[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”18631″ img_size=”medium” onclick=”custom_link” img_link_target=”_blank” link=”https://https://www.amazon.com/Start-Something-Matters-Blake-Mycoskie/dp/0812981448?ie=UTF8&message=&riskType=deactivatedCard&successUpdatingPreference=1&updatePaymentsPortalPreferenceSuccess=true”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]When we talk about ‘jumping in’ or beginning to innovate and discover, we have to acknowledge that it can feel uncomfortable or unsettling. After all, once we begin, we are ‘in it,’ and we can’t control how things will go, what challenges or obstacles might come our way, or whether or not we will be successful. We get it. And yet, if we don’t begin, we may be robbing the world of a great idea, a solution for poverty, a multi-million dollar business, or a new way to inspire people.

We loved reading Blake Mycoskie’s book “Start Something that Matters,” in which he shares his journey of starting Tom’s Shoes, which brought the one-for-one model of weaving the concept of giving into a business’ operations. Read it, get inspired, and jump in your innovation journey![/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][vc_column_text]When we think about jumping in, a very literal (and petrifying to some!) example that comes to mind is Felix Baumgartner’s bold jump ‘from the edge of space’ as part of the Red Bull Stratos experiment and mission. Our team has loved digging into the data and stories from the experiment, much of which you can find here. What stands out is the robust team effort, bold vision, and multiple innovations in equipment, protocols and data collection that allowed this jump to go from concept to execution in seven years – a very quick amount of time given the complexity of the project.

Jumping in can have tremendous rewards, but when we think about applying that behavior in our everyday lives, it is helpful to remember that you are not alone, and that just like Felix, no matter how big your idea, you can build a team for yourself that encourages and suports you as you take your jumps, be it in a new role, a new venture, a new relationship or a new environment.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][vc_single_image image=”18630″ img_size=”medium”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][vc_single_image image=”18634″ img_size=”medium”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][vc_column_text]Let’s get back to earth and think about jumping in and its critical role in building agile businesses. Yes, planning is important. Yes, quality control is crucial. And, yes, speed to market can make or break your idea! With all of that taken into consideration, we were fascinated by a story that recently aired on NPR about the Hoverboard and the way Chinese manufacturers were and are able to quickly collaborate, build on each others’ ideas and capabilities and produce products that seemingly appear from nowhere.

We will not dive into the debate about the merits of the patent system, and whether that process is fueling or hampering innovation, but the reality in this case is clear – the ability to ‘jump in’ allowed those manufacturers to capitalize on an idea and win. Read the abbreviated story here, and a more in depth Planet Money program on the subject here.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Curated by Ann Drewiske and Elena Imaretska[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]