Category Archives: Innovation

Design Conference Paper published (CADMC, September 2011)

I presented the following paper at the Cambridge Academic Design Management Conference (September 2011), co-written with my collaborator, JP (Joao Fonseca da Silva).

“PLATFORM DESIGN: HOW THE INCREASING IMPORTANCE OF PLATFORMS IMPACTS DESIGN MANAGEMENT.”

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Submission of PhD Thesis

After three years, I submitted my thesis to the University of Cambridge for examination.

Title: “How do attitudes of habitual high-technology entrepreneurs to early-stage failure differ in Silicon Valley, Cambridge and Munich?”

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Congratulations to Inkspot Science and Red Hat

Congratulations to the Inkspot team in Newcastle, UK. Their collaboration with Red Hat raises a good question – what requirements in academic research are driving capabilities in cloud computing?
Some disciplines (bio-computing, neuroscience, drug discovery, etc) need short burst access to massive computing resources. Changes in funding around the world are driving increased online, secure collaboration between universities and companies. These academic and scientific needs have profound implications for the commerical world. Watch this space !

Extinction or survival at IBM

IBM Article in CMR

Great article on how IBM turned around.
Prize winning paper in CMR.

The tyranny of choice

great quote from Roger McNamee in Judy Estrin’s book.

“Our parents grew up in a world where they had to make three decisions by their twenty-fifth birthday – whom they were going to marry, where they were going to live, and what they were going to do professionally,” observes investor Roger McNamee. “They didn’t have a lot of choices. Now we have a million choices, but we’re entirely at the mercy of our own judgment and skills.”

Estrin, J. (2008). “Closing the Innovation Gap“. New York, McGraw-Hill.

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.