Impact Lesson Part 2: Innovation and Adaptation

Posted by Jonathon Narvey

At the BCTIA Impact event in downtown Vancouver this week, distinguished BC tech sector leaders and award winners gave their answers to questions that will be explored in this blog series.

Question #2: "How do you help create innovation and adapt your business model?"

Andrew Reid, President and Founder, Vision Critical: "It's like Barack Obama alludes to, that you have to be willing to look beyond old habits and ways of seeing ourselves. We don't have to be purely one thing, we can be a hybrid company."

Dr. Hannes Blum, President and CEO of AbeBooks Inc: "If you want to be successful, you have to be willing to be misunderstood and even abused for a long time. For example, with what we were trying to do, publishers hated us, because they wanted to preserve the status quo. But the world is changing."

John MacDonald, Chairman and CEO of Day4 Energy: "Part of it is about motivating your people. The thing that motivates people is exciting, world-leading work... Also, one benefit of being here is that British Columbia is the kind of place that attracts problem solvers. It's relatively easier to attract people here to do innovative knowledge-based work."

David Sutcliffe, former CEO of Sierra Wireless: "I would just add that the companies that are most successful tend to marry bright capabilities with market demand."

Company:
BCTIA
Website:
http://www.bctia.org
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The BC Technology Industry Association is an industry-funded organization promoting the growth of British Columbia's knowledge economy. With a membership of over 2,700 companies, employing more than 60,000 workers in business of all sizes and sectors, the BCTIA is the largest tech association in the province. The BCTIA delivers programs and services that assist in the growth and success of its members, as well as... more

Company:
AbeBooks.com
Website:
http://www.abebooks.com
Location:
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

AbeBooks is an online marketplace for books. Millions of new, used, rare, and out-of-print books are offered for sale through the AbeBooks websites from thousands of booksellers around the world. Readers can find bestsellers, collectors can find rare books, students can find new and used textbooks, and treasure hunters can find long-lost books. AbeBooks Inc. is a subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc. AbeBooks, an online... more

Company:
Day4 Energy Inc.
Website:
http://www.day4energy.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Day4 Energy Inc. is a Vancouver-based solar energy company formed in 2001 to revolutionize solar power use in industrial, commercial, utility, and residential power generation. Day4 is dedicated to producing affordable and efficient photovoltaic (PV) solutions that will enable PV systems to grow to occupy a significant part of the world's electrical generation infrastructure. With a management team strong in... more


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Jonathon Narvey

Jonathon Narvey

Jonathon Narvey is a Vancouver-based freelance journalist, website copywriter and author. He is the founder of WRITEIMAGE, a website copywriting services company. Jonathon grew up in Winnipeg, Canada. While he remains proud of his prairie roots, he moved to the west coast of Canada soon after beginning a career as a writer. Mostly, he writes about politics, current events and life in... more



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