“Clayton Christensen’s books on innovation are mandatory reading at Netflix.” – Reed Hastings, co-founder and CEO, Netflix For many companies, innovation is still hit or miss. They spend millions compiling the data to figure out what their customers want, but they often achieve only modest incremental innovations while completely missing the mark on the breakthrough… Read More


VENTURING BEYOND CORE MARKETS Already the largest operator of fueling stations in Australia, Caltex sought new ways to reach its target of 8% annual growth during a time of falling oil prices and flat demand. The leadership team recognized that they would need to move beyond its core—to pursue a portfolio of new opportunities to… Read More


Contrary to popular belief, Thomas Edison did not invent the lightbulb. Twenty or so inventors and labs had already come up with similar designs when he patented his in 1879. What Edison really invented was affordable and accessible electric light. Edison’s breakthrough was guided by a fundamental insight: any given product is only as powerful […]… Read More


BUILDING ON SUCCESS BY JUMPSTARTING NEW GROWTH When the municipal utility was formed in 1997, only a quarter of homes in the Philippines capital had reliable access to potable tap water. But over the next fifteen years, this division of a publicly traded company solved the crisis by working to bring drinkable water round the… Read More


American efforts to jumpstart the development of a cleantech economy have not been wildly successful to date. While there have been scores of small wins and incremental advances that should probably get more notice, the primary theme has been to place big bets — bets that are starting to turn up sour. Last year got […]… Read More


A vision for a smart energy grid has been around for at least 10 years, yet adoption remains painfully low, with only 5 million smart meters and 140,000 programmable communication thermostats installed across the United States. Many barriers are holding up deployment of an “energy internet,” including technology, public policy and business model issues. But […]… Read More


In this BusinessWeek piece, Mark Johnson discusses what it means when electric cars cross a key barrier of price-performance.… Read More


As the price of gasoline chugs toward an all-time high, there’s more incentive than ever to innovate new ways of getting around without the stuff. Given all the grief at the pump, the production of electric vehicles seems to be ramping up at just at the right time. Yet it’s still not clear how widely […]… Read More