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Elizabeth Holmes: The hypnotic tale of the rise and fall of Theranos | New Scientist, Mar 2019
"Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes built a $10 billion company on the promise of a miracle blood test. But it didn’t work. A new film, The Inventor, follows the fallout"

"How could so many smart people have been duped for so long? "

"Eerily, Holmes named her prototype blood-testing machine “Edison”. The real Edison also pretended things worked when they didn’t."

"Ian Gibbons, Theranos’s chief scientist,was pushed out. Facing a legal battle involving the company, he took his own life."

"The film shows how Holmes and Balwani created a culture of paranoia. "
NewScientist  History  technology  biotech  tricksters  innovation 
4 weeks ago by pierredv
Ranking the U.S. Economy:  “New Normal” or Room for Improvement? | Global Policy Watch Jun 2019
"Recent reports find that 70 percent of all U.S. wealth is held by the top 10% of the population"

"the IMD Competitiveness Center reports that the U.S. has fallen from the first to the world’s third most competitive economy by its account, behind Singapore and Hong Kong."

"In the Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom, the U.S. is currently ranked 12th, and is characterized as “mostly free,” in part because trade freedom and fiscal health have measurably declined. "

"the U.S. is ranked eighth overall on the World Bank’s 2019 “Ease of Doing Business” indicators."

"the United States comes in 6th in the Global Innovation Index,"

"The U.S. ranked 23rd on PISA’s overall averages of math, science and reading scores in PISA’s most recent 2015 assessment. China ranked 10th."

... more, omitted

"What does come to light is that the United States has plenty of scope to improve its economic and social performance."
Covington  rankings  economics  US  competition  competitiveness  innovation 
11 weeks ago by pierredv
Germany Nearly Catches Korea as Innovation Champ; U.S. Rebounds - Bloomberg, Jan 2019
"South Korea retained the global crown in the 2019 Bloomberg Innovation Index, though improvements by Germany in research and education brought Europe’s largest economy to near-parity in the annual ranking. The U.S. moved up to eighth place, a year after cracks in education scores pushed it out of the top 10 for the first time."
innovation  Bloomberg  South-Korea  Korea  Germany 
january 2019 by pierredv
Lockheed Martin posts satellite data online to lure space entrepreneurs -
Under pressure from the Pentagon to bring fresh ideas to the table, military satellite manufacturers are trying to build closer connections with startups and entrepreneurs that are fueling the space economy.

Lockheed Martin, the nation’s largest military contractor, rolled out a new initiative this week to attract “aspiring space technologists.” It has decided to publicly release the technical specifications of its satellite platforms in a bid to attract “companies aspiring to send innovative technologies to space,” the company announced on Thursday.

"Lockheed’s bid to attract tech partners comes as the company faces competitive challenges in its military satellite business. The Pentagon intends to re-compete the manufacturing of GPS satellites that Lockheed has owned for a decade."
SpaceNews  LockheedMartin  innovation  DoD  GPS 
february 2018 by pierredv
Elon Musk, SpaceX, and NASA: Who Gets to Own Outer Space? - The Ringer
Via Jeff Foust

"Right now, private companies and NASA have a nice, functional, symbiotic capitalist relationship. SpaceX and its competitors build and will soon operate the vehicles, while NASA pays for the service. But with Elon Musk’s eyes tilted toward Mars, that won’t last for long."

“For the rest of the world, they look at the United States and go, ‘Holy crap, look at the U.S. industrial base, which had multiple private space companies pop up out of nowhere,’” Dreier said. “That is a sign of a very healthy aerospace industry and workforce.”
quotations  space  US  commerce  innovation  SpaceX  NASA  Boeing  OrbitalATK  NewSpace 
january 2018 by pierredv
Uber’s major pile-up with London’s regulators is no big surprise | New Scientist issue 3146, 7 Oct 2017
Obsessed with their technology’s disruptive potential, fast-moving outfits like Uber have long been on a collision course with regulation, says Paul Marks"

"Uber London disputes the decision [by TfL's that it is not going to renew Uber London’s private hire taxi operator’s licence] and says it will appeal. But instead of immediately talking to TfL about what it could do to get its licence back, its first move was characteristically brash: it organised a petition protesting the potential hit to its service and the threat to thousands of drivers’ jobs. However, the next day Uber’s global CEO was apologetic, committing the firm to change."
NewScientist  innovation  Uber  regulations 
december 2017 by pierredv
Inventor hero was a one-man environmental disaster | New Scientist
"From poisonous cars to the destruction of the ozone layer, Thomas Midgley almost single-handedly invented a global environmental crisis"

"Midgley came up with no fewer than 143 fuel additives to deal with knock. The initial front runner was ethyl alcohol [but he backed] tetraethyl lead (TEL), a compound first discovered in the 1850s and known to be highly poisonous. So why choose it? ... It was cheap ... And there was a key difference between the two: TEL was patentable."

