Innovation does not live inside the box…


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Innovation on a timetable. If you wander around Kickstarter and Indiegogo you will see people taking dreams and trying to make them real. From the initial concept to the final product they are trying to make something better, improved or just fitting a specific need. When they start their projects they work hard to create a timeline.

Some, make that timeline.

Most do not.

Why?

Innovation isn’t something that fits neatly into a little box. Its sloppy and unrefined. If you invite into your house for dinner expect a belched thank you. Its messy at its best. There in lies the interesting reality. First off innovation fixes problems one way. It isn’t the panacea that will solve all problems in a specific space for all people. It does, open the door for others to innovate.

Some projects that are truly innovative must create not only a whole new solution but the software and hardware that goes into that process. New things cause other companies to heavily evaluate them before releasing them which adds time. When you are making things a specific way you also have issues in the manufacturing process.

So, if you back a project on Kickstarter or Indiegogo don’t expect it on time. Expect it when it arrives. You will get an automated email asking you to confirm your shipping information and then you will have your new idea.

Innovation doesn’t live on timetable. It’s a game changer. When you change the game you change the rules. The rule that breaks first is estimation. But in the end you get what you wanted.

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Scott Andersen

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