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The Pile for February 22, 2010

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Last week at TED, I wrote about Nathan Myhrvold's latest anti-malaria plan, which involves shooting mosquitoes with lasers (we promise to direct you to a video of his talk and demonstration when it becomes available).

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TED 2010: Day 4 and Wrapup

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First, some notes on earlier talks here.

Yesterday I wrote about Bill Gates' presentation. The video hasn't been posted yet (Update: Gates' presentation), but you can read an insightful slide-by-slide rundown by Nancy Duarte (who we've featured previously in MIT Sloan Management Review).

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TED 2010: Day 3

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Yes, it's elitist. Yes, sometimes the presenters and their audience can be too full of themselves. But I've yet to attend a day of TED when something hasn't made me rethink something. We had all of that today.

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For more TED…

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A few quick notes before I run into the next session:

One of the best TED-U sessions was Derek Sivers on what it takes to be a leader, with a shirtless dancing guy as the news hook. Treat yourself to this three-minute talk.

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TED 2010: Day 2

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Longtime TEDsters know that sometime during the second day attendees give up hope of taking in everything that is shooting their way.

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TED 2010 Day 1

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Here we are again. As we did last year, MIT Sloan Management Review is in Long Beach, Calif., to cover the TED conference.

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Shifting Paradigms in Innovation

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Traditionally, we have tended to think of businesses (or individuals who then start businesses) as the principal source of innovative new products or services in a market economy.  But, in a thought-provoking new working paper, Carliss Y.

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Two Talks, Many Provocative Ideas

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Last month we reported on the BIF-5 Collaborative Innovation Summit. We noted that videos for the talks would be posted and that happened yesterday. Here are two well worth your time.

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Lessons from the Startup Bootcamp at MIT

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There was lots of entepreneurial energy in the room at MIT's Kresge Auditorium today -- as a sizable crowd gathered in the morning for a free daylong "Startup Bootcamp" full of lessons from technology entrepreneurs.

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A Great Day for Ideas (#BIF5)

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I had the great pleasure of attending the first day of the BIF-5 Collaborative Innovation Summit, held in Providence, Rhode Island, by the Business Innovation Factory.

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Which Innovation Efforts Will Pay?

For many companies, developing new products is a hit-or-miss proposition. Some businesses with successful innovation practices are relying on a new analytic tool to ensure that the hits are much more likely.

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Customers and service innovation

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Eric von Hippel of the MIT Sloan School has long argued that users play a larger role in product development than is commonly believed. Now, in a new working paper, Pedro Oliveira and von Hippel take a look at customers' role in innovation in a service industry: banking.

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Developing an optimal innovation strategy

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If one innovation approach is helpful, you might think using more than one approach to innovation would be even more productive. Not necessarily, write Frank T. Rothaermel and Andrew M. Hess in the new issue of Business Insight, MIT Sloan Management Review’s collaboration with The Wall Street Journal.

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Asia, the U.S., and innovation

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There’s plenty of optimism to be heard about Asia’s innovation future — but less optimism about the U.S.’s ability to maintain its historical innovation leadership in the 21st century.

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Innovation reading

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Two innovation links of note:

1. The new issue of Deloitte Review features an interview with Eric von Hippel of the MIT Sloan School of Management -- on the state of open innovation. In the interview, von Hippel covers topics ranging from "open hardware" to why companies often resist open, user-led innovation.

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