Rainforest Rev: Five Character Traits Of Innovation Leaders


Five Character Traits Of Innovation Leaders

Henry Doss, Chief Strategy Officer of T2 Venture Creation, from Forbes
The most powerful driver of discovery is transparency.  Look around your own organization. Where you see silos, you’ll see information hoards. Work for the love of change and improvement, rather than for what you get for yourself. As a leader of innovation, you may find your concern for the future to be a lonely spot.  Stay there. Read more here.

Using Emergence To Take Social Innovations To Scale

The Berkana Institute 
When separate, local efforts connect with each other as networks, then strengthen as communities of practice, suddenly and surprisingly a new system emerges at a greater level of scale. Emergence is how life creates radical change and takes things to scale. Read more here.

Digital Taylorism

The Economist
Frederick Taylor was the most influential management guru of the early 20th century. His “Principles of Scientific Management” was the first management blockbuster. A modern version of “scientific management” threatens to dehumanise the workplace. Read more here.

From Big Gods To The Big Brother

How did humans acquire capacity for cooperation in huge anonymous societies? Ara Norenzayan’s Big Gods: How Religion Transformed Cooperation and Conflict, argues that Big Gods offer the ability to detect and punish immoral behavior. In modern societies we have all-to-real cops, judges, and IRS agents to do the job. Read more here.


12th Global Innovation Forum Opens In Daejeon

Korea Times
T2VC’s CEO, Victor Hwang, gave a keynote speech in Korea last week. “Sixty-five percent of startups fail due to people issues. For this reason, there is a need for an evolution of design thinking. Overcome fear with trust. Trust the group you’re with”. Read more here.

Kenya: A startup Nation?

Kenya’s Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, and its ICT Authority, jointly announced the launch of the Enterprise Kenya initiative – intended to improve the environment for technology entrepreneurs – in a bid to support local innovation and entrepreneurship. Read more here.

India Replaces China As Next Big Frontier For U.S. Tech Companies

The New York Times
India is now the world’s fastest growing major economy. The increasing appeal of India is underscored by India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi’s commitment to technology. Read more here.

To Whom Do Japan’s Most Powerful Turn For Advice? The Sensei Of Seaweed

The Wall Street Journal
The traditional business values in Japan, where long-term success and social cohesion are often favored over short-term profitability. Companies have to keep growing little by little, even if the pace is slow, rather than expanding and contracting erratically. Read more here.

Rainforest Rev: Emotions That Make Us More Creative


The Emotions That Make Us More Creative

Harvard Business Review
Recent research suggests that the critical variable influencing one’s scope of attention is not emotional valence (positive vs. negative emotions) but motivational intensity, or how strongly you feel compelled to either approach or avoid something. Read more here.

Rules Of Engagement: How To Tango With Startups

Big companies should create an ecosystem that encompasses partnerships with different types of entities. Also, they should build a portfolio of engagements that represents the different stages of innovation, from generating ideas to buying a technology to acquiring a company. Read more here.

Collaborative Innovation: Transforming Business, Driving Growth

World Economic Forum
European corporates and start-ups must collaborate more and better on innovation if Europe is to remain internationally competitive. Read more here.

How To Hack Creativity

The Next Web
Understanding the way your brain works and regularly training it can help you better exploit your limited creativity reserves and increase them over time. Read more here.


Improving The Mongolian Labor Market And Enhancing Opportunities For Youth

RAND Corporation
Despite a recent slowdown, Mongolia has experienced dramatic economic growth in the 2000s, exceeding global trends. Foreign direct investment, mining, infrastructure spending, and strong fiscal and monetary stimulus measures have driven much of this growth. Read more here.

How Blazing Internet Speeds Helped Chattanooga Shed Its Smokestack Past

Chattanooga is building the largest and fastest Internet networks in the Western Hemisphere. It has attracted billions of dollars in new investment and a flock of entrepreneurs to the city. Read more here.

Getting To Cambridge

The Economist
A marriage of academia, private money and entrepreneurial savvy—exemplifies that of Cambridge. What began with the creation of business parks to host enterprising dons and their doctoral students in the 1970s has grown into the most exciting technology cluster in Europe. Read more here.

Women Make Strides In Business Ownership

The Wall Street Journal 
The growth rate of new businesses remains stalled, but the share of women-owned firms has climbed. Read more here.

Rainforest Rev: Human Capital and Celebrities’ Secret Invesments


The Human Capital Report

World Economic Forum
Talent, not capital, will be the key factor linking innovation, competitiveness and growth in the 21st century. To unlock human capital, governments, business leaders, educational institutions and individuals must each understand better the global talent value chain. Read more here.

