August 2016

How the current patent system actually hurts innovation (and how patent trolls are being fought)

By |2016-10-28T12:21:35+01:00August 26th, 2016|Uncategorized|

One of the most common questions I get asked when talking to companies about their issues with innovation is “how do we prevent someone stealing our ideas? Should we get them all patented?” Unfortunately, the answer to that isn’t so simple. And that is because the current system for getting patents is in many ways […]

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When Castro blocked Cubans from the internet, they created their own

By |2016-10-28T12:21:35+01:00August 12th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Some of the world’s greatest innovations cannot be stopped once people find out about them, even when the government tries. This is the story of the people of Cuba, who created their own informal internet and content distribution system when the communist government wouldn’t allow them access to the world wide web. Check out the […]

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Could this crazy new Elevated Bus solve China’s crippling traffic?

By |2016-10-28T12:21:36+01:00August 12th, 2016|Uncategorized|

This is an incredible example of how quickly innovations can be turned from ideas into real-world experiments. A few months ago in May 2016, I saw some internet articles about a new public transport design from China: a “Transit Elevated Bus” (TEB) system which would drive above cars and be a frankenstein mix between a […]

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Evidence that children become less creative over time (and how to fix it)

By |2016-10-28T12:21:36+01:00August 5th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Professor George Land gives an inspiring TED talk into his research of creativity in children and adults, with some shocking findings about how creativity levels change throughout a child’s life. Watch the video above, and then see the discussion below. The nature vs nurture debate is one that is ongoing and many studies have been […]

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How do free games and apps make money?

By |2016-10-28T12:21:36+01:00August 5th, 2016|Uncategorized|

With the recent blockbuster success of Pokemon Go, people are asking how a free game has managed to pull in more than $160 million in its first month. Welcome to the “freemium” business model, which over the past decade has quietly completely changed entire industries. In the video above, Vox outlines the simple mechanics of […]

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Warren Buffet’s powerful “Two List” productivity tip for creative people

By |2016-10-28T12:21:37+01:00August 5th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Warren Buffet is known as one of the most successful and generous investors of all time. And he recently shared one tip for how to spend less time procrastinating and more time actually executing your ideas. My colleague James Taylor brought it to my attention in his recent video, which you can see above (you […]

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July 2016

White noise vs. Pink noise: Which sounds helps you concentrate, and which makes you more creative?

By |2016-10-28T12:21:37+01:00July 29th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Have you ever wondered why you find the sound of raindrops relaxing, or why some background sounds can help you concentrate? It’s all about how your brain gets distracted, and how certain sounds can prevent this. You might well have heard of white noise before. It sounds a bit like static you used to get […]

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Too lazy to do the gardening? This free robot does it for you

By |2016-10-28T12:21:37+01:00July 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|

This open-source robotic innovation aims to make everyone a backyard farmer, letting you grow a variety of vegetables without ever having to look after them. If you think that sounds too good to be true, you’re probably not alone. Check out the video above to see how it works. But a young startup community called […]

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How tennis balls are made

By |2016-10-28T12:21:38+01:00July 22nd, 2016|Uncategorized|

Small, green, fuzzy and a favorite of pets everywhere, tennis balls are one of the most popular pieces of sports equipment in the world. But how are they made? Vimeo user Benedict Redgrove uploaded a video he made documenting the whole process from start to finish at the Wilson factory for balls destined for the […]

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