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The Five Characteristics of Successful Innovators

There is not much agreement about what makes an idea innovative, and what makes an innovative idea valuable. For example, discussions on whether the internet is a better invention than the wheel are more likely to reveal personal preferences than logical argumentation. Likewise, experts disagree on the type and level of innovation that is most beneficial for organizations. Somestudiessuggest that radical innovation (which does sound sexy) confers sustainable competitive advantages, butothersshow that “mild” innovation – think iPhone 5 rather than the original iPhone – is generally more effective, not least because it reduces market uncertainty. There is also inconclusive evidence on whether we should pay attention to consumers’ views, with somestudiesshowing that a customer focus is detrimental for innovation because it equates to playing catch-up, butothersarguing for it. Even Henry Ford’s famous quote on the subject – “if I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said fast…

Google CEO Sundar Pichai took a subtle jab at Donald Trump

Sundar Pichai
Google CEO Sundar Pichai just responded to Donald Trump's suggestion that Muslims be banned from entering the United States.
In a blog post on Medium Friday night, Pichai wrote, "Let's not let fear defeat our values," inferring that the anti-Muslim rhetoric so closely associated with Trump's presidential campaign is "disheartening."
Pichai continued, "The open-mindedness, tolerance, and acceptance of new Americans is one of the country's greatest strengths and most defining characteristics."
That's no coincidence, Pichai added, "America, after all, was and is a country of immigrants."
Pichai grew up in India and came to the US 22 years ago. He was named CEO of Google in August.
Earlier this week, GOP primary frontrunner Donald Trump proposed that Muslims should be banned from entering the US. After the political backfiring commenced, Trump dug his heels in deeper, even firing a warning shot at Republicans for attacking his plan.

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