Thursday, August 28, 2008

Cambridge Forum on Open Innovation - Final Wrapup

In May, I attended the Cambridge forum on Open Innovation, sponsored by a grant from MIT. The folks running the conference did a great job putting together wrap-up material on it, including videos and all the presentations. The focus here was on cutting edge resource in driving corporate innovation and creating innovation ecosystems. This is becoming a macro trend in corporations, so I definitely recommend browsing through and seeing if anything catches your eye.

Here are the notes I took from the five sessions.

Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
Session 4
Session 5

Presentations and Videos

The presentations are now available online at

The videos of the workshop are now available online at

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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Worst Athlete Backed Startups of All-Time

Stumbled upon this article about the worst athlete backed startups at all time. I would kill to get a copy of the business plans for some of these ideas. LOL. The worst one had be, I just remember looking at that site and cringing.

Check out Poll Everywhere...

Poll Everywhere is a startup by friend and MIT E&I colleague Jeff Vyduna that is starting to pick up buzz by providing an inexpensive audience response system using cell phones and text messaging.

Cool idea and definitely a neat little widget to have to spice up the ever ubiquitous Powerpoint presentation. A scary road for to go down for a startup with the number of competitors in this space, but if there's anyone who can figure out a way to carve out some competitive advantage here, it'll be Jeff. I'll have to ask him if they have any IP around it (kinda doubt it). I wish them luck. Might be a good pickup for a wireless or phone company. At least we can be certain that Powerpoint presentations will be getting more interactive in the future.

Here's the link to their TechCrunch mention...

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Spanish sign for "colegio"

Does anyone else find the picture in this sign for a school in Madrid a little bit odd in its depiction of schoolchidren trying to cross the street. Does the older guy (he's holding a briefcase after all) seem just a little too enthusiastic running off with the younger girl here?

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Open your heart to the "Long Chicken"

Here's an ad from downtown Madrid, a huge one for the Burger King "Long Chicken" sandwich. A strange use of an English name with a high unintentional comedy rating. Fits nicely with the Burger King slogan, "como tu quieras". Take the long chicken how you want it.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Juan Enriquez on Genomics

Here's a really cool talk by Juan Enriquez on genomics that Bob Barancik from Creative Ledge sent me. The talk is actually from five years ago at TED 2003, but didn't run into until Bob just sent it to me. Interesting perspective on some of the issues out there on genome decoding and medical advance.