…ve we are on the verge of turning ideas that were long the subject of science fiction into reality. Some of today’s most vibrant areas of entrepreneurship are in hard tech areas, including autonomous vehicles, space, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and genomics. The output of these companies may be even more dramatic and profound than the build-out of the internet has been.
…ut across the next generation of computers: not only cars, but drones, IoT devices, wearables, etc. In the beginning, hardware-focused companies make gadgets with ever increasing laundry lists of features. Then a company with strong software expertise (often a new market entrant) comes along that replaces these feature-packed gadgets with full-fledged computers. These computers have proper (usually Unix-like) operating systems, open developer platforms, and streamlined user interfaces (increasingly, powered by AI).
…e boundaries. Steven Johnson talks about ‘one door leading to another door’: the adjacent possible. There’s no single Eureka moment but a series of opportunities and possibilities that leads you to a new alternative. A good idea takes on a life of its own and finds those doors. That’s the excitement of innovation.
…sounds really obvious, but it’s really valuable for teams and their leaders to be on the same page: a sticky problem is not a reflection of anyone’s failure as a person, but an expected side effect of the innovation process. If you have this conversation, you’ll all be at least a little more open to working transparently …
It’s hard to lead people into behaviors that run counter to human nature. We all know intellectually that to accomplish something truly difficult, we have to actually face up to the problems and solve them. But knowing that emotionally is a whole different problem. That takes frequent encouragement, reminders, and reinforcement.