Saturday, December 31, 2005
Celebrating great enterprise stories
Great enterprises of all shapes and sizes develop around great stories.
As you proceed outbound on your own enterprise path, first find your own story. Don't look for a story you can sell people. No one wants to be sold.
People want to join, to participate actively in great stories. We are all looking for ways to make our own lives and our own enterprises better. Great stories are tales of solution.
Among the best enterprise stories I know is that of Mr. Tim Kehoe, the colored bubbles guy from St. Paul, MN. Tim's 11 years of persistent experimentation led this past year to the development of a valuable new chemistry, but more fun, of course, are the brightly colored bubbles he's invented. See my post from Nov. 19, linked below, for the full story.
To help close out this year, I'd like to thank Tim once again for his patience, his durability, and most of all, for one hell of a great story. I'd also like to point to some good news and good publicity Tim and friends have received lately.
Popular Science Magazine, which first ran with this story, has just awarded Tim and his colored bubbles with their Grand Award for General Innovation for 2005. Congrats, friends!
I also heard a nice interview on NPR's Morning Edition with Tim about his story. You'll like hearing it directly.
Tim started last year with some new investors, a lot of great ideas, and plenty of unfinished problems with his colored bubbles.
Less than a year later, he's a national innovation award winner, and we'll soon all be joining his story.
You too can create a great story. Look for it in what you're most passionate about.
The rest of us are waiting to join in.
Zubbles! Home of the colored bubbles. Their web site gets better all the time. There is a video on line now.
NPR audio interview with Tim Kehoe
Pop Sci Grand Award Winner for General Innovation, 2005
From the kitchen sink: A great tale of innovation My original post about Tim and colored bubbles. 11/19/05
Think that's Tim in the bubble's reflection above? Colored bubble photo above borrowed from NPR.