Friday, January 30, 2009

2009 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG
2009 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG
2009 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG photo
2009 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG photos
2009 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG interior
2009 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG interior

2008 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
2008 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
2008 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG photo
2008 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG photos
2008 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG interior
2008 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG interior

2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren pics
2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren pics
2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren dashboard
2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren dashboard

2009 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
2009 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
2009 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class picture
2009 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class picture
2009 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class dashboard
2009 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class dashboard

2009 Mercedes-Benz CL550 4 MATIC
2009 Mercedes-Benz CL550 4 MATIC
2009 Mercedes-Benz CL550 4 MATIC images
2009 Mercedes-Benz CL550 4 MATIC images
2009 Mercedes-Benz CL550 4 MATIC interior
2009 Mercedes-Benz CL550 4 MATIC interior

2008 Mercedes-Benz E550 Pictures
2008 Mercedes-Benz E550 Pictures
2008 Mercedes-Benz E550
2008 Mercedes-Benz E550
2008 Mercedes-Benz E550 interior
2008 Mercedes-Benz E550 interior

2009 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG
2009 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG
2009 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG
2009 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG
2009 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG interior
2009 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG interior

2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK300
2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK300
2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK300 pics
2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK300 pics
2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK300 images
2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK300 images

2008 Maserati GranTurismo
2008 Maserati GranTurismo
2008 Maserati GranTurismo pictures
2008 Maserati GranTurismo pictures
2008 Maserati GranTurismo interior
2008 Maserati GranTurismo interior

2008 Lotus Elise
2008 Lotus Elise
2008 Lotus Elise pictures
2008 Lotus Elise pictures
2008 Lotus Elise dashboard
2008 Lotus Elise dashboard


2008 Lexus IS F Pictures
2008 Lexus IS F
2008 Lexus IS F
2008 Lexus IS F interior
2008 Lexus IS F interior

2008 Jeep Liberty
2008 Jeep Liberty
2008 Jeep Liberty pictures
2008 Jeep Liberty pictures
2008 Jeep Liberty interior
2008 Jeep Liberty interior

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Did you already get this guide? Of course we are recommended by this guide and also you can see various other interesting shops in Paris. You can get this guide book from Louis Vuitton Shop!

Not only in Paris, but in some other city, if you are fan of LV, you can find also a LV guide cover as well^^
Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Hooray - today is my Food Lady's Birthday!
~~~~~
It snowed last night and this morning there was some snow in my screened-in porch. It was kind of fun to go out and look at it. But it was very cold and I still had some breakfast to finish so I ran back into the kitchen. After breakfast I like to jump up on top of the refrigerator to have a drink of water out of my big water pitcher.
~~~~~
After I had my drink I walked over to the other side of the refrigerator and thought to myself that I didn't remember seeing my Big Janitor Dad wrap up my Food Lady's presents. Oh no, what if he forgot to buy them? I don't want my Food Lady to be disappointed on her birthday. I had better go find him and make sure that we are ready for the party later!
China Cat and I also made a card for my Food Lady. We wanted to let her know that we were thinking about her and give her suggestions as to what would be fun to do on her birthday!

Sunday, January 25, 2009



Sanjay Dalal, Chief Innovator of InnovationMain.com, and writer of this blog on Creativity And Innovation Driving Business - Innovation Index, introduces the 2008 Best Innovator and Innovation - President Barack Obama and his campaign website: My.BarackObama.com. Why was this considered the best innovation? Read Sanjay's blog article on the best innovation and innovator of 2008, and find out why.

Sanjay also talks about his leading Faculty eBook on Creativity And Innovation in Business - best insights, best practices and case studies at the top 50 innovative companies in the world, and invites you to download this eBook. The Faculty eBook and Definitive Guide is used by over 300 leading organizations all over the world.

Finally, Sanjay invites you to check out the Innovation Bootcamp, a series of online engaging workshops that are sure to jumpstart new innovations at your business.

InnovationMain.com - Creativity & Innovation Driving Business:
Address: 8105 Irvine Center Drive, Suite 900, Irvine, CA 92618
Main Phone #: 1-949-288-6880
Contact Sanjay Dalal at: ceo at innovationmain dot com

About InnovationMain.com

The mission of InnovationMain.com - Creativity and Innovation Driving Business is to provide uncommon insights, strategy and solutions with proven processes that drive Creativity and Innovation at your business, create real market growth and success for your products and services, and achieve market leadership. We make innovation a sustainable competitive advantage, help build an innovation factory, effect and manage change and grow your business. We have considerable experience and expertise in working with small, growing and emerging companies, product and marketing departments, and distributed innovation teams.


