Springboard Innovation by Targeting the Right Project

The Daily News Innovation Lab was started as an experiment in working with startups in a more collaborative way.  While the industry itself is in need of big change, one of the keys to the initial success of the Daily News Innovation Lab was starting small and picking...

Have We Innovated Yet? The Importance of Defining Success

One of the first bits of internal feedback I received when discussing the possibility of starting an Innovation Lab at the Daily News was tied to revenue. Wouldn’t it be amazing if, over time, the Company could assemble a portfolio of successful startups, have a bit...

How a Mission Statement Can Spark Innovation

When the Daily News’s Vice President of Marketing (and Lab team member) Sammy Simpson told me he wanted to facilitate a brainstorming session to develop a mission statement for the Daily News Innovation Lab, I was skeptical. It all sounded a little hokey to me. But I...

Forming a Team

One of the biggest challenges in starting the Daily News Innovation Lab was assembling the right team.  The Lab was pitched to the Daily News’s CEO as similar to “Google 20% time”.  In other words, no new staff, just staff interested and excited about the project who...