"From the start, medical researchers warned that it could poison the nation."

Also found freon, the first CFC.

"As legacies go, environmental historian John McNeill offered one of the most chilling epitaphs: Midgley had “more impact on the atmosphere than any other single organism in Earth’s history”. Nothing to envy there."
innovation  invention  IPR  intellectual-property  history  people  regulation  chemistry  precautionary-principle  transportation  NewScientist 
october 2017 by pierredv
MD5 – A New Department of Defense National Security Technology Accelerator – Officially Launches with Disaster Relief Hackathon in New York City > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > News Release View
via Brad Bernthal - knows Lloyd Thrall

"The MD5 National Security Technology Accelerator is a public-private partnership between the Department of Defense, NYU and a large network of top U.S. research universities that promotes civil-military technology collaboration"
DoD  entrepreneurship  innovation 
september 2017 by pierredv
A Recent History of Venture Capital Investment in Commercial Space
"Over the past few years, investment in space businesses has increased steadily, reaching an all-time high in 2015 when venture capital firms invested $1.8 billion, a record high. According to a report released by The Tauri Group, a company that offers aerospace and defence consultancy services, more than 50 venture capital firms invested in space businesses in 2015. But, why are these firms investing in an industry that has been viewed by most venture capitalists to be risky and slow in yielding returns in the past? Below is a look at some of the top reasons why venture capital firms are racing to invest in the space industry"
newspace  nextspace  VC  innovation  investing 
august 2017 by pierredv
Permissionless Innovation: Book, Video, Slides, Podcast, Paper & More!
"Mye central thesis is this: Living in constant fear of hypothetical worst-case scenarios — and premising public policy upon them — means that best-case scenarios will never come about."
Adam-Thierer  precautionary-principle  innovation 
may 2017 by pierredv
Does “Permissionless Innovation” Even Mean Anything? - Adam Thierer, May 2017
via Blake Reid

"What are we to make of this peculiar new term “permissionless innovation,” which has gained increasing currency in modern technology policy discussions? And how much relevance has this notion had—or should it have—on those conversations about the governance of emerging technologies?"

[Remarks prepared for Fifth Annual Conference on Governance of Emerging Technologies: Law, Policy & Ethics at Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ, May 18, 2017.]
TechLiberation  precautionary-principle  risk  innovation  regulation  Adam-Thierer 
may 2017 by pierredv
"Innovation Orchards": Helping Tech Start-Ups Scale | ITIF
The new innovation orchard model brings together university, industry, and potentially government partners to provide start-ups with the know-how, access to technology, equipment, and bridge funding to scale up new technologies.
ITIF  metaphor  innovation 
march 2017 by pierredv
When Evidence Says No, but Doctors Say Yes - The Atlantic
". . . RightCare Alliance, a collaboration between health-care professionals and community groups that seeks to counter a trend: increasing medical costs without increasing patient benefits."

"The greater concern is: How can a procedure so contraindicated by research be so common?"

