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Q&A: What Software Do You Use for Managing Ideas?

In a recent Q&A email, a member of the Innovation Leader community asked the following question: “What software do you use for managing ideas — specifically, dealing with an idea backlog? Why did you choose this software?” See the responses inside…

Lyft COO Jon McNeill Talks Tesla, “Peak Car,” and the Future of Mobility

Lyft’s COO Jon McNeill has spent his career in the mobility industry, scaling both startups and billion dollar companies. McNeill shared his experiences at Innovation Leader’s 2018 Impact event, where he discussed the innovative culture at Tesla, Lyft’s mission, and the future of mobility.

Q&A: What Metrics Do You Track for Your Innovation Center?

We asked the Innovation Leader community: What metrics do you track to prove out the value of your innovation center? Do you have any specific benchmarks regarding increased sales/customer acquisition tied to the space (or insights from your work with clients)? Here are some of their answers…

How $10B Corning Focuses R&D Efforts — and the Four Places Its New Ideas Come From

“We talk about ‘technology push’ versus ‘technology pull,'” says Christie McCarthy of Corning. “You can have a very elegant value proposition built on all the reasons why this product should work. But if the customer doesn’t care, then it doesn’t matter.” Inside, McCarthy explains where the customer fits in as a source of ideas at the $10 billion materials and optics company.

Master Class Replay: Successful Collaboration and Partnerships with Outside Teams

In our most recent Master Class, Bob Klein from our strategic partner, Digital Scientists, explained how best to partner with outside teams, and as well as some of the risks involved. The webcast includes an exploration four different types of partnerships: startup collaborations, staff augmentations, teams for hire, and collaborative teams. The full one-hour webcast replay is inside, along with downloadable slides…

How We’re Building a Culture That Supports Innovation at Chick-fil-A

Imagine if your company joined the ranks of the world’s most innovative companies — companies like Apple, Netflix, or Amazon. It’s possible, writes columnist Leo Chan, but only if you’re able to build a strong culture that supports innovation.

Ideation, Incubation, and Commercialization: How Daimler’s Lab1886 Develops and Rolls Out New Businesses

Daimler AG’s Lab1886 is the organization’s internal innovation hub, with locations in Berlin, Beijing, Silicon Valley, and Atlanta, among other places. The vehicle-maker relies on the lab to help explore trends in mobility, and take ideas from conception to the marketplace. Susanne Hahn, Director of Lab1886 Global, sat down with Innovation Leader to discuss Lab1886, how the company inspires and supports its employees to innovate, and why they chose Atlanta for the lab’s newest addition.

Fidelity Investments CEO Talks Blockchain, VR, and Deflation in Financial Services

At a recent FinTech Sandbox event in Boston, Fidelity CEO Abigail Johnson discussed the history of the company’s innovation unit; some of the organization’s most recent innovations; and its goals for the future. Edited highlights inside…

Sports iLab’s Angela Ruggiero on the Converging Fields of Sports and Technology

Sports teams and franchises have to adapt to keep up with fans’ expectations, embracing new technology that connects them with their customers. Angela Ruggiero, CEO of the Sports Innovation Lab in Boston, talks about how technology can help teams avoid disruption.

Photo Gallery: Seattle Roundtable Exploring the Process of Getting Ideas to Market

The latest roundtable in our on-going Underground series dove into the challenges of sourcing ideas internally and externally, and how to move those ideas through prototyping, pilots, and eventual release into the world. The discussion was led by Virginia Williams, Vice President of Spigit, and Kelsey Alpaio of Innovation Leader. See who was there…