Innovation Acceleration Group Blog

"Do or Do not, there is no Try" in Innovation!

Posted by Ozan Sonmez

“Do or Do not there is no Try" - Master Yoda

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Topics: Entrepreneurs, Lean Startup, Acceleration, Insider, Innovation

Why You Should Ditch Your VP (at Least for a While)

Posted by Mark Searle

In a December 2017 post, I observed that “misuse of the term ‘MVP’ frequently creates confusion and distraction” when launching new products, services, and business models. It’s worth taking a look at some of the causes of confusion, and why this confusion is destructive.

 

Everybody understands the concept of “minimum;” the troubles arise from what we mean by “viable” and “product.” For fun, I looked up the words using Microsoft’s Smart Lookup function and also the dictionary in my MacBook (they must be using the same source as their definitions were identical). I found:

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Topics: Insider, Innovation

“MVP?” Your Name is “MUD”

Posted by Mark Searle

In business launch processes, the “Minimum Viable Product” or MVP concept is powerful and useful. Unfortunately, misuse of the term “MVP” frequently creates confusion and distraction, wasting time and energy; these negative effects even hinder some projects’ forward progress or contribute to projects failing. To help solve this misuse problem, and the resulting confusion, I am introducing the concept of the “Minimum Useful Demo” or “MUD” in my programs.

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Topics: Insider, Innovation

Honored to meet President Obama at India Town Hall

Posted by Manav Subodh

On December 1, 2017, I was honored to attend an exclusive event in New Delhi, India with President Obama. I was extended this invitation by the Obama Foundation after being nominated along with around 280 others future leaders of India. I am Manav Subodh, Director of International Development for the Innovation Acceleration Group and Berkeley Executive Education; co-founder of 1M1B (1 Million for 1 Billion), a job creation initiative that aims to create 1 million leaders and entrepreneurs who will drive 1 billion people out of poverty.

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Topics: Innovation

What is a Virtual Accelerator?

Posted by Ayliffe Brown

“If you are an accelerator without an incubation space, how does it work?” I was asked by several German executives in a sales meeting.

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Topics: Acceleration, Insider

IAG Innovator Highlight: One Scientist’s Quest to Change the World

Posted by Ayliffe Brown

Dr. Mauro Rebelo has been a scientist his entire life. From a very young age, he had a vision of changing the world by solving not simply diagnosing, real problems. However, after a decade of working in academia he was less than satisfied. That is when he decided to become an entrepreneur. Little did he know entrepreneurship was much more difficult than laboratory research.

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IAG Innovator Highlight: How Embr Labs reached 5x their Kickstarter goal

Posted by Ayliffe Brown

For the past 4 years, Sam Shames has transformed his position from CTO to the Chief Enthusiasm Officer at Embr Labs. In the fall of 2014, the IAG team worked with Sam and his co-founders from MIT during the Intel Make It Wearable Challenge. This challenge was based on IAG's Enterprise Startup Engagement program. The goal was to create a global challenge for startups to create wearable technology by implementing the, then newly released, Intel Edison chip. IAG worked with the startups to teach them how to validate and pitch their businesses, while Intel worked with the engineers to develop a working prototype.

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Topics: Entrepreneurs, IAG Alumni, Lean Startup, Innovation

To Build a Bridge, Seek the Truth

Posted by Mark Searle

On July 26th, 2017, I spoke on a panel in San Francisco called "Innovation Bridge: Technology, Startups and Europe’s Connection to Silicon Valley."

The Bay Area Economic Foundation organized the event.  I suspect they invited me because I was once CEO of a venture-backed European startup that moved its headquarters to Silicon Valley, and now I lead and teach innovation and entrepreneurship accelerators that span the globe.  

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Topics: Acceleration, Innovation, Insider, Lean Startup

Scaling Internal Corporate Innovation:  Bosch Leads the Way

Posted by Ayliffe Brown

 

Robert Bosch GmbH (Bosch) has established itself as a global leader in innovation and continuous improvement.  For more than 12 years, Bosch executives have partnered with  startups , universities and other outside partners to evolve and drive the company's innovation culture.  More recently, Bosch demonstrated its increasing commitment to continuous reinvention with the creation of a corporate-level division, fully dedicated to Business Model Innovation.  The company's considerable success with these efforts is evident in its ongoing delivery of innovative, market-changing new products, services, and business models, and in the increasing engagement of Bosch employees, who are embracing innovation and structured risk-taking across all divisions in increasing numbers.  This cross-divisional, multi-level commitment to structured innovation processes is accelerating market-validated, team-driven innovations.

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Topics: Innovation

This is not Innovation through Osmosis

Posted by Ayliffe Brown


What if “innovation” was a repeatable business process your employees could do every day? What if you didn’t have to hire Steve Jobs and create crazy Silicon Valley-style incentive plans and “innovation outposts” to reliably create new products and services that keep pace with the technology and business model disruptions startups take advantage of?

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Topics: Innovation