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    How Software-Maker PTC Prototypes the Future of AR and VR


    The $1.8 billion software company PTC makes software used to design physical products, and to connect them to the Internet of Things. In 2017, the Boston company created a new Reality Lab. Its leader, Valentin Heun, says, “We look at problems in the company that cannot be solved wth short-term business perspectives.” Heun talks about the lab’s objectives, metrics, and where it sits within PTC.

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    Leveraging Analytics and Envisioning the Future of VR at the Indianapolis Colts


    For decades, sports teams have relied on stats to track their performance on the field. Today, a growing number of teams are using more sophisticated data and analytics software to optimize their business performance as well. That includes the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, where Charlie Shin serves as VP of Data Strategy and Analytics.

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    How Best Buy’s CTO Assesses New Technologies for Strategic Business Value


    We spoke to Brian Tilzer, Best Buy’s Chief Digital and Technology Officer, a few weeks ahead of Black Friday 2021. The starting point for our discussion was how Tilzer and his team evaluate emerging technologies that could impact Best Buy’s business. “Ninety percent of what we do is about what’s the business outcome, the customer outcome, or the employee outcome we’re trying to accomplish,” he says. More about the retailer’s strategy, and what’s changing in 2022, inside…

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    20 Essential Tools for Collaboration, Productivity, and Remote Work in 2022


    At a recent members-only online meeting hosted by Innovation Leader, members from around the world shared some of the tools they consider essential — from noise-canceling software to AI transcription services to project management platforms.

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    How Delta Airlines is Charting a Course to Net Zero Emissions


    Delta’s Managing Director of Sustainability Amelia DeLuca sits down with Innovation Leader to discuss electric airplanes, carbon offsets, biofuels, and communicating sustainability objectives to employees and customers.

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    Photos: Our Fall Events in Boston, Chicago, and New York


    We ran a series of small in-person gatherings this fall, hosted at places like MIT’s new InnovationHQ building, the MassRobotics incubator, Relish Works in the Chicago Merchandise Mart, and the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn. Here are some pics…

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    Moisés’ 10 Commandments for Innovation and Growth


    In this series, Moisés Noreña shares his “10 Commandments for Innovation and Growth” at established companies. 

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    Busting Myths with the Head of Innovation and Science at Mars


    Mars President of Innovation, Science, Technology, and Mars Edge Jean-Christophe Flatin discusses connecting with candy (and pet care!) consumers, and “myth busts” the top misconceptions he sees within innovation teams. 

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    The Changing Landscape of Corporate-Startup Engagement


    How are the interactions between Global 1000 companies and startups changing? How do large organizations build the case for greater involvement in the startup ecosystem? What resources do they put in place? To answer those questions, and others, we conducted a survey in Q3 2021 whose respondents included both leaders in large organizations and entrepreneurs who are seeking to collaborate with large organizations. Here’s the 61-page slide deck collecting what we found.

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    10 Strategies to Jump-start Your Innovation Commitment


    It was all there—you had management support and set up an innovation strategy. You rallied stakeholders and ran idea campaigns. Participation was good. You gathered promising ideas and implemented some of them. Then, interest and engagement faded away. Everyone agrees that innovation is key to your organization, so why are ...


    The Top 25 Most Influential Innovators


    2020 was a brutal year that separated a few forward-looking companies that continued to invest in innovation from the rest of the pack. From mRNA vaccines to streaming services to commercial spaceflight, here’s our list of the Top 25 Most Influential Innovators working inside big organizations.

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    iRobot CEO on Managing & Supporting Innovation


    As part of our recent Success Stories conference, co-founder and CEO of iRobot Colin Angle discussed the growth of his company and how he approaches innovation.

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    Should You Be on Clubhouse? 5 Benefits (and 3 Risks) for Professionals in Large Organizations


    Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Gayle King are already on the Clubhouse app. Should you be? If you work inside a big organization, there are a different set of risks to weigh…

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    Ex-Amazonian Bill Carr Shares the Keys to Amazon’s Culture


    Bill Carr, who spent 15 years at Amazon, shares how the company has maintained an innovative culture as it grew to a trillion-dollar operation. 

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    Assessment: What Stage of Innovation Maturity is Your Organization At?


    Welcome to IL’s Innovation Maturity Model assessment. This diagnostic is designed to help innovation, R D, strategy, and new product development leaders understand the strengths and weaknesses of their innovation programs, and provide an instant score. This assessment is designed for current corporate professionals and should only take about ...

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    How Travel is Changing at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport


    What does it mean to innovate travel, and create new kinds of safety in 2020? Jodie Brinkerhoff, VP of Innovation at DFW Airport, discusses how her team is adapting…

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    What are the Biggest Barriers to Innovation?


    This crisis is revealing aspects of our world that were broken, but hidden in the normal state of things. Now that the apple cart has been turned over, what can we see that is  broken? 

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    12 of the Best Tools for Real-Time Team Collaboration

    What are you using to collaborate, run brainstorming sessions, and move projects forward at this moment of remote work? Here are some tools our community recommended.