The VisionMine Blog Posts

Overcoming the Structural Barriers to Open Innovation

Excellent article describing the critical barriers to Open Innovation, and the specific tactics and organizational structural requirements to overcome the barriers.  Read the article.

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Tips for Startups Hoping to Engage with Large Corporations

For corporations, startups provide access to interesting technologies, and can help drive innovation in the large organization.  For startups, having a large corporation on the customer list can be the tipping point. Last week, VisionMine’s co-founder, Coley Brown, participated on a panel discussing how startups can work with large corporations.  Four tips are shared in this article.

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Start-Ups Emerge as Tech Vendors of Choice

By BEN WORTHEN Businesses are getting more comfortable buying technology from start-ups and other small outfits, a shift that could usher in a period of slower growth for tech giants such as Hewlett-Packard Co. HPQ +0.49% and Oracle Corp. DELL -0.85% Businesses are increasingly turning to start-ups and other small companies for new technology, in a shift

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FastCompany’s Most Innovative Companies of 2013

Fast Company’s 50 Most Innovative Companies of 2013 List just came out – and as always, great reading. http://www.fastcompany.com/section/most-innovative-companies-2013

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The GE Innovation Barometer

The GE Global Innovation Barometer, now in its third year, explores how business leaders around the world view innovation and how those perceptions are influencing business strategies in an increasingly complex and globalized environment. This year’s study examines what factors business believe to be drivers and deterrents of innovation and analyzes specific approaches and policies

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To truly innovate, sometimes you need to change the name….

The following article from Bank Innovation, has a great list of technology innovations for the underbanked.  But from my perspective, the most compelling point is the need for new language – the terms unbanked and underbanked imply that the problem to solve is to get everyone banked, rather than to create financial innovations that meet

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Where Intrapreneurs Can Thrive

It can be hard to get a big, slow company to change its ways. It’s the efforts of courageous intrapreneurs that can change their trajectory. The key is to make your company a place where intrapreneurs can thrive.  Read the article from Fast Company.  

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Get Inspired by Time Magazine’s Top Inventions of 2012

Robots, rovers and the rest of 2012’s most important innovations, from the affordable to the extreme; get inspired by this list. Read more: http://techland.time.com/2012/11/01/best-inventions-of-the-year-2012/slide/indoor-clouds/    

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LinkedIn Launches an Incubator to Turn Employess into Entrepreneurs

LinkedIn has recently taken the concept of “intrapreneurship” to a while new level. By launching [in]cubator, they are enabling employees with a good idea to make a pitch, and if selected, incubate them for three months to develop the project. http://www.fastcompany.com/3003818/linkedin-launches-incubator-turn-employees-entrepreneurs          

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MasterCard works with emerging companies to innovate

In the words of Tom Still, President of the Wisconsin Technology Council, “Somewhere along the evolutionary path from startups to mature businesses, many companies stop innovating.” Large companies such as MasterCard can innovate by making it a part of the internal culture and recognizing that great ideas also come from outside. “For executives who want

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