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I’m joining RevolutionCredit as Chief Scientistbhc3RevolutionCredit logo

Mon, 02 Nov 2015 13:24:35 +0000

A note on my new job. I’m joining the FinTech startup RevolutionCredit as Chief Scientist. In this role, I’ll work on developing the next generation of credit scoring methodologies in the financial technology and behavioral science field. Applying behavioral science to both (i) identify “upwardly mobile” people: those with characteristics of her significantly higher creditworthiness than their credit […](image)

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Stats say Hot Hand is real | Klay Thompson’s amazing quarterbhc3Klay Thompson shot stats by rangeKlay Thompson - first 100 longer shots 2014-15 seasonKlay Thompson - shooting streaks 2013-15

Thu, 29 Oct 2015 20:32:40 +0000

Want to see something amazing? Take two minutes to watch what Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson did in the third quarter of a January 2015 game: Klay is a great shooter in general, but that performance was unreal. He hit 13 shots in a row, 9 of which were three-pointers. It’s what I characterize as a “Hot Hand”. If you’ve […](image)

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Why Amazon wins | Innovate the core, innovate to transformbhc3Amazon stock vs S&P 500Segmenting innovation efforts by familiarityAmazon innovation - segmented by levels of familiarity

Wed, 02 Sep 2015 17:46:42 +0000

Take a look at your organization’s innovation projects. Are you strategically balancing your efforts between the core business and future growth areas? In advising companies about innovation, an area I stress is the value of consciously pursuing both little and BIG innovation. Often, companies pursuing innovation can be categorized as either: Seeking small innovations such as operational […](image)

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16 metrics for tracking Collaborative Innovation performancebhc3Collaborative innovation - social and crowdsourcing

Wed, 05 Aug 2015 14:23:13 +0000

In a recent PwC survey, 61% of CEOs said innovation was a key priority for their company (pdf). The only surprising result there is that it wasn’t 100%. Innovation efforts come in a variety of forms: innovation and design labs, jobs-to-be-done analysis, corporate venturing, distributed employee experiments, open innovation, TRIZ, etc. In this post, I […](image)

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10 examples that show the value of cognitive diversitybhc3

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:02:29 +0000

In a previous post, the benefits of crowdsourcing were described as follows: When trying to solve a challenge, what is the probability that any one person will have the best solution for it? It’s a simple mathematical reality: the odds of any single person providing the top answer are low. How do we get around […](image)

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How self-driving vehicles can fix the San Francisco housing crunchExtreme commuters daily schedulebhc3Source: Paragon Real Estate GroupNorthern California regional home pricesExtreme commuters daily schedule

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:40:54 +0000

In the San Francisco Bay Area, home prices have seen significant appreciation the last few years: In the Bay Area, skyrocketing home prices and rents have driven people out of the area. They look for homes in further-out suburbs and exurbs, extending their commutes to work. And the Bay Area leads the nation in the percentage of people […](image)

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Avoiding innovation errors through jobs-to-be-done analysisbhc3JTBD analysis - innovation ideal vs realityjobs-to-be-done three testsJTBD tests - certainty meters

Tue, 07 Jul 2015 14:58:42 +0000

The lean startup movement was developed to address an issue that bedeviled many entrepreneurs: how to introduce something new without blowing all your capital and time on the wrong offering. The premise is that someone has a vision for a new thing, and needs to iteratively test that vision (“fail fast”) to find product-market fit. It’s been […](image)

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Consumer adoption of Bitcoin | A jobs-to-be-done analysisbhc3JTBD degrees of certaintyCertainty meter- targets real JTBD enough peopleCertainty meter- meaningful improvement over currentCertainty meter- value exceeds costs

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 14:19:37 +0000

Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen recently did one of his tweetstorms on the topic of Bitcoin, a technology he avidly supports. In 25 tweets, he talked about criticisms people have of Bitcoin. Including this one (#18) about “use cases”: 18/The third critique I call the “innocent” one — “Are there enough sufficiently compelling uses cases for Bitcoin […](image)

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Radio Show Interview: Collaborative Innovation at Scalebhc3

Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:03:01 +0000

The area of collaborative innovation is a natural extension of the social business movement. It’s the extension of social into purposeful collaboration, a term Alan Lepofsky uses to describe the evolution of the social business market. In the innovation-focused radio show, Women Who Innovate, host LeAnna Carey, innovation expert John Lewis and I talk about […](image)

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Talk-n-Tweet | Collaborative Innovation at Scalebhc3Talk-n-Tweet Collaborative Innovation at Scale

Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:32:03 +0000

Previously, I’ve described Why Crowdsourcing Works. Crowdsourcing is a case where you get many people who don’t one another collaborating toward a defined outcome.To reiterate the principle points about the value of crowdsourcing: Diverse inputs drive superior solutions Cognitive diversity requires spanning gaps in social networks Simple enough, yet actually a rich field for work and […](image)

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Sharing economy is still in early adopter phasebhc3Google news results for sharing economy firms 091214Changing how we buy goods and services

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:35:49 +0000

Airbnb. Lyft. Kickstarter. Quirky. Kiva. TaskRabbit. The sharing economy is increasingly in the news. Those six companies are receiving a lot of chatter, as shown by Google News results for September 12, 2014: Certainly, the sharing economy is a “thing”. But it’s not yet as mainstream as may come across in the media. For most […](image)

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Bring customers into the idea review processbhc3

Tue, 10 Jun 2014 13:40:42 +0000

Say you’ve got some internal ideas at your company. Who takes a look at them? Assesses them to determine next steps for each idea? Figures out the value and difference the ideas can make? How about your own customers? I talk a lot about jobs-to-be-done here, and getting a firm grip on those to understand […](image)

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