The power of the crowd - insight and collaboration through crowdsourcing

The power of the crowd – insight and collaboration through crowdsourcing

Whether you like it or not we are all contributors and users of crowdsourced data on a daily basis.  Examples are all around us, whether it’s: voting on TV talent shows; product ratings on Amazon; or traffic on Google Maps; or mobile phone coverage maps collated by RootMetrics from user supplied data.  Whilst the first…

Commercial Agility vs. Novelty - the role of commercial innovation

Commercial Agility vs. Novelty – the role of commercial innovation

One of the key battlegrounds between Google and Apple over the next few months will be in the area of music streaming.  The companies are likely to take subtly different approaches in terms of service offering and business model. Google’s recently launched ‘Play Music All Access’ is a subscription based service similar to Spotify and…

the ubiquity of apps

The Ubiquity of Apps – An Opportunity for Education

The Ubiquity of Apps – An Opportunity in Education (via innov8-Ed) It’s difficult to think about a world without apps, however, it is only five years since the launch of the iTunes App Store.  In this time apps have become ubiquitous and found across all platforms and not just the Apple iOS.  Over the past…

Has Blackberry created a new recipe that includes less Apple?

Has Blackberry created a new recipe that includes less Apple?

Some had said that the release of the new Blackberry 10 device and OS was its last chance.  There was certainly a lot riding on it.  Since Blackberry’s high point in terms of innovative poster child, other players, notably Apple, have taken that crown. Apple in particular, from its consumer roots, has created some revolutionary…

Time to wake up and smell the coffee in terms of innovation?

Time to wake up and smell the coffee in terms of innovation?

The Boothroyd Room in Portcullis House in Westminster was an emotive place yesterday.  It was the venue for the UK parliament’s, Public Accounts Committee, to interview on the record, leaders from Starbucks, Amazon, and Google on the taxation of multinational corporations. Whilst this is obviously an emotive subject, the element of the discussion that I was surprised…

Passion vs. Objectivity - Is there a place for passion in business?

Passion vs. Objectiveness – Is there a role for emotion in business?

As Apple fans the world over waited for the release of the iPhone 5 last month the focus was really on the hardware as most of the new features of the next release of the iOS6 operating system had been publicized already.  In general there have been no real issues with the new hardware this time round,…