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Product Development: 9 Steps for Creative Problem Solving [INFOGRAPHIC]

Product Development: 9 Steps for Creative Problem Solving [INFOGRAPHIC]
Ronald Brown is a successful startup CEO with an extensive background in technology and consumer marketing. His new book, Anticipate. The Architecture of Small Team Innovation and Product Success is available via iTunes, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. Creativity is the main prerequisite for innovation. However, our culture emphasizes critical thinking to the near exclusion of creative thinking (although it was the key to success in the Information Age). What constitutes creative thinking? In business, the process of generating and commercializing a good idea has been honed by creative industries for more than a hundred years. Related:  InfographicsInnovation

HUMAN RESOURCES - Comment devenir graphiste ? Cette infographie créée pour et par des graphistes pourrait en intéresser plus d’un. Réalisée après avoir interviewé les 30 infographistes les plus influents du moment, elle vous permettra, peut-être d’améliorer vos atouts. A la question “faut-il savoir dessiner” pour être graphiste, 99% des sondés ont répondu no. Concernant l’inspiration, les trois premières sources citées sont le web, les livres et la radio. En revanche, la pratique arrive après la formation, qui culmine à 30%, comme facteur d’amélioration pour tout graphiste qui se respecte. Enfin, l’infographie présente les sites de graphisme les plus populaires sur la toile, smashingmagazine arrive en tête suivi de behance, fffound et de dribbble. Source :

How to use Twitter [Infographic] | Party Aficionado A few weeks ago, I posted Twitter Tips via @PartyAficionado and @SocMediaTulsa . Many people who follow me are new to Twitter, so I decided to create a list of tips to help them understand the basics of Twitter. After posting Twitter Tips for a few days, I was asked to create a blog post of my tips. I called upon the magical elves at to help me create this cool infographic. Idolize Bill Gates, Not Steve Jobs - Maxwell Wessel by Maxwell Wessel | 12:29 PM November 1, 2011 Apple is undoubtedly the gold standard of today’s tech world. In fact, it’s probably the gold standard of American industry at the moment. Its innovative design, user interface, and ecosystem make it a titan in any category it enters. And it’s clear that Steve Jobs was the reason Apple rose to its current heights from the brink of bankruptcy. Both Jobs and Gates had immeasurable impacts on the world. But at the end of his life, Steve Jobs worried about Apple, Inc. Bill Gates stepped away from Microsoft in 2006 and, despite the company’s growing troubles in the face of the mobile disruption, has devoted his genius to solving the world’s biggest problems, despite the fact that solving those problems doesn’t create profit or fame.* Gates committed his talents to eliminating diseases, increasing development standards, and generally fighting inequality. Gandhi famously said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

Google – a new paradigm to cultivate innovation & collective intelligence | Mindful Adventures – Lisa Markwick Here are some notes I came across about how Google fosters collective intelligence through the structure of the organisation, values and culture. Auklet flock, Shumagins 1986 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The comments are by Gopi Kallayil (Group Marketing Manager, Google), Bradley Horowitz (VP of Products, Google), Meng Tan (Head of Personal Growth at Google) Enlightened leadership is needed – key elements include: Fair and equitable incentive structureOpen management style and structureDo the right thing, make people happy and successful (Be a force for good)Mindfulness – deepen within companies, makes good business sense Why – Business Benefits: Improves profit – when improve EI studies have proven you increase productivity and efficiencyLeadership – best leaders have high EIHappiness – when people are happy they are more creative and productive, not just today but tomorrow too (studies have shown) Many of these qualities and processes are simple and easy to instigate.

It’s the CEO’s job to email the first 1000 signups Until you’ve passed a thousand signups, the CEO should be personally emailing every new user. I’m going to cover: PracticalitiesHow to mess it upCommon objectionsGoals, perks & benefits The signup thank you note It’s not a big message. Hey Jackie,Thanks for taking the time to check out STK. The specifics (like the footer) are just my personal preference[1]. What I hope you’ll extract from the example is the casual tone and brevity. How to mess this up There are only two ways to mess this up and they’re both easy to avoid. The first is to be demanding. You’re just politely putting your hand up and saying: Hey, here I am. The second way to mess up is by forgetting common courtesy. Also, make sure you do it every day. I’ve seen some intros come through with a survey, which I [personally] find to be fairly disrespectful toward your new users’ time (aka my time). Common objections This is an easy list to make because I rattled it off to my investors practically every Friday for a year.

