Archive for the 'innovation' Category

Ballmer on and in the cloud

March 9, 2010

Great video and overview of what the cloud is and how Microsoft is using it to innovate and create useful and entertaining experiences for consumers (killer Bing maps and Xbox demos) and professionals, as well as new business models and opportunities for companies small and large.

Advertisements finds local sales | VentureBeat

March 9, 2010

Local search service attempting to close the ‘clicks-to-bricks’ loop with real-time, in-store inventory… finds local sales | VentureBeat.

Zig Serafin, GM Speech @ Microsoft

January 7, 2010

Great interview with Zig Serafin (GM of Speech @ Microsoft) where he talks about NUI and the vision and role of speech, powering innovative speech experiences in Bing, Xbox, Exchange, and Windows Mobile.

Spread the Word: Speech Recognition Is the “New Touch” in Computing

October 29, 2009

The Speech at Microsoft group is integrating voice technology into some of Microsoft’s best-known applications, revolutionizing how people interact with their computers and mobile devices.

Going Green, Making Green

October 3, 2007

New technologies are making it easy for people to do the right thing, without compromising convenience or quality. The basic value propositions most marketers use is: save time, save money, or look beautiful / feel good. If you sell products or services that help people save time or money AND feel good, you’ve got a winning proposition.

Whole Foods has taken a basic chore (grocery shopping) and made it easy to eat and live better, which they support with good prices and great customer service. Toyota did the same with the Prius; making it affordable (and even cool!) to be green. SustainLane helps consumers “live green” by connecting them to businesses, products, content, and people that do the right thing.

There’s lots of growth potential in this category and businesses are getting serious about their investments. My friend Chelle Izzi is an executive at ConsumerPowerline. They recently received $17MM in funding. Another friend of mine is joining GridPoint, which has received over $70MM over several rounds. Both companies are making energy management easier and more efficient. The big guys are jumping in as well. According to the Clean Tech Revolution:

When industry giants such as GE, Toyota, and Sharp and investment firms such as Goldman Sachs are making multi-billion dollar investments in clean technology, the message is clear. Developing clean technologies is no longer a social issue championed by environmentalists; it’s a money-making enterprise moving solidly into the business mainstream. Read more >

What’s interesting about these trends and investments is that people and companies are starting to do the right thing, doing it right, and saving/making money in the process. The perfect value proposition that we can all feel good about.

Well said…

September 10, 2007


What, me blog?

August 24, 2007

I know that to succeed in our business we must listen to our customers, learn from our competitors, and do both with our people. Also, in our highly competitive industry, with nearly perfect real-time information, effective and successful product development and marketing must be driven by consumer insights, competitive intelligence, business rationale, product quality, implementation speed, and employee morale. In this blog, I will attempt to write, explore, and share what I learn about these topics.