Interview Of The Week

Interview Of The Week: Elliott Parker, Innovation Expert

Who: Elliot Parker is author of the newly released book “The Illusion of Innovation: Escape Efficiency and Unleash Radical Progress” and founder and CEO of High Alpha Innovation, a venture builder that partners with corporations, universities, and entrepreneurs to co-create startups that solve compelling problems. He built his career in strategy consulting at Innosight, the firm founded by Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen, who famously developed the theory of “disruptive innovation.”  Parker has also worked in corporate venturing, and as an entrepreneur bringing new ideas to market. To date, he has launched over 40 venture-backed startups.

Topic: How to build an innovation strategy

Quote: “Change is coming, whether corporations want it or not. We need our scaled institutions, including corporations, to be better at solving big problems again. This means questioning decades of embedded assumptions about why corporations exist and finding ways to empower small teams to conduct more of the experiments we need: faster, cheaper, and weirder. By weirder I mean running experiments that challenge the way we think the world works and uncovering anomalies that lead to breakthrough market innovation.”

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About the author

Jennifer L. Schenker

Jennifer L. Schenker, an award-winning journalist, has been covering the global tech industry from Europe since 1985, working full-time, at various points in her career for the Wall Street Journal Europe, Time Magazine, International Herald Tribune, Red Herring and BusinessWeek. She is currently the editor-in-chief of The Innovator, an English-language global publication about the digital transformation of business. Jennifer was voted one of the 50 most inspiring women in technology in Europe in 2015 and 2016 and was named by Forbes Magazine in 2018 as one of the 30 women leaders disrupting tech in France. She has been a World Economic Forum Tech Pioneers judge for 20 years. She lives in Paris and has dual U.S. and French citizenship.