Author Archive | Scott Propp

Garage Ethos: Why the Amazing Commitment?

What is it about garages that drives such amazingly committed environments for nascent business startups? To give us a ground-level view (no pun intended) into this motivation, let’s explore an experience I had last week at AirVenture2013 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. For a few days, I had the good fortune to join thousands of aviation enthusiasts […]

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Your Garage: The Gateway to Innovation?

The garage located at 367 Addison Avenue in Palo Alto is famous for where Hewlett and Packard made it happen. It’s nothing more than a simple building with swinging doors – so what made it work? Today, we continue our examination of this question with a look at how the element of low overhead plays a […]

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How to Win When the Game Changes

As a young product manager in the mid-90’s, I was sipping champagne and enjoying company cafeteria cake in Finland with the executive team of a multinational cell phone company. We were celebrating their new cell phone, whose battery life was measured in weeks, not days. But as I sipped my champagne from a plastic cup, […]

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What “Top Tenners” Can do in 10 Days

Getting the Call I was on my normal early morning commute when my cell phone rang; it was the leader of an advanced technology task force for the government of a large Midwestern state. I had been collaborating with this team on securing a multi-million dollar national grant for their region. The promise of our […]

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Sometimes You Need to Hear “No” to Go Deeper

We slunk back to our conference room and stare at the walls and table littered with papers. Weeks of pulling data, drawing graphs, running complex simulations: REJECTED. Our team’s substantial capital request to increase raw material production capacity had been denied! If our forecasts were correct, we’d be unable to meet customer demand in 12 […]

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The Little Guy’s Secret Advantage

I believe that continuous innovation is the key to a vital firm. Yet in looking for areas to innovate, many business leaders steer clear of markets adjacent to large companies, worried that the big guys will crowd them out. In times of economic pressure, however, these markets can create very fertile ground for new growth […]

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