Analyzing the spectrum of corporate innovation from R&D to VC | TechCrunch Research and development has been an innovation lifeblood of our economy for nearly 50 years. Innovation is a hot topic, and it can be confusing. With terms like incubator, accelerator and corporate venturing frequently mentioned, but rarely defined, the menu of innovation options can be overwhelming. This article gives overview to those options.

Friday Fun: Get Ready For “Talk Like Silicon Valley” Day The denizens of Silicon Valley have been inventing their own language, one that is often as incomprehensible as pirate-speak outside of the Bay Area. Now there’s a Silicon Valley Dictionary, and it’s growing daily. Examples: Bus Factor: The number of people that need to be hit by a bus before their project is dead. Code Ninja: A

Reversing the Lies of the Sharing Economy We do not use the term “sharing” to refer to an interaction like this: “I’ll give you some food if you pay me.” We call that buying. We don’t use it in this situation either: “I’ll let you temporarily use my toy if you pay me.” We call that renting.  In light of this,

Encryption and Securing Our Digital Economy Currently, there are 360 million people that take part in cross-border e-commerce. 28% of output in mature economies is digital. The Internet is set to contribute $6.6 trillion a year, or 7.1% of the total GDP in the G20 countries.  And, by 2020, it’s estimated that more than 1 billion users will be added and there will be 30-50

Tracking the explosive growth of open-source software | TechCrunch Many of today’s hottest new enterprise technologies are centered around free, “open-source” technology. As a result, many big companies — from financial giants to retailers to services firms — are building their businesses around new, community-based technology that represents a sea change from the IT practices of the past. But how can corporate customers

Why a firm is open sourcing their testing equipment One way a company can start the transition to the open source way is to open source a single product to drive sales of its other products. A firm can open source the hardware they sell in order to expand the market of other parts of their product line. This is referred to as

Exploring the open development method | Among the most “oversold as a cure” methodologies introduced to business development teams today is Scrum, which is one of several agile approaches to software development and introduced as a way to streamline the process.  Scrum has become something of an intractable method, complete with its own holy text, the Manifesto for Agile Software Development, and daily devotions