2 Challenges Innovators Face

Note: This posting is based on my weekly “Thank God It’s Monday” that helps you and your company thrive!

This week’s focus: innovation

I had the pleasure of meeting Craig Calfee at Calfee Design, a bicycle designer and manufacturer in Northern California. His first innovation was a carbon fiber frame bike; Greg Lemond rode Calfee’s carbon fiber bike to victory in the 1991 Tour de France.

Another innovation Craig has brought to the marketplace is the bamboo frame bicycle. Craig told me entrepreneurs face two key questions from prospective buyers when bringing true innovation to market:

  • Will it work?
  • Will people laugh at me if I buy it?

It works. I can’t imagine people laughing when they see how it’s been implemented and understand the fundamentals around bamboo strength and structural integrity. Finally, the bamboo bike frame is gorgeous.

This innovation has allowed Craig to create jobs in Africa utilizing highly-renewable, green bamboo materials. And, he is selling bamboo bikes and bamboo bike frame kits here. This innovation is helping a lot of people thrive who needed an opportunity.

Note: If you are in Northern California, you can learn more about these bikes during an Association for Corporate Growth Silicon Valley dinner meeting on February 21, 2013 in Sunnyvale called “Transportation of the Future–Flying Cars and More.” Full disclosure: I’m moderating the panel discussion.

Thought for the week:

“You can have anything you want if you are willing to give up the belief that you can’t have it.”  – Robert Anthony


What do you think? I welcome your blog comments!


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Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting


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