Selected references:
Leading eBook on Creativity and Innovation in Business
Creativity and Innovation Best Practices
Creativity and Innovation Case Studies
The Innovation Index
Top 50 innovative companies in the world

Ever since the Christmas tree was up, I have enjoyed sitting on this stool by the front window. The stool used to be over by the rocking chair but it wouldn't fit when the tree was up. I hope that my Food Lady will leave the stool by the window. I think that she might because a lot of times when she comes home she sees me sitting here, waiting for her to come home. That always makes her smile!
~~~~~
When she is leaving and goes to the garage, I sometimes run over and jump on the stool and watch her go out of the garage in her car. She always
waves to me and says she won't be long. Luckily for me, she is always home by dinnertime!
In fact, I am sure that it is about dinnertime now!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Creativity And Innovation Driving Business is hosting one-of-a-kind online Innovation in Business Workshops and Bootcamp. Learn how the Top Innovators innovate and grow their business successfully time and again, especially during economic cycles.

The Innovation Bootcamp will help you:

  • Become an Innovator at your Organization.
  • Unleash the Creativity of your Team.
  • Jumpstart new innovations and build an Innovation Factory.
  • Accelerate the Growth of your Business.
"The Innovation Bootcamp has helped me in countless situations, not only on the job but also in my personal life. Sanjay Dalal's tenacious and diligent coverage of all the core innovation techniques and case studies has given me a more well-rounded understanding of the business world." - Professional Consultant

The Innovation Bootcamp outlines 100 strategies, techniques and tools, and consists of Six Online Fast-paced Workshops of 90 minutes each:

1. Benchmarking and Leading with Innovation (1 session)
  • Wisdom from Top Innovators
  • The Innovation Gap
  • Introducing the Innovation Index - Correlating Stock, Business and Innovation Performance
  • Measuring Business Innovation Success - Three Takeaways
2. Unblocking Creativity and Innovation (1 session)
  • Blocking Creativity and Innovation
  • Failures Driving Innovation
  • Six Ways to Find Innovation
  • Twenty Five Techniques to Unlock Creativity
3. Unleashing Team Innovation (1 session)
  • Seven Characteristics of Effective Teams
  • Examples of Effective Teams
  • Co-Creation Driving Innovation
  • Cycles of Innovation and Creating Institutional Memories
  • Leadership Driving Innovation
  • Ten Principles to Unleash Team Innovation
4. and 5. Innovation Case Studies (2 sessions)
  • Apple - How it became the #1 Innovative Company?
  • Google versus Yahoo, and Google versus Microsoft
  • Netflix Versus Blockbuster - Winner Takes All.
  • Can Dell Turnaround Dell and become #1 again?
6. Driving Creativity and Innovation at your Business (1 session)
  • Five Principles For Driving Successful Innovation
  • Group Innovation Case Study
  • Group Creativity Discussion
  • Implementing Innovation Models at Your Business
The Innovation Bootcamp will help you:

1. Create real strategies, tools, and techniques to unleash innovation at your organizaton.
2. Prepare you and your team to convert ideas and creativity into successful innovation.
3. Enable you to accelerate and grow your business profitably.

Register Now for the online Innovation Bootcamp. Registration is limited to only 15 attendees.

You only need a computer with sound card to attend the live, online workshops from your office or home. It is convenient, flexible and effective.

Who should register?
Managers, Consultants, Leaders, Marketers, Product Managers, Technologists, Engineers, Professors, Business and Engineering Majors, Marketing Executives, Executives, Team Leaders, Sales Managers, Strategists, Product Marketers

Hurry, Innovation Bootcamp is filling out fast.

Innovation Bootcamp Schedule
Go here to register for the Innovation Bootcamp

About Our Innovator
Sanjay Dalal is an innovator, investor and entrepreneur with over fifteen years of experience in Silicon Valley and High Tech companies. Dalal, author of over 200 articles in the last year and a half on the real-time state of innovation in business at his blog Creativity and Innovation Driving Business, introduced the Innovation Index in December 2006. Dalal was the president and managing director of the innovative investment company, Innovation Index Group, that systematically invested into the Top 20 Innovators of The Innovation Index. Dalal has launched innovative products to market and grown businesses to the tune of $70 million plus a year. Dalal holds executive certification on Leading Management Teams from Cornell University, and is an engineering scholar graduate in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. Dalal attended Arizona State University for graduate education in Computer Science. Dalal secured the first position in the 50th William Lowell Putnam Math Competition. Dalal volunteers as a basketball coach for Irvine NJB - 7th graders, as an art master for 2nd graders, and as the secretary in the School Site Council. Dalal is an appointed member of the Dean's Leadership Circle of The Paul Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine.

