Carleton University’s Technology Innovation Management (TIM) program celebrated in grand style on Jan. 27, 2016 both the 100th issue of the Technology Innovation Management Review (timreview.ca) and the launch of the seventh e-book of the Best of TIM Review book series.
TIM Review Editor-in-Chief Chris McPhee, former Nortel executive Peter Carbone and Sean Silcoff, a Carleton graduate and award-winning business writer, shared valuable lessons about success and failure in technology businesses with a standing room-only crowd.
“Today, the TIM Review is a global asset that is a source of differentiation for Canada’s capital region because it benefits technology entrepreneurs worldwide,” said Tony Bailetti, director of the TIM Program. “Lots for Carleton and Ottawa to be proud about.”
“The 100 issues of the TIM Review represent a vast number of contributions from authors, guest editors, reviewers, readers and many others – that’s really what we are celebrating and who we are thanking tonight,” said McPhee, a TIM alumnus.
The TIM Review is a monthly peer-reviewed, open access journal published by Carleton’s TIM program since July 2007. More than 600 authors have published 500 articles in the first 100 issues of the journal. More than 27,000 unique visitors a month visit the website, which has had more than one million page views. The readership breakdown is 33 per cent Americas, 30 per cent Europe, 25 per cent Asia, seven per cent Oceania, and five per cent Africa. Ninety five percent of the authors are from North America and Europe.
Referring to the seventh e-book Most Popular Articles: Best of TIM Review,McPhee said: “Our latest book features our 15 most popular articles, so they were selected by our large audience of international readers. It’s a point of pride that the book is predominantly made up of articles from the entrepreneurial ecosystem centred around Carleton University. The world is paying attention to the insights coming out of Ottawa.”
Carbone has been a key contributor from the beginning and has played a major role in the review’s success. He examined the evolution of content, finding it built on knowledge about hardware and software and first focused on open source, then on business ecosystems, then on the need and methods for startups to go global upon inception and finally to the sharing economy.
Carbone highlighted the importance of trust and relationships, as well as the adhering to a longer-term strategy to navigate disruptive forces in the market.
“Strategy without execution is a dream, execution without strategy is a nightmare"
“The TIM Review has tapped the knowledge and experience of a community that is now global and has curated an impressive collection of information for entrepreneurs,” said Carbone. “The experience shared by the TIM community on how to deal with the increasing pace and sophistication of the disruptions in the market today make the TIM Review an invaluable source of knowledge for companies.”
Silcoff is the co-author of Losing the Signal; the Spectacular Fall of BlackBerry. Silcoff spoke about Blackberry under the leadership of former CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis. The book, co-written with veteran Canadian business journalist Jacquie McNish, grew from a major feature investigation published in September 2013 in the Globe and Mail about the downfall of the Canadian company.
“The rise and fall of Research in Motion/BlackBerry is the mother of disruption stories at a time when the world is being radically reshaped by disruptive technology companies and software is eating the world,’’ said Silcoff.
“Much more than a story about a Canadian tech company that didn’t make it, our book explores the story of a company that disrupted giants until it was itself disrupted by the smartest and savviest companies in Silicon Valley. It underscores a long-standing reality in the dynamic and Darwinian tech landscape: the race for innovation has no finish line, and winners and losers can change places, seemingly in an instant.’’