IBJ’s 2016 Innovation Issue was a tour-de-force. I’ll start by quoting text messages I sent to colleagues in the technical/creative world I work in:
“An all-time great issue,” I wrote to one owner of a creative firm. To another longtime colleague who now sells managed-IT services, I wrote: “I am halfway through this week’s IBJ, and it is a masterwork of an issue. Go buy one.”
The Scott Jones lessons-learned column about Cha-Cha being a valid concept that just ran out of money: Enlightening. Love his optimism and good attitude.
The Don Brown column about disrupting your own product world with self-initiated innovation was a gem, especially considering the august source.
The story about Noblesville High School’s innovation teacher showed a leading-edge educator at the top of his game. How fortunate are those students and that school.
The centerspread map of tech companies who have set up shop in downtown Indy heartened this old downtown hand. Awesome to see. And finally, the investments column on blockchain technology provided a basis for understanding important trends coming—and I must say it included some minor validation of a point I recently made in this letters column about how Uber and other currently-big enterprises are vulnerable to such technologies, which cut out the middleman.
Oh, and the sports piece about historic Hinkle Fieldhouse being an example of long-ago innovation: brilliant.
You guys knocked it out of the park with your 2016 Innovation Issue.