Accelerating innovations are those that enable exponentially greater performance and value by solving significant problems or removing major barriers Those who practice accelerating innovation seek out the highest-impact problems in a market. Then they come forth with unique ways to solve them. Unlike disruptive innovators, who must depend upon the status quo to create the field of opportunity, accelerating innovators make their own market opportunities. That makes accelerating innovation the most profitable and significant type of innovation.
The introduction of semiconductor technology displaced the transistor in almost all electronics, creating an entirely new frontier of electronics innovation. Similarly, jet propulsion engineering revolutionized air travel with higher speeds over greater distances and superior fuel economy. That accelerating innovation changed aviation forever, shifting the forward-thinking paradigm away from propeller aircraft.