The Secret Sauce Behind Innovation Ecosystems: Part 1

In this interview of Csaba Szabo, from the Stanford Research Institute, we learn how The Silicon Valley succeeded in becoming the first Innovation Ecosystem in the world.

It’s particularly striking to note that this was allowed by a process that started in the early 1980’s:

  • A regulatory change that opened a world of opportunities for Universities and small businesses in 1980
  • The maturity of Venture Capitalism at about the same time
  • The ability to attract talents and make them mobile between companies and projects by creating a challenge-oriented culture

This interview is the first of a series that focuses on analyzing the different Innovation Ecosystems in the world through the prism of the Talent-Culture-Money triptych.

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Coworking, 10 Years Later

When the first spaces popped up in San Francisco for the first time around 2007, co-working was a brand new concept. Sharing workspace with like-minded strangers was the answer for a specific tech-focused community struggling with rising real estate market environment. Definitely not something for work-from-home moms or traditional corporations. Things have changed. Continue reading “Coworking, 10 Years Later”

Why your company shouldn’t build custom AI

There’s a lot of chatter surrounding AI these days: from the excitement of seeing machines solve extremely hard problems such as energy consumptioncancer detectionnuclear fusion to the fears of seeing AI take over everyone’s job, or simply deleting the entire human race. But the one AI field that is booming today is what we call “Applied AI,” i.e. AI applied to industry problems as opposed to fundamental AI research.
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Why Do We Go Off-site?

At work, we are busy. In our day-to-day, we simply do not have enough time to step back and reflect on the work we are doing. Such reflection is necessary for recalibration of business goals, identification of new opportunities, and alignment of overall work with the company’s vision and strategy. The time constraints of our normal working days also often prevent regular meetings with other employees, even for the purposes of sharing updates and catching up over a cup of coffee. Continue reading “Why Do We Go Off-site?”