"Striking the right balance between innovation and regulation is incredibly difficult, but once remedies are in use—even in the face of contrary evidence—they tend to persist. "
medicine  health  theAtlantic  innovation  regulation 
february 2017 by pierredv
How a Tech Powerhouse Was Born in the Middle of the Atlantic (Hello World: Episode 4) - YouTube
Published on Jun 27, 2016
On this episode of Hello World, we dive into Iceland’s tech scene, with a special focus on how the country’s land and history have shaped its innovations. We take a look at IceWind's new low-cost, super-durable wind turbines, rip across snowy volcanoes on steroidal vehicles built by Arctic Trucks, and go inside the universe of Eve Online.
Iceland  Bloomberg  video  technology  innovation 
september 2016 by pierredv
How textiles repeatedly revolutionised human technology - Virginia Postrel
" textiles are technology, more ancient than bronze and as contemporary as nanowires. We hairless apes co-evolved with our apparel. But, to reverse Arthur C Clarke’s adage, any sufficiently familiar technology is indistinguishable from nature." "The ancient Greeks worshiped Athena as the goddess of technē, the artifice of civilisation. She was the giver and protector of olive trees, of ships and of weaving (without which there would be no sails). When she and Odysseus scheme, they ‘weave a plan’. To weave is to devise, to invent – to contrive function and beauty from the simplest of elements." "David Orban proposed that his fellow Bitcoin evangelists adopt ‘weaving’ rather than ‘mining’ as their metaphor for the work of encoding and recording the public ledger of Bitcoin transactions. ‘Weavers,’ he wrote, ‘take the intertwined threads and through their expert, value-added activity create a strong fabric – which is exactly what the global distributed network of computers creating ..."
AeonMagazine  textiles  innovation  automation  technology  Athena  **  quotations 
march 2016 by pierredv
The Secret Phrase Top Innovators Use - HBR
"How do Google, Facebook and IDEO jumpstart the process that leads to innovation? Often by using the same three words: How Might We. Some of the most successful companies in business today are known for tackling difficult creative challenges by first asking, How might we improve X … or completely re-imagine Y… or find a new way to accomplish Z?"
HBR  innovation 
february 2015 by pierredv
Wireless Spectrum and the Future of Technology Innovation » The Hamilton Project
Includes link to transcript "On March 24th, The Hamilton Project hosted a forum and released a new policy proposal addressing the key challenges of regulating wireless spectrum during a time of rapid change and increasing demand. Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Roger Altman opened the forum, and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Thomas Wheeler gave keynote remarks. The Hamilton Project released a new proposal by authors Pierre de Vries and Phil Weiser for improving the allocation and adjudication of wireless spectrum by redesigning regulations and simplifying the trade of spectrum resources through the use of market forces. The authors were be joined by industry experts for a roundtable discussion on their proposal. Following the roundtable, the participants took audience questions"
Brookings  Hamilton-Project  spectrum  innovation  transcript  video 
july 2014 by pierredv
Declining Business Dynamism in the United States: A Look at States and Metros | Brookings Institution
"Business dynamism is the process by which firms continually are born, fail, expand, and contract, as some jobs are created, others are destroyed, and others still are turned over. Research has firmly established that this dynamic process is vital to productivity and sustained economic growth. Entrepreneurs play a critical role in this process, and in net job creation. But recent research shows that dynamism is slowing down. Business churning and new firm formations have been on a persistent decline during the last few decades, and the pace of net job creation has been subdued. This decline has been documented across a broad range of sectors in the U.S. economy, even in high-tech."
Brookings  entrepreneurship  business  dynamism  innovation 
june 2014 by pierredv
Whither US entrepreneurs? Why a key engine of economic growth is sputtering. -
"Brookings Institution report drawing on US Census data: Businesses less than a year old accounted for only about 8 percent of all US firms in 2011, down from nearly 15 percent in 1978."
entrepreneurship  innovation  US  CSMonitor  Brookings 
june 2014 by pierredv
New Yorker's Disruptive Innovation Debate - Business Insider
Jill Lepore takes on Clay Christensen, and the fall-out
june 2014 by pierredv
Schumpeter: Crazy diamonds | The Economist July 2013
"Politicians and bureaucrats do not just confuse entrepreneurship with things they like—technology, small business—they also fail to recognise that it entails things that set their teeth on edge. Entrepreneurs thrive on inequality: the fabulous wealth they generate in America makes the country more unequal. They also thrive on disruption, which creates losers as well as winners."
policy  TheEconomist  entrepreneurship  innovation 
august 2013 by pierredv
Close the Innovation Deficit | University of Colorado Boulder
"Chancellor DiStefano has joined two other Colorado higher education leaders in signing onto a letter urging President Obama and Members of the 113th Congress to "Close the Innovation Deficit." An effort led by the Association of American Universities (AAU), the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the leaders of their member universities, the letter highlights concerns about cuts to federal investments in research and higher education at a time when other nations are pouring resources into these areas. - See more at:"
University  of  Colorado  lobbying  innovation 
august 2013 by pierredv
Reinventing the train: Ideas coming down the track | The Economist Tech Quarterly June 2013
"Transport: New train technologies are less visible and spread less quickly than improvements to cars or planes. But there is still plenty of innovation going on, and ideas are steadily making their way out onto the rails"
risk  transportation  TheEconomist  innovation  trains 
july 2013 by pierredv
Innovation never stops …. | The Unwired People June 2013
"While each generation takes around 10 years to be standardized, it takes more than 40 years of fundamental research to accumulate sufficient technologies for each generation. "
trends  Jens  Zander  4G  LTE  innovation 
june 2013 by pierredv
Free exchange: Arrested development | The Economist
A reason for R&D subsidies: public benefits of U.S. company R&D were roughly double the private benefits - LSE/Stanford research
innovation  R&D  subsidy  tax  TheEconomist 
september 2012 by pierredv
Schumpeter: Enterprising oldies | The Economist Feb 2012
"Founding new businesses is not a monopoly of the young, even if it seems so nowadays"
ageing  innovation  TheEconomist  opinion 
march 2012 by pierredv
Schumpeter: Big and clever | The Economist Dec 2011
Why large firms are often more inventive than small ones "... Michael Mandel of the Progressive Policy Institute, a think-tank. In a new report on “scale and innovation”, he concludes that today’s economy favours big companies over small ones'
innovation  scale  TheEconomist  opinion 
january 2012 by pierredv
Technical Excellence Awards 2011 - Video/3D, Search, & Wireless |
"setting up a secondary network with 5GHz signals is smooth sailing compared with the over-crowded 2.4GHz frequency space"
innovation  interference 
december 2011 by pierredv
Lead Bullets | TechCrunch - Ben Horowitz
"There comes a time in every company’s life when it must fight for its life. If you find yourself running when you should be fighting, you need to ask yourself: “If our company isn’t good enough to win, then do we need to exist at all?”"
stories  commerce  innovation  competition  microsoft  TechCrunch 
october 2011 by pierredv
PCAST’s Report on Ensuring American Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing a Good Start, yet Misunderstands Industrial vs. Innovation Policy - Innovation Policy Blog
"Last month, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) submitted a Report to the President on Ensuring American Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing. In general, the report does a good job . . . However, while the report got most things right, it didn’t get the distinction between industrial policy and innovation policy right."
x:itif  innovation  manufacturing 
july 2011 by pierredv
Translating innovation into US growth - McKinsey Quarterly - Public Sector - Economic Policy
we think that looking solely at innovation and leadership in basic research is far too narrow. The key question is whether the United States has been losing its ability to translate innovation into economic leadership.
x:mckinsey  innovation  growth  globalization 
may 2011 by pierredv
