Inventor of the Cassette Tape

Inventor of the Cassette Tape

The inventor of the cassette tape, Lou Ottens, passed away last month at the age of 94. All music lovers owe him a debt of gratitude because if it wasn’t for his miniaturizing how we play music we might never have gotten the chance to carry music on the go. Most...
Nurse Innovators and Inventors

Nurse Innovators and Inventors

Nurses are problem solvers. They are up close and personal with their patients and see them on a daily basis. They are able to notice slight changes in a patient’s health since they spend so much time with them. So it makes sense that they would be able to...
What is Innovation?

What is Innovation?

If you ask 10 people “What is innovation?”, you might get 10 different answers. As an inventor and innovator, my answer is “Any new idea that adds value”. I know that’s a little simple and broad. Innovation is putting those ideas into...
7-11 Innovation

7-11 Innovation

Just because a company is a big chain franchise doesn’t mean they can’t innovate. That’s the case with the convenience store franchise 7-11. I knew when they bought my wrist water bottle product for their stores in Hawaii that they think outside the...
Innovation for Associations

Innovation for Associations

After researching the association industry for my keynote speech for the .org Innovation Conference, I realized legacy industries like associations need to stay ahead of the curve as much as any other industry. Maybe even more. Just because someone has been in...
Hire an Innovation Keynote Speaker

Hire an Innovation Keynote Speaker

Meeting planners have a choice of hiring an expert who speaks or hiring an expert speaker. I always try to put myself into the shoes of the audience, and I would personally not be that interested in a speaker who hadn’t actually done what they are speaking...