Paul Carroll, Editor-in-Chief of ITL
The original Segway, whose demise was announced last week to a chorus of chuckles about mall cops and I-told-you-sos about the nerd factor, may have been the most beautiful piece of design I’ve ever seen. Only the iPhone rivals the Segway, in my mind, in terms of how well the designs anticipated how people would use the devices and in terms of the wow factor when they debuted.
Yet the Segway flopped. Is there then any hope for the rest of us, who lack the design skills that Dean Kamen brought to the Segway?
Actually, there is, because he misunderstood or ignored an issue that is key to innovation success: the ecosystem. If you figure out how to plug into and help develop the right ecosystem, you can succeed where even the talented Dean Kamen and his magical Segway failed…. continue reading >