Category Archives: Innovation

Smaiyra Million: On Innovation in Service Industries

In the tech sector, innovation is often the defining feature of a company’s mission. But in the service sector, says Smaiyra Million, a partner at Highland Consumer Partners, the most frequent source says of innovation is very often the customer.

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Smaiyra Million: On Maintaining Corporate Culture

The corporate culture that was appropriate for a fledgling start-up might not always work for a multimillion-dollar, growth-stage company. Smaiyra Million, a partner at Highland Consumer Partners, says that it’s up to the founders to decide when – or if – the company mindset needs to change.

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Smaiyra Million: On Being "In Flow"

There’s a special feeling when all the members of a startup team are working together smoothly toward the same goal. Smaiyra Million, a partner at Highland Consumer Partners, calls it being "in flow" &ndash and when people understand that concept, it’s something they can use for the rest of their lives.

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Smaiyra Million: As Companies Grow, Leaders Face Different Challenges

Getting a start-up off the ground involves enormous challenges. But Smaiyra Million, a partner at Highland Consumer Partners, says that a whole new set of challenges lies in store for founders who manage to get their businesses into the "growth stage."

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Chris Colbert: Innovators Pick Courage Over Fear

Innovation, says Chris Colbert, director of programming at the Harvard Innovation Lab, is all about seizing opportunities and solving problems. Everyone can do that, he argues – provided they have the courage to see the world around them clearly.

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Ann Chao: When Idea Meets Execution

Ann Chao, CEO and co-founder of Sonation, Inc., a music technology company, says that great ideas, by themselves, are not enough: innovators need to be able to execute as well. Being able to identify with your target audience is pretty important, too.

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Chris Colbert: Innovation Is a Constant in Our Lives

Chris Colbert, director of programming at the Harvard Innovation Lab, says that even large institutions like Harvard are coming to grips with the need to innovate – because in today’s world, he says, there’s no other choice.

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Smaiyra Million: How Entrepreneurs Can Motivate Their Workers

Smaiyra Million, a partner at Highland Consumer Partners, says that entrepreneurs can motivate their employees by being good listeners – while still staying true to their own vision.

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