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Cross-Training for Innovation

Call it cross-pollination, transference, or paradigm shift: it’s the heart of innovation. Spotting emerging patterns – plucking an idea from another industry or culture – and then stitching it into a different world. Crossing ideas and influences can feel like…

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Smart Start-ups: Best Product Innovations of 2015

Ordering tasty food truck fare by phone to skip the line. Combining improv and humor with PowerPoint slides to enliven business presentations. Cross-pollinating a military technique with an iPhone to elegantly protect the device while celebrating design. Here are SmartUp’s…

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Chocolate with Benefits

Gigi and Zoë came onto me with candy and drugs at the checkout stand this weekend. Gigi was peppy, Zoë sultry – two creatively packaged supplements crossed with sugary sweets and spiced with sexy cartoon characters. The girls are riding…

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What Stand Up Paddling Taught Me About Innovation

Even the nimblest among us plateau. Just when you think you can’t improve, it’s time to innovate. That’s why on this October morning I’m lying on my back, embarking on a kinetic adventure. The water below is flat as a…

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