Divergent Innovation / by Nate Westheimer

I've been thinking a lot about operational and technological innovation lately, mainly because at AnyClip we're employing both technological and manual efforts to build a rich set of metadata about movies and movie clips.

As we innovate, it's often comforting to seek and find operational innovation, as usually it's right around the corner and you can see results immediately. Yes, if we do that one thing differently we can be X% faster, better, more accurate, etc.

But we have to stop seeking X% improvements, despite how easy it seems to achieve. In a tech startup, our time is best spent around technological innovation. That's our gift, right? We're here to change the game, not eek out a better score.

This is going to be my main focus from here on out. I'll let someone else focus on the incremental.