Innowiki is a collection of innovations through time plus overviews about business theories, especially blue ocean strategy. Despite the name, it’s not really a Wiki. That was the original goal but, much like Wikipedia emerged from website Bomis — a website “for men” featuring the “Bomis Babe Report” — we went the other way, from an all-open Wiki to a measured website. But we like the name so kept it.

We’ve gathered hundreds of interesting, ground-breaking innovations. Why not use Wikipedia? We started there but found too many problems.

Besides describing innovations, we also write about our preferred innovation method, blue ocean strategy. A few of us are blue ocean strategy academics and consultants and academics. If you’re into blue ocean strategy, besides reading the articles here consider subscribing to our blue ocean newsletter at substack.blueoceanthinking.com.

Our latest compilation is about 400 innovations which we think are especially impactful. We wrote about them, one-by-one, short, accurate, and easy-to-digest case studies. We’re constantly adding and updating entries.

A few random posts:

  • StatinsStatins
    Statins dramatically lower blood cholesterol, and the likelihood of heart attacks. Akira Endo discovered statins. Akira Endo & His Molds …
  • Stainless SteelStainless Steel
    1913 Harry BrearleyW.H. Hatfield Stainless steel is strong and has high heat resistance, just like ordinary steel. It resists corrosion, …
  • Branch BankingBranch Banking
    Branch banking allows ordinary people to utilize banks and theoretically makes banks safer since larger banks are less prone to …
  • Intrauterine Device (IUD)Intrauterine Device (IUD)
    Intrauterine Devices (IUD’s) are long-lasting passive birth control for women. Once inserted they work anywhere from ten years to life. …
  • Megawatt WindmillMegawatt Windmill
    Megawatt wind turbines are windmills capable of generating a megawatt or more of electricity and feeding it into the electrical …
  • Open Source SoftwareOpen Source Software
    Open-source software allows anybody interested to see and contribute to the creation of software, including the ability to spot bugs …
  • Pneumatic ToolsPneumatic Tools
    1871 Simon Ingersoll It’s not an exaggeration to say that pneumatic tools built the modern world. Wherever you’re reading this …
  • Compact Audiotape CassetteCompact Audiotape Cassette
    In 1960, Consumer Reports reviewed an in-car vinyl record player offered by Chrysler, The RCA Victor “Victrola.” It held 14 …
  • BarbieBarbie
    In 1945, Harold “Matt” Matson and Elliot Handler created a garage-based manufacturing business. They named it by combining their first …
  • Commercial JetlinerCommercial Jetliner
    Jets vastly increases productivity. Early iterations of the industry also enhanced fun and image once the technology improved. The first …