Ideas, Creativity, Innovation

Evolution of Feed Readers?

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Two independent sources of information, interconnected triggered this post. The first one was from Emily Chang's eHub, one of the greatest sources of applications of read-write web (think web 2.0, if you want). It is called SocialMail. Check out the link. Some cool ideas there. SocialMail can help you turn email into feeds. Why do […]

Ideas, Creativity, Innovation

Blogs – Breadth, Depth and T-Shaped

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I think there are different ways of looking at blogs. I look at the ones I subscribe to into these: Breadth Blogs Depth Blogs T-shaped Blogs Breadth Blogs Breadth blogs cover a wide variety of topics. A good example is Boing Boing. The title – A Directory of Wonderful Things, says it all. Breadth bloggers […]

Ideas, Creativity, Innovation

Innovating Product Extensions using Contests

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What happens when you want some Innovative extensions for your product? It is easy. Create a contest, offer some great incentives (like money and fame). Two of the most popular shows on TV, "The American Idol" and "The American Inventor" do it already. Software companies like Google have used this to attract and recruit smart […]

Ideas, Creativity, Innovation

Collaborator

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You can track my slow progress through The Ten Faces of Innovation by my posts. A couple of  description of Collaborator, I like, in this book. The Collaborator is the rare person who truly values the team over the individual. In the interest of getting things done, the Collaborator coaxes people out of their work […]

Ideas, Creativity, Innovation

Outlook As An Idealog

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I tried different ways to keep track of ideas. I experiment with a few tools. I started with a simple Word document. I used a simple template and entered the idea. It had five fields: – A name – A brief description – Date – Inspired By – Notes I kept this up for a […]

Ideas, Creativity, Innovation

Chief Innovation Catalyst?

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I just read Chief Innovation Officer. I think it is cool to have a position like that. Or even a role of CTO office. I would rather invent a new title – Chief Innovation Catalyst or something similar. His/Her job would be to promote, encourage innovation in an organization. CIC can also set up the […]

Emerging Technologies

AJAX and XML Trends

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Google Trends is a cool tool. It has several limitations (a subject for another blog post) but you can get some interesting information with a few simple queries. I wanted to find how heavily XML is used by various programming languages (this is not real use, but an indicator of use). The assumption is that […]

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Recruit T-Shaped People

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Who are they? Inquisitive people willing to try new things. I heard the term from a friend of mine (a Prof in IIT, Delhi, India) last May. I read about it this morning in "The Ten Faces Of Innovation". I was Googling for "T-Shaped People". I came across this presentation. I found more than what […]

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Google Web Toolkit – AJAX With a Difference

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Google introduced Google Web Toolkit  for building AJAX applications using Java. Google Web Toolkit (GWT) is a Java software development framework that makes writing AJAX applications easy. With GWT, you can develop and debug AJAX applications in the Java language using the Java development tools of your choice. When you deploy your application to production, […]