Tag Archives: crowd sourcing

Factors that enable business startups

This piece by Nicky Jackson on the entrepreneur.com website is headlined “10 forces that have caused the packaged food startup explosion”.  I’m not sure that these can be categorised as “forces”, that they have “caused” anything (maybe ‘helped shape’?), nor … Continue reading

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Snact – making snacks out of ‘waste’

Snact is another example of a new company being formed to address ethical and/or environmental concerns.  They make fruit snacks from ugly and unwanted fruit that would otherwise be thrown away by British farmers, because they do not meet the … Continue reading

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The beauty of 3D printing

This small story about biologist Adele Bakhtiarova setting up a company called Voir Creations to 3D print customised eyelash curlers caught my eye.  It illustrates a number of interesting points… 1.  Entrepreneurs often emerge due to an obsession they have … Continue reading

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AI personal robot for the home

Having just blogged about every home having its own 3D printer, the next logical step is for there to be an AI personal robot there too.  If you wonder how this might work and what it might look like, Robotbase … Continue reading

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Zuri – coming to a classroom, office, living room, or bar near you

Zoobotics, a German company making robots and interfaces for medical equipment, has prototyped a programmable, cardboard robot – which they have called Zuri.  Find out more about their “paperbot system” here.  The body design is modular, so twelve different robots … Continue reading

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Mass customisation – both of product development and sales

Me-tailing is the term used to describe retailers that enable their customers to personalise their purchases or experiences.  Domino’s Australia are a great example of this with the creation of their Pizza Mogul website.  This is essentially a mobile application that … Continue reading

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Why patents are not always the best way forward

Very interesting piece on the BBC Business website about patents (discussed on page 319 in our book).  In many industry sectors, R&D investment is significant (e.g. pharmaceuticals) and the normal way to get a return on this is to protect … Continue reading

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Lego movie reflects real world Lego

Interesting blog by Marc Sidwell that discusses how the recent Lego movie reflects the real life transformation of Lego, from struggling operation in the early 2000s to a world leading toymaker now.  We blogged about this company just a few weeks ago, … Continue reading

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Smart Lid seeks crowdfunding for international expansion

Ever sued Starbucks for drinking coffee that’s too hot?  OK maybe that’s a going a little too far.  This story combines so many OM topics we touch on, as well as synergising with our front cover, that I’m just going … Continue reading

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Upcoming Quirky

We’ve blogged about Quirky.com before.  It’s a website that invites any internet user to invent new products and/or participate in the innovation and development process.   To be honest, the only reason for blogging about it now is that it’s … Continue reading

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