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Great Disruptors: Microchips, Gay Marriage, Perestroika, Kitty Litter, and a Book

InnovatorsDilemmaCelebrating its 85th anniversary, Bloomberg Businessweek announced its take on “The 85 Most Disruptive Ideas in Our History.” The focus of its current issue and noted at a party that drew George Lucas, Henry Kissinger, Harvey Weinstein, Mort Zuckerman, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Martha Stewart, and MSNBC host Ronan Farrow, the impactful and eclectic mix from the past 85 years lists concepts and inventions that have changed the way we live and conduct business, including: TV, e-mail, Starbucks, Napster, gay marriage, perestroika, refrigeration, junk bonds, the Pill, Air Jordans, billable hours, the jet engine, and a book.

Making the cut and clocking in at #58 on the #Businessweek85 is The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen, who coined the now-ubiquitous term “disruptive innovation” in his book about why well-managed companies often fail.

Writing about its central theme, he told Businessweek:

“I decided to study the disk-drive industry on a tip from one of my faculty members, who said he knew nothing except that successful disk-drive companies had failed over and over again. They were the fruit flies of business: At the time, I was living essentially in the Motel 6 on First Street in San Jose. It was about 7 o’clock one night, and I had gone across the street to have dinner at McDonald’s. And I was going back to Motel 6, and in the middle of the street it just fell into place—and I realized why the low end wins so frequently.

“This phenomenon that I call disruption is one that allows a larger population, people who historically didn’t have enough money to buy a product, to afford something like it. That creates growth. The puzzle was, if this is what creates growth, why don’t the leaders in the industry go after it? I realized that every company has a business model, and they can invest in things that help them make money in the way their business model is structured. If innovation doesn’t allow them to make more money in the way they’re structured to make money, they can’t do it. It had nothing to do with technological change. Once I had that, I could see it happen everywhere. That was the real epiphany.”

Nice to see the power of the written word holding its own.

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Dr. Seuss, Henry Kissinger, & Philippa Gregory Debut On the Indie Bestseller List

9780385382984We’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending September 14, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #5 in Children’s Interest) Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories by Dr.Seuss: “Seuss fans will learn more about Horton’s integrity, Marco’s amazing imagination, a narrowly avoided disaster on Mullbery Street, and a devious Grinch. With a color palette enhanced beyond that of the magazines in which the stories originally appeared, this new volume of ‘lost’ tales is a perfect gift for young readers and a must-have for Seuss collectors of all ages!” (September 2014)

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Walter Isaacson Planning Book On Ada Lovelace

Biographer Walter Isaacson is planning on writing a book on Ada Lovelace, the 19th century scientist who was the daughter of poet Lord Byron. According to Fortune, Isaacson had not yet told his editor Alice Mayhew of Simon & Schuster, about his new idea.

Why is the author of books on icons such as Benjamin Franklin, Henry Kissinger, Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs picking such an obscure subject? Fortune has more details: “At an appearance Wednesday night in San Francisco, he said he felt he had earned the right to pick someone less iconic, and pluck her out of obscurity. ‘I want to give Ada Lovelace her moment in the sun,’ he said.”

According to Wikipedia, Lovelace was a writer who was credited with creating the first algorithm and is sometimes referred to as the World’s First Computer Programmer.