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Curt Carlson
Innovation is my focus: CEO of SRI from '98 to '14: think Siri, HDTV, mouse,...
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Curt Carlson Aug 15
It is hard to evaluate universities this way. Creating meaningful innovations is complicated. Until an idea gets turned into new customer value in a sustainable business there is no societal impact. In terms of impact Stanford Univ. would tip the scales just because of Google.
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Curt Carlson Apr 14
Handy's three rules: questions before answers, pictures before words, stories (even if you have to make them up), and tell people your failures -- they always love them. PS. A bad picture is usualy better than a good explaination.
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Curt Carlson Nov 23
As you know, focus first on creating value, not on making money. You have to get the order right.
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Curt Carlson Nov 23
Replying to @normanwinarsky
Ah yes. People get confused about when individuals and teams matter. Diversity and "masses" are seldom the goal. A team is productive if all members are needed, they share the vision, they each have unique complementary roles, and they share in the rewards. Hard to do.
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Curt Carlson 25 Mar 18
Liked “Your Twitter login code is my53ibu8.”
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Curt Carlson 25 Mar 18
Replying to @pi_innovate
Thanks. We have included these insights and more into a 2017 National Academy of Engineering report on value creation best practices. Most innovative performance today is poor. The use of these practices globally would be transformative.
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Curt Carlson 25 Mar 18
Replying to @bgreene
I loved the beauty of it and that it immediately explained so much about sound and music (electromagnetism came next). It also taught me why you always need at least two representations to really understand something.
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Curt Carlson 18 Mar 18
The NSF is going to be using value creation best practices for their large R&D center grants, as recommended in the 2017 NAE report I was part of. This is an exciting development for NSF and America. See:
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Curt Carlson 18 Mar 18
Replying to @Dagk @curtPoI
Dear Dag, You are clearly sending this out as a provocative challenge. Okay--so is it now true--and in what ways since you were also a co-inventor of Siri? Can you be quantitative? My brain damaged chipmunk is excited about knowing the answer ;-). All the best,
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Curt Carlson 9 Mar 18
Replying to @rstraub46
The direction is right. A problem here is that consumer preference is a big factor. We have seen them get this wrong in the past.
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Curt Carlson 6 Jan 18
An important article. I see this during my visits to universities. We need to get back to the inspiring, inclusive, and productive vision of Martin Luther King.
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Curt Carlson 22 Dec 17
Replying to @rstraub46
Yes--for sure. "Unknown" needs include convenience, design, services, entertainment, higher meaning... Empathy helps understand them all.
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Curt Carlson 16 Dec 17
Replying to @rstraub46
Empathy is needed but not sufficient. The key for creating high-impact innovations is to first identify an important new customer and market need. As noted by Peter Drucker, that usually requires identifying several new forms of knowledge.
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Curt Carlson 12 Jun 17
Replying to @nntaleb
Bureaucratic states become both exponentially ignorant and exponentially dangerous with increasing size.
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Curt Carlson 30 May 17
Replying to @rstraub46
Most of this was used to buy their own stock. It was not used to create new innovations. That cannot be good.
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Curt Carlson 18 May 17
It is interesting that WalMart watched what Amazon was doing for years and did so little.
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Curt Carlson 18 May 17
That's funny. And if we get the right answer will we get the right answer the next time? I have been in that setting a bunch of times.
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Curt Carlson 11 Apr 17
An amazingly strong women. One of the great people of our times.
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Curt Carlson 26 Mar 17
Replying to @BrendanCalder
Ah yes, the wisdom of Peter Drucker. It is true whether in an enterprise or a country.
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Curt Carlson 26 Feb 17
A provocative look at the global innovation economy and Karl Marx, redux.
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