The history of Guitar Hero

Reading Time: 1 minute Vice magazine have put together a great short film with Alex Rigopulos on how he came to come up with guitar hero. It’s actually been a 15-year odyssey to make music creation accessible to plebs like me. More at

Innovation and Paul Allen

Reading Time: 1 minute Doug Engelbart gave this famous demonstration of technologies in 1968, it still blows my mind watching it, you can see the future of modern computing right here. Contrast, Engelbart with Paul Allen. Allen co-founded Microsoft which went on to make him billions of dolars  from the ideas in this video, (as did Apple, Sun Microsystems, […]

Fred Wilson on disruption

Reading Time: 1 minute An old but good Google talk by Fred Wilson about disruption and innovation. Fred is a partner in Union Square Ventures and a popular blogger on all things that fit in the nexus between technology, the web and entrepreneurship.

The five Ps of innovation

Reading Time: 1 minute Marketers and academics love acronyms like marketing mix model better known by the vernacular five Ps. One of Google’s talks is by Po Chi Wu from the Global Innovation Research Centre of PKU (Peking University). In the presentation he highlights what the centre thinks is the key attributes for innovation: Preparation Patience Persistence Persuasion Productivity

Unsung heros: Erwin Komenda – former chief of body design at Porsche

Reading Time: 1 minute A post on James List about an immaculate-looking Porsche 356 for sale reminded me of Erwin Komenda. Komenda worked along side-by-side with Ferdinand and Ferdinand A.E Porsche designing the body for the iconic Porsche 356. At the time sports cars had modest small engines so much of the performance gains were gained from the body […]