Author: Victor W. Hwang, Greg Horowitt
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
What makes places like Silicon Valley tick? Can we replicate that magic in other places? How do you foster innovation in your own networks?Discover the answers in this groundbreaking book from two of the world's leading experts at the intersection of venture capital and global development. Victor W. Hwang and Greg Horowitt propose a radical new theory to explain the nature of innovation ecosystems: human networks that generate extraordinary creativity and output. They argue that free market thinking fails to consider the impact of human nature on the innovation process. This ambitious work challenges the basic assumptions that economists have held for over a century.The authors argue that such ecosystems - what they call Rainforests - can only thrive when certain cultural behaviors unlock human potential. Their theory of the Rainforest is influenced by several breakthrough ideas in academia, including insights on sociobiology from Harvard, economic transactions from the University of Chicago, and design theory from Stanford, among others. With an unorthodox and entertaining narrative, the book reveals the mysterious mechanisms of Rainforests. Furthermore, the authors provide practical tools for readers to design, build, and sustain new innovation ecosystems. The Rainforest will transform the way you think about technology, business, and leadership.
Author: Victor W. Hwang, Greg Horowitt
What makes places like Silicon Valley tick? Can we replicate that magic in other places? Discover the answers in this groundbreaking book from two of the world's leading experts at the intersection of venture capital and global development. Victor W. Hwang and Greg Horowitt propose a radical new theory to explain the nature of innovation ecosystems: human networks that generate extraordinary creativity and output. They argue that free market thinking fails to consider the impact of human nature on the innovation process. This ambitious work challenges the basic assumptions that economists have held for over a century. The authors argue that innovation ecosystems - what they call Rainforests - can only thrive when certain cultural behaviors unlock human potential. Their theory of the Rainforest is influenced by several breakthrough ideas in academia, including insights on sociobiology from Harvard, economic transactions from the University of Chicago, and design theory from Stanford. With an unorthodox and entertaining narrative, the book reveals the mysterious mechanisms of Rainforests. Furthermore, the authors provide practical tools for readers to design, build, and sustain new innovation communities. The Rainforest will transform the way you think about technology, business, and leadership.
Can Silicon Valley’s culture inspire innovation in your organization? Could understanding its rules be transformational? Would a blueprint help you construct an ecosystem of innovation? Find out through The Rainforest Blueprint: How to Design Your Own Silicon Valley. It’s a practical guide for putting the lessons learned from Silicon Valley to work in businesses, organizations, and communities around the world. It’s the latest development in the Rainforest phenomenon that is now spawning innovation ecosystems on five continents. The Rainforest Blueprint is a do-it-yourself sequel to the 2012 book The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley – the groundbreaking work by Victor W. Hwang and Greg Horowitt that explains the nature of innovation ecosystems like Silicon Valley: human networks that generate extraordinary creativity and output. They make the case that such ecosystems – which they call Rainforests – can only thrive when certain cultural behaviors unlock human potential, and they reveal the mysterious mechanisms of Rainforests. The Rainforest Blueprint by Victor Hwang, who is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and co-founder of T2 Venture Capital, is designed for a different audience than the original Rainforest. Where the earlier book provides the theoretical understanding of how Rainforests work and the rules by which they operate, the Blueprint offers practical steps for putting those theories and rules to work in businesses, organizations, and communities. Sixty pages long – as compared to the earlier book’s nearly 300 pages – The Blueprint provides – with stunning visuals and handy tools – the shared background needed for individuals to create together an innovation ecosystem in whatever setting they choose. It provides a common entry point into the world of innovation ecosystems – a shared starting point and a way to begin to create innovations that can be truly transformational.
Secrets of Silicon Valley
Author: Deborah Perry Piscione
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
While the global economy languishes, one place just keeps growing despite failing banks, uncertain markets, and high unemployment: Silicon Valley. In the last two years, more than 100 incubators have popped up there, and the number of angel investors has skyrocketed. Today, 40 percent of all venture capital investments in the United States come from Silicon Valley firms, compared to 10 percent from New York. In Secrets of Silicon Valley, entrepreneur and media commentator Deborah Perry Piscione takes us inside this vibrant ecosystem where meritocracy rules the day. She explores Silicon Valley's exceptionally risk-tolerant culture, and why it thrives despite the many laws that make California one of the worst states in the union for business. Drawing on interviews with investors, entrepreneurs, and community leaders, as well as a host of case studies from Google to Paypal, Piscione argues that Silicon Valley's unique culture is the best hope for the future of American prosperity and the global business community and offers lessons from the Valley to inspire reform in other communities and industries, from Washington, DC to Wall Street.
