From company concept to employee culture… and back again

From company concept to employee culture… and back again

Increase revenue. Increase margin. Don’t just make market share; take it. Improve customer reputation. Improve product quality. Get to market faster.

Which employee could argue with the irrefutable logic of these corporate performance strategies? In a perfect world, your own employees would immediately grasp the logic and devote themselves wholeheartedly to achieving them.

Change the game or go home: A manifesto for innovation

Change the game or go home: A manifesto for innovation

Off the bat, it’s probably a good idea to do some level setting, and the best place to begin is with the word “innovation” itself and a simple definition of what innovation is and what it is not. Depending on which dictionary definition you turn to, you’ll get slightly different definitions that essentially talk about […]

Gif vs. Jif. How do you pronounce .gif?

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Gif vs. Jif. How do you pronounce .gif?

Giphy COO Adam Leibsohn named “the best gif ever” this week, reigniting lively debate at Blue Sky over the pronunciation of the word ‘Gif.’

Should the ‘Silicon’ name stay in the Valley?

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Should the ‘Silicon’ name stay in the Valley?

Chicago continues to prove itself as a tech hub. Many have dubbed the Midwest, and Chicago specifically, as the “Silicon Prairie.” Do you think this nickname will stick?

Techweek100 announced for 2015

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Techweek100 announced for 2015

Techweek Chicago’s “Techweek100″ 2015 features some new names and a notable increase in women.

Sprinkles: An antidote to the demise of customer surprise

Sprinkles: An antidote to the demise of customer surprise

When I was ten years old, I did a very naughty thing. I secretly watched my parents hide all the Easter eggs. As my cousins and siblings rushed into our backyard on the hunt for brightly colored eggs, I calmly went straight to all their hiding spots! I “found” a lot more eggs! But, they […]

Which great genius was more innovative?

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Which great genius was more innovative?

“American Genius,” an eight-part series, will feature re-enactments of historical figures of innovation who were rivals in their respective fields. Among them: Edison and Tesla, Hearst and Pulitzer and, of course, Gates and Jobs.

Would you purposely crash someone’s iPhone?

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Would you purposely crash someone’s iPhone?

A new iPhone bug crashes Messages — the text and message app built into an iPhone — and causes the receiver’s phone to turn off.

Chicago innovations that changed the world

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Chicago innovations that changed the world

Chicago-based innovations have been changing the world since 1833. That’s when the newly incorporated city spawned a faster way to build homes and buildings.

Out for brains! (Why customer service will drive the economy of the next fifty years and beyond)

Out for brains! (Why customer service will drive the economy of the next fifty years and beyond)

The age of “buy from us because we say we’re awesome” is over, and has been replaced by an age of “I’ll buy from them because someone I trust says they’re awesome.”