Innovation Ecosystems: A New Way of Seeing 

Go Productivity
An ecosystem is a nonlinear complex adaptive system, and is therefore not the sum of its parts. It constantly adapts to changes in the environment – often in unexpected ways. Within the system there are dynamic networks of interconnections, and creation, destruction, survival and evolution. Read more here.

The Celebrities Secretly Funding Silicon Valley’s Next Stars

The Washington Post
A growing number of Hollywood actors and musicians who have turned their attention up north in recent years, pouring their personal wealth into some of Silicon Valley’s hottest startups. Read more here.

What Steve Jobs Was Missing About Innovation

The Globe and Mail
In Simon Sinek’s book, Start with Why, he pushes readers to discover their purpose, cause, or belief that inspires them to do what they do. To better understand the connection between passion, innovation, and a clear “why” is to help you to gain clarity on why your company exists. Read more here.


Adobe Kickbox Gives Employees $1000 Credit Cards And Freedom to Pursue Ideas

Adobe puts the creative process in a box, packed with exercises, suggestions, and a checklist of six steps. Each box contains a set of actions that employees complete to reach the next level.  This makes the concept of innovation a lot less abstract. Read more here.

New Generation of Rwandan Entrepreneurs Offer Tech Solutions to Farmers’ Dilemmas

PBS Newshour
The rise in entrepreneurship in Rwanda was planned. By 2009, entrepreneurship classes were mandatory in secondary school. The government also runs workshops, radio programs and contests aimed at promoting entrepreneurialism. Strong entrepreneurship is equated with patriotism and nation-building. Read more here.

The State Creating the Most Green Jobs Is…Georgia?

Georgia is beating out previous frontrunners like California and Texas.  Georgia is now No. 1 in clean-energy employment growth. Conservatives and left-leaning environmental groups pushed the state legislatures to support third-party solar-panel leasing. Read more here.

A Step Forward for ‘Womenomics’ in Japan

The Wall Street Journal
Japan raised the pressure on companies to hire more women and promote them to management, a key part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ’s efforts to revive an economy hobbled by a shrinking population. Read more here.

Rainforest Rev: Bias and Being Nice


Please, Not Another Bias! An Evolutionary Take On Behavioral Economics

Evolving Economics
A large part of our evolved behavior involves our desire to signal important traits and qualities to potential mates, allies and rivals. Our evolved minds are sometimes out-of-sync with our modern environments. An evolutionary lens provides a guide as to what people are looking for in a product. Read more here.

It Pays To Be Nice

The Atlantic
What an organization is a bunch of people trying to do something together. The goal of a business is to get the members of the organization to put the good of the organization ahead of their own personal good. Read more here.

The World Needs A Secular Community Revolution

This View of Life
We’re less religious than ever, lonelier than ever, and the loneliness is making us unhappy and unwell. Solution? Building secular community to provide opportunities for people to establish high-quality social relationships that are intergenerational and diverse.Read more here.

Teamwork Gives Us Added Personbyte

Financial Times
The word “personbyte” describes the amount of knowledge that one person can reasonably know. The way to escape the constraint of the personbyte is to work in larger teams. More complex products require elaborate networks of teamwork and collaboration. Read more here.

My Real-Life Shark Tank: Tips For Winning Startup Pitches

By Victor Hwang, CEO & Co-Founder of T2 Venture Creation, from Forbes
The recent winner of TechCrunch Disrupt’s Startup Battlefield provides tips on how to win startup pitch contests, and tips for judging contests too. Read more here.


From Casino Past To Entrepreneurial Future: Reno Remakes Itself

By Douglas Erwin, a friend and collaborator of T2 Venture Creation, from Kauffman Thoughtbook
EDAWN (Economic Development Agency of Western Nevada)created an entrepreneurial development strategy that leveraged the concepts from Brad Feld’s Startup Communities and Victor Hwang’s The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley. Read more here.

Top Countries & Industries Luring Global Talent: A LinkedIn Study Reveal

New data from LinkedIn shows certain professionals are moving away from countries like India and flowing into places like the United Arab Emirates. Tech and telecom play a prominent role among the most active migration countries. Read more here.

How Europe Is Finally Taking On Silicon Valley

Fast Company
The E.U. is taking legal and regulatory action that would boost local upstarts and rein in U.S. tech giants. The European Commission has proposed a plan to update and unify commercial regulations across Europe. Read more here.

Rainforest Rev: Altruism and Mindsets of Innovation


Does Altruism Exist?

Cooperation, and group-level functional organization that produces cooperation, cannot be explained by selection within groups. It evolves primarily as a result of selection between groups. Read more here.

Naming the Mindsets of Innovation

Stanford Social Innovation Review
Social sector leaders can encourage innovation by fostering three productive mindsets. Read more here.

3 Questions: Economies as computers, products as information

Massachusetts Institute of Technology News
New book argues that economic development is a special case of the growth of information. Read more here.