Author: Brad Feld
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
An essential guide to building supportive entrepreneurial communities "Startup communities" are popping up everywhere, from cities like Boulder to Boston and even in countries such as Iceland. These types of entrepreneurial ecosystems are driving innovation and small business energy. Startup Communities documents the buzz, strategy, long-term perspective, and dynamics of building communities of entrepreneurs who can feed off of each other's talent, creativity, and support. Based on more than twenty years of Boulder-based entrepreneur turned-venture capitalist Brad Feld's experience in the field?as well as contributions from other innovative startup communities?this reliable resource skillfully explores what it takes to create an entrepreneurial community in any city, at any time. Along the way, it offers valuable insights into increasing the breadth and depth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem by multiplying connections among entrepreneurs and mentors, improving access to entrepreneurial education, and much more. Details the four critical principles needed to form a sustainable startup community Perfect for entrepreneurs and venture capitalists seeking fresh ideas and new opportunities Written by Brad Feld, a thought-leader in this field who has been an early-stage investor and successful entrepreneur for more than twenty years Engaging and informative, this practical guide not only shows you how startup communities work, but it also shows you how to make them work anywhere in the world.
The New Argonauts
Author: AnnaLee Saxenian
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Extends geographer's pioneering research into the dynamics of competition in Silicon Valley. This book brings a fresh perspective to the way that technology entrepreneurs build regional advantage in order to compete in global markets. It is useful for scholars, policymakers and business leaders.
This text explores the factors that have made Silicon Valley such a fertile breeding ground for new technologies and new firms. It looks at how its pioneering achievements begana̧nd the forces that have propelled its unprecedented growth.
Life in the Rainforest
Author: Neil Grant
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Corporation
Describes the living conditions, plant and animal life, people, exploitation, and conservation of the tropical rain forests.
Author: Ashu Bhatia
Publisher: Brown Books
Technology. It currently drives our world, and the available resources are everchanging—which is why IT departments are becoming increasingly important to businesses of all sizes. So why are companies still so reluctant to invest adequately in IT? Why are some companies even slashing their IT budgets, when the world economy finds itself increasingly dependent on technological advancement and IT is at the center of almost every business function? The problem lies in perceived business value—something author Ashu Bhatia wishes to change. This book will demonstrate the true business value of IT. Only by promoting IT will a company truly be able to succeed, and Bhatia will show you why and how.
Advance your mountain biking experience even further with Mastering Mountain Bike Skills, Third Edition. Learn from the firsthand advice and personal experiences of world champion Brian Lopes. The third edition features more high-quality photos, improved instruction, and new techniques and tips for every riding style.
A small business is hard to start and maintain in many small communities. Too often, it becomes a business broken community where local bias outweighs the community spirit that should be happening. In order to change this broken community business model, we need to form incubators and accelerators. Just as an egg is incubated from birth to ensure its full growth potential, so must new start-up businesses be incubated in order to create jobs and fix the business broken community.Start Up Incubators and Business Accelerators breaks down how this system is currently not working in our small communities and what it will take; from building, office equipment, people and support; to break free from what's not working into something that can. Take the initiative in your community today by reading this book.When an egg is hatched is requires a warm environment (the incubator), a nurturing body (the hen) and a support system (the rooster) in order to grow and thrive in the dangerous world of the barnyard. A small start-up business must also be provided these essential systems and support in order to survive in the cut throat business world. Too often small business start-ups are not given the local community support needed to continue and this results in a business broken community. Soon towns are full of abandoned buildings, no businesses and no economy. Start Up Incubators and Business Accelerators shows how this can all change. The author breaks down how the system is currently not functioning the way it should, and how, with a few simple steps, businesses and communities can repair their broken business models. If you're looking to start up a small business in your community or would like to help your town get back its community spirit and leadership – this book is for you.
