Four SXSW Takeaways

Michael Tchong

SXSW was, as usual, a spectacle to be experienced. Here are some key takeaways: Multitasking events – SXSW may remind you of the COMDEX conferences of yore, but with a twist. While there were many corporate parties at that long-forgotten Las Vegas event, most did not feature “content” as the main draw. Lesson: business prospects like to be entertained and …

Top 10 Innovators

Michael Tchong

Like that year-end ritual where some organizations claim to be able to pick the hottest trends of the next year, some market watchers compile lists of the top (fill-in-the-blank) most innovative companies. As much as trends do not adhere to calendar years, innovators defy ranking. A few weeks ago, Fast Company did its best to try to shoehorn 50 companies …

Pioneer Rayz: When Opportunity Knocks

Michael Tchong

Apple’s decision to remove the audio port from the iPhone 7 resulted in a public outcry of world-ending proportions. To some Apple aficionados, it was Armageddon meets invasion of the headphone port snatchers. But as any creative individual will tell you, problems spell opportunity. And so Pioneer this week launched its Rayz headset that adds a Lightning port to its …

When Did Innovation Catch On?

Michael Tchong

When Did Innovation Catch On?

Innovation is at the top of everyone’s agenda these days. Why? Because the executive mindset changed markedly in the 1990s. Global competition, the internet, and the onslaught of more than 40,000 product launches each year all helped change a lot of minds. Transformative conversations about modern innovation arose from bestselling books published in the 1980s and 1990s. Peter Drucker’s 1985 …

Why Innovation Now?

Michael Tchong

Why Innovation Now?

“Innovation is one of the key drivers of everything that goes on in business,” says London Business School Dean Sir Andrew Likierman. Organizations realize that innovation keeps them on the cutting edge of everything from technology to lifestyle to marketing and entertainment. Why has innovation become so important? As Microsoft Co-Founder Bill Gates puts it, “innovation fundamentally shifts the trajectory …

The Unbearable Drabness of Dressing

Michael Tchong

Taylor Swift and Jessica Alba

The Casual Living Ubertrend is leading to a world where the accepted global uniform is t-shirt and jeans. Yet judging by the innovative vision of sci-fi wardrobe designers, fashion will eventually resemble Jessica Alba’s unitard Silver Surfer outfit.

HP Spectre 13

Michael Tchong

We love laptops so much that aficionados at NotebookReview have given it the oh-so-cute diminutive “lappy.” The innovative new HP Spectre 13 ($1,170) qualifies as our latest seductress with her beautiful lines and very sexy copper accents.

CES 2016 Innovations

Michael Tchong

The Consumer Electronics Show is an excellent beacon of tech’s future. Here’s what was trending sharply at this annual Las Vegas innovation extravaganza: Virtual reality, 4K Blu-ray, action cameras and, yes, believe it or not, turntables.

Domino’s

Michael Tchong

While FedEx was first to introduce parcel tracking in 1986, Domino’s is the first restaurant to apply the technology to pizza delivery. The Pizza Tracker combined with Domino’s radically reinventive “tasted like cardboard” campaign, its Pizza Hero iPad app plus its transparency efforts, puts Domino’s at the head of the restaurant innovation class. The Pizza Tracker is a perfect example …

Google Inbox

Michael Tchong

With the average U.S. business executive spending 3.2 hours daily on work email alone, it’s no surprise that email is the bane for many. After many years of stagnancy, email innovation if finally accelerating. In 2015, Google Inbox became available to the more than 5 million businesses that use Google Apps for Works. The Verge put it best, “using Google …