Posted by: Suresh Sundarababu | June 12, 2013

Disruptive Innovation

Disruptive Innovation

Since I am going to be sharing my thoughts a lot about disruption and innovation, thought I should start with the basics of what it is. Disruptive Innovation was a term coined by Clayton Christensen, a Harvard Business School professor and pretty much considered the guru when it comes to the definition of disruption.

And the link takes you to that definition which also has a few examples. But the list can be updated to keep up with today’s disruptions.

For example Social Media. Long gone are the days that my parents in India have to wait for the snail mail to reach after two weeks to find out what I am up to. Now all my mom has to do when she wakes up,which I swear she probably does every day, is to go to my Facebook page and she is pretty much up to date!

And how about what LinkedIn has done to networking. The power of connecting with thousands of individuals, most of them willing to help you and guide you is astonishing! And I for one am blessed to have the network I have!

We live in exciting times where technological disruptions have leveled the playing field for the have nots. When I was still back in India, it took five years of waiting time to get a phone line (land) connected to your house. Now a days everyone, I mean everyone, has a cellphone which is much more powerful than any computer that was available 20 years back and infinitely more cheaper. So what used to be the “rich man’s gadget” is now available for the “common man”.

With the power of this device in your hand, being aware of what is going on around the world so that one can demand and work towards a better life, getting educated about better ways to take care of your newborns to increase life expectancy or easily accessible ecommerce engine in the hands of remote entrepreneurs to better themselves and their families have become possible.

These are but a few examples of why I am so passionate about disruptive technologies. It is probably the most powerful thing that can make this world a better place by leveling it.

More to come on days to follow 🙂



  1. Love the new blog format! And talking about disruptive innovation, I really enjoyed this article about the entertainment industry, how streaming video services are bringing disruption to the movie theater business. And at least 2 of the major film producers are on board! It’s really going to influence how we experience film in the years to come…

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