The mission of Creativity and Innovation Driving Business is to provide uncommon insights, strategy and solutions with proven processes that drive Creativity and Innovation at your business, create real market growthand success for your products and services, and achieve market leadership. We make innovation a sustainable competitive advantage, help build an innovation factory, effect and manage change and grow your business. We have considerable experience and expertise in working with small, growing and emerging companies and business units, product and marketing departments and distributed innovation teams.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

I found this wonderful box just the right size for me to lay down in. So I got my paws in it and lay down thinking how nice it was that someone left a box in the kitchen. I was thinking that 4 x 6 frame must mean that someone with 4 paws could nap in the frame box for maybe 6 hours! That sounds great to me! Wait just a minute...
I think that my Food Lady is laughing at me!
Hey, I do too fit in this box and now it's mine!
Stop laughing...
Well, that ruined my nap...
Now I'll have to find a larger box for my nap.
Then no one will laugh at me...

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

InnovationMain.com - Creativity And Innovation Driving Business is hosting engaging online Innovation Bootcamp workshops. These workshops are now delivered using WebEx Meeting Plus service, the global leader in web meetings.

Learn how Apple innovates, creates exciting new products such as iPhone, iPod, iTunes Store, App Store, MacBook, and grows the business successfully time and again, especially during recession and economic cycles. Learn how to unlock your creativity, uncover and create game-changing innovations, and make exponential business growth a reality.


In the latest quarterly earnings announced today, Apple earned the highest in its storied history, and grew the most - while maintaining the margins. An amazing feat considering the slowing economy and dismal holiday sales that have impacted major retailers. How did Apple do this? How did Apple turnaround the iPod business and had the highest sales of iPod in a quarter? Over 22 million iPods. Although iPhone quarterly sales slowed somewhat, Apple still sold more than 13 million iPhones in 2008 - besting Apple Innovation blog's estimate of 12 million iPhones. Why are Steve Jobs and Timothy Cook more confident about the future of Apple?

"Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have...It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it." - Steve Jobs, Apple chief executive officer and co-founder.

"The training provided an excellent orientation on the topic of innovation and I learned several new techniques for generating and successfully implementing new ideas. Plentiful real world case studies was another aspect I liked about the program. I highly recommend the program." - IT Manager

The Innovation Bootcamp will help you:

  • Unleash the Creativity of your Team.
  • Become an Innovator at your Organization.
  • Build an Innovation Factory.
  • Accelerate the Growth of your Business.

"The Innovation Bootcamp has helped me in countless situations, not only on the job but also in my personal life. Sanjay Dalal's tenacious and diligent coverage of all the core innovation techniques and case studies has given me a more well-rounded understanding of the business world." - Bootcamp Attendee

The Innovation Bootcamp consists of Six Online Engaging Workshops of 90 minutes each:

1. Leading with Innovation
The Business Case for Innovation

(Each attendee completes a Q&A to establish an Innovation baseline)
The Current State of Business Innovation at Apple and key innovators
The Disruptive Innovation Gap
The Innovation Index - Correlating Stock, Business, Innovation Performance
Measuring Business Innovation Success with examples of iPod and iPhone
Short Innovation in Business Quiz

2. Unblocking Creativity and Innovation
The Essential Processes and Skills

The Essential Processes and Skills
Short Business Creativity Quiz
Blocking Creativity and Innovation - Four blockers and Nine Processes
Failures Driving Innovation - Five Takeaways to implement today
Avoiding Cycles of Innovation and Innovation Blunders
Six Ways to Find Innovation - Can you find Innovation? You bet
Leadership Driving Innovation - Ten must-have leadership drivers

3. Unleashing Team Innovation
Great Teams Deliver Great Innovations

Short Team Innovation Quiz
Ten Traits of Creative Leaders - Are you an innovative leader?
Seven Characteristics of Highly Innovative Teams - Build that great team
Examples of Effective Teams - Learn how creative teams deliver
Ten Principles to Unleash Team Innovation - Crank up your team creativity
Unlocking Team Creativity - Create that well oiled assembly line

4. and 5. Innovation Case Study
Learn how Top Innovators Lead with Innovation
Topics include Co-creation, Business Models, Product and Process Innovation
Apple - What makes Apple the #1 Innovative Company?
