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Posted by Christopher Andrews on May 5, 2010
I just had the chance to attend the "Front End of Innovation" (FEI) conference at the World Trade Center in Boston May 3-5. This event is sponsored by variety of innovation management suppliers, and included some great speakers like James Surowiecki (author of "The Wisdom of Crowds") and Sophie Vanderbroek (President of Xerox Innovation Group). Though I was only able to attend two of the three days at this event, I was able to leave with a solid impression on the innovation management marketplace.
A few of my notes from this event:
This was only a partial list of the companies I interacted with at this conference - but you can see how this market is evolving in many different directions. Further (as I will note later) there are other players in this innovation marketplace that were not represented at this event.
But all is not roses in the innovation management space. I have a few questions that could impact how this event and this market will look in coming years:
Overall, however, this is a great space to watch. Look out for my coming document on the future of innovation management in which I'll try to take a holistic view, to tie together the diverse business models in this space.
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