The Best Articles in Innovation
The most useful articles and videos in Innovation from around the web—beginners to advanced—curated by thought leaders and our community. We focus on timeless pieces and update the list whenever we discover new, must-read articles or videos—make sure to bookmark and revisit this page.
Top 5 Innovation Articles
At a glance: these are the articles that have been most read, shared, and saved in Innovation by Refind users in 2023 so far.
- The World Is Run By People No Smarter Than You
- How to come up with good business ideas
- Betting on Things That Never Change
- Why Do Most Ideas Fail to Scale?
- Interview: Marc Andreessen, VC and tech pioneer
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How to come up with good business ideas
This was recorded on Monday, February 7th for Cohort #3 of The Minimalist Entrepreneur Course.You can learn more about the book this content is based on here...
8 Sustainability ideas that will change the world
Diving into some of the most innovative ideas across retail, city planning, policy, technology and construction. Ideas that will truly change the way we thin...
How to foster innovation and big thinking
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Are your fears giving you terrible advice?
From episode: (https://youtu.be/bCel0X2Ta7U) How to fire people with grace, work through fear, and nurture innovation | Matt Mochary (CEO coach)—Matt Mochary...
Rasmus Ankersen: How to outthink your competition
Does success come from luck or skill, and how do you tell the difference? One way to find an answer: think like a pro gambler does, says football executive Rasmus Ankersen. Using sports analytics to…
What is ...?
New to Innovation? These articles make an excellent introduction.
The Blockchain Economy: A beginner’s guide to institutional cryptoeconomics
Chris Berg, Sinclair Davidson and Jason Potts are from the RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub, the world’s first social science research centre…
What Is Disruptive Innovation?
Twenty years after the introduction of the theory, we revisit what it does—and doesn’t—explain.
How to ...?
How to build a breakthrough
…the secret of Backcasting
How to build the city of the future, according to Ikea’s innovation lab
‘The Ideal City’ collects the most successful urban ideas from around the world, to serve as a sort of cookbook of best practices for city leaders.
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Only Dead Fish
There was an interesting example of how the social and anthropological context shapes the use and evolution of technology in Mark Allen Peterson's book 'Anthropology & Mass Communication: Media and…
Overhyped and never delivered: A brief history of innovations that weren't
Skepticism is appropriate when gazing into the futurist's crystal ball. Tempering optimism with realism is the best path forward.
«brain-computer interface (BCI)»
We’re Selling Entrepreneurship Short
Over the weekend I was invited to speak at the Thesis Festival, hosted by the team at Every. The event was filled with provocative ideas…
How the inventor of the troll doll missed out on a fortune
Trolls were one of the hottest toys of the 20th century — twice. But the original inventor only made a sliver of the proceeds.
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How New Ideas Arise
Architect and poet Paolo Belardi traces the many conditions and situations that have inspired extraordinary ideas across the arts and sciences.
Betting on Things That Never Change
Amazon launched 22 years ago this week. Its first web page shows its early days: What’s neat about this isn’t what’s changed. It’s what’s stayed the same. The line, “One million titles, consistently…
«Each iteration is a front-line battle where you’re exhausted from the last war but overconfident from its victory. So the odds keep stacking against you»
The World Is Run By People No Smarter Than You
Shared by 842, including Tracy Lee | ladyleet, Peter Herger, Ines Bieler
37 Years Ago, Steve Jobs Said the Best Managers Never Actually Want to Be a Manager. Science…
According to the Apple co-founder, the best leaders are great individual contributors, not 'professional managers.'
It Is Always Time to Build
Interest rates do not equal innovation rates
«interest rates made highly risky»
These are some of the most-read long-form articles in Innovation.
Why Do Most Ideas Fail to Scale?
In a new book called The Voltage Effect, the economist John List — who has already revolutionized how his profession does research — is trying to start a scaling revolution. In this installment of the…
Research vs Vision: the origin story of Sony Walkman, Mini Cooper, and the iPhone
It’s always interesting to watch how companies approach the building of their new products. During the market research phase, companies…
Foundation Models: The future (still) isn't happening fast enough
The foundation model stack has evolved so fast (and a tooling layer so rapidly started to form) that more opportunities for founders are emerging.
Interview: Marc Andreessen, VC and tech pioneer
Shared by 576, including Michael (मुकेश), Marvin “Polymath but really Just Generalist” Liao, Chris Messina, Mathew Ingram, Arielle Pardes
«Don’t follow your passion. Seriously. Don’t follow your passion. Your passion is likely more dumb and useless than anything else. Your passion should be your hobby, not your work. Do it in your spare time.»
What if failure is the plan?
I’ve been thinking a lot about failure lately. Failure comes in many forms, but I’m especially interested in situations in which people…
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UCL Professor, Director of @IIPP_UCL. Author of: The Big Con; Entrepreneurial State; Value of Everything; Mission Economy. 4 kids keep me smiling
Trying to work out what's going on, and what happens next. Mostly tech.
Professor of innovation, design, and management. In addition a writer, speechifier, and popular culture geek.
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VP, Global Innovation @Salesforce | 8x Best-Selling Author | Keynote Speaker | Digital Anthropologist | Futurist | Other Socials @BrianSolis |
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McKinsey & Company
Since 1926, the trusted advisor to the world's leading businesses, governments, and institutions. 130+ offices in 65+ countries.
Customer Development & Secret History, Teaching at Stanford and Columbia
Follow the Freakonomics Radio podcast for weekly episodes that explore the hidden side of everything — with host Stephen J. Dubner.
Harvard Business Review
The best ideas in business and management to help people, organizations, and economies work better.
MIT Sloan Management Review
Transforming how people lead and innovate.
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