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Capability – Innovation

Throwback Thursday: Cardboard…Packaging an Experience

Today, Volvo announced that they will be using Google Cardboard as part of their new vehicle launch campaign (https://www.media.volvocars.com/us/en-us/media/pressreleases/154381/volvo-is-first-automotive-brand-to-use-google-cardboard). Regardless of the specific Volvo implementation, we see this as great news. It has the potential to take a “connected experience” to the masses. The campaign has some room to grow, of course. Some ideas that […]

Throwback Thursday: Idea Spawning

Enterprise innovation leaders and entrepreneurs recognize some of the best ideas are created as derivatives of other ideas. We refer to this as “Idea Spawning”.   Similar to upstarts “pivoting” several times prior to locking in on an offering or business model that the market can appreciate, ideas often need refinement to find their real value. […]

CGS Advisors participates in DC Innovation Corp (I-Corp)

CGS Advisors associate Rick Whittemore is mentoring DC I-Corp team from Children’s National Medical Center. DC Innovation Corps (I-Corps), the new, National Science Foundation-backed program aimed at translating the region’s vibrant research community into successful startups and licensed technologies, kicks off its first cohort October 8 at the George Washington University with 20 teams of […]

Every Surface is a Screen in our Connected Life

A few weeks ago, while passing through the airport on my last trip of 2012 , I passed by a Brookstone store.  I was  enticed in by all of the gadgets.   It didn’t disappoint.   A bunch of items that I didn’t really need, but called out to me, were abundant .  Typically I take it all in and exit empty handed, but not this time.  This time I was sucked […]

Just the Tip of the Iceberg

Today Verizon announced it is purchasing Hughes Telematics for $612 Million in cash (approx premium of 176% over original share price). (Read more here: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-06-01/verizon-to-acquire-hughes-telematics-for-612-million-in-cash.html) The telco market is clearly starting to signal that they want to be more than a “dumb pipe” in the “connected world”. With Sprint’s offerings they are beginning to take […]

Mr. CIO meet Ms. CMO

Last week Deloitte announced it will be combining its “online” and its “digital” groups in May, “to challenge both the major systems integrators and digital media agencies to develop and deploy online, social, mobile and content solutions for clients” (as reported by itwire.com). This is on the heel of a Accenture making it known that […]