Innovation Vendors List, v1

***Updated December 30, 2008: I've added basic category definitions for innovation software, innovation services, and innovation consulting. I consider it as a working first draft -- please comment on this post to let me know what you think.***

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First, I'd like to thank everyone who responded to my previous blog post -- either publicly or privately. The responses were mixed; some vendor strategists supported my forecasting hesitance; others strongly disagreed with my decision.

Regardless, I realize that my work is now cut out for me. Although I'm still not planning to launch a rigorous quant forecast earlier than mid-2009, your comments have moderated my "no forecast" views a bit. More to the point, it was unfair for me to castigate the vendor landscape for its "overlapping, vaguely marketed, and undifferentiated" technologies. This may be true, but the fault is partly mine.

The reason? As an analyst, I haven't played my part in cataloging the vendor landscape. Erroneously, I believed I had already made my necessary contributions. For instance, in a previous report, I had characterized the "innovation technology stack" from the buyers' perspective. And in another report published back in July, I had explained the backdrop reasons causing the innovation management tools market to "pop" in 2008-2009.

But this is not enough. I still need to categorize the vendor landscape directly -- i.e., characterize the emerging sell-side value chain. This is an additional (and extremely important) market dimension that I have unfortunately ignored thus far. Starting with this post, I aim to redress this oversight.

Listening to your feedback (special thanks to a particular few -- you know who you are), I'd like to start tackling this task by collaborating -- openly and publicly -- with this blog's target audience of "Vendor Strategists" (to use Forrester's parlance).

What follows is a broad and inclusive list of today's innovation management vendors -- those that in my mind are either "leaders" or "vendors to watch." (changes made 12/16/08). Importantly, I've split the list into functional categories to create a quick-and-dirty marketplace taxonomy.

Either privately or (ideally) publicly, I encourage you to send me your thoughts on this list. I will use the accumulated responses as one of my inputs for an upcoming research report. This report will categorize the sell-side ecosystem more rigorously -- and with clear explanations and reasoning behind each of the market categories.

*note: vendors in each section are listed in alpha order*

Innovation software

includes, but not limited to: idea management software; collaboration platforms; brainstorming tools; innovation analytics tools; innovation management engines; IP management software systems; mind mapping software
common thread that defines the category: packaged and/or hosted enterprise software -- to be installed / implemented as a software system with customers

Accept Software
Akiva
Anaqua
Applied Market Science (IDEALYST)
AskMe
backboard
Brainbank (IdeaLink)
Brainstorm on Demand
BrainStorm Software
Brightidea (WebStorm)
comapping.com
ConceptDraw
EmployeeSuggestionBox
FellowForce (WebForce)
Flyingtable
Hype (HypeIMT)
IBM Idea Factory
Idea Management Group (Idea Manager)
IdeaMason
IdeaScale
Ideas Count
IdeasTracker
Ideavalue
INCENT Solutions (iDS)
Induct Software
Ingenuity Bank
Inkling
Innography
Innovation Framework Technologies
Innovation Portal (Cognistreamer)
Inogate (InnAbler)
I-Nova Software
INPAQT
Insight RESULTS (e-Impact)
Invention Machine (Goldfire)
IP.com (InnovationQ)
ISDE (PrIsM)
Jenni Idea Management
MindJet
MindMapper
MindMatters Technologies (Innovator)
mindmeister
Mindomo
Nosco (Idea Exchange)
NovaMind
OpenTeams
Oval Ideas
OVO Innovation (OVO Tools)
PhpOutsourcing (Ideabox)
Planisware
Qmarkets
Rite-Solutions (Innovation Engine)
Salesforce.com (Salesforce CRM Ideas)
Simplessus Ideamanager
Sopheon (Accolade)
Spigit
target Idea Management
TheBrain
Total Quality Systems Software (SimNet)
Varatek Software (MindApp)
Vertical*i
Xpree

