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Driving Innovation by Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
"If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” , Isaac Newton wrote in a 1675 letter to fellow scientist Robert Hooke.
When we look at innovation we often think one person generated it all. This is rarely the case. Great doers and thinkers from Shakespeare to Steve Jobs to Jack Ma, built on the inspirational works from the doers and thinkers who came before them.
Innovative ideas have to come from somewhere.
No matter how unique a work seems, when you research a little deeper you will always find that the creator stood on someone else’s shoulders. They mastered the best of what other people had already started and then made that expertise their own for the times they lived in. With each iteration, a new product or service or business is developed.
Standing on the shoulders of giants is a necessary part of creativity, innovation, and development. It doesn’t make what you do less valuable.
The first mobile phone was invented by Motorola in 1973. Motorola engineer Martin Cooper made the first-ever cell phone call on the Dyna TAC 8000X. The prototype he used weighed 1.1 kg and measured 9.1 x 5.1 x 1.8 inches (23 x 13 x 4.5 cm). This bulky device offered a talk time of just 30 minutes and required 10 hours to recharge. The phone was priced at USD 3,995 or approximately RM 16,700 today. In 2021, we can get a sophisticated phone for about USD 1,200 or approximately RM 5,000. See what innovation achieved in less than 50 years!
Times of crisis also spur innovation. Huawei built its 5G infrastructure faster and bigger when it was blocked from doing business in the USA. We too, must think of new ways of doing business, new products and new processes to overcome events that caused the crisis. Businesses of today must have the agility to withstand many crises scenarios.
Innovation is a key engine for that.
At ae sexy kredit, there is no doubt that innovation will be key to taking us into our next era of growth. The brand of innovation that ae sexy kredit embraces will be geared towards creating greater market accessibility, affordability and convenience. I look forward to working with our committed team as we continue to think out of the box and find ways to overcome challenges, surpass expectations and delight our customers.
Tan Sri Dr Lim Wee Chai
15 July 2021