Market driven products, the key to Apple’s success but can it continue without Steve?

“Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It’s not about money. It’s about the people you have, how you’re led, and how much you get it” Steve Jobs.
The problem is most people don’t actually get it, but what is “IT”. My firm belief is that “IT” is the market problem that drives market driven products that in turn is the motor for innovation. The Apple team identified these market problems long before the rest of us and that is it’s magic formula, but the fact remains, they responded time and time again to market problems.
But will Apple’s innovative ecosystem continue without Steve is the big question.

Connectivity and Generation Y

In my last two post I talked about Why I think we connect so much to the digital world in an effort to avoid dealing with ourselves and also the impact that all this connectivity has on our creativity, as we need boredom to process thoughts the decline in boredom could be argued to create a decline in creativity. In this post I want to support those points of view with some interesting facts and have a closer look at connectivity and Generation Y. Here we will look at reseach results from the UK on smart usage and also data from the US on students connectivity. Connectivity is becoming very much ingrained in the DNA of the Millennial Generation and there is a lot of data out there that doesn’t paint a pretty picture but we will just have to see how it all plays out and have faith in evolution.

Connectivity: declining boredom and therefore declining creativity / innovation?

I think the most serious side affect of all todays connectivity is that it is killing our creativeness and as a direct consequence our capacity to innovate! Say what??? We need boredom to enable us to process thoughts and generate creativity. So if we have no boredom how do we expect to be creative especially when innovation and creativity are more important today than ever before?