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Need, Speed, and Greed: How the New Rules of Innovation Can Transform Businesses, Propel Nations to Greatness, and Tame the World's Most Wicked Problems Hardcover – March 13, 2012


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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperBusiness (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062075993
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062075994
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #836,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Need, Speed, and Greed is an absorbing and deeply insightful guide to the wild new landscape of global innovation. It is a must-read for strategists and entrepreneurs alike. (Paul Saffo, Managing Director of Foresight at Discen Analytics)

“A great Atlas for worlds known and unknown” (Juan Enriquez, Managing Director of Excel Venture Management, author of Homo Evolutis and As the Future Catches You)

“The perfect primer for the postindustrial age….an insightful assessment of the changing global economy, complete with recommendations for how companies can thrive in a perpetually disruptive environment….[An] exemplary narrative.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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Over the past few decades, globalization and Googlization have kicked off the first phase of an innovation revolution more profound and more powerful than any economic force since the arrival of Europeans on North American shores half a millennium ago. These developments have brought us such advances as the Web, social networking, 24/7 connectivity, and global markets.

But the benefits of all this progress have not been shared fairly among all. It is true that the elites of Mumbai are closer today to the elites of Manhattan than they were two decades ago, but what about Kansas? The hard-working salarymen of the developed world are not getting wealthier, but the economic elites who have mastered the new rules of global innovation are. Even as rural women in Africa and Asia have seen their lives transformed by mobile phones and the Internet, the middle classes and blue-collar workers in prosperous countries everywhere have been squeezed by the new global realities. And as the first phase of the innovation revolution gives way to a much greater transformation, America and other rich societies must find a path to inclusive growth or else risk being left behind by history.

All this leads to the central political and economic question of our age: How can the extraordinary benefits of the innovation revolution be shared more equitably among all of society? In Need, Speed, and Greed, global correspondent for the Economist Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran answers that question, offering the essential insider’s guide to this new world of innovation. Drawing on the best of the academic and field work in this emerging area, Need, Speed, and Greed inspires and empowers readers to improve their lives, their work, and perhaps even the world.


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How innovation happens is rapidly changing. The result is the emergence of what Vijay Vaitheeswaran characterizes as a global "Ideas Economy." For example, after winning a contest Trevor Rose learned about when visiting the website of InnoCentive (a spin-off from the pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly), Rose articulates the essence of the Ideas Economy: "I like the idea of being an InnoCentive solver because for me it's like a little billboard that will say to those who doubted me in life that [having finally overcome a `lifetime' of frustrated attempts at innovation'] maybe they are wrong and I am a lot cleverer than I look." There is also the motivation to make a difference: "I do like the possibility that something I thought of might help someone in a country where the economy is very tough already, and perhaps make their lives easier in some way...I hope so."

To me, Rose demonstrates the power of what Vaitheeswaran characterizes as "fresh thinking that creates something valuable, whether for individuals, firms, or society at large." Almost anyone anywhere, whatever the given circumstances (especially resources) can take full advantage of the more democratic models of innovation that stress inclusion, collaboration, transparency, and social benefit. As Clayton Christensen has so eloquently explained in several books (notably in The Innovator's Dilemma), "sustaining technologies" produce incremental, evolutionary improvement where as "disruptive technologies that challenge traditional thinking and the models that thinking produces.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mistermaxxx08 HALL OF FAME on April 27, 2012
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read this book recently and the basic story line is so true, how technilogy and its modern day rapid changing ways and the manner it is on display constantly evolves and moves at lightening speed and yet it is leaving certain sectors of the population behind. this book explores the power and the effects of that and so much more into greater detail and context. what is considered Innovative and how it changes and turns into something completely different and the impact it has on so many lives around the entire world. very engaging book to say the least.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Altman on March 27, 2012
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We all know that innovation is important; without it, raising standards of living would be a zero-sum game. But how much do we know about the actual mechanisms of innovation, the ways we might encourage it, and the risks it could entail? These are the pivotal topics of Vaitheeswaran's excellent new book.

Innovation is an inescapable byword of the global market for ideas, that great cacophony fueled by Twitter, the blogosphere, and endlessly proliferating conferences such as TED, SXSW, Pop Tech, and The Economist's "Ideas Economy" series, which Vaitheeswaran has led. And Vaitheeswaran dutifully touches on dozens of the theories and stories of innovation that have made the rounds in these circles. Importantly, however, his book is not just a summary. Rather, it is a critical appraisal that does not take the merits of these ideas, no matter how famous their proponents, for granted. In this, the book may be the first of its kind, and much overdue at that.

Vaitheeswaran writes in bite-size passages, each with vivid examples and a clear point. He takes apart a basket of myths about innovation, some more believable than others, and leaves the reader with realistic strategies for pursuing a more innovative future. For those hoping not just to stay abreast of the TED set but also to see where its fads have gone wrong, this is an engaging and practical reference.
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By Smelling Good! on February 16, 2014
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The future is not so dire as you thought. This book will make you rethink about the chaos surrounding you today. Embrace the uncertainty, there will be a tomorrow.
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I read this concurrent with too many other books/projects and got a little lost at times. At the end is a quick roll-up of the main points, and it may help to flip back to that from time to time. EBooks could be improved to make it easier to browse forward/backward like a real book--without losing your place. Perhaps this need could be met with speed if Amazon had greed to not let Barnes and noble seize that advantage...
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I ended up scanning since many part of the beginning was mostly well known knowledge if you've ever studied leadership.
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