Five new technologies that will change the world (and win at ...
Excellent framing of issues by Douglas Fox. quote: Stephen Furber, "computers are pretty much energy-limited now". Great examples of Haber-Bosch process, and how putting satellites in orbit became exponentially more effective than sending people,because "you can put a milliion times more computer into orbit now."
energy  innovation  csmonitor 
may 2011 by pierredv
Matt Ridley: When ideas have sex | Video on
"At TEDGlobal 2010, author Matt Ridley shows how, throughout history, the engine of human progress has been the meeting and mating of ideas to make new ideas. It's not important how clever individuals are, he says; what really matters is how smart the collective brain is." Actually, to me, the more interesting point was that the driver was trade - and that you don't need to understand what the other person is doing or saying - cf. "I, pencil"
TED  creativity  innovation  evolution  culture  * 
february 2011 by pierredv
A special report on the world economy: Smart work | The Economist
"Faster productivity growth will be an important part of rich economies’ revival "
"PRODUCTIVITY growth is the closest economics gets to a magic elixir" Where innovation fits:
"Workers’ productivity depends on their skills, the amount of capital invested in helping them to do their jobs and the pace of"
Critique of innovation strategy: "mostly such policies end up subsidising well-connected industries and products. “Green technology” is a favourite receptacle for such subsidies."
And the kicker: "the politicians’ current focus on fostering productivity growth via exciting high-tech breakthroughs misses a big part of what really drives innovation: the diffusion of better business processes and management methods"
economics  innovation  productivity  TheEconomist 
november 2010 by pierredv
very slick whiteboard animation, making argument that connectivity and slow incubation are key to new ideas Impressive, but in the end left me cold
innovation  animation  youtube 
september 2010 by pierredv
Brazilian agriculture: The miracle of the cerrado | The Economist
Remarkable story of how research and innovation by Embrapa has transformed Brazilian agriculture, and brought the ag-tech revolution to tropical farming
innovation  research  Brazil  TheEconomist 
september 2010 by pierredv
Schumpeter: The innovation machine | The Economist
Review of “The Other Side of Innovation: Solving the Execution Challenge” by Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble
"G&T say that you need to start by recognising that innovation is unnatural."
innovation  TheEconomist  quotations 
september 2010 by pierredv
How to Make an American Job Before It's Too Late: Andy Grove - Bloomberg
"Friedman is wrong. Startups are a wonderful thing, but they cannot by themselves increase tech employment. "
"You could say, as many do, that shipping jobs overseas is no big deal because the high-value work -- and much of the profits -- remain in the U.S. That may well be so. But what kind of a society are we going to have if it consists of highly paid people doing high-value-added work -- and masses of unemployed? "
economy  innovation  technology  growth  opinion  via:kevinschofield 
july 2010 by pierredv
Brain scan: Mr Segway's difficult path | The Economist profile of Dean kamen
"The invention for which Mr Kamen is best known is the Segway Transporter, a gloriously over-engineered stand-up scooter that had the misfortune to emerge just after the dotcom crash in 2001, just as the disillusioned technology industry was looking for the next big thing."
people  profile  innovation  TheEconomist  quotations 
june 2010 by pierredv
One Strategy: Aligning Planning and Execution — HBS Working Knowledge
Sent by Stephen Hitchcock
I was quite struck by what were, to me, a series of disconnects or dissonances.
1. There’s an implicit assumption that the execs’ directed strategy is the right one, and that emergent strategy coming from the bottom up “diverges”. Of course, divergence goes both ways. Later in the interview there’s talk about conversations so that “everyone can contribute” – but very often that’s just executive rhetoric
2. Stephen has a reputation for a very clear and non-negotiable view of how an organization should be run. That matches up with the fact that he used blogging so much; blogging is a broadcast medium. Again, there’s a disconnect with comments that what’s really needed is “one-to-one conversation”.
3. I think Iansiti plays word games with “complexity” near the end of the paper when he tries to argue that big complex companies (his own major customers) can, too, innovate. There’s a qualitative difference between organizational complexity and complexity of.
strategy  management  innovation 
april 2010 by pierredv
Accept Defeat: The Neuroscience of Screwing Up | Magazine
Researcher kevin "Dunbar came away from his in vivo studies with an unsettling insight: Science is a deeply frustrating pursuit. Although the researchers were mostly using established techniques, more than 50 percent of their data was unexpected. (In some labs, the figure exceeded 75 percent.)"
"The reason we’re so resistant to anomalous information — the real reason researchers automatically assume that every unexpected result is a stupid mistake — is rooted in the way the human brain works."
via Mark Cooper, comment after Silicon Flatirons talk on Resilience, Jan 2010
"The problem with science, then, isn’t that most experiments fail — it’s that most failures are ignored."
Dunbar quote: "... experiments rarely tell us what we think they’re going to tell us. That’s the dirty secret of science.”"
science  failure  innovation  x:wired  quotations 
march 2010 by pierredv
The Good Enough Revolution: When Cheap and Simple Is Just Fine
essentially the Clay Christensen story, updated with new examples: Flip camera, MP-3, Predator drone
via mark Cooper, comment after resilience panel at Silicon Flatirons, Jan 2010
x:wired  technology  trends  marketing  innovation 
march 2010 by pierredv
DoC Sec Locke - Remarks at Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Conference
written by Marc Berejka, Dec 2009
Lots of factoids re "Internet has undergone a seismic shift"
us  government  oecd  innovation 
january 2010 by pierredv
Hal Varian on how the Web challenges managers - McKinsey Quarterly - Strategy - Innovation
he refers to "combinatorial innovation" - essentially modules
" So if you look historically, you’ll find periods in history where there would be the availability of a different component parts that innovators could combine or recombine to create new inventions. In the 1800s, it was interchangeable parts. In 1920, it was electronics. In the 1970s, it was integrated circuits."
Quote: I keep saying the sexy job in the next ten years will be statisticians
innovation  google  web2.0  x:mckinsey  modules  **  quotations 
december 2009 by pierredv
Synthetic biology: Your plastic pal | The Economist
"A genetically engineered bacterium makes a greener plastic"
Polylactic acid (PLA) has been around for a long time, but recent advances based on R&D in production techniques by Cargill
Work has resulted in synthetic metabolic pathwayss (i.e. don't exist in nature) that turn out polymer in large quantities
biotech  cargill  innovation  TheEconomist 
december 2009 by pierredv
The Geography of Innovation
"we focus on the importance of President Barack Obama’s call for a new federal effort to support regional innovation clusters. We know now—from a solid record of state and local achievements and academic research—that regional innovation clusters are a critical component of national competitiveness"
regions  innovation  policy  geography  investing 
december 2009 by pierredv
Fish out of water | The Economist, Schumpeter column
"Policymakers are turning their minds to the tricky subject of promoting entrepreneurship"
Book suggestions: How can governments do a better job? Two well-timed new books provide some clues: “Boulevard of Broken Dreams: Why Public Efforts to Boost Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Have Failed—and What to Do About it”, by Josh Lerner, and “Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle”, by Dan Senor and Saul Singer.
"Mr Lerner, a professor at Harvard Business School, outlines some common failures. Too many countries are seized by ambitions that bear no relation to their particular comparative advantages"
"Mr Lerner points out that two foolish tendencies are particularly hard to resist ... The first is the temptation to spread the wealth around to every region and interest group. ... The second is a suspicion of foreign investors."
See also factoids on Israel at the end: how the govt VC fund is run, and with 7M people, attracted as much VC$ as FR and DE
innovation  economics  venturecapital  Israel  books 
november 2009 by pierredv
The industrial revolution: Supply and demand | The Economist
Review of Robert Allen's "The British Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective". Most interesting is this passage:

