Posts Tagged ‘innovation’

  • Fast Hand Dryer

    Innovation: Where Do Inventors Live?

    Feb 8, 13 • 434 Views • No Comments

    Hearing about the producer of the high-speed hand dryer, I thought, “Tweaker.” Describing Steve Jobs, Malcolm Gladwell called him a “tweaker.” Like the 19th century inventor who made the spinning wheel spin more smoothly, tweakers......  [read more]

  • texting is 20 years old

    Happy Birthday Texting!

    Dec 14, 12 • 408 Views • No Comments

    Sometimes, you never know… At first, it was just a “Merry Christmas” message sent from a computer terminal to a cell phone. The year was 1992, the firm was Vodafone, and the goal was just a better way for secretaries to page their managers.......  [read more]

  • Is It Better to Outsource or Insource T-shirts?

    Manufacturing Matters in the US

    Dec 10, 12 • 602 Views • No Comments

    Hearing about an apparel firm that “insourced,” I confess I was not as enthusiastic as the report. The firm, American Giant, had just enjoyed a run on their hoodies. As a Made in the USA producer, they have the caché of a San Francisco factory.......  [read more]

  • The History of the Elevator is About Innovation and Economic Growth

    Elevator Economics

    Dec 6, 12 • 1098 Views • No Comments

    Where would we be without the elevator? To deliver a bed, sometimes you need an elevator. It is easy now…but not during the mid-19th century. When a bed company mechanic, Elisha Graves Otis, was asked to create a freight elevator, he knew he had to......  [read more]

  • 19th Century Urban Transport Was An Environmental Problem

    Urban Pollution

    Dec 2, 12 • 2789 Views • No Comments

    When we worry about the impact of autos on the environment, perhaps we should remember the horse. In 1880, the horse population in Manhattan and Brooklyn was somewhere between 150,000-175,000 and growing. A basic part of city life, horsecar rides totalled......  [read more]