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I am enjoying a moment of convergence between my two parallel worlds - university technology commercialization and 3D printing. By now, you've probably heard about 3D printing. 3D printing technology isn't new - it's actually been around for a few decades. What's new is the fact that in the past few years, a "perfect storm" of converging technologies are rapidly opening up a lot of potential new applications.


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Characteristics of Highly Creative People   
by Jeffrey Baumgartner

There are a surprising number of blog posts about the characteristics of creative people. However, most of these seem to focus either on an idealised vision of an artist or the blog-writers idealised self image! Here is my take on the characteristics of highly creative people. However, what I have done is look at how creative people think - based on my understanding of the latest research - and applied it behaviour.

by Nicolas Bry

Open Innovation can be sustainably supported by Application Programming Interface (API) and the cooperation assets it brings. API not only accelerate innovation endeavour, they generate new revenue streams, strengthen your marketing campaigns, and extend your reach in distributed business models. It's time to realize API are a must-have for your business.

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Presentation of the Week

Startup DNA: the formula behind successful startups in Silicon Valley. These are some observations on a few traits that make startups successful.


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One of the most valuable things anyone can bring to the innovation process is great ideas for uniquely solving consumer needs. And, in order to bring novel (innovative) ideas to your organization, I have found that it is important to continually sharpen and expand your instincts and intuition.


Video of the Week

Mike Friton is a freelance shoemaker, weaver, paper sculptor and innovator with over 30 years of experience at Nike. His innovations are responsible for many elements of athletic footwear that people wear today. Each of his crafts informs one another and he is constantly exploring the fringes of his field. Mike's work is a great example of how non-traditional methods of exploring one's craft can lead to unique end results.

There are many ways to identify true innovators. Let me start out with five sentences that really annoy true innovators.

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