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:

  • Hard Disk DriveHard Disk Drive
    Disk drives quickly store and retrieve information for computers. The primary inventor is Reynold “Rey” Johnson. Previously, he invented and …
  • Computed Tomography (CT or CAT scan)Computed Tomography (CT or CAT scan)
    Computed Tomography (CT or CAT scans for short) are 3-dimensional x-rays. Self-taught innovator Hounsfield, while on a camping trip, wondered …
  • Condensing Steam EngineCondensing Steam Engine
    The Watt condensing steam engine is widely viewed as the primary machine responsible for the Industrial Revolution. It enabled the …
  • Vaccines (Smallpox)Vaccines (Smallpox)
    Smallpox was a killer, affecting royalty and peasants alike. When it didn’t kill, it oftentimes left victims permanently maimed. Besides …
  • RadarRadar
    The origin of Radar is secret. Even after commercialization, the inventors remained in the shadows, secret warriors who enabled the …
  • Long Lasting Light BulbLong Lasting Light Bulb
    Edison’s bulb is well-known but what’s less understood is the enormous infrastructure required to power it. Edison created a power …
  • Portable VentilatorPortable Ventilator
    Ventilators breathe for people when they cannot breathe on their own. John Emerson was a physician focused on breathing devices …
  • Portable ComputerPortable Computer
    Portable computers are more convenient than stationary computers. They increase productivity for people who travel, allow office workers to bring …
  • Coke Fueled Blast Furnace / Pig IronCoke Fueled Blast Furnace / Pig Iron
    1709 Abraham Darby used Coke instead of coal to fire blast furnaces, making the production of iron from pig iron …
  • Locomotive (High-Pressure Steam Engine)Locomotive (High-Pressure Steam Engine)
    The high-pressure steam engine was invented about the same time by Richard Trevithick in the UK and Oliver Evans in …