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The Crucible – Solve for X

August 2019

The nature of change has changed. With the hyper-acceleration of disruptive technologies coming to market, the adoption of innovation has become crucial to national economic policy and the survival of organizations both large and small. The question is, in a world where whole industries transform over seasons and geographic centers of innovation shift between decades, how do organizations encode innovation into their DNA to stay relevant for the long-term?” 

-Steve Kingsley, Xinova Innovator

Strategy. The Webster definition would surprise you. Briefly summarized, it states strategy is: A) The set-up of a situation to win a war B) Trickery and C) Adaptations to achieve evolutionary success.

I doubt the first two jump to mind when you think of R&D strategy: that takes collaborative partnerships versus deceit to defeat and vanquish. And incremental improvements rarely result in true innovation either. R&D strategy takes on more of a form of game theory: strategic interaction between rational decision-makers. We posit that by ensuring you have a radically large “n” of rational decision-makers (like the precocious PhDs from Keon Research) outside your direct employment, you can continuously deliver inventive thinking and be a leader in innovation.

Fast Company named Xinova one of the 50 best workplaces for innovators in their inaugural list. They, in collaboration with Accenture, highlighted work cultures that cultivate big ideas and the freedom to fail because inventive thinking has never been more critical. Change is accelerating. Braiding co-innovation together with R&D and business strategy will help you get ahead of that change.

I want to hear your thoughts on R&D strategy and management too. Get paid to write a blog for Xinova on R&D-focused topics, like finding the Golden Innovation Metric.

Brad Roberts
Global Head of Network Platform

Featured Opportunities

Vibration Control Innovation Experts

Xinova requires a few subject matter experts (SMEs) to contemplate new applications for an AI-based active vibration control system.

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Off to the Farm

Xinova is seeking information on current trends in the fertilizer market for large-scale commercial agriculture production in the United States.

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Golden Innovation Metrics

Ready to write a smart and engaging article about R&D leadership’s glaring need for innovation metrics? You’ll be paid $1-per-word to do so on Write an op-ed-style piece explaining what a golden innovation metric (or metrics) may look like and how they’ll advance technology.

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Fighting Fires with Flames

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Malaysia seeks scalable technology solutions to suppress forest fires in Southeast Asian inland and peatland forests. Forest fires and the resulting haze has become an almost annual disaster in Indonesia and Malaysia.

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Xinova Updates

Project CitizenOS launches an experiment in Canada

Xinova, Helix, and Interbit are pleased to announce a development in the CitizenOS project. The CitizenOS Project team is partnering with Tomo Spaces, developer of BCs bustling River Market, to develop a new community metric based on ambient analytics.

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Innovate or Perish: A Growth Strategy, by Steve KingsleyInnovate or Perish: A Growth Strategy

The nature of change has changed. The question is, in a world where whole industries transform over seasons and geographic centers of innovation shift between decades, how do organizations encode innovation into their DNA to stay relevant for the long-term? Steve Kingsley posits that ancient history offers insight into a future defined by a systemic and strategic embrace of innovation.

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Vitto Buffa explains the impact driving quarterly results have on innovationDriving Quarterly Results Thwarts Innovation 

Vito Buffa, Director of Innovation Management at Henkel, explained at the IRI conference for global Leaders in Innovation how quarterly results hinder innovation when we met him in Pittsburgh at IRI Annual 2019.

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Karen Lightman Cover PhotoSolving real-world problems with public data

Karen Lightman, Executive Director of Metro21, shared at the IRI conference for global Leaders in Innovation how centralizing public data can lead to solving real-world problems.

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Featured Innovator

Keon Research: curious thinkers

Amanda Zila got her Ph.D. in Pharmacology, Melissa Smith has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Mathieu Larronde-Larretche’s Ph.D. is on Process and Environmental Engineering. Each one is an exceptional scholar, but since there is no degree program in inventing or rapid prototyping exists, Keon Research has served as their post-doc institution for advanced studies in innovation.

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Xinova in the news

Fast Co. names Xinova one of the most innovative workplaces

We’re honored! For Fast Company‘s inaugural Best Workplaces for Innovators list, companies were identified that empower all employees—not just top executives, scientists, or coders—to create new products, improve operations and take risks. These are businesses where innovation isn’t just a buzzword but a part of the value system and culture. This is what Xinova is all about.

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