"But today, when governments from America to Japan are reinventing industrial policy with each off-the-cuff bail-out, this study offers some useful reminders. One is that innovation is most likely to occur where there is market demand for it."
On this account, innovation is a consequence of wealth, not a cause of it. Therefore, an analysis on the supply of innovation is wrong. Innovation is a symptom of wealth, not a cause. It was necessary in Britain because labor was expensive.
innovation  economics  history  books  TheEconomist 
september 2009 by pierredv
Pomp & Surkanstance: Microsoft: the bold, yet timid, giant
"Contrary to popular belief, Microsoft is an innovator. Unfortunately, many of those innovations are in areas that never matter in the grand scheme of things, or are undermined by a simultaneous streak of timidity that courses through the organization."
"Brute force innovation"
"Field of dreams... there are many significant technologies, and platforms, that are built into Microsoft’s products that are only ever used at the margins, and never see wide adoption"
"Microsoft’s entire IPSec strategy ignored the needs and wishes of key players in the networking space"
"Most of these problems were foreseeable early on, but institutional momentum, and a grand vision that is too compelling to die, has kept Microsoft plugging away at it for a decade."
"There are numerous grand initiatives [which] become orphans almost from the day they are released."
"in many cases Microsoft would be far better served if it was less innovative, and really dug into the hard work of incremental improvements."
stories  microsoft  innovation  networking  security  IPSec  ** 
august 2009 by pierredv
Making things in a post-industrial society | Britain's lonely high-flier | The Economist
Excellent case study of Rolls-Royce's resurgence, and its business model "Over the past couple of decades or so Rolls-Royce has transformed itself from a lossmaking British firm into the world’s second-biggest maker of large jet engines. In doing so, it has deliberately blurred the lines between making things and offering services." "Rolls-Royce’s triumph was not to build a slightly better engine and thus earn a temporary technological edge, but to design a completely different one." - used carbon composites, and three shafts rather than two "These were more complex to design, build and maintain than those of rivals, but they also used fuel more efficiently and suffered less wear and tear. Much more importantly, they could be scaled up or down to fit bigger or smaller aircraft. As a result, Rolls-Royce did not have to design a new engine from scratch each time a new airliner came onto the market, allowing it to compete for sales across a far wider range of aircraft than its rivals."
commerce  innovation  economist  *** 
april 2009 by pierredv
VC View From The Rockies -
"There are some bright spots out here in the hinterland. Brand-new VC outfit Infield Capital of Boulder raised a $50 million fund last year to focus on "clean" technology for the transportation industry.

