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James Janega
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An interesting thing arose in one Chicago data consulting office's push to find value in "Big Data": It turned out the key to value wasn't the data -- it was the people who handled it. In a digital...
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From "consulting" conversation with a friend: How external events affect your startup, startup funding (or business unit) and how to get ahead of them: https://jamesjanega.wordpress.com/2015/03/11/how-external-events-affect-your-business-and-funding/
A friend has a viable startup in an unusual industry, for which he's proven he can turn a profit and attract the attention of investors. But closing a funding round has been elusive. Why? There are...
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Innovation: Blending something common in one sphere with something common in a second, to delight people in a third: https://jamesjanega.wordpress.com/2015/01/22/an-incredibly-relevant-combination-of-jazz-and-late-night-pitching/
Innovation is taking what is commonplace in two different spheres, and blending them in a third for the delight of others. In this case, an amusing twist on an otherwise typical late-night pitch on...
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Getting the most out of data and analytics requires one important element: People. https://www.slalom.com/services-chicago-ima
Be more than a data-driven organization. Be a people-driven organization that is smart with data.
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Companies can get better at innovation. Here are five steps in the right direction: http://jamesjanega.wordpress.com/2014/11/21/5-steps-to-better-corporate-innovation/
Better company innovation doesn't come down to one thing. But it may come down to five good habits, which together correlated strongly to the top 25% of corporate innovation performers. Each year f...
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How to manage innovation better: Culture, capacity planning, portfolio management, strategic alignment, nimble plans and good "social" skills are huge deals: https://jamesjanega.wordpress.com/2014/11/13/six-keys-to-managing-innovation-better/
The only thing more slippery than how to define "innovation" is explaining how you might manage it. But if you start from the premise that there is no shortage of ideas, only good execution, you're...
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Illinois innovation would work better with more cooperation, richer data architecture, and new investment models: https://jamesjanega.wordpress.com/2015/03/11/reboot-2-0-innovating-in-illinois-and-the-midwest/
Illinois and the Midwest find themselves at a unique intersection as the 21st-century economy takes hold. The region has the assets and the willpower to forge a thriving future. But social structur...
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I think I can say it now: I've been named to the Chicago Ideas Week Co-op and Brain Trust, which is hugely exciting. So, Chicago friends and fans of big, bold ideas -- what dream talks would you like to hear staged? The growth of data power? Political empowerment? Smart machines? Financial equality? Energy harnessing? Resource scarcity? Cybersecurity? Dream big and share your ideas! 
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How to be more innovative in 2015: Ask these eight questions. http://jamesjanega.wordpress.com/2015/01/03/be-more-innovative/
The questions you can ask that will make you more innovative.
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Few anymore recall the value of a compass. In an age of GPS and digitization, when the phone in a pocket can navigate continents at a keystroke, a compass is far too demanding and too imprecise in ...
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Internet of Things for farms. What new data rules spell for incumbents, investors, and ag tech startups. Big changes in big agriculture. 
http://jamesjanega.wordpress.com/2014/11/18/new-dawn-for-farm-tech-internet-of-things-agreement-sows-future-data-crop/
Two announcements this week on farm technology rules crack the door on rapid internet-of-things innovation in the agriculture industry. The moves spell opportunity for a few new entrants, should so...
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The future of retail? Blur the bricks. Digital profiles, sensor technology, smart sales floors and digitally-powered loyalty programs combine to make a huge difference: http://jamesjanega.wordpress.com/2014/11/17/blur-the-bricks-the-future-of-retail/
To picture the next generation of retail, imagine the confluence of digital profiles; beacon technologies that guide customers through stores; smart sales floors with product and inventory informat...
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545 people
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  • Chicago Tribune
    Trib Nation Manager, 2010 - present
  • Chicago Tribune
    Reporter, 1999 - 2009
  • City News Bureau of Chicago
    Reporter, 1996 - 1999
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Chicago
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Alta Vista, Va. - Jacksonville, N.C. - DeKalb, IL - Springfield, IL - Baghdad, Iraq - Amman, Jordan - Manama, Bahrain - Kuwait City, Kuwait - Kabul, Afghanistan
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Blue Sky Innovation reporter, Chicago Tribune journalist, explorer
Introduction
James Janega is at Blue Sky Innovation, a journalist at Chicago Tribune, a Booth School of Business EMBA candidate, innovator, dad, husband. Decent cook. Jazz musician.
Education
  • University of Chicago Graduate School of Business
    Strategy, 2012 - present
  • University of Illinois at Springfield
    Public Affairs Reporting Program, 1995 - 1996
  • Northern Illinois University
    Journalism, Music, 1991 - 1995
  • New Trier High School
    Music, 1987 - 1991
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