It’s time to share some of our favorite content from the past few weeks. We have stories for you ranging from the tale of a small company in Seattle building its brand through a much larger company in Seattle, three reasons why your corporate culture needs help and a story about a museum that celebrates failure. Hope you enjoy!
1 • This piece from the New York Times caught our eye because it had a couple of magic words in the headline “Cheap,” “Consumer Devices” and “Amazon.” The story looks into how Wyze Labs, a small startup in Seattle, developed a low-priced video camera then proceeded to establish their brand on Amazon. It’s an intriguing look at a new way to develop, manufacture and market a product. Show of hands: Anyone surprised Amazon’s name is in the mix?
2 • We're always interested to read about unusual manufacturing locations and this one from Space News probably wins the Internet. It appears California-based Made In Space, a startup operating 3D polymer printers on the International Space Station, intends to expand manufacturing capabilities to include other materials.
Photo courtesy of Made in Space
3 • What did respondents to the Global State of Operational Excellence 2017 Industry Report identify as the most critical challenge facing their organization? Improving company culture. In this story from Industry Week, Dan Markovitz, author of “Building the Fit Organization,” offers three reasons why companies struggle with cultural change. Follow Markovitz on Twitter @danmarkovitz
4 • WIRED’s Matt Simon weighs in with a story of how the growth of online shopping is driving a robotics Renaissance that features good hardware and even better software.
Photo courtesy of Fetch Robotics
5 • Next up: A story from the Harvard Business Review detailing the four steps to take when you’re introducing a new approach to a process, especially when the audience is less than enthusiastic.
6 • And finally, because everyone can use a laugh — especially the folks in product development — this entertaining story from Smithsonian magazine about The Museum of Failure — a collection that commiserates and celebrates spectacular product failures. Typically housed in Helsingborg, Sweden, the collection is currently on tour in the U.S.
Photo courtesy of Docubyte
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