Innovation -- loosely defined as coming up with ideas for new products and services -- is widely assumed to come naturally to tech companies, especially those with an entrepreneurial bent.
Yet even Google, the 800-pound gorilla of innovation, appears to be struggling with it.
As reported in the Los Angeles Times, the search giant is asking its engineers to focus on making existing products more usable rather than cranking out new products at a breakneck pace.
At last count, Google had more than 50 new products in development. At least some of them are "a bunch of crap that they have no idea what to do with," says an especially blunt analyst.
Indeed, the dizzying array of new products flies in the face of the vaunted simplicity that Google employed for its famed search engine. Tellingly, none of them have been very successful.
Google isn't alone in experiencing innovation "issues." Some companies are so eager to find the "next big thing" that they are turning to previously untapped resources like consumers for help in creating new products.