Category Archives: Innovation Back

Companies are buying these portable soundproof rooms like crazy to fix the worst thing about their open floor offices

Room is a new company that’s created private, semi-soundproof phone booths for noisy, crowded offices. Already, the company has snagged high profile clients like NASA, Salesforce, and Nike. Room says they’re on track to sell $US10 million worth of product in their first year of business. If you work in an open office, it’s likely … Read more

Troublemakers : how a generation of Silicon Valley upstarts invented the future (book)

Author: Leslie Berlin Between 1968 and 1976, five landmark industries that shaped the modern world were launched within 30 miles of each other: personal computing, video games, biotechnology, modern venture capital and advanced semi-conductor logic. The dominant players in many of those industries – firms like Apple and Intel – had also been launched at … Read more

Power Ledger to bring blockchain-based renewable energy trading to a whole apartment block for the first time

Blockchain-enable renewable energy trading startup Power Ledger is applying its network technology to a whole apartment block for the first time, through a partnership with Yolk Property Group. The Yolk Evermore development is located within White Gum Valley, about three kilometres from Fremantle city centre in Western Australia. Part of the government-funded Australian Renewable Energy … Read more

Human + Machine : Reimagining Work in the Age of AI (ebook)

Authors: Paul R. Daugherty and H. James Wilson AI is radically transforming business. Are you ready? Look around you. Artificial intelligence is no longer just a futuristic notion. It’s here right now–in software that senses what we need, supply chains that “think” in real time, and robots that respond to changes in their environment. Twenty-first-century … Read more

Six energy startups that have raised millions in Australia

Stephanie Palmer-Derrien – SmartCompany – 9 July 2018 The public consciousness around climate change has never been more heightened. All over Australia, consumers and businesses are looking for alternative energy sources, and technologies like solar power are no longer niche; they’re real and viable options. Where there’s innovation, there are startups, and of course there … Read more

How to go digital : practical wisdom to help drive your organization’s digital transformation (book)

Author: MIT Sloan Management Review The most important skills a leader needs to succeed in a digital environment are not technical in nature but managerial — strategic vision, forward-looking perspective, change-oriented mindset. A company’s digital transformation does not involve abandoning widget-making for app developing or pursuing “disruption” at the cost of stability. Rather, it is … Read more

Sydney startup Juggle Street connects parents to local carers

A number of Australian startups have, over the years, tried their hand at solving the problem of how to connect parents with quality carers for their children. Sittr, for example, has developed an app that allows busy parents to discover, book, and pay for verified babysitters and nannies, while Hobart startup AirParents aims to make life a little easier for … Read more

Prediction Machines : The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence (ebook)

Authors: Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans, and Avi Goldfarb Artificial intelligence does the seemingly impossible, magically bringing machines to life–driving cars, trading stocks, and teaching children. But facing the sea change that AI will bring can be paralyzing. How should companies set strategies, governments design policies, and people plan their lives for a world so different … Read more