Game Changing Quotes about Innovation in the Business World

Game Changing Quotes on Innovation

by Rod Dunne on November 4, 2011

in Innovation

Quotes on innovation can often inspire individuals in a special way. Quotes are easy to remember and have a powerful effect on one’s psyche. Following are some great quotes on various aspects of innovation, such as technology innovation, creativity and innovation management, software and more. Most are from famous inventors whose innovative spirits have changed the course of history.

Quotes on Innovation Management Software and Innovation Software

We had the hardware, industrial design and software expertise. However, one of the biggest insights we have was that we decided not to attempt to manage your audio library on the iPod. Instead, we did it in iTunes. Other companies tried to do everything on the device itself. This made the device itself so complex that it was useless. – Steve Jobs

Computers themselves, and innovation software yet to be developed, will revolutionize the way we learn. – Steve Jobs

In my opinion, there are only 2 computer companies that are software driven – Apple and NeXT. And I wonder about Apple. – Steve Jobs, written in 1991

Technology Innovation

Some nice quotes about how innovative ideas for business services and products go from the scientific invention phase 2 ultimately being commercially viable.

Technology innovation is all about the appliance of science – combining innovation and entrepreneurship in order to take inventions into the commercial realm.

An important technological innovation rarely makes its way by gradually winning over and converting its opponents. Instead, what happens is that the opponents gradually die out. – Max Planck

Innovation comes from individuals getting together in the hallways or phoning each other late at night with a new idea, or because they discovered something that shot holes in how they had been looking at a problem. – Steve Jobs

I always wanted to not only own but also control the primary technology in all that we do. – Steve Jobs

Innovation has nothing to do with how much money you invest in research and development. When Apple invented the Mac, one of our competitors was spending at least a hundred times more on research and development. It is not about money. It is about the people you have, how you are led, and how much you get it. – Steve Jobs

It is very difficult to design products in focus groups. Most of the time, people do not really know what they want until someone makes it and then shows it to them. – Steve Jobs

New Product Innovation Quotes

Innovation comes from the producer – not from the customer. – W. Edwards Deming

Every day, we say “How can we keep our customers happy? How can we get ahead in innovation by doing this, because if we do not do it, someone else will. - Bill Gates

Innovation is not the product of logical thought, although the result is tied to logical structure. – Albert Einstein

Quotes about how innovation can thrive in the corporate world

Innovation in Business

If General Motors had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got a thousand miles per gallon – Bill Gates

Innovation in business is what makes the different between a leader and a follower – Steve Jobs

Business only has two purposes – marketing and innovation – Milan Kundera

Never before in history has innovation offered promise of so much to so many in so short a time. – Bill Gates

Innovation in the Workplace

Yesterday’s dream is tomorrow’s reality – Robert Goddard

You cannot do today’s job with yesterday’s methods and still be in business tomorrow. – Anonymous

Money is not all that important in business. Experience is not so important. You can get either one of things. What is important is ideas. A person with ideas has the most important thing. Such a person will find that there is no limit to what he or she can do. – Henry Firestone

Getting fired from Apple was the best thing that ever happened to me. – Steve Jobs

There are no rules around here. We are trying to accomplish something – Thomas Edison

Innovation in the workplace means taking a fresh look at things that we normally take for granted - George Kneller

There is always a way to do it better – find it! – Thomas Edison


A person who is looking for quotes on innovation is sure to be inspired by at least some of the above quotes. Quotes on innovation inspire humankind and each new generation of entrepreneurs and inventors. Quotes on new product innovation, innovation in business, innovation software and more push new generations to invent things that were previously unimaginable.  

Don’t forget that the various innovative business ideas we see are often simply incremental improvements on former concepts. Think about it – You don’t have to reinvent the wheel every single time, just make it better than your competitionRoderick Dunne

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Blog owner and sole writer Rod DunneI am the owner and sole writer on This is my personal blog detailing troubleshooting tips for small businesses. Posts are based upon 2 decades in consultancy & innovation management within startups/maturing companies.

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