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And while disruptive innovation is generally a good thing, nothing inherent to the idea implies it’s the only good thing or the best thing. Entrepreneurs should not be ashamed to admit that their ideas aren’t particularly disruptive.

Stop “Disrupting” Everything via Slate

The valley sells innovation, yet serves up picture apps and other frivolous nonsense.  Don’t get me wrong, some of those things can make money for investors, but to couch it as “disruptive” is about as convincing as a McRib sandwich.  Maybe we can tone down the “disruption” hyperbole and simply admit that many of the startups funded by VC’s are purely about cashing in on the latest fad.  Most VC’s could care less about innovation.

(via marksbirch)
Chipotle brings us exactly what innovators have always brought us. Not the very best product in the world, but the very best production process allowing for large-scale distrbution of a quality product. Mass produced clothing isn’t as good as tailor-made, but a world in which mass produced clothing is available is a much better and more prosperous world than a world of handmade clothing. Artisans like the proprietors of La Taqueria make enormous contributions to their communities, but entrepreneurs and mass producers like Chipotle make enormous contributions to the whole world by bringing great ideas to scale.
- Taqueria is incredible. If you go, smother than burrito in green sauce. 

La Taqueria vs Chipotle: Buttito summit and burrito economics.

Obviously creative people want to make money, and financial incentives are relevant to how artists spend their time and what they do. But nobody seriously thinks that the most aesthetically meritorious works come about through the efficient allocation of capital and labor to profit-maximizing uses. They happen, crucially, because of passion and inspiration and perhaps delusions of grandeur. The best novelists don’t make the most money, and there’s no particular reason to believe that designing more efficient incentive systems has ever been the path to artistic greatness. Technological innovation is more tied into the mainstream operation of the economy, and thus more closely linked to considerations of economic efficiency. But it’s still a fundamental error to confuse the two, and to think that wringing the inefficiencies out of our resource-allocation system are either necessary or sufficient for fundamental growth.



AmoeBAND became a 2012 IDEA Award Finalist by innovating every possible aspect of the plaster (band aid).

The design revisions were:  

- Strategic cut-outs shape to fit fingers in such a way that it is easy to bend them and not disrupt the bandage.

- An intelligent dressing material allows you to regularly check wounds from the outside, without upsetting the healing process.“According to research, the when an infection of a wound is detected, the pH value is between 6.5 and 8.5. AmoeBAND’s indicator cross turns purple, alerting the user needs to change it immediately.

- Since the bandage material used exudes a leather-like feel, availability in different skin-tones helps it blend in, without overly highlighting the injury.

- The packaging has been redesigned to a matchbox style and includes Braille instructions.

Hat tip to designers Tay Pek-Khai, Hsu Hao-Ming, Tsai Cheng-Yu, Chen Kuei-Yuan, Chen Yi-Ting, Lai Jen-Hao, Ho Chia-Ying, Chen Ying-shan, Weng Yu-Ching and Chung Kuo-Ting

Saying that you’re going to make something “interactive” or launch some “video” is not the same thing as thinking about the medium. The medium is: app or web. Mobile or desktop. Kindle e-single or iOS in-app purchase. Facebook integration or push notification. These are the media channels that have yet to be thoroughly understood and colonized. If your thinking about the medium begins and ends with what you can stick on a web page, you’ve lost already.

Christopher Mims, Technology Review. What’s Wrong With Almost Every Old Media-Inspired New Media Startup.

Mims lists companies he believes get it (eg., Newser, News.me and the Atavist), writing, “Notice that what all of these examples have in common is that where they’re really succeeding isn’t the web. If you think you have the money and clout to be the next Huffington Post, be my guest, go “innovate.” But the web is a surprisingly mature medium, and old-media pundits turned new media hucksters who think they’re going to tell anyone else how to launch a sustainable business there are emperors sans clothes. New media companies that will succeed are founded by two kinds of people: technologists, and media people who think like technologists.”

(via futurejournalismproject)

What FJP said. Seriously.

large companies often get themselves into trouble by trying to assess the market potential of new projects prematurely. Instead ensure a percentage of company resources are working on projects that may have great potential, and be rigorous about funding or killing decisions, rather than over-analyzing before anything has been built.