Polaroid inventor Edwin Land on embracing failure, among other insights on what it takes to innovate.
Also see Land on the 5,000 steps to success.(via explore-blog)
Powerhouse Solar Cell Inspired by Leaf Biomimicry
A team of scientists headed up by Princeton University has achieved a whopping 47 percent increase in electricity generation from flexible plastic solar cells, simply by texturing the surface to mimic the wrinkles of a typical leaf.
Full Story: Cleantechnica
Is it a Tech Bubble?…NO…Just too many Wantrepreneurs - Howard Lindzon
i said the same thing up at HBS last month. i think we are there now. maybe we’ve been there for several years. but it takes time to wake up and smell the roses.
Too many wannabe VCs, too.
It’s only appropriate that Eric Ries is the subject of the first video for Fast Company’s new series: The Pivot. He’s the author of a best-selling book, The Lean Startup, and the man who made the term “pivot” part of the business vernacular. During the course of his entrepreneurial adventures, he realized that some of the most iconic companies of our time—Twitter, YouTube, Groupon—had abruptly changed course before they achieved success. If they hadn’t, Twitter would have stuck with audio podcasting, YouTube would have been a video dating site, and Groupon would have continued organizing political protests (and you likely would have never heard of them). Virtually every startup he could think of had pivoted at one time or another. Ries’s observation quickly morphed into a kind of Moore’s Law for startups, which he believes are almost certain to change course before becoming successful.
If I didnt have commitment issues these words would be tattooed on my left and right wrists respectively. (may have to get some temporary ones made ;)
In an always on world we are trained to want our Oompa Loompas NOW
When we dont get what we want right away there is a reason for it.
Try to understand the cause of misalignment.
Stick to your goal and work with an alternative approach.
You might have to try multiple times.
Whatever you do, dont give up.
Hallway Chat - Episode #5
Like all of our podcasts, this one is about 10 minutes long.
Hope you like it. Also, we are looking for suggestions for next weeks podcast.
Why just donate to a project when you can invest in one? That’s the premise behind Gambitious, a sort of Kickstarter for video games — except Gambitious investors will actually share in the project’s profits.
“Gambitious is the first equity-based, crowd-funding platform that solely concentrates on the video game industry,” Paul Hanraets, the company’s managing director, told The Daily. “Our model is the first of its kind, providing a new way for small and large investors to directly invest in a wide selection of promising game projects, thus taking home a share in any eventual profits from the venture.”
Last Tech Tuesday, I introduced programming languages by making a series of analogies to human languages. We will continue the programming cycle today by deepening that analogy with regard to syntax. Syntax is the set of rules that describe how you can put together the words of a language to…