I will be taking a couple of days off, the articles and posts will return to normal schedule on January 2nd 2007. Happy new year to everyone and stay tuned in 2007!
There are many people claiming that the current wave of venture capital funding and investments into Internet-based companies, most of them tagged with the term Web 2.0, could inflate too fast and explode just like the dot-com bubble back in 2000.
Two months ago I decided to quit my job inside a multinational company to pursue some entrepreneurial projects. Many people criticized my decision, arguing that at the age of 22 I lacked the necessary experience to succeed alone. Well, maybe I do lack the experience, but I can not imagine going back into the corporate world, the freedom I gained on the meantime is priceless.
The Fast Company website has listed the Top 10 Creative Minds of 2006. I must admit that I was familiar with only two of the people mentioned on the list. Below you will find the list, with a link to the individual stories:
Jason recently tagged me with the “5 Questions Interview”, meaning that I will answer 5 questions about myself and then tag 5 other people that I would like to know more about. Below you will find the 5 questions:
Through out the first half of the twentieth century radio valves played an important role within electronic products. In 1947, however, scientists at the AT&T Bell Laboratories developed a device that would revolutionize the whole economy: the transistor.
Forbes released a good interview with IDEO’s CEO Tim Brown. IDEO is a consulting firm focused on design and innovation, some of the companies that they worked for are Apple, Nike and Procter & Gamble.
Innovation Zen was created back in July of 2006, and when I started it my only goal was to have fun and to share some of my ideas related to innovation management and business strategy. Despite the humble purpose the blog started gaining attention and today, only a couple of months later, Innovation Zen has reached almost 200 RSS subscribers and it is averaging 50,000 page views monthly.
Marketing plays a really large role on the realm of inventions and discoveries. The person who is attributed with the invention is not necessarily the one who first developed the concept but rather the one who market himself better. The Shuzak blog has an interesting article listing 9 inventions that Thomas Edison did not make, contrary to the popular belief.
The initiative should make the general public more familiar with patents, inventions and both the limits and opportunities of protecting intellectual property. Some people argued, however, that the tool that Google created offers little or no value to inventors, lawyers or anyone else that deals with patents professionaly.