Academic training starts today

Cambridge University Crest

Cambridge University Crest

I take my first lecture today as a student at the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM). Twenty five years after my last serious academic endeavour, here I go again.
I spent yesterday collating all the reading I have done in the past year using a research tool (EndNote).  A boring, repetitive task but worth the effort. I then spent an hour catching up on podcasts and videos on the web, where technology startup leaders talked about their experience. The contrast between the diligent, time-consuming reading of academic materials and the immediate injection of ready-for-digestion experience is stark. Part of my research will need to assess all sources, and make sense of all the noise.

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About Keith Cotterill

After 25 years in finance and technology, I have returned to university to read for a doctorate at Cambridge. I am an active technology entrepreneur and investor as well as a researcher and divide my time between the UK and Silicon Valley.

Posted on October 8, 2009, in Innovation, Technology. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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