There’s Gold in Them Thar Aurums

Adam Trexler and Limor Schafman 8.10.2015
Literally. Aurum, a multilayered nanotechology product produced by Valaurum, contains 1/10 of a gram of 24 carat gold. It makes gold affordable for everyone, with a 10th of a gram being valued at approximately $10. Developed by thin film specialist Paul Diffendaffer and one of his partners, Laurie Johansen, Aurum is a polyester product in which nanotechnology deposits with extremely high precision,...

From Startup to Fortune 50, Companies Need to Brainstorm Outside the Box

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Everyone says this. “Innovation” is now one of the most overused words in the English lexicon. Small companies are declaring they are innovative. Large corporations are developing task forces to become innovative. Everyone is striving for that business edge. But what are some good ways to get ideas going? American Express’ Open Forum is offering some good resources and this article...

How the Beauty of a Monarch Butterfly Showed Me the Path to Presence

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This past Sunday I took a sweltering 4 hour hike along in Prince William Forest Park – one of my favorite spots to enjoy the outdoor beauty of Virginia. Walking along South Fork Quantico Creek, I was immersed in greenery with a brook humming beside me. For me hiking is a meditative venture in which I try to calm my mind and get present. Usually the physical exercise yields up some type of realization....

Is Software Patentable? Not Always. Here’s Why.

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Lady Justice protecting your software patents. The question of the century? Or of the millennium? Definitely a question the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) and U.S. Supreme Court have been struggling with since the term “software” was coined. In 2014, arguments were heard by the Supreme Court in the case of Alice Corp. vs. CLS Bank International. The case has created a lot...

Design to Grow in Scale and Flexibility

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The mental structure one brings to a business issue (or any issue for that matter) defines the solutions one sees. It can be a fruitful exercise to try on different mental thinking caps when reviewing the success and issues of ones business. David Butler, Coca-Cola’s VP of Innovation who released in March of this year the book Design To Grow: How Coca-Cola Learned to Combine Scale & Agility,...

Text Based Games: A Powerful Tool for Experiential Corporate Training

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Even with all the graphic images, movies and photos that “say 1000 words,” text is one of the great gateways for our imaginations. And the reason for this is that no one else is providing us the imagery. We are bringing it to the table, based on our memories, our emotions, yes – some past images which we have stored. But it is generated by us. Gamasutra just posted the talk by...

Don’t Lose Your International Patent Rights: 2 Key Tips for Preserving Your IPs Value

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There are the top 2 things a business person should know about patent rules if they’re going to be manufacturing or selling internationally: 1) Public disclosures before filing can nullify your patent rights in some countries 2) Filing a PCT application gives you flexibility and time for individual global patent filings First point: What constitutes a ‘public disclosure?’ A ‘public disclosure’...

Moooove over Lindsay Lohan. I have an Ankle Bracelet toooo!

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Did you know that female cows in heat change their walking patterns in a particular way? This was discovered when Fujitsu placed pedometers on cows, making them tech-chic with IoT connected wearable ankle bracelets. This small bit of data was used to then more effectively inseminate the cows thus increasing yield significantly. As part of the Fujitsu GyuHo SAAS offering using Microsoft’s Azure...

True Ingenuity: Making the Most of What You Have

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There is a reason that the tagline of InnovationNetwork.guru is a list of these words: People * Creativity * Knowledge * Insight * Foresight * Will – it is because time and again these have been the core elements I’ve observed for all things innovative. This story about Baila Ndiaye of Senegal is quintessential in touching each of these elements. Baila runs an engineering firm in Strasbourg,...

Put in the “…ing”: Inject Value Through Experience

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Joe Pine defined the Experience Economy. It all began in 1992 with the concept of Mass Customization. Now remember the world that existed in the early 90’s. The World Wide Web was still text based used by government, military and educational institutions. The Mosaic Browser had not yet been released. Email addresses were still long strings of numbers. In short, the digital world as we know...