Apple in 2000 - A Historical Perspective
Apple in 2008 - How did Apple get here?
Apple Innovations in Products, Business Model, Customer Experience
iPod, iPhone, iTunes, Macintosh, Retail - Innovations in motion
Apple Creativity and Innovation Process
Apple Leadership and Innovation
How Apple Innovates? The Innovation Machine
Apple in 2010 and beyond

6. Building an Innovation Factory
Grow and Manage Innovation at Your Organization

Make Innovation Happen at Your Organization
Five Principles For Driving Successful Innovation - Key takeaways
Develop your Innovation and Creativity - Multiple techniques to jumpstart creativity
Create a Business Case for Innovation - Strategy and Plan to drive innovation
Implement Innovation Models at Your Business
Group Innovation Brainstorm and Quiz
Final Project to create an Innovation Strategy

The Innovation Bootcamp will help you:


1. Create real strategies, tools, and techniques to unleash innovation at your organizaton.
2. Prepare you and your team to convert ideas and creativity into successful innovation.
3. Enable you to accelerate and grow your business profitably.

Who should register?
Managers, Leaders, Consultants, HR Managers, Directors, Marketers, Product Managers, Technologists, Engineers, Professors, Business and Engineering Majors, Marketing Executives, Executives, Team Leaders, Consultants, Sales Managers, Strategists, Product Marketers

Why I should attend?
Be different from your peers. Be innovative. Be creative. Stand out. Beat the recession. Increase your team productivity. Challenge your mind. We promise that you will be inspired to jumpstart Innovation at your business after attending the Innovation Bootcamp, or your money back.

The Innovation Bootcamp Schedule

The Innovation Bootcamp Workshop will be delivered live and online through web seminars on the following dates and time:

Learn more

All times in Pacific time zone. You only need to register for one of the bootcamps. If you miss one session, no worries... you can make up a session in the next bootcamp or watch video of the recorded session.

Register by Phone, Email or Fax

Please call us at: 1-949-688-2880 to learn more and register. Email us your registration at: info@innovationmain.com Hurry, registration is limited to 15 attendees per Innovation Bootcamp. You only need a computer with sound card to attend the live, online workshops from your office or home. It is convenient, flexible and effective.

Contact Us Today if you would like us to deliver the Innovation Bootcamp at your organization at a convenient time.

About Our Innovator

Sanjay Dalal is an innovator, investor and entrepreneur with over fifteen years of experience in Silicon Valley and High Tech companies. Dalal is the author of the Faculty eBook and Definitive Guide on Innovation, and has published over 200 articles in the last year and a half on the real-time state of innovation in business at his blog Creativity and Innovation Driving Business. Dalal introduced the Innovation Index in December 2006. Dalal was the president and managing director of the innovative investment company, Innovation Index Group, that systematically invests into the Top 20 Innovators of The Innovation Index. Dalal has launched innovative products to market and grown businesses to the tune of $70 million plus a year. Dalal holds executive certification on Leading Management Teams from Cornell University, and is an engineering scholar graduate in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. Dalal attended Arizona State University for graduate education in Computer Science. Dalal secured the first position in the 50th William Lowell Putnam Math Competition. Dalal volunteers as a basketball coach for Irvine NJB - 7th graders, as an art master for 2nd graders, and as the secretary in the School Site Council. Dalal, a philanthropist, is an appointed member of the Dean's Leadership Circle of The Paul Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine.

About Creativity And Innovation Driving Business

The mission of Creativity and Innovation Driving Business is to provide no-nonsense insights, strategy and solutions with proven processes that drive Creativity and Innovation at your business, create real market growth and success for your products and services, and achieve market leadership. We have considerable experience and expertise in working with small, growing and emerging companies & business units, product and marketing departments, and distributed innovation teams.

Creativity And Innovation Driving Business is located in Irvine, California.

Selected references:
Leading eBook on Creativity and Innovation in Business
Creativity and Innovation Best Practices
Creativity and Innovation Case Studies
The Innovation Index
Top 50 innovative companies in the world

InnovationMain.com (Creativity And Innovation Driving Business) is pleased to announce the use of WebEx Meetings Plus to deliver the latest Innovation Bootcamp in 2009

The WebEx Meetings Plus platform will enable InnovationMain.com to expand our engaging online workshops by including:
• Integrated toll teleconferencing
• High-quality VoIP (Internet)
• Expanded 25-person training capacity

