Sketch

Michael Tchong

You can’t call Sketch an overnight success. Its creator, Pieter Omvlee, has been working on it for 10 years now. But what Sketch has achieved in that timespan is truly noteworthy. Sketch, a Mac only software, has become “quite the darling among design teams right now.” A formidable ecosystem of templates and plugins outpaces that of Adobe Photoshop in areas …

Slack

Michael Tchong

Slack launched in August 2013 and one year later it had already attracted 1.1 million users. By December 2015 that figure had reached 2 million users, 570,000 of whom were paid accounts. With that type of heady growth, it’s no surprise that Slack is a Silicon Valley “Unicorn” — scoring its last $160 million venture capital round at a $2.8 …

Tesla

Michael Tchong

You know the Tesla effect is rippling across the auto industry when a headline proclaims that “Porsche, Mercedes building electric cars to challenge Tesla.” Comments one insider, “Although competitors are years behind, things might get interesting in the future.” What sets Tesla apart from most innovation startups is the indefatigable enthusiasm Founder Elon Musk provides to both Tesla and his …

Tuft & Needle

Michael Tchong

There is no industry in America in need of disruption than the mattress industry. That’s because most mattresses are sold with a time-tested technique that revolves around smoke and mirrors. Phoenix-based upstart Tuft & Needle has taken the call to reinvent the mattress business, and they’re succeeding. The $15 billion U.S. mattress industry is dominated by the four “big S” …

Zenni Optical

Michael Tchong

A conversation about innovation inevitably sparks visions of Apple, AirBnB or Uber. However, there are many unsung heroes who practice the art of efficiency innovation extremely well. In prescription eyewear retailing, Zenni Optical has carved a sterling reputation for itself. While many think of Warby Parker when discussing eyeglasses innovation, if you want to save a bundle and receive your …

Cobalt Valkyrie Co50

Michael Tchong

Cobalt has introduced the Co50 Valkyrie ($699,000), a high-end aircraft inspired by fighter jets. The Valkyrie is the fastest private aircraft in its class, able to travel at speeds of up to 260 knots, compared to 242 knots for similar aircraft.

Tony Hsieh’s Big Las Vegas Vision

Michael Tchong

When it comes to big ideas, it’s not surprising to find Zappos.com co-founder and CEO, Tony Hsieh, outlining Las Vegas’ innovative future. Where others see emptiness amid a 1.5-square mile stretch of land, Hsieh sees innovation. In fact, he’s so certain of his vision that he plans to invigorate the startup culture to the tune of $350 million. His idea …

Clayton Christensen Quote

Michael Tchong

“Disruptive innovations create jobs, efficiency innovations destroy them.”