Innovation

Meteoric Business Innovation at MIT

Meteoric Business Innovation at MIT

Many (or most) of my mechanical engineering learning experiences at MIT, bored me to tears. One exception was an undergraduate course called “Creativity,” which possibly influenced my entrepreneurial future. The experience was clearly designed to push our class beyond the framework of standard thinking, and it likely influenced my future thinking processes. On day one of this course,...

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MIT’s Influence?

MIT’s Influence?

Most of my Mechanical Engineering courses at MIT bored me to tears. One exception was a course called “Creativity” which may have influenced me entrepreneurially.  We were given a 150-page manual describing a planet called Arcturus IV (fictitious  of course) which was similar to, but which possessed different characteristics than Earth, e.g. gravitational pull, soil and atmospheric...

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My Failed Initiatives: Coaching a Financial Report Business

My Failed Initiatives: Coaching a Financial Report Business

In mid 2003, I suggested to my stepson that he apply his entrepreneurial interest and talent to a project we called Topline Analysis, LLC.  This was a new and rather structured report format which I designed, specifically to publicize small public firms to those Wall Street “buy-side” investment firms which invested in listed companies but received virtually no research “coverage” from ...

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Gartner Group Early Business Model

What follows are a couple of paragraphs from a much longer and more informative post: Gartner Innovation During Its Formative Years. Gartner Group’s Business Model: Innovation During its Formative Years During the 1960′s at IBM and 1970′s on Wall Street, I was a subscriber or reader of research from several firms which were predecessors to the current Advisory Industry. The...

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Gartner Innovation During Its Formative Years

During the 1960′s at IBM and 1970′s on Wall Street, I was a subscriber or reader of research from several firms which were predecessors to the current Advisory Industry. The firms included IDC, Computer Intelligence, Dataquest, Yankee and Input. While on Wall Street, I joined the IBM user groups “Share” and “Guide”, The CCIA (Computer and Communications Industry...

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Unpublished Jewel

A friend, Paul Raynault who had been partners for years with an even closer friend Tom Martin, put together an amazing book called “13.7 Billion Years in 24 pages”. Since the rate of evolution of the world has accelerated geometrically during its life, he decided that each chapter would be a three times as long as the succeeding chapter. Thus, working from beginning to end, the second...

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Innovation Often Redesigns the Status Quo: Music

Innovation Often Redesigns the Status Quo: Music

When Neill Brownstein of Bessemer Venture Partners asked me, ”so Gideon, what are you up to?” (leading to the founding of Gartner), my first step was to document my view of what I believed to be the sorry status quo of the then-Advisory Industry (Yankee Group, Dataquest, IDC,  et al). But true to form, I was almost always questioning the status quo. Even today in retirement, my...

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Innovating via “Process”

Reading abundantly often suggests innovative ideas which are appropriate to one’s firm. Two public sources which I had read and was influenced by were the book “The Tao Jones Averages: A Guide to Whole-Brained Investing” by Bennet Goodspeed, and various reports promoting the concept of Strategic Intelligence Systems (SIS) — specifically the article written by David B....

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