"WebEx will allow us to grow our business, and expand our interactive online workshop offerings in 2009 and beyond," said Sanjay Dalal, Chief Innovator, InnovationMain.com. "We are looking forward to building a successful web business leveraging the WebEx platform, the market leader in online web meetings and web seminars."

The Innovation Bootcamp is a series of engaging online workshops to jumpstart innovation at your business. Learn how to innovate, change and grow your business successfully, especially during economic cycles. Unlock your creativity, uncover and create game-changing innovations, and accelerate your business.

Hurry, Bootcamp seats going fast:
Learn more

The Innovation Bootcamp will transform and change your business, and help you:
  • Be an Innovator at your Organization.
  • Unleash the Creativity of your Team.
  • Build an Innovation Factory.
  • Accelerate the Growth of your Business.

"The Innovation Bootcamp has helped me in countless situations, not only on the job but also in my personal life. Sanjay Dalal's tenacious and diligent coverage of all the core innovation techniques and case studies has given me a more well-rounded understanding of the business world." - Bootcamp Attendee

The Innovation Bootcamp Schedule:
* Check here for latest schedule.
* Each online training workshop session is 60 to 90 minutes each.
* Attendee only needs a computer to engage, interact and learn live, at home or at your office!

Each worshop begins with an interactive quiz, collaborative brainstorm and a live Q&A. Our online workshop seminars are limited to 25 attendees per bootcamp to facilitate maximum interaction and collaboration.

Outline of six intensive and engaging workshops that will empower you with over 100 tools, strategies and techniques:

1. Lead with Innovation
The Business Case for Innovation
2. Unblock Creativity and Innovation
The Essential Processes and Skills
3. Unleash Team Innovation
Great Teams Deliver Great Innovations
4. and 5. Change Your Business
Learn how Top Innovators Lead with Innovation
6. Build an Innovation Factory
Make Innovation Happen at Your Organization

Learn More

About InnovationMain.com - Creativity And Innovation Driving Business

Innovation and Leadership Consulting, Strategy and Services

The mission of InnovationMain.com is to provide uncommon insights, strategy and solutions with proven processes that drive Creativity and Innovation at your business, create real market growth and success for your products and services, and achieve market leadership. We make innovation a sustainable competitive advantage for your business, help you build an innovation factory, and consult you on how to jumpstart and launch successful innovations - in short, we effect change and grow your business. We have considerable experience and expertise in working with small, growing and emerging companies & business units, product and marketing departments, and distributed innovation teams.

Collaboration with Top University in the Nation

"Focus on building the organizational capabilities that allow a firm to create the capacity for continuous innovation." Leonard Lane, Senior Assistant Dean MBA Programs, University of California, Irvine.

Creativity And Innovation Driving Business is honored to partner with University of California, Irvine, The Paul Merage School of Business towards offering the accelerated Innovation Bootcamp as part of the Strategic Innovation Class in 2009.

About Sanjay Dalal
Sanjay Dalal is an innovator and entrepreneur with over fifteen years of experience in Silicon Valley and High Tech companies. Dalal, author of the Faculty eBook on Creativity and Innovation in Business, and writer of over 200 articles in the last year and a half on the real-time state of innovation in business at his blog Creativity and Innovation Driving Business, introduced the Innovation Index in December 2006. Dalal was the president and managing director of the innovative investment company, Innovation Index Group. Dalal has launched innovative products to market and grown businesses to the tune of $70 million plus a year. Dalal holds executive certification on Leading Management Teams from Cornell University, and is an engineering scholar graduate in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. Dalal attended Arizona State University for graduate education in Computer Science. Dalal secured the first position in the 50th William Lowell Putnam Math Competition. Dalal volunteers as a basketball coach for Irvine NJB - 7th graders, as an art master for 2nd graders, and as the secretary in the School Site Council. Dalal is an appointed member of the Dean's Leadership Circle of The Paul Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine.

Selected references:
Leading eBook on Creativity and Innovation in Business
Creativity and Innovation Best Practices
Creativity and Innovation Case Studies
The Innovation Index
Top 50 innovative companies in the world




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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

"To be honest, I didn't believe they could show something like this -- I think the results they posted were stellar," said Peter Misek, an analyst with Canaccord Adams. "They just executed really well -- really, really, really well."