Author: Amrit Tiwana
Platform Ecosystems is a hands-on guide that offers a complete roadmap for designing and orchestrating vibrant software platform ecosystems. Unlike software products that are managed, the evolution of ecosystems and their myriad participants must be orchestrated through a thoughtful alignment of architecture and governance. Whether you are an IT professional or a general manager, you will benefit from this book because platform strategy here lies at the intersection of software architecture and business strategy. It offers actionable tools to develop your own platform strategy, backed by original research, tangible metrics, rich data, and cases. You will learn how architectural choices create organically-evolvable, vibrant ecosystems. You will also learn to apply state-of-the-art research in software engineering, strategy, and evolutionary biology to leverage ecosystem dynamics unique to platforms. Read this book to learn how to: Evolve software products and services into vibrant platform ecosystems Orchestrate platform architecture and governance to sustain competitive advantage Govern platform evolution using a powerful 3-dimensional framework If you’re ready to transform platform strategy from newspaper gossip and business school theory to real-world competitive advantage, start right here! Understand how architecture and strategy are inseparably intertwined in platform ecosystems Architect future-proof platforms and apps and amplify these choices through governance Evolve platforms, apps, and entire ecosystems into vibrant successes and spot platform opportunities in almost any—not just IT—industry
Tip of the Spear
Author: Mr Jim a Gibson
Tip of the Spear: Our Species and Technology at a Crossroads is an examination of the state of technology and its disruptive influence on the fate of humanity. The book argues that the changes before us are existential and that we need to have a new conversation to be sure we are prepared. We have for the first time in our species existence, Jim suggests, all of the tools to solve all of the problems facing the world in the next 10 to 15 years; or those same tools will end life as we know it. It is both a cautionary tale about the inadequacy of our linear systems of organization in the face of exponential technological change as well as a hopeful treatise on how by creating a new definition of innovation based on a new Social Contract that with - as a species - we can meet the challenges head on. The book is suitable for a broad audience - anyone trying to reconcile the complex pressure of the present with the demands of the future: the academic leader attempting to bring her students into a new understanding of the world of rapidly changing technology; parents trying to help plot a course through the minefield of an always-on digital frontier for their teenage kids; and, the business leader trying to build a new organization infused with purpose and a global narrative. At the beginning of the book, Gibson's Three Laws of Disruption paints a compelling picture of the state of the world in 2018. The slope of the technology change curve is growing steeper; the genies of technology invention never go back in the bottle; and, our systems of organization - education, democracy, capitalism - are ill-prepared to cope. Layered on this reality are the hard truths of the fall of human discourse, the rise of Fake News, the weaponization of Social media and the remerging spectre of nationalism. The second third of the book walks the reader into the next decade or so through the eyes of two very different young girls: Olivia is a typical 13-year-old from Canada; Mervis is from the developing nation of Malawi. Their stories provide possible scenarios for all of us to contemplate if we don't deal with the challenges of today. By changing the narrative into a set of personal stories, Tip of the Spear brings the reader into worlds we can understand and conversations that we have all had. It also introduces us to the developing world narrative. Mervis' story provides hints into magnificent possibilities for the developing world; one that - with the right investments - could see our emerging economies by-pass the challenges of the past with the promise of future technologies of transportation, energy and collaboration. The final third delivers a new vocabulary of innovation and change. It begins with a new definition of innovation, called "The Innovation of Ways" contrasted with the traditional "Innovation of Things." This new "way" imagines a new social contract for all of the roles we play in our lives: As a parent, voter, professional, leader and teacher. In the cautionary and optimistic conclusion, Jim challenges us to think and act exponentially by creating a new culture of trust and suggest that meeting the Tip of the Spear head on is possible AND urgent.
Author: Brad Feld, Mahendra Ramsinghani
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
An essential guide to understanding the dynamics of a startup's board of directors Let's face it, as founders and entrepreneurs, you have a lot on your plate—getting to your minimum viable product, developing customer interaction, hiring team members, and managing the accounts/books. Sooner or later, you have a board of directors, three to five (or even seven) Type A personalities who seek your attention and at times will tell you what to do. While you might be hesitant to form a board, establishing an objective outside group is essential for startups, especially to keep you on track, call you out when you flail, and in some cases, save you from yourself. In Startup Boards, Brad Feld—a Boulder, Colorado-based entrepreneur turned-venture capitalist—shares his experience in this area by talking about the importance of having the right board members on your team and how to manage them well. Along the way, he shares valuable insights on various aspects of the board, including how they can support you, help you understand your startup's milestones and get to them faster, and hold you accountable. Details the process of choosing board members, including interviewing many people, checking references, and remembering that there should be no fear in rejecting a wrong fit Explores the importance of running great meetings, mixing social time with business time, and much more Recommends being a board member yourself at some other organization so you see the other side of the equation Engaging and informative, Startup Boards is a practical guide to one of the most important pieces of the startup puzzle.
The Day after Tomorrow
Author: Peter Hinssen
Publisher: Lannoo Meulenhoff - Belgium
For today's organizations, our exponentially changing world has come with great consequences. In this book, Peter Hinssen tells the story of the pioneers who managed to adapt to those changes and who moved beyond today and even tomorrow in their approach of innovation. In doing so, they were able to change the course of entire industries.Peter's book focuses on the business models of these pioneers, on the organizational culture, the talent, the mindset and the technology we should tap into in order to maximize our chances for survival in the 'Day After Tomorrow'. It will shift your perspective on your future, on the future or your company and even that of your grandchildren.