nickskillicorn

About Nick Skillicorn

Chief Editor of Ideatovalue.com and Founder / CEO of Improvides Innovation Consulting. Coach / Speaker / Author / TEDx Speaker / Voted as the world's #5 Innovation blogger in 2016, I help individuals and companies build their creativity and innovation capabilities, so you can develop the next breakthrough idea which customers love.
15 10, 2018

65% of Venture Capital-backed deals fail to return investment, and only 4% make substantial returns

By | 2018-10-15T06:30:18+00:00 October 15th, 2018|Innovation|0 Comments

Everyone knows that investing in innovative new ideas carries a degree of risk. However, new data from Correlation Ventures shows just how risky investing in new companies can be. The chart above shows the financial outcomes for 21,640 different financing deals between 2004 and 2013 (note that these were the total number of deals, not individual [...]

5 10, 2018

New study shows whether collaboration is more effective than working alone (hint: it isn’t the best way…)

By | 2018-10-05T06:49:12+00:00 October 5th, 2018|Innovation|0 Comments

Who is more effective at problem-solving and finding solutions to difficult challenges? Is it groups of people collaborating on the challenge together, or individuals working alone? I came across the answer in a new research paper, and the result surprised me. Most innovation experts would advise that full-time collaboration is a basic requirement for building [...]

10 09, 2018

What can an electronics scrapyard in Ghana teach us about innovation?

By | 2018-09-10T12:33:53+00:00 September 10th, 2018|Inspiration|0 Comments

You may have seen the horrific pictures. Boys burning e-waste like circuit boards to extract copper. Inhaling dangerous fumes which shorten their lives. With harmful chemicals seeping into groundwater. Often the images you may have seen have come from electronic scrapyards like Agbogbloshie, a community in Accra, Ghana. But what you don't often see is the [...]

3 09, 2018

Sydney Innov8rs conference: Come and learn from me and 40+ live innovation speakers

By | 2018-09-03T11:25:12+00:00 September 3rd, 2018|Innovation|0 Comments

It's my honor to announce that I will be one of the featured workshop leaders at the upcoming Innov8rs conference in Sydney, Australia, from the 25th -27th September 2018. I will be joining over 40+ other live speakers at this amazing conference. It is a lineup full of innovation experts and practitioners, and the focus [...]

20 08, 2018

Sleeping with the enemy: The pain of innovation disrupting your industry

By | 2018-08-20T09:34:52+00:00 August 20th, 2018|Innovation|0 Comments

I'd like to start today's article with a story about something that shook me up a bit recently. I recently bought a diamond engagement ring at an amazing online store, but needed to get the size adjusted slightly. Instead of sending it back to the USA by post, I decided to find a good quality [...]

6 08, 2018

BBC4 Radio interview with Nick Skillicorn: Creative Kids

By | 2018-08-20T05:53:47+00:00 August 6th, 2018|Creativity, Podcasts|0 Comments

Update: The feedback to my interview has been phenomenal, and the BBC has even selected a snippet featuring me from the full interview to be used for the "Radio 4 in four" highlights show, which you can listen to here: They selected the part where I talk about the simple things you can do on [...]

6 08, 2018

A creative Artificial Intelligence has just created a short film by itself

By | 2018-08-06T11:16:20+00:00 August 6th, 2018|Creativity|0 Comments

I've said it before and I'll say it again. Computers are becoming creative. Before going any further, watch the short video above. It is a short film called Zone Out, it was created in only 48 hours by a director called Benjamin... ...and it is complete and utter garbage. But that isn't a problem, because [...]

30 07, 2018

How much new blood does a team need to stay productively creative?

By | 2018-07-30T13:14:15+00:00 July 30th, 2018|Creativity|0 Comments

Have you ever wondered what it takes to keep teams coming up with breakthrough creative ideas, year after year? One of the secrets is in how often there is an influx of new talent into the team. While it’s tempting to keep successful teams working together on project after project, after a while these teams [...]

16 07, 2018

Want to be an artist or designer? New study shows you need rich parents

By | 2018-07-16T13:15:48+00:00 July 16th, 2018|Creativity|0 Comments

A new study by the US Department of Labour has found that people currently in the most creative professions, including Designers, Musicians and Artists, came predominantly from richer parents. The people in these creative professions were by far and away the most likely to be earning significantly less than their parents earned, usually no more than [...]

7 07, 2018

Study shows a desire for startups and corporates to work more together by 2025

By | 2018-07-07T01:36:54+00:00 July 7th, 2018|Innovation|0 Comments

According to a recent study by the Unilever Foundation, there is a strong desire for corporations to improve their innovation capability by working more closely with startups. Based on the results of a recent survey of 204 corporate brand managers and 114 startups about how their companies planned to collaborate together, the following results [...]

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