IBM (NYSE: IBM) predicted at least $9.20 per share in profit in 2009, a full 45 cents per share better than the average estimate of analysts polled by Thomson Reuters. Is IBM for real?

IBM's net income for the 4th quarter was $4.4 billion, or $3.28 per share - beating the analyst estimates of $3.03 per share by a full 25 cents! WOW! Net income showed 12 percent profit increase from $3.95 billion, or $2.80 per share, in the same period a year earlier.

Selected references:
Leading eBook on Creativity and Innovation in Business
Creativity and Innovation Best Practices
Creativity and Innovation Case Studies
The Innovation Index
Top 50 innovative companies in the world

IBM's key revenue generator: $17.2 billion in new services contracts. IBM is executing quite efficiently in this trying economy, and has a workforce of 400,000 employees worldwide. IBM did not post a sales gain though. The sales were down sequentially by 1%, adjusted for currency fluctuations, from the previous year's quarter.

"A strong fourth quarter capped an outstanding year. In 2008 IBM performed well in an extremely difficult economic environment. Clearly our strategic transformation --- migrating to the more profitable segments of the industry, investing in growth regions of the world, and driving productivity through global integration --- is continuing to pay dividends," said Samuel J. Palmisano, IBM chairman, president and chief executive officer.

IBM gets the nod as a Top 20 Innovator of the Innovation Index for 2009. Bravo, IBM!!

The Innovation Index Reports
Introducing The Innovation Index
The Innovation Index 2008 Performance
The Iron Men of Stocks
Annual Report 2007 - The Innovation Index gains 66%
Measuring Business Innovation Success
Top 50 Innovative Companies in the world
Annual Report - Chapter One - Total Innovation Activity
Annual Report - Chapter Two - The Top Innovator
Annual Report - Chapter Three - The Innovation Insights
Innovation and Stock Performance Correlation
Future earnings guidance, A leading indicator
Smart Investing In Tough Economic Times
To Sell Or Not To Sell - You Decide
Creativity and Innovation Best Practices
Creativity and Innovation Case Studies

About the Innovation Index

The Innovation Index introduced in December 2006 is a weighted stock price index of the top 20 Innovators in North America.



References:
IBM Press Release
AP Story

Friday, January 16, 2009

Company Name

Symbol

Market Cap

52w Price Change (%)

Return On Investment (5 Yr Avg) (%)

5y Revenue Growth Rate

5y Net Income Growth Rate

5y EPS Growth Rate


Accenture Ltd.

ACN

23.54B

0.73

52.94

13.57

27.70

20.30


Apollo Group, Inc.

APOL

14.23B

12.64

48.42

18.58

15.51

17.11


Genentech, Inc.

DNA

89.53B

22.34

15.14

35.32

112.58

111.77


General Mills, Inc.

GIS

19.86B

6.63

8.40

5.38

7.14

8.86


McDonald's Corporation

MCD

66.50B

10.75

9.44

8.14

18.67

20.01


Rohm and Haas Company

ROH

11.83B

27.38

7.26

9.21

25.74

27.01


Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

WMT

202.25B

7.69

14.04

10.34

10.51

12.47


Waste Management, Inc.

WMI

15.89B

4.19

6.00

3.49

7.24

10.89


Only 8 U.S. businesses, worth at least $10 billion in market cap, provided positive returns in 2008! In a year when Dow Jones was down 33.84%, S&P 500 was down 38.49% and NASDAQ was down 40.54%, these Iron Men of Stocks provided positive returns! This is absolutely phenomenal. If these bellwethers can stay positive in this greatest recession of our times, they are bound to perform even better when the markets rebound. Would they?


On an average, these Iron Men provide returns of over 20% every year. 6 out of the 8 companies provide an annual dividend also. 1 out of these 8 Iron Men, McDonald's, was the Top Innovator by stock performance of the Innovation Index in 2008. Are these 8 U.S. businesses our top picks for 2009? Are these the best investment options for 2009? It depends. Whereas these companies may not provide the best returns in 2009, if and when the markets do rebound, they could provide a positive return and help you against further downturn. They are proven!

So, we announce our top 6 innovative companies for 2009! These Iron Men are our top 6 innovators for 2009 (2 innovators: Rohm and Haas and Genentech are in the process of getting acquired in 2009). These top 8 Innovators find ways to grow their business annually - average of 13% annual revenue growth, improve their earnings per share annually - average EPS growth of 28.55% annually, provide positive stock returns in a downturn - average return of 11.54% during the last 52 weeks, and adequate cash per share to grow their business that helps them survive the downturn - average cash per share of $2.36 per company.

Who will round out the Top 20 Innovators? 14 new innovators will be announced early next week to complete our Top 20 Innovators for 2009.

Here is a brief summary of each innovator (from Google Finance):

