Eclectic Curiosity

Posted on October 5th, 2003, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Uncategorized. No Comments

FC Now includes a recent entry reporting on MIT’s Emerging Technologies Conference late last month. Among the highlights:

–Idea Factories: Leave invention to those who are best at it.

–Reinvent Venture Capital: In line with the failure of so many innovation stage-gate processes or funnels in large companies, the venture capital industry is overdue for a major shake up.

–Learn from Biological Systems: Evolution has had the benefit of millions of years of experimentation. Learning from living systems is a great way to bootstrap our understanding.

–Combinatorics: Once an obscure term in math textbooks, combinatorics is just a fancy word for the process of recombination. Recombining ideas, people, and products is the way of the future.

–Learn from Other Disciplines and Industries: Jeff Immelt said, “The day of the one-dimensional manager is over.” The key to achieve innovation by gaining insights from other areas is communication.

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