Innovation services

includes, but not limited to: Innovation Sourcing services (e.g., crowdsourcing, expert-sourcing, etc.); IP trading networks; outsourced creative services; outsourced science / engineering invention services; third-party-brokered, white-label innovation / ideation communities
common thread that defines the category: third-party outsourced, in-house partnered, or sub-contracted innovation services -- perhaps focused on IT support systems, perhaps focused on business process (both of which "count" for this category)

12INCH
Affinnova
Amplinovia
Big Idea Group
BrainReactions
bulbstorm
Cesim
Communispace
CrowdSound
CrowdSpirit
CSI
Digital Operative
EMD
Entovation International
Fluid Innovation
Get Satisfaction
IBM Global Services
Iconoculture
Idea Connection
Idea Crossing
Idea Magnet
Imaginatik (Idea Central)
Innocentive
Innovation Exchange
Intellectual Ventures
Kluster
MarketTools
Mzinga
NineSigma
Passenger
Pharmalicensing
realsight
Suggestion Box
TechEx
Techno-L
TekScout Open Innovation Network
THINKERGY
trendwatching.com
UserVoice
UTEK
Venture2
Wiktive
yet2.com

Innovation consulting

includes, but not limited to: innovation strategy consulting; innovation workshops and training; market growth consulting; organizational change consulting; innovation execution advisory; consulting and advisory on innovation subtopics (e.g., product innovation; value innovation; biz-model innovation; Enterprise 2.0 collaboration models; etc.)
common thread that defines the category: innovation-focused advisory, consulting, and training services -- offering knowledge and advice rather than software systems or discrete third-party services

Accenture
A.T. Kearney
Axiom Business Concepts
BCG Innovation Institute
BMGI
Brick & Click Consulting
Business Strategy Innovation
Cambridge Consultants
Campana Schott
Capgemini
Catapult Thinking
Cheskin Added Value
Continuum
Creativity And Innovation Driving Business
CREAX
Dissero Partners
Doblin
Doyle Research Associates
Frontier Strategy
futurethink
gravitytank
Idea Champions
IdeaManagement
IDEO
Innosight
Innovage Consulting
Innovaro
Innovation Focus
InnovationLabs
Innovia Technology
Jump Associates
Kathy Mast Consulting
Mensa Process
Mindforce Consulting
Patricia Seybold Group
Peer Insight
Planning Innovations
Quark Engineering & Development
Radical Innovation Group
Redscout
Silicon Valley Innovation Institute
Social Technologies
SolutionPeople
Strategos
Strategyn
Sunderberg-Ferar
Synectics
SYPartners
Systematic Inventive Thinking
Targeting Innovation
The Bridge
The Desai Group
The Enterprise Development Group
The Innovation Workgroup
Think
Think For A Change
Value Innovations
Vivaldi Partners
?Whatif!

For now, I'll keep my thoughts very brief, because I want to give everyone a chance to speak.

I'll only say this: my biggest reservation is around the "innovation services" category. Currently, it's a more of a catch-all than a true class of provider types. For instance, I would never consider Vertical*i and Kluster as direct competitors.** They're on opposite sides of the Innovation Sourcing paradigm (to be explained further in a report in early 2009).

Therefore, clearly this list still needs work. And in that respect, I'm eager for your input.

Cheers,
Chris

**update 12/16/08: Upon further reflection, Vertical*i best falls into the "software" category. I've adjusted the list accordingly. This mitigates at least some of my concerns regarding the lack of rational coherence in the "services" list.

Comments

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Chris,This is good stuff. My sense is you will see alot more.I think this type of aggregation is essential foundation for the category to 'pop' in the next 12-24 months.Matt

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Hi:Here are a couple more that would fit within the innovation services bucket:www.crowdsound.comwww.getsatisfaction.comwww.suggestionbox.comideas.salesforce.comRegards,Eric

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Dear Chris,I would like to introduce my firm, www.mindforceconsulting.com, to you. Rather than use this forum as an advertisement, I would rather send you information privately about us with the intent to add us to your list. We most likely fit in the Innovation Consulting space, although we offer a number of venture team and licensing team services for companies, SBIR start-ups and universities. We're a BrightIdea Certified Partner, too.Best,Rob Steir

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I am a cutting-edge Organizational Development thought leader, an Innovation University Fellow & an expert on "cultures of innovation".