Accenture Limited (Accenture) is a management consulting, technology services and outsourcing organization. The Company’s business is structured around five operating groups, which together comprise 17 industry groups serving clients. The operating groups of the Company are Communications & High Tech, Financial Services, Products, Public Service and Resources

Apollo Group, Inc. (Apollo Group) is a private education provider. The Company offers educational programs and services at the high school, undergraduate and graduate levels online and on-campus through its wholly owned subsidiaries, The University of Phoenix, Inc. (University of Phoenix), Institute for Professional Development (IPD), The College for Financial Planning Institutes Corporation (CFP), Western International University, Inc. (Western International University), and Insight Schools, Inc. (Insight Schools), and through its 80.1% owned subsidiary, Apollo Global, Inc. (Apollo Global). The Company has also established a Canadian institution, Meritus University (Meritus), which began operations in September 2008

Genentech, Inc. (Genentech) is a biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes pharmaceutical products to treat patients with unmet medical needs. It commercializes multiple biotechnology products and also receives royalties from companies that are licensed to market products based on the Company’s technology. Genentech commercializes various products in the United States, including Avastin, Rituxan, Herceptin, Lucentis, Xolair, Tarceva, Nutropin, Activase, TNKase, Cathflo Activase, Pulmozyme and Raptiva. The Company’s licensed products include Trastuzumab, Rituximab, Bevacizumab, Dornase alfa, recombinant, Alteplase and Tenecteplase, Somatropin, Daclizumab, Ranibizumab, Etanercept, Adalimumab and Infliximab. As of July 21, 2008, Roche Holding Ltd. held a 55.9% interest in Genentech, Inc., a biotechnology company. Note: Roche Holding Ltd. announced plans to acquire all of Genentech on July 21, 2008.

General Mills, Inc. (General Mills) is a manufacturer and marketer of branded consumer foods sold through retail stores. The Company is a supplier of branded and unbranded food products to the foodservice and commercial baking industries. General Mills manufactures its products in 16 countries and market them in more than 100 countries. Its joint ventures manufacture and market products in more than 130 countries and republics worldwide. The Company’s major product categories in the United States are ready-to-eat cereals, refrigerated yogurt, ready-to-serve soup, dry dinners, shelf stable and frozen vegetables, refrigerated and frozen dough products, dessert and baking mixes, frozen pizza and pizza snacks, grain, fruit and savory snacks, microwave popcorn, and a variety of organic products including soup, granola bars, and cereal. General Mills operates in three operating segments: U.S. Retail; International; and Bakeries and Foodservice.

McDonald’s Corporation primarily franchises and operates McDonald’s restaurants in the food service industry. These restaurants serve a varied, yet limited, value-priced menu in more than 100 countries around the world. The Company also has a minority ownership interest in United Kingdom-based Pret A Manger. The Company owned Boston Market prior to its sale in August 2007. During the year ended December 31, 2006, the Company disposed of its investment in Chipotle Mexican Grill (Chipotle). All restaurants are operated either by the Company, by independent entrepreneurs under the terms of conventional franchise arrangements (franchisees), or by affiliates and developmental licensees operating under license agreements. During the year ended December 31, 2007, McDonald’s Corporation sold its businesses in Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and 13 other countries in Latin America, and the Caribbean to a developmental licensee organization. Note: McDonald's was a Top 20 Innovator in 2008.

Rohm and Haas Company is a specialty materials company. The Company operates through seven segments: electronic technologies, display technologies, primary materials, paint and coatings materials, packaging and building materials, performance materials group and salt. On June 15, 2007, the Company acquired the Eastman Kodak Company’s light management films technology business, which produces advanced films that improve the display of liquid crystal displays (LCD). On November 30, 2007, it acquired a 51% ownership interest in a joint venture formed with SKC, Co. Ltd. In April 2008, the Company acquired Gracel Display, Inc., a developer and manufacturer of organic light emitting diode (OLED) materials. In April 2008, the Company also completed the acquisition of the FINNDISP polymer dispersions division of OY Forcit AB. Note: In 2008, Dow Chemical announced plans to acquire Rohm and Haas Company.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Wal-Mart) operates retail stores in various formats around the world. The Company earns the trust of its customers every day by providing an assortment of merchandise and services at every day low prices (EDLP), while fostering a culture that rewards and embraces mutual respect, integrity and diversity. Wal-Mart’s operations comprise three business segments: Wal-Mart Stores, Sam’s Club and International. Its Wal-Mart Stores segment is the largest segment of the Company’s business, accounting for 64% of its net sales, during the fiscal year ended January 31, 2008 (fiscal 2008), and operates stores in three different formats in the United States, as well as Wal-Mart’s online retail operations, walmart.com. Its Sam’s Club segment consists of membership warehouse clubs in the United States and the segment’s online retail operations, samsclub.com. Sam’s Club accounted for 11.8% of the Company’s net sales during fiscal 2008. Note: Wal-Mart was a Top 20 Innovator in 2007 and 2006.

