Observations

In this space, I’ll share some lessons learned. All views are solely my own, and not those of the Daily News or any other person or organization. My hope is that these thoughts will help others in their innovation and entrepreneurship efforts.

I would love to hear about your experiences. Please share your thoughts here, or reach me directly.


Inspired Connection

When you are championing a project, it’s 100% your responsibility to talk about it. To let people know what you’re up to so you can get resources and support. In the past, I’ve characterized this responsibility as “asking for help”, because getting...

The Evolution of the Innovation Lab

The story of the Innovation Lab is the story of the importance of paying attention.  Picking your head up from the day-to-day of your job, and being in tune with what’s going on around you.  I don’t think it’s fair to say that the startup community was clamoring for...

Beth Morrison Projects

When I was first introduced to Beth Morrison Projects, I was not enthusiastic. I was at a networking event hosted by a vibrant, engaging woman who I’d met through work. She is passionate about women in technology and the arts, and was bringing together some of...

Lessons from a first time SXSWer: Face your FOMO

If you struggle with FOMO, SXSW will be a hard place for you.  At any one time, there are literally dozens of panel choices, meet-ups, happy hours, lounges, and demos at choose from, plus thousands of people to talk to- there’s just no way to do it all.  You could...

Innovation and Just in Time Team Deployment

In working with the Daily News Innovation Lab team, my initial thought was to invite everyone to everything, but make it all optional. I’ve reconsidered. My new philosophy is: Share everything with everyone, but don’t invite everyone to everything, even if the...

If You Want to Innovate, Speak Up! #2

Part Two: Don’t Innovate Alone After the first participating company joined the Daily News Innovation Lab, I focused a lot of energy on supporting them.  I wanted to make sure they were successful and getting access to the resources they needed.  I wanted them...

Innovation and the Importance of a Beta

One of the unique assets that media companies bring to programs like the Daily News Innovation Lab is the ability to provide real-time feedback from end users who are the intended audience for the product. When Datavisual started at the Lab, they already had a tool...

Building a Team: The Power of the Red Shirts

The first public event the Daily News Innovation Lab team participated in was SwitchPitch last fall.  It was held at the Skirball Center, with hundreds expected to be in attendance. Merissa Silk came up with the idea of team t-shirts that would make us stand out in...

If You Want to Innovate, Speak Up!

Part One: Ask for Help   There’s an amazing dynamic in the New York startup scene. People help each other out. Just start talking and you’ll see what I mean. These folks are generous. They share their experiences.  They make suggestions.  They want to participate...

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...

4 Reasons Why Media Companies Should Start Innovation Labs

My experience with the Daily News Innovation Lab has been really rewarding, and I can share four reasons why I think any media company would benefit from starting an innovation lab: 1.    With the right startup team, anything is possible. This summer, the Daily News...
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