A few weeks ago I participated in the BIF-3 Collaborative Innovation Summit in Providence, RI. BIF-3 is sponsored by the Business Innovation Factory, a community organization whose mission is to "explore business model innovation through a series of experiences designed to get ideas off of the white board and onto the ground as quickly and cost effectively as possible."
I was interviewed on-stage by Walt Mossberg, the renowned journalist whose Personal Technology column has appeared in the Wall Street Journal for sixteen years. Walt has received numerous awards for his writing. In fact, I was there this past summer when he received a Visionary Award from SD Forum, a Silicon Valley business and technology community, which every year honors industry leaders who have pioneered innovation and fostered the spirit of entrepreneurship.
Walt started out by asking me how IBM has changed the way we work with new research ideas, since, in his opinion, fifteen years ago or so little innovation was coming out from IBM compared to the present. IBM's transition over the last twenty years is something I have been reflecting on quite a bit recently, especially given my recent retirement from full-time responsibilities with the company, as well as the seminar I am teaching this semester at MIT.