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.
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.”
- Questioning allows innovators to challenge the status quo and consider new possibilities;
- Observing helps innovators detect small details — in the activities of customers, suppliers and other companies — that suggest new ways of doing things;
- Networking permits innovators to gain radically different perspectives from individuals with diverse backgrounds;
- Experimenting prompts innovators to relentlessly try out new experiences, take things apart and test new ideas;
- Associational thinking — drawing connections among questions, problems or ideas from unrelated fields — is triggered by questioning, observing, networking and experimenting and is the catalyst for creative ideas.
Venture Village asked me to share some insights on what to look out for when pitch investors. These points apply both for Seedcamp and other opportunities to present - from elevator pitches to partner meetings.
Who are you pitching to and what are they interested in - know your audience
“Hallway Chat”, #4
Today @bijan and I recorded our fourth edition of “Hallway Chat”
Hope you enjoy it, we’re still new at this so we’d love feedback.
This stuff has been on my mind a lot. A whole lot. It saddens me. I’d like to change this somehow. I think I could have quoted this entire article it’s that good and spot on.(via kirklove)