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Creativity And Innovation Driving Business provides no-nonsense insights, strategy, consulting and solutions with proven processes that drive Creativity and Innovation at your business, create real market growth and success for your products and services, and achieve market leadership. We have considerable experience and expertise in working with small, growing and established companies, various departments and distributed teams.Our latest product is the Innovation Bootcamp. Engaging online Innovation Bootcamp Workshops to Jumpstart Innovation at your business. Learn how the Top Innovators innovate and grow their business successfully time and again, especially during economic cycles.Please include us in the Vendor list in both Innovation Consulting and Innovation Services category.Our URL: http://www.InnovationMain.comThank you,Sanjay DalalChief Innovatoremail: ceo@innovationmain.comphone: 877-904-6660

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For the Innovation Consulting category, please be aware of Business Strategy Innovation (http://business-strategy-innovation.com) - a consulting firm out of Seattle, WA. Our web site will be updated soon to reflect our focus on rallying the hearts and minds of the entire organization around easy to understand visual frameworks that facilitate sustainable continuous innovation. We also help acquiring companies preserve innovation value during the M&A process. We're a BrightIdea Certified Partner, too.I would also offer up another firm from the UK - ?WhatIf! (http://www.whatifinnovation.com/default) that primarily specializes on product innovation and the creative process, but they also have a couple of other service offerings.All the best,Braden KelleyChief Innovation OfficerBusiness Strategy InnovationBlog - http://blogginginnovation.comTwitter - http://twitter.com/innovate

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Under the category 'innovation consulting' you might want to consider the Silicon Valley Innovation Institute ( www.svii.org ).(Disclosure note: I am affiliated with SVII. And, I provide innovation consulting services on my own.)

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Continuation of the previous comment. (I did not know that I would not be identified, so permit me to add ...)- TomThomas J. Buckholtz1 650.854.7552TomBuckholtz@aol.com* Web-site and blog:. http://thomasjbuckholtz.wordpress.com/* Direct Outcomes:. http://thomasjbuckholtz.wordpress.com/direct-outcomes/* Innovate Incisively: Gain Impact. Save Time. (most recent Direct Outcomes book):. http://www.wbt-tv.com/Dr.Buckholtz/ii3.1.php

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Chris,Dissero Partners would be a good firm to add to the list of Innovation Consulting firms. I am CEO of Dissero and co-author of BIG Ideas to BIG Results (FT Press/Pearson, 2008) which was just put on the short list of the top four books on Innovation and Creativity for 800-CEO-Read's 2008 Book Awards. (http://800ceoread.com/blog/archives/008611.html)Our focus is in helping companies create innovations around customer needs and customer experiences, engaging the entire organizaiton in the process of innovating and driving breakthrough results.Dissero: www.disseropartners.comBook & Blog: www.bigideastobigresults.comWe are also a BrightIdea partner ( http://www.reuters.com/article/pressRelease/idUS121570+20-May-2008+BW200...).Thanks for considering covering our firm and our work. It's great that you are creating a focus on this sector.

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PLEASE ADD US TO THE CONSULTANTS LISTInnovage Consultingwww.innovageconsulting.comWe are innovation consultants.We are also Brightidea Certified PartnersDr C.Y.Konis