Waste Management, Inc. (WMI) is a provider of integrated waste services in North America. Through its subsidiaries the Company provides collection, transfer, recycling, disposal and waste-to-energy services. WMI’s customers include commercial, industrial, municipal and residential customers, other waste management companies, electric utilities and governmental entities. The Company operates in six operating groups, of which four are organized by geographic area and two are organized by function. The geographic groups include WMI’s Eastern, Midwest, Southern and Western Groups, and the two functional groups are its Wheelabrator Group and WM Recycle America (WMRA) Group. The Company also provides additional waste management services that are not managed through its six Groups. These services include in-plant services, methane gas recovery and third-party sub-contracted and administrative services.

Selected references:
Leading eBook on Creativity and Innovation in Business
Creativity and Innovation Best Practices
Creativity and Innovation Case Studies
The Innovation Index
Top 50 innovative companies in the world

The Innovation Index Reports

Introducing The Innovation Index
Annual Report 2007 - The Innovation Index gains 66%
Measuring Business Innovation Success
Innovation Index Group BUY Recommendations
Q1 2008 Report - Innovation Index ahead of S&P 500
Q2 2008 Report - Top Innovators Deliver
The Innovation Index Fund FAQ
Top 50 Innovative Companies in the world
Annual Report - Chapter One - Total Innovation Activity
Annual Report - Chapter Two - The Top Innovator
Annual Report - Chapter Three - The Innovation Insights
Innovation and Stock Performance Correlation
Future earnings guidance, A leading indicator
Smart Investing In Tough Economic Times
To Sell Or Not To Sell - You Decide
Creativity and Innovation Best Practices
Creativity and Innovation Case Studies

About the Innovation Index

The Innovation Index introduced in December 2006 is a weighted stock price index of the top 20 Innovators in North America. The Innovation Index was down 38.72% in 2008 based on equal investment in each innovator of the Innovation Index. The Innovation Index returned 66% in 2007 based on performance model*. The Innovation Index would have returned 174% over the previous five years (2002-2006) based on historical model*. This assumes equal investment in each stock of The Innovation Index as of December 31, 2001. An average of $100 invested in The Innovation Index on December 31, 2001 returned $454 as of December 31, 2007. By comparison, $100 invested in S&P 500 returned 28% or $129, $100 invested in NASDAQ returned 34% or $136, and $100 invested in the Dow Jones Index returned 30% or $131 through December 31, 2007.

Alphabetical list of the Top 20 Innovators of The Innovation Index for 2008 and their stock ticker symbols:

3M Company - (NYSE: MMM)
Amazon.com, Inc. - (NASDAQ: AMZN)
America Movil - (NYSE: AMX)
Apple Inc. - (NASDAQ: AAPL)
AT&T Inc. - (NYSE: T)
Best Buy Co., Inc. - (NYSE: BBY)
Cisco Systems, Inc. - (NASDAQ: CSCO)
Costco Wholesale Corporation - (NASDAQ: COST)
eBay Inc. - (NASDAQ: EBAY)
General Electric Co. - (NYSE: GE)
Google Inc. - (NASDAQ: GOOG)
Hewlett-Packard Co. - (NYSE: HPQ)
Intel Corporation - (NASDAQ: INTC)
International Business Machines Corp. - (NYSE: IBM)
Merck & Co., Inc. - (NYSE: MRK)
McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD)
Microsoft Corporation - (NASDAQ: MSFT)
NIKE, Inc. - (NYSE: NKE)
Research In Motion Limited - (NASDAQ: RIMM)
The Proctor & Gamble Company - (NYSE: PG)

The Innovation Index will analyze the positions and standings of the Top 20 Innovators at the end of each year.

About Innovation Index Group:

Innovation Index Group, Inc. systematically identifies, tracks, researches and analyzes the most innovative publicly traded companies in North America – collectively called the Innovation Index. Over the past six years, the Innovation Index would have generated a gross average annual return of 40% based on historical model.* The Innovation Index returned 66% in 2007* based on performance model, and was down 38.72% in 2008*.

Disclaimer: Innovation Index Fund invested in the stocks comprising The Innovation Index, and is currently closed.
*Past Performance Does Not Guarantee Future Results. Investments are not FDIC insured, do not have bank guarantee, and may lose value including principal. Please consult your financial adviser before making any investments.

References:
Stock screener: Courtesy of Google Finance
Company summary: Courtesy of Google Finance

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