Credentials matter. With the right credentials, you can get access to money, talent and organizational resources that can bring ideas to life. But what are the credentials for an innovator? Certainly, there are the traditional credentials of entrepreneurial success, publications and degrees. But many people who have perspectives and insights that can create positive change–especially people who might be innovating day in and day out in a corporation or other large organization—may lack some of these and may need to establish their reputations before they can make a real impact.