And Foundry Group, a tech-focused firm based in Boulder and staffed with refugees from Mobius Venture Capital, raised a $225 million fund in 2007. It has deployed only 26% of that money--meaning the firm still has plenty of cash to fund new companies.

"There are still deals getting done" in places like Colorado, says Brad Feld, a Foundry managing director. Just not enough."
innovation  x:forbes  colorado  venturecapital 
march 2009 by pierredv
Assessing the Impacts of Changes in the Information Technology R&D Ecosystem: Retaining Leadership in an Increasingly Global Environment
CSTB study. Abstract:
"The U.S. IT R&D ecosystem was the envy of the world in 1995. However, this position of leadership is not a birthright, and it is now under pressure. In recent years, the rapid globalization of markets, labor pools, and capital flows have encouraged many strong national competitors. During the same period, national policies have not sufficiently buttressed the ecosystem, or have generated side effects that have reduced its effectiveness. As a result, the U.S. position in IT leadership today has materially eroded compared with that of prior decades, and the nation risks ceding IT leadership to other nations within a generation.
[This book] calls for a recommitment to providing the resources needed to fuel U.S. IT innovation, to removing important roadblocks that reduce the ecosystem's effectiveness in generating innovation and the fruits of innovation, and to becoming a lead innovator and user of IT. "
policy  innovation  R&D 
february 2009 by pierredv
Assessing the Impacts of Changes in the Information Technology R&D Ecosystem: Retaining Leadership in an Increasingly Global Environment
CSTB/DEPS report from National Academies. Abstract:
"The U.S. IT R&D ecosystem was the envy of the world in 1995. However, this position of leadership is not a birthright, and it is now under pressure. In recent years, the rapid globalization of markets, labor pools, and capital flows have encouraged many strong national competitors. During the same period, national policies have not sufficiently buttressed the ecosystem, or have generated side effects that have reduced its effectiveness. As a result, the U.S. position in IT leadership today has materially eroded compared with that of prior decades, and the nation risks ceding IT leadership to other nations within a generation.