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For the innovation services category, please consider to add THINKERGY - the Idea Company in Asia.www.thinkergy.comTHINKERGY is based in the heart of the vibrant Asia-Pacific region with offices in Bangkok and Hong Kong. From these bases, we serve corporate customers in Asia-Pacific and beyond and help them to produce innovation results. We have already executed projects in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and of course various parts of Asia-Pacific.We offer our customers everything they need to create value through innovation based on our proprietary method, the THINKERGY X-IDEA Framework. Our solutions include:THINKERGY Keynotes—keynote addresses on topics including business creativity, innovation leadership, change management, and many moreTHINKERGY Training—we teach managers and employees to be more innovative in our experiential Business Creativity Bootcamps, Strategy Innovation Bootcamps, Creativity Workshops, and moreTHINKERGY Ideas— we work together with corporations in idea projects to help them creating meaningful ideas for their innovation challengesTHINKERGY Innovation Champions—this train-the-trainer program focuses on helping large Asian corporates to build an in-house innovation culture through training and coaching of a critical number of in-house innovation championsDr Detlef Reis (aka Dr D of THINKERGY)Founding Director, THINKERGY Ltd.

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Eric:Thanks for the note. I had intended to include Get Satisfaction on the original list; leaving them off was an inadvertent oversight. Thanks for helping me notice it. I've added them to "services."I was not yet aware of CrowdSound; thanks for the heads-up. I've added them also to the "services" list.The other two, actually, were already on the list -- Salesforce Ideas under "software" and Suggestion Box under "services."CheersChris

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Rob:Definitely it seems that Mindforce Consulting is worth adding to the list. I can see a case for either consulting or services, but if you'd prefer consulting, I think I can agree that this makes sense. So...I'll add Mindforce to the "consulting" sub-list.Cheers,Chris

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Sanjay:I've added your company to the "consulting" list. Looking at your website, it was tough for me to justify the "services" category, but consulting definitely fits.Cheers,Chris

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Braden:Thanks, I've added both Business Strategy Innovation and ?Whatif! to the "consulting" list.Cheers,Chris

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Tom:Thanks for your thoughts. I've added Silicon Valley Innovation Institute under "consulting."If I want to add your own company/services, is there are website I can go to? All you sent in your comment were blogs rather than consulting services elucidations. I can't add you to the list until I can look at your offerings and verify that you belong.Cheers,Chris

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Michael:Thanks, I've added Dissero Partners to the "consulting" list.Cheers,Chris

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Dr. Konis:Thanks, I've added Innovage Consulting to the "consulting" list.Cheers,Chris

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Dr. Reis:Thanks, I've added THINKERGY to the "services" list.Cheers,Chris

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Pls. add Patricia Seybold Group to your Innovation Consulting list...We provide consulting services in customer-led innovation using our 20+ year mature Customer Co-Design methodology, Customer Scenario(TM) Mapping.http://psgroup.com/customerLedInnov.aspxThanks!Patricia Seybold, CEO, The Patricia Seybold Group,Author, Outside Innovation, the Customer Revolution and Customers.com

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Patricia:Thanks, I've added Patricia Seybold Group to the "consulting" list.Cheers,Chris

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Hello We'd like to be added in this list.www.cesim.com: innovation consultancy for main manufacturing and services companies (Pirelli, ING, Fiat Group, Telecom Italia)

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Marco:Thanks. Based on what I see on your website, I think I'll put Cesim into the "services" category. However, if you feel that "consulting" is a better fit, please reach out to me and we can discuss it further.Cheers,Chris

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Chris:Please add my company's name to your growing list of Innovation Vendors/ConsultantsIdea Champions (www.ideachampions.com)Blog: www.ideachampions.com/weblogs.Our idea management software is called "IngenuityBank." www.ingenuitybank.comWe have been in the innovation consulting and training field since 1986,All the Best!Mitch DitkoffCo-Founder and President, IDEA CHAMPIONS

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Mitch:Thanks, I've added Idea Champions to the "consulting" list and Ingenuity Bank to the "software" list.Cheers,Chris

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Hi Chris!We would love to be added to your list of innovation consultants. We specialize in innovation management maturity processes and have been in the organizational creativity & innovation consultation business since 2000.Thank you for your consideration!Paul R. Williams, President & CEOThink For A Change, LLC.920-309-2012paul.williams@thinkforachange.comwww.thinkforachange.comblog.thinkforachange.com