Native Apps vs. Mobile Web: Pros and Cons [infographic] I’m becoming a huge fan of infographics, they are everywhere. Infographics provide an aesthetically-pleasing way of presenting complex information quickly, clearly and cleanly. Recently a number of companies have come out with tools, that enable us to create these cool graphics with little knowlege of design, my favorite is Check it out when you have a chance, it’s simply awesome. One of the questions I hear often with regards to mobile learning (mLearning) is whether companies should consider building mobile apps or developing mLearning that can be consumed by learners via browsers on mobile devices. I ran into the infographic below, and while it compares Apps vs building a website, I believe the principles here are still applicable for deciding how to go about building and delivering learning experiences on mobile. This can quickly become time consuming and very expensive. Check out the infographic below and share your thoughts by commenting or by voting below.

Facebook by the Numbers [INFOGRAPHIC] The Social Media Infographics Series is supported by Vocus' Social Media Strategy Tool, a free, six-step online tool that lets you build a custom social media framework tailored to your organization’s goals. You likely know that Facebook is the world's largest social network with more than 800 million users, but did you know that more than 250 million photos are uploaded every single day? Or that the average American spends seven hours and 46 minutes browsing her friends' profiles per month? Facebook has become an integral part of our lives — some people more than others. It's where we learn what our friends are doing, who they're dating and even what they're listening to. We wanted to dive deeper into the Facebook phenomenon, so we collected some stats about the social network and put them together in one infographic. Infographic designed by Emily Caufield.

Tilt Gives You 3D Visualization of a Webpage Tilt represents a new way of visualizing a web page. This tool creates a 3D representation of the document, with the purpose of displaying, understanding and easily analyzing the DOM. It will take advantage of the great tools Firefox has to offer, as it is an extension which contains a WebGL implementation, providing rich user-experience, fun interaction and useful information, while taking full advantage of 3D hardware acceleration, GLSL shaders and what OpenGL ES 2.0 has to offer. The implementation consists of a Firefox extension containing a 3D representation of a web page, as both a fun visualization tool and a developer-friendly environment for debugging the document’s structure, contents and nesting of the DOM tree. Requirements: Firefox Demo: License: Mozilla Public License

To Create Innovation, Learn How To See A Fourth Option Anyone who has significantly impacted the world--from Mohandas Gandhi to Larry Page and Sergey Brin--shares one thing in common. They see strategic options that others do not see. When others thought India was destined to live under British rule, Gandhi saw a radical, peaceful strategy to get out. When life throws an obstacle in your path you may respond in one of four ways: 1. The ability to think beyond the three options and see a fourth is the source of all competitive advantage. I got a chance to speak to one of Telerik’s cofounders, Svetozar (Zarko) Georgiev, to understand his company’s evolution. For example, software companies all share the same global strategic headache: recruiting capable programmers. Telerik wins with this strategy because not only are they are helping to increase the pool of capable programmers in Bulgaria but they can now also recruit the best programmers. Typically the top 10% of the Academy graduates end up working for Telerik. 1.

How To Build a Web Startup – Lean LaunchPad Edition If you’re an experienced coder and user interface designer you think nothing is easier than diving into Ruby on Rails, Node.js and Balsamiq and throwing together a web site. (Heck, in Silicon Valley even the waiters can do it.) But for the rest of us mortals whose eyes glaze over at the buzzwords, the questions are, “How do I get my great idea on the web? What are the steps in building a web site?” And the most important question is, “How do I use the business model canvas and Customer Development to test whether this is a real business?” My first attempt at helping students answer these questions was by putting together the Startup Tools Page - a compilation of available web development tools. So today, I offer my next attempt. How To Build a Web Startup – The Lean LaunchPad Edition Here’s the step-by-step process we suggest our students use in our Lean LaunchPad classes. (Use the Startup Tools Page as the resource for tool choices) Step 1: Set Up Team Logistics Step 2. For non-coders: Makes Infographic Creation and Sharing Simple If you read things on the Internet, like The Next Web, you’ve probably seen an infographic. The art of the infographic depends on how what data is being presented, how cleanly, and how attractively. A well-done infographic is more interesting than a text-only post of data. The only problem with this type of content is that it’s extremely difficult to do if you don’t have a staff of designers and statisticians. One company,, wants to make the infographic creation process an easy one that anyone can do. Whether you’re a journalist, marketer, or PR person, you’ll find this tool helpful. Infographics made easy All you have to know about creating an infographic with is the data you’d like to include. The site’s design is gorgeous and very responsive, so it’s easily to jump back and forth between multiple projects that get saved to your library. I guarantee that you’ll be able to figure out as soon as you sign up with your Facebook or Twitter account. ➤

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