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  • Jeff DeGraff
    How to Jump-Start Radical Change in Your Company
    When Steve Jobs developed the iPod in 1997, he assembled a diverse group of thinkers with different points of view and areas of expertise. They didn't invent something new. Rather, they brought together disparate technologies that no one had...
  • Rapid Prototyping
    An Introduction to Rapid Prototyping
    Prototyping is one of the most important steps in the life-cycle of product development and actualization. As the demand for a faster way to build and clone the prototype increased, better techniques were developed in the industry, which lead to...
  • Standardized testing
    Xanax to cope with "test stress", and other signs of a toxic education system
    A recent NY Times article painted a bleak and honest picture of our education system as Florida parents pleaded for help to anyone that would listen.According to these parents, the rise in federal, state, and district-level testing have left their...
  • Jeff DeGraff
    The Low-Risk Way to Design Breakthrough Products
    The fastest way to build something is to deconstruct it. Think about all those companies that produce complicated things on an insanely large scale: Toyota, McDonalds, Boeing. If you want to build enough cars to move the entire world or sell a...
  • Jeff DeGraff
    The Key to Creating Partnerships That Work
    The coming together of two distinct organizations isn't merely difficult--it's nearly impossible. The statistics are overwhelming: a recent global survey conducted by KMPG found that 83% of mergers fail. But yours doesn't have to. How...
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    Resist the fear of creation and profit from invention: Best practices that work
    Being creative is the cornerstone of innovation and growth for any business. Those who study creative thinking agree that the belief people are either born with creative talent or not is a myth. Those who study innovation offer some the best ideas...
  • Jeff DeGraff
    4 Innovation Strategies to Forecast the Future
    What's going to happen to the Euro in the coming year? What's the next game-changing political development in the Middle East? What's the fate of healthcare reform? The answer to all of these big, complicated questions is simple: we...
  • HIV test
    Major monoclonal antibody drug trial for HIV patients underway
    Treatment is a life-long commitment for people afflicted with HIV. Once treatment has commenced, patients should continue taking their meds as strictly advised. It sounds simple enough, but it’s easier said than done.The standard treatment...
  • Lithium ion battery pack
    Extending the life cycle of batteries with a self healing polymer
    Exploring solutions beyond the obvious in order to mitigate climate change impacts, the Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) at Stanford University has selected seven research projects that advance renewable energy technologies and has awarded...
  • How to Create Better Ideas Faster
    How to Create Better Ideas Faster
    The four F’s of effective brainstorming.Have you ever tried to get your team to brainstorm a breakthrough idea for a product or service only to find the process mostly yields extensions of existing ideas?Research on creative thinking gives...
  • Resources vs. time vs. timing
    Climate Change constraint - resources, time and timing
    Climate change is definitely seeping into every aspect of our lives but there still remains a disconnect. The inertia that most of us seem to experience in responding to this global issue can perhaps be viewed in terms of resources, time and...
  • Innovation
    What is Innovation?
    When asked to define the legal definition for obscenity, Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart famously quipped “I know it when I see it.” For most of us the same applies to a working definition for innovation. We have a general sense...
  • DTLA hosts second annual CityLab: Urban Solutions to Global Challenges
    DTLA hosts second annual CityLab: Urban Solutions to Global Challenges
    Yesterday closed the second annual CityLab Summit, which was hosted in Downtown Los Angeles this year after a successful first year in New York that earned it the title of “Best Conference of 2013” at the FAME Awards. The multiday...
  • Universal Smartphone Optics Adapter
    Chase on for best in Innovation
    Where do you begin? The topic is somewhat of a teaser, and a never-ending result. You’ll get small, simple, complex, and big products, to say the least. The conversations you have with people are incredible. The amount of money is staggering...
  • Jeff DeGraff
    Innovation: Hide Inside Trojan Horses
    Whether Greeks bearing gifts for stalwart King Priam of Troy or a malware computer virus masquerading as a can’t miss offer, the Trojan horse has come to represent a manipulative strategy of trickery and deception. Virgil’s tale of...