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Chris:Thanks for creating these lists. Please consider adding my company, Frontier Strategy, to your list of innovation consultants.www.frontierstrategy.comWe specialize in growth strategy and innovation consulting and are best known for our work in applying Blue Ocean Strategy (Kim & Mauborgne) and Customer Experience Co-Creation (Prahalad & Ramaswamy) methodologies.We are also a Brightidea Certified Partner.Regards,Jennifer von BriesenOwner & PrincipalFrontier Strategy, LLC

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“When people ask me where I get my ideas, I laugh. How strange - we’re so busy looking out, to find ways and means, we forget to look in…All that is most original lies waiting for us to summon it forth. And yet we know it is not as easy as that….Embarrassment, self-consciousness, remembered criticisms, can stifle the average person so that less and less in his lifetime can he open himself out.”Ray Bradbury-AuthorMichael Plishka-Innovator, Artist, Performing Musician, Engineer, Poet (loves Haiku), Bonsai Artist, Hockey Goalie, Amateur astronomer, Luge-er, Fencer, Fisherman, Cooks w/abandon, Ukrainian Dancer..I bring my creative passion into all I do. Whether you’re a senior executive, designer, engineer, artist, musician, mom or dad, if you see that creative energies are not impelling you to where you are capable of being, I can journey alongside you and provide you with resources, training and coaching to help you (and your team) become all they are meant to be…and more.That increase in creativity will help you with:-Intellectual Property Portfolio Development-Higher Quality Idea Generation for Products and Processes-Problem Solving-Risk Analysis-Product Design-Strategic PlanningI’ll also share:-The latest advances in the science of group think-Tips for optimizing your creativity-Inspiration to awaken and unlock the creative innovator within.“Individual creativity is very intimate and personal. So, it’s important to learn how to listen to your own instincts, to listen to your inner voice-or find your inner voice-so that your self-expressionbecomes authentic and grounded and not simply a function of what you think people want to hear,what’s fashionable or what you think you should do as a life-long task…. Creativity is very much about being intimate with yourself, but also a number of things that, frankly, are difficult, if not sometimes impossible, to articulate.”John Kao -Innovator, Artist, Author of ”Innovation Nation”Michael Plishka is an experienced innovator with over 17 years of experience. He has worked, almost exclusively, in the medical device arena, a highly challenging and patent mined landscape. Still, he has over 15 patents issued and pending in the US and internationally. He is also an accomplished performing musician and artist who teaches and writes with joy and passion. In addition to his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering he has a Masters of Theology - just because.Plishka stays abreast of the most recent trends and research in group-think and uses optimized idea generation processes that have been refined through years of careful observation and experimentation. To find out how Michael Plishka can bring new directions to your thinking call 1-866-801-8737 or email him at michael@zenstorming.com

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Please include The Ingenesist Project

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Please include The Ingenesist Project

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Hi Paul,Thanks, I've added Think For A Change to the "consulting" list.Cheers,Chris

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Hi Jennifer,Thanks, I've added Frontier Strategy to the "consulting" list.Cheers,Chris

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Dan:I looked at The Ingenesist Project, and you've got some interesting thoughts there. However, I don't see a case for adding your blog to this list. I couldn't find clear evidence of software, services, or consulting packaged as offerings to clients. Am I missing something?Cheers,Chris

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Please add Mensa Process to the list of Innovation Consultants.At Mensa Process we put the world's brightest minds to work solving your toughest problems. By combining high intelligence with creativity our custom recruited panels of Mensa members generate unique insights, solve difficult problems, and develop new product concepts for companies like P&G and Coca-Cola. Our network, in 40 international markets, brainstorms online using Brightidea software to build the richest pipeline possible.Passionate and very curious, our Mensa Panelists connect the dots where others do not.Our URL: http://www.mensaprocess.comThank you,Eric C. SeiboldVice President, Client Solutionsemail: eric@mensaprocess.comphone: 860-364-1278

