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Global Innovation

Innovation is a global phenomenon, I have witnessed this on a daily basis for the past five years. My company MMC has a site https://www.urweb.tv that uses rich media to market promising technologies from Federal Laboratories, Universities and Emerging Companies.  We also have metrics so we know who comes and what they watch. They come from all four corners of ...

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IX Treasure Trove – The Debbie Millman Design Matters Interviews

Innovation has many mothers. Over the past few decades, designers have been steadily moving onto the world stage as central figures, arbiters and midwives, in the birth of new innovations. Both inside and outside the corporate process, as seen regularly on the uber-TED channel, and of course (bow, scrape) through the “more money than the US Government” DNA of Steve ...

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Do Universities Matter for Innovation?

I’m probably going to get in trouble for this post because the answer to the title question is yes and no. I am employed by the University of Queensland which prides itself as being the most successful commercializer of research in Australia. However, I have never been convinced by the simple argument that universities matter because they produce groundbreaking research ...

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How the Ivy League is Killing Innovation

Here’s a wonderful article, just published in Bloomberg Business Week that raises a very curious paradox — why academics are teaching innovation. Authors G. Michael Maddock and Raphael Louis Viton state their case clearly, cleanly, and with just enough of an edge to draw blood. “Process-driven cultures love process-driven experts. Organizations, just like people, do what makes them feel strong, ...

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Easing Contractual Burdens on University Start-ups

Universities do not intentionally set out to handicap their start-ups. University technology transfer staff do their utmost to help start-up founders get through the process. Most universities take their economic development role seriously, and work hard to license university-owned inventions to new businesses on fair terms. In fact, some would say that universities are generous... Then what’s the problem?

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