Posts Tagged ‘innovation’

  • Friction Free Clicks

    Feb 26, 12 • 431 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 • 686 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]

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    A Kodak (Missed) Moment

    Jan 7, 12 • 610 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 • 451 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]

  • Everyday economics and Shake Shack

    Fast (and Slow) Food

    Dec 23, 11 • 489 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]