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Please consider Breakthrough Management Group International for your list - BMGI's focus is to help clients increase shareholder value by developing high-performance teams, improving profitability and accelerating growth. We do this by engaging organizations in a business transformation process that moves them through the critical stages of change.Successful companies must not only manage and improve present performance, they must also create the future. BMGI's Total Performance Excellence approach helps organizations excel at both through a combination of systems such as Lean Six Sigma, Change Leadership, Design and Innovation.While methodologies such as Lean Six Sigma seek to solve problems within existing processes using data and analysis, Innovation strives to solve problems using out of the box thinking and a more flexible approach. Applying both systems within a Total Performance Excellence context enables companies to optimize current performance and plan for future growth and success.Company Website: http://www.bmgi.comBlog: http://www.leadershipandbusiness.comInnovators Toolkit Linked In site: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=872837Twitter: http://twitter.com/BMGI

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Hey Chris, I think Communispace definitely needs to be on your list for Innovation Services. We were a finalist in the Embracing category for the Forrester Groundswell Awards for our innovation work with our clients. We've built over 300 highly engaged and dynamic private communities for top brands to tap their customers for co-creation quickly and easily! Our solution involves customers throughout the entire innovation process and helps our clients get to market faster, with more relevance. Let me know if you need more info. Thanks!

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Hi Eric,Thanks, I've added Mensa Process to the "consulting" list.Cheers,Chris

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Hi Shari,Thanks, I've added BMGI to the "consulting" category. Also, I should let you know that because a number of BMGI's offerings are not focused on innovation, I'm pointing the link from this page to the innovation-specific section of the BMGI Web site.Cheers,Chris

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Hi Debi,Thanks, I've added Communispace to the "services" list.Cheers,Chris

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Please include The Enterprise Development Group in your INNOVATION CONSULTING and SERVICES list.Laszlo GyorffyPresidentEnterprise Development Group930 Roble Ridge RoadPalo Alto, CA 94306-2609www.enterprisedevelop.com(650) 855-9940

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Hello Chris,I would like to suggest adding SIT - Systematic Inventive Thinking to your list of Innovation Consultants. It may fit the Innovation Services category also, so you can look at the website and see which classification is more appropriate for your purposes.www.sitsite.comThank you,YoniYoni SternVP Business Development, USASIT Ltd.Toll Free Operator: 1-866-574-9636Email: yoni@sitsite.comWeb: www.sitsite.com

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Hi Laszlo,Thanks, I've added The Enterprise Development Group to the "consulting" category. You should know that except in rare cases, I'm planning to define each vendor according to one primary category only -- so for now I've your firm listed only in "consulting."However, if you can make a good case for either 1) why your company belongs in the "services" category instead, or 2) why your company truly spans multiple categories (i.e., has separate business units with completely separate offerings targeted for distinctly different innovation markets), then please reach out to me -- I am quite willing to consider all available evidence.Cheers,Chris

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Yoni,Thanks, I've added Systematic Inventive Thinking (SIT) to the "consulting" list.Cheers,Chris

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Chris,Great List...very helpful.You might add a sentence above the categories to articulate what each of them mean to you. I know this was a first stab, but it might help people understand how you are doing your categorization.Matt

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ps-My sense of the "Services Category" is where the deliverable of the service is used as a direct input into the innovation process (ex crowdsourced technical solutions from 'solvers' in the innocentive network)...as opposed to defining or establishing an innovation function or process in an organization (Innovation Consulting, ex: McKinsey comes in to map out the existing innovation process).Just my 2 cents,Matt

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Chris,IdeaMagnet (http://www.idea-magnet.com) should be on this list. They are small but have successful deployments and proven ROI stories. Their focus is on simple and effective idea collection, prioritization and selection using the user community as the source. I think they have a slick product.I will also forward this link to my contact at IdeaMagnet to get in touch with you.Thanks for the excellent list.David.

