big company innovation

PayPal founder Peter Thiel on
what stifles big co. innovation

Innovation Leader's Scott Kirsner talks with PayPal co-founder and legendary investor-entrepreneur Peter Thiel about the advantages of the startup and the disadvantages that can plague big companies. Thiel discusses how internal politics can tilt decision-making in large companies towards “safe” ideas and away from what is truly disruptive. Listen to the interview and read a summary here.

Government Innovation Officer: Tony Parham of Mass. talks about his first two years
Panera Bread: How they reinvented the customer experience (includes photos)
Reebok: The inherent risks of innovation (includes video)

Latest job openings for innovation execs

Among those looking to fill senior positions: Nike, the National Football League, the State of Oregon, Applebee's, MeadWestvaco, and Estee Lauder. Check out the listings — or post your own jobs — here.

Webcast Replay

Watch the Webcast: Fidelity VP on tools for innovation teams

When should you — and when shouldn’t you — use tools like idea management, design thinking, and lean startup methodology? Rick Smyers, Vice President of the Center for Accelerated Innovation at Fidelity Investments, touched on those questions and many others in a recent webcast for Innovation Leader members. Watch the Webcast here.


Sharing innovation at Hershey's

Next Call: Deborah Arcoleo, head of the Advanced Innovation Center at Pennsylvania-based The Hershey Company, talks to us about developing an organization-wide innovation capability at the $7 billion chocolate company — and takes your questions — on January 14th. Sign up to participate here.

Last Call: If you missed our call with Rolf Kleiner, Chief Innovation Officer at Kelly Services, here are the notes and complete audio. (We've also got a short excerpt for those who aren't yet members.)

Resource Center

Documents from Gap, Nike, others

Check out the new documents in our Resource Center, including a step-by-step look at Gap's innovation "brand" called Mindspark; a fun internal Nike event called "Attack from Left Field"; and a Procter & Gamble paper on innovation challenges and solutions. Go to the Resource Center.

Benchmarking Report

Benchmark your innovation program

Innovation Leader and Innosight have teamed up to develop the industry's first innovation benchmarking report. The 2015 Innovation Benchmarking Study will be released in Q2 at an event in New York City.

Take the survey now, and get access to the results!

Thought Leadership

Four stages to launch innovation in 90 days

Innosight: Innovation Leader partner Innosight has published a great series of videos, including this one on "The Four Stages of Launching an Innovation Engine in 90 Days."


A home for corporate innovators

Innovation Leader offers resources, research, tools, networking, and information to assist innovation executives inside large corporations. Learn more from founder Scott Kirsner.