Posts Tagged ‘open’

Pro-Am is the new entrepreneurship

20130604-230610.jpgThe Pro-Am term – a contraction of Professional and Amateur – was originally coined to refer to sport competition mixing professionals and amateurs or to players evolving in an intermediate status between those two categories. It then extended to scientific collaborations between amateurs and professionals in disciplines, such as astronomy, where it has been traditionally easier for amateurs to make a valued contribution.

Today Pro-Am has become a major socio-economic trend. It is estimated that in mature economies 30 to 40% of people are Pro-Am at something. My friend Emma, who works as a chemist in the energy sector, is a cupcake pro-am (see pic). Other colleagues are pro-am mechanics. Between the rubbish and the advertizing, YouTube is full of amateur performances of professional standard. Three factors have directly contributed to this trend: Read more…


Between wanderers and tourists, travelers walk the innovation path

September 22, 2011 1 comment

“The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.”

G. K. Chesterton

The traveler strikes the right balance between the wanderer’s open-minded absence of direction, and the tourist single-minded destination focus. Read more…

In martial art fashion, iPed exploites iPad obessive defense to attack

The iPed has just been released.  I first thought it was a typo, but it’s not: the iPed is a Chinese copycat of the iPad, going as far as picking one of the few vowels left by Apple to comically copy the name of its californian rival. It would be easy to dismiss it as a cheap imitation (and at $150 v $500, cheaper it is indeed) that will only appeal to second-class customers. But the iPed brings something radically different: it is open source. Read more…

Crowdsourcing solutions to the Gulf oil spill

Hutch Carpenter asks on Blogging Innovation: should BP crowdsource potential solutions for the Gulf oil spill? Crowdsourcing has indeed proven its value time and again. In We Think Charles Leadbeater demonstrates its power to harness the collective brains of people across the globe to design strategies to solve problems more effectively and rapidly than formal organisation could ever do.

In his post, Hutch examins three factors that might be holding BP back: Read more…

Co-creation springs from a sense of common purpose

May 28, 2010 4 comments

Too often the question of value extraction/retention is a dominant concern for all parties at too early a stage. For the sake of argument, let’s consider a supplier who has to develop a critical component for a customer who will integrate it in the design of a new finished product. The development process has not yet started that the customer plays its cards close to its chest with the conscious objective to retain as much of the value they will get from selling the finished product, Read more…

Amazon’s next move: making the Kindle open source?

March 11, 2010 1 comment

Independent research boutique ChangeWave surveyed 3,171 consumers and found that, amongst respondents planning to buy an e-book reader in the next 90 days, a towering 40% favour Apple’s iPad, with Amazon’s Kindle attracting only 28%. While the marked preference for the iPad may be temporarily over-inflated by the hype surrounding its launch, there is no doubt that Apple’s entry in this market is a threat to Amazon. What should Amazon ‘s next move be? Read more…

Open innovation and the fear that it will benefit my competitors

February 19, 2010 Leave a comment

Robert Shelton publishes an enlightening article about the 3 levels of open innovation maturity. But for most companies, open innovation raises instinctive fears that their ideas will leak out to their competitors and destroy any competitive advantage they would have hoped to get from their innovation.

3 levels of Open Innovation

  • Level 1: aware & adhoc. Companies are aware of the need to open up to external sources of ideas and to leverage external capabilities. Read more…