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Couple of others perhaps worth checking out (maybe you already reviewed them). Not an endorsement just ones I've come across (incl. one that i worked at).> Stone Yamashita> Redscout> Vivaldi> Gravity Tank> Design ContinuumJust my 2 cents.cheers,Jeff ChaGlobal DirectorConsumer Culture & InnovationNIKE INC.

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Chris,I'm with the UTEK Corporation (an Innovation Company) and respectfully request to be added to your list. Our capabilities include both Innovation Consulting and Innovation Services. Thank you for your consideration.Bill CawleySenior Vice PresidentUTEK CorporationUTEK is in a unique position as the only public company offering a comprehensive suite of innovation services. We specialize in enabling organizations to create sustainable business value through innovation. Our point of view is that companies can deliver on the promise of innovation with a systematic approach to insight development, innovation strategy, new product/white space development, technology sourcing, patent analytics, operational and new business model design.UTEK Innovation services help drive business growth through:Innovation ConsultingExpert insight and foresight to better understand the direction of technology and marketsBusiness Model InnovationIdentify white spaces that enable new product & service innovationsTechnology LicensingDevelop a robust pipeline of new technology acquisition opportunities developed external to the organization (Open Innovation)Patent AnalyticsIdentify and leverage the value of your IP PortfolioIdentify threats and opportunities for licensingValue specific intellectual propertiesThe following companies are owned and operated by UTEK. To learn more please click on the appropriate hyperlink.www.strategos.comUTEK-Strategos helps companies outperform their industry rivals by instilling innovation into the core of the organization and works closely with clients to identify, develop, and act on profitable growth opportunities and game-changing business strategies.www.socialtechnologies.comUTEK- Social Technologies helps our clients see the bigger picture, protect against unexpected risks, spot opportunities before competitors do, and ultimately prepare for the future from a far more informed, empowered perspective.www.innovaro.comUTEK-Innovaro identifies and scopes new white spaces by conducting themed future events with a worldwide network of over 5000 expertsPharmalicensing is the premier biopharmaceutical Open Innovation resource designed for professionals involved with partnering, licensing and business development worldwide. Actively supporting in- and out-licensing activities, Pharmalicensing provides partnering services, business development reports, industry news and a jobs source for candidates and employers. Pharmalicensing is actively utilised by over 90,000 industry professionals each month.The TekScout Open Innovation Exchange enables companies to post development challenges and an associated reward for solving their challenges in the areas of science and engineering.The leading business development service offering proprietary databases covering licensing opportunities, company profiles, royalty rates and contract details, domestic and international patents and applications, drug development pipeline, clinical trial results, industry news and market intelligence.The most comprehensive source of research and business development opportunities for the international pharmaceutical market encompassing all areas of pipeline development, from early-stage discovery, through pre-clinical and clinical trials, to registered products that are all available for co-development or licensing.TechEx is the leading exchange for buying and selling life science technology. Founded at Yale University, the service is used by thousands of technology transfer and research professionals to efficiently exchange licensing opportunities and innovations available for partnering.Techno-L is a free discussion forum for patent attorneys, technology transfer, and licensing professionals in universities, government, non-profit research institutions, and private industry. Topics of discussion range from the best practices for technology transfer including the details of technology assessment and license negotiation, to discussions of national and international policies regarding technology transfer.

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Matt:You may be right about the need for quick definitions of "software," "services," and "consulting." Let me step back and take your suggestions, collect thoughts from others who I know and respect, and then add my own impressions to the mix. Then, I will form solid definitions based on all of these perspectives. Expect some 1-3 sentence category definitions to appear by early next week.Thanks for the feedback, and keep it coming!Cheers,Chris

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Hi David,Thanks for your suggestion about adding Idea Magnet. For now, I've added them provisionally to the "services" list, although it's possible they belong better in the "software" list. It's difficult to be sure based on the info on their website. I'll try and follow up with the contact you've identified, once this person has reached out to me. Once I learn more about their solution, then I'll know for sure in which category to place Idea Magnet.Cheers,Chris