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Non–Bullshit Innovation

The guide to discover who is behind innovation

According to David Rowan, innovation cannot be scientifically planned, because it appears by coincidence in certain situations and places, bolstered by people who create an extraordinary and unique alchemy. Nowadays, the word innovation is used too frequently and is often only a pretext for businessmen to brag and talk about future possibilities. Non-Bullshit Innovation is the story of the author’s travels around the world chasing real innovations, aiming at understanding the contexts and processes that generated them.

Non–Bullshit Innovation
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Many useful tips to:

  • Discover the stories of startups that are shaping the future.
  • Learn how to radically adapt to the technological revolution.
  • Understand the difference between those who claim to be innovative and those who are genuinely innovative.

The author of the book:

David Rowan was the founder and director of Wired UK, as well as a tech columnist for The Times, GQ, Condé Nast Traveller and Sunday Times. He travelled all around the world looking for crazy startup founders who have broken all the rules of their respective sectors.  He advises Fortune 100 companies, explaining how startups are trying to get rid of them; and he invests his earnings in startups that want to destroy multinationals. His criteria is always holistic. He founded the website Voyager.io with the goal of developing a digital community of extraordinary people who venture into magical places.

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How to create genuine innovation

Innovation does not emerge from scientific criteria: true innovators are difficult, complicated, bold people, who inspire other individuals who aim at materializing their original and radical visions, within a specific cultural context.  As George Bernard Shaw said: “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” There are examples of genuine innovation out there: people who have made important changes in a way that was original and unpredictable, leading the companies they work for to achieve success.

  

The key ideas of "Non–Bullshit Innovation"

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How to create genuine innovation
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Embrace Customers Unmet Needs
03.
Empower your team
04.
Hire pirates and let them free
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Turn products into services
06.
Make the world a better a place thanks to technology
07.
Incubate tomorrow’s businesses
08.
Prototype and Measure
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Erase a nation’s borders
10.
Reimagine manufacturing
11.
Mine consumer data
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Engineer serendipity
13.
Reframe the value of your business
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Build a digital ecosystem
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Leverage emerging tech, from interactive saucepans to blockchain phones
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Stretch the business model and earn counter-intuitively
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Exploit a crisis and transform it into an opportunity
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Quotes
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Take-home message
 
 
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