Notes on PopTech

I first attended PopTech in 2009, and I had very little idea of what I was getting into. I had never heard of “design thinking” and though I had been working with technology and social change, I was new to the wider field of “innovation.” So PopTech was pretty mind-blowing for me.

Steve and TED’s Excellent Adventure

tedHave you ever found yourself at a party where you felt like if someone discovered who you really were, you would be ejected imm

Why innovation in payment systems is important for entrepreneurship

Look around you. Chances are that at least 90% of everything around you is there because of entrepreneurship.

There's a Swahili saying that says, 'ukiona vya elea, jua vimeundwa', translated literally as 'if things exist, it is because they have been made'.

Using innovation and creativity to get out of a crisis

Entrepreneurship, as with life in general, is a risky business. One of the hallmark characteristics of the quintessential entrepreneur is the boldness to take risks. However, with risk comes the potential for failure and the wrong decision can wind you up in a crisis situation.

Hype curve, meet diffusion of innovations, Part II

In the first part of this thread, "Hype curve, meet diffusion of innovations," I simply threw up an image that overlaid Rogers's Diffusion of Innovations curve on top of Gartner's Hype Curve without much else---simply a question: "Notice anything interesting?"

Is innovation what you do when your back is against the wall?

I remember watching the movie, 127 Hours. In a dire situation, facing almost certain death, his hand lodged by a rock against a crevice, the main character in the movie does the unthinkable to save himself – he chops off his own arm!

Emerging Opportunities: M&E in a tech-enabled world

Today as we jump into the M&E Tech conference in DC (we’ll also have a Deep Dive on the same topic in NYC next week), I’m excited to share a report I’ve been working on for the past year or so with Michael Bamberger:

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