The New Innovator's Dilemma

Huffington Post, Ben Wallerstein and Michael Moe

In recent years, we have seen more and more politicians and policymakers around the country coming to Silicon Valley. Meanwhile, tech entrepreneurs are taking an increased interest in the national political debate. Politicians and wonks are inspired by the pace at which innovation is transforming our lives — and often find kindred spirits among bright minds working tirelessly to tackle big, complex social problems. But as entrepreneurs and innovators enter the political realm, they are all too often frustrated by familiar patterns and barriers to innovation and reform.

In his seminal work, Clayton Christensen coined the phrase “innovator’s dilemma” to describe the risk of putting too much emphasis on today’s needs, while failing to embrace the new models and technology that will define the future. His book has become a must read for a generation of entrepreneurs looking to effect disruption — and a generation of executives looking to avoid being sent to the corporate graveyard by an upstart competitor. Read more here