[This report] calls for a recommitment to providing the resources needed to fuel U.S. IT innovation, to removing important roadblocks that reduce the ecosystem's effectiveness in generating innovation and the fruits of innovation, and to becoming a lead innovator and user of IT... and makes recommendations ..."
innovation  R&D 
february 2009 by pierredv
Schools tap '21st-century skills' |
very different sense of what creativity means, see graphic, for employers and schools
education  csmonitor  innovation 
january 2009 by pierredv
Research and development in East Asia | Rising in the East | The Economist - 30 Dec 08
"The biggest and most technically clever firms are American and European, but their predominance in research, innovation and production is being challenged by Asian companies. A new report by the OECD puts hard figures on the extent of this steady shift."
policy  **  innovation  economist  R&D 
january 2009 by pierredv
Innovation in America | A gathering storm? | The Economist
based on Amar Bhidé of Columbia Business School's new book “The Venturesome Economy”, which argues that gloom about America's decline as a tech powerhouse is misplaced 1. Obsession with number of degrees awarded is misplaced because innovations easily cross borders 2. commercialization of ideas is more valuable to companies than the initial bright spark "For America to retain this sort of edge, then, what the country needs is better MBAs, not more PhDs."
innovation  globalization  technology  economist  ** 
december 2008 by pierredv
Patent Failure - book by James Bessen and Michael J. Meurer
"How Judges, Bureaucrats, and Lawyers Put Innovators at Risk"
via Brian Kahin
patents  property  intellectualproperty  innovation  law 
december 2008 by pierredv
Xerox invents paper that erases itself
Xerox Corporation scientists have invented a way to make prints whose images last only a day, so that the paper can be used again and again.
technology  invention  innovation  paper  via:gmsv 
october 2008 by pierredv
ITIF: Innovation Economics and New Administration - Video
25 Sep 08
JP: 2:45, 10:45, 24:18, 35:30, 45:30
Growth cycle: 36:45
video  innovation  itif 
october 2008 by pierredv
The Permission Problem: Financial Page: The New Yorker
"The point isn’t that private property is a bad thing, . . . But property rights need to be limited to be effective"
law  innovation  property-rights  ** 
august 2008 by pierredv
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