcare centers. The reason is the germs. Also, kids are required to wash their hands before going in the sandbox. Really. The rule comes from Australia’s Health Minister. In the US,......  [read more]

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    The Surprising Significance of a Wobbly Plate

    Mar 7, 13 • 375 Views • No Comments

    Thinking about how something seemingly frivolous can be wonderfully productive took me to Nobel Prize winning physicist Richard Feynman. His wobbly plate story (when he taught at Cornell) is marvelous. He describes it in this excerpt from his book, Surely......  [read more]