Meet Innovation and Trends Speaker Michael Tchong

Michael is author of “Ubertrends — How Trends And Innovation Are Transforming Our Future,” entrepreneur, futurist and adjunct professor. For more information on Michael’s top-rated and globally renowned speaking services or “Ubertrends” book, click buttons below or call 800-WAY-COOL.

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What is innovation?

The Nest Learning Thermostat represents disruptive innovation. It overcomes the pain point of traditional thermostats that many fight over by being “smart” and saving money.

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What is incremental innovation?

Incremental, or “efficiency,” innovations seek to produce the same product or service more cheaply or efficiently and are the most popular type of innovation. Starship robots can make deliveries more consistently and cost-effectively.

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What is orthogonal innovation?

The Sharpty Inverted Umbrella is a perfect example of a “think different,” or orthogonal, innovation. The Sharpty closes in the opposite direction, allowing water to be captured instead of dripping on you.

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Another “think different” example

The Celebrity Edge’s Magic Carpet is an orthogonal, or “think different,” innovation. Its elevator platform boards many passengers at once while also serving as a restaurant.

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What is disruptive innovation?

Disruptive innovations are those rare inventions that change the way the world works, disrupting industries. Apple will sell more watches in 2019 than the entire Swiss watch industry combined.

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Innovation crusade?

Michael is spearheading a global campaign to encourage more innovation. This grassroots initiative includes a series of cutting-edge, inspirational tactics that address a major societal challenge: “How do you encourage more innovation?” Our spiritual leader is “Chuckle” — our “you call that innovation?” emoji. Download the Chuckle meme with #youcallthatinnovation hashtag, optimized for Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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Why is innovation so rarely practiced?