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I recently attended FT Innovate 2015 in London.
The two day chat-a-thon was aimed at exploring whether it’s better to be a ‘big’ or ‘small’ company when trying to innovate. I was tweeting like mad during the event, but there were a few gems that I’ve pulled out here to share.
“Conventional wisdom is one of the biggest killers of innovation”
–Corinne Vigreux, Co-Founder & MD, TomTom
“Eventually you need an army to win the war”
–Giuseppe Zocco, Co-founder, Index Ventures
“Epsom is a global company with an adventurous spirit at its core”
–Minoru Usul, President, Seiko Epson
“If you’re a startup you need to do something significantly epic”
–Phil Libin, Chief Exec, Evernote
“Are they smart & do they get sh*t done”
–Melissa Morris, CEO, Network Locum
“Mission & goals are not enough, you also need the tools”
–Andy Page, President, 23andMe
“We live in a Liquid World”
–Brian Gammage, CMT, VMware
So, which is better for innovation – being a big or small company?
It simply does not matter about being ‘big’ or ‘small’ when it comes to innovation. Essentially, it’s about Leadership & Enablement.
Leadership provides the driving force where tenacious individuals carry the team through the tough times and uncertainty, while at the same time the team need the tools to get the job done. Whether the tools are money, talent, software, process or support – the tools alone are no good without leadership.
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