Innovation, Success & Leadership
I’ve always been inspired by team innovation and creativity. First at Motricity and now at Solavei I’ve been blessed to lead an extremely talented team of individuals who’ve come together to drive innovative products in new and established industries.
Most innovation occurs when we take existing technology and adapt them in interesting, novel ways. Take this LED lamp by Jake Dyson [son of the famed Dyson vacuum inventor] featured in an article that I tweeted recently.
As mentioned in the article he wanted to solve unnecessary inefficiencies with the LED light bulb.
LEDs are so tiny and power efficient that they can fit in almost any design you could imagine, but these same designs end up roasting the lights in their own heat. So lights that promise to last decades on the box–an environmental coup in terms of waste and energy savings–will degrade quickly, grow dim within a few years (or even months), and their color temperature shifts. The promised engineering capacity of LEDs hasn’t played out in the marketplace.
By attacking the inherent design flaws that cause overheating, Dyson and his team created a lamp that will last over 50 years using zero new technology!
I believe a great lesson can be taken from Jake Dyson’s success. In business you can achieve success by adapting a current technology, making it far more efficient and even making it better.
As I mentioned earlier I’ve done the same at every stop along my career from Learning 2000 (education software), to Motricity (mobile services) and now Solavei (social commerce). Success can be achieved in any industry as long as you take the time to step back and question the status quo. You never know when the answer will be right in front of you!