Posts Tagged ‘innovation’

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    A Kodak (Missed) Moment

    Jan 7, 12 • 360 Views • No Comments

    Thinking of Kodak, we can remember razor blades and Apples. Soon after it began in 1880, Kodak told us, “You press the button and we do the rest.” Making home photography simple, they just had to sell us a camera; then, as with the razor and...  [read more]

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    Creative Destruction and the Independent Bookstore

    Dec 26, 11 • 263 Views • No Comments

    The buggy whip, the typewriter, and now, maybe the independent bookstore? In a NY Times Op-Ed, author Richard Russo criticized Amazon for business tactics that would harm independent bookstores.  He cited friends who said, “They don’t win unless...  [read more]

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    Fast (and Slow) Food

    Dec 23, 11 • 298 Views • No Comments

    Wendy’s is about to pull ahead of Burger King in the U.S. The reason? People care about their lettuce and the shape of their burgers. Led by new ownership, Wendy’s now has 11 different greens (not just iceberg), a slightly rounded bun...  [read more]

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    A Plymouth Plantation Reprise

    Nov 24, 11 • 238 Views • No Comments

    Perhaps even more relevant today, this was our blog for last Thanksgiving: In 1623, two years after the first Thanksgiving, Governor William Bradford was worried about Plymouth’s food supply. The problem, he concluded, was that people shared whatever...  [read more]

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    An Apple’s Patent

    Nov 22, 11 • 264 Views • No Comments

    This apple has bites rather than bytes but like its namesake it was patented and took years to develop. When its U.S. patent expired in 2008, it had generated close to $6 million for the University of Minnesota and is still producing royalties in...  [read more]