Empire of the Geeks

The Economist
At its best Silicon Valley is an expression of iconoclastic freedom and creativity. It would be a terrible shame if it became an unpopular and remote manifestation of elitism. Read more here.

The 2015 Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking

Startup Compass
A newly released 2015 Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking is here. Ecosystems have become more interconnected and startup teams have become more international. Read more here.


Styling itself as the ‘Silicon Valley of the East’

Nikkei Asian Review
The establishment of a Free Trade Zone in Penang in the early 1970s has provided attractive incentives to foreign investors. Read more here.

How Did Israel Become a Hub for Innovation?

Though a unique combination of circumstances, culture, and a strong will to succeed, Israel becomes this hub for innovation and entrepreneurship. Read more here.

Denver Job Market Lures Millennials

The Wall Street Journal
Denver has long been a regional hub, with established industries such as oil and telecommunications that leaders have built upon to create thriving sectors such as energy information technology and digital health care. Read more here.

Rainforest Rev: Top Words of Wisdom

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The Top Words Of Wisdom For New Graduates

National Public Radio
NPR named the graduation speech by our CEO Victor Hwang one of the best ever. The speech explores the entrepreneurial spirit in a new way. “When you go fishing, the best places to drop your line are at the transition points, where light meets dark, shallow meets deep, fast meets slow. The same is true for human life.” Read more here.

Collective Impact: The Missing Link

Stanford Social Innovation Review
Until there is an enabling environment that allows all stakeholders—nonprofits, corporations, foundations, philanthropists, media, and the government—to work together as a system toward one or more goals, collective impact remains elusive. Read more here.

Beating the Innovation Paradox: How Your Corporation Can Innovate Like a Start-up

IESE Insight
Companies need to have breakthrough innovations, not incremental innovations. Generating ideas from looking outward, and finding business models to support new ideas to market, are keys to innovation.  Read more here.

Why “Design For Development” Is Failing On Its Promise

Fast Company
The world’s most intractable problems are deeply rooted in massive systems, while design is a discipline focused on the edges. Read more here.

How to present your startup at a conference? Lessons from Liquidity

The startup Liquidity won TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2015. Its founder Victor Hwang gave an effective pitch by telling a simple story. Read more here.


How Europe Can Create Its Own Silicon Valley

Harvard Business Reveiw
Passing the right laws will help turn Europe into its own Silicon Valley. California is the only jurisdiction in the world that flatly refuses to enforce non-compete clauses. Employment in California is considered by default to be “at-will.” Hiring and firing is a relatively easy process for both sides. Read more here.

Calibrating Chinese Creativity

The Economist
Two new publications argue that Chinese companies have the ability to expand revenue and raise profits. China’s private sector has risen with the help of, not despite, government policies on innovation. Read more here.

A Survey Finds Montana a Hotbed of Entrepreneurship

The New York Times
Montana leads the nation in business creation, according to a new report from the Kauffman Foundation, which produces an annual analysis and ranking of start-up activity in every state. Read more here.

Rainforest Rev: Lean Innovation Management and Nerdopolis


Lean Innovation Management – Making Corporate Innovation Work

Steve Blank blog
The author has been trying to find a unified theory of innovation that allows established companies and government agencies to innovate internally with the speed and urgency of startups. Companies that want to do continuous innovation need to execute their core business model while innovating in parallel. In other words, in an ambidextrous company you need to be able to “chew gum and walk at the same time.” Read more here.

Welcome to Nerdopolis

Capital Ideas, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Knowledge workers are reshaping the map of the global economy. The only way to move a city from a bad equilibrium to a good one is with a big push: a coordinated policy that breaks the impasse and simultaneously brings skilled workers, employers, and specialized business services to a new location. Read more here.

A New Powell Memo

Social Evolution Forum
A cooperative effort is required to establish a new economic paradigm that will improve the quality of life for society as a whole, not just a privileged faction. Read more here.

Hey Silicon Valley, joiners are just as important as founders

The Washington Post
Recent studies show that joiners may not have the extreme risk-seeking behavior of a rock star CEO founder, but they are more than willing to head up the key functional roles — especially R&D — that make a start-up great. Read more here.

The Benefits of Mind-Wandering

The Wall Street Journal
Mind-wandering aids decision-making by allowing you to run future-oriented simulations in your head. It’s ideal not just for thinking about possible outcomes but also for thinking about how different outcomes would feel. Read more here.


A Fearless Culture Fuels U.S. Tech Giants

The New York Times
For all of Europe’s advantages, its technology sector lags that of the United States. A dread of failure may be one reason. Read more here.

How Sweden became the startup capital of Europe

The Telegraph
If you played a game on your phone today, listened to music online or video-phoned a friend, chances are you used a Swedish company. Read more here.


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