Tag Archives: Innovation

Under Bidding a Bridge to Nowhere

If a customer isn’t 100% certain about the value of a product, then they’ll want to minimize their committed costs.  From an ROI standpoint, their R (the return) is uncertain and has risk.  To maximize their ROI, they will want … Continue reading

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Policy and Innovation History (Radar, Manhattan Project and Apollo)

Innovation is a newborn baby that politicians love to kiss – regions and municipalities want more of it, but are uncertain of how to proceed.  Metrics are challenging – for the politician and bureaucrat it isn’t clear whether they should … Continue reading

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Reading About North Carolina

North Carolina has been our adopted home since 2001 – I’ve lived here longer than anywhere else (despite all the time I’ve spent on the road for work).  It is an interesting state with a long political, commercial and technical … Continue reading

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New Products: What We Study

I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children … Continue reading

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World of Bluegrass Should be Raleigh and Durham’s SXSW

Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill have always had a bit of inferiority complex about our place in the tech world.  Texas’s booming economy and a greater number of early stage investors has helped Austin pass us as a region when … Continue reading

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Insights from Aviation and Aerospace on Innovation and Disruption

There are no shortage of insights to be taken from the aviation and aerospace industry.  Any achievements are made in public – the Wright’s couldn’t hide their practice sessions in Ohio, Sputnik’s surface reflected in the night sky as it … Continue reading

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In 2008 We Never Expected Tesla’s GigaPlant

At the outset of the most recent financial downturn in 2008 enthusiasm grew for funding materials science research into energy storage.  The thought at the time was that manufacturing in this sector could ease employment concerns.  Concerns about global energy … Continue reading

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