Over the past 25 years, the field of innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialization has reached a critical mass and maturity. It is not only possible but also essential to scale it so that an immense amount of untapped human innovative potential can be unleashed for the benefit of our people. Further, R&D centers and existing entrepreneurial ecosystems can be made more impactful.
Firstly, this book succinctly identifies the entire field of innovation into one comprehensive and meaningful framework to help understand its evolution, incremental growth, super acceleration, and exponential explosion that has resulted in an innovation log jam.
Secondly, it maps out common characteristics and approaches that make innovation, venture capital and investments into startups succeed much better. And, last, but not the least, it outlines measures to commercialize them in a massive way and "industrialize" innovation going forward including creating next generation 'Innovation Hubs'.
Mr. Suresh K. Sharma co-founded Open Range Capital Partners and is it's Managing Partner. Currently, he also actively helps commercialize university innovations into startups. A former GE executive-turned-entrepreneur, he exemplifies remarkably rich global track record of innovation, startups, technology, capital investments and business leadership. His last book; "The 3rd American Dream" (2014, 2nd Ed.) focused on innovation and entrepreneurship. And an earlier one; "Global Outsourcing" (2005) laid out a pragmatic road map of scaling businesses internationally. He has had advanced education in India, UK and USA.
Mr. Karl E. Meyer recently co-founded a very innovative and unique investment enterprise - 'Open Range Capital Partners' - that is designed to significantly transform venture capital, and its ability to creation value using digital technologies. He is a VC with deep global business operating experience. During his 30 years of outstanding software technology career - spreading over numerous countries in all 4 continents with leading Fortune 50 corporations - he has left indelible footprints of changing the game for hundreds of applications, architectures, M&A, and turnarounds in multiple industries including: energy, healthcare, smart manufacturing, sensors, software, data analytics and the data supply chain. A keen student of innovation process globally, he is one of the world's leading experts on architecting next generation 'Innovation Hubs' leveraging visible patterns and other anti-patterns.
Chapter 1 - Introduction 1.- Chapter 2 - University research and development.. 17.- Chapter 3 - Large corporations are innovation challenged 27.- Chapter 4 - Venture capital.. 49.- Chapter 5 - Existing innovation ecosystems. 67.- Part 2 - Industrializing innovation.. 81.- Chapter 6 - Driving the innovation ecosystem and the startup 81.- Chapter 7 - The new entrepreneur.. 101.- Chapter 8 - New startup ecosystems and the innovation hub 119.- Chapter 9 - Venture capital - A new framework.. 157.- Chapter 10 - Innovation in the corporate world.. 171.- Chapter 11 - University technology to market.. 189.- Chapter 12 - New frontiers - digital transformation of 'life-work-innovate' 197.- Part 3 - Innovation is universal - going global.. 203.- Chapter 13 - Bringing water to innovation deserts. 205.- Chapter 14 - IS Africa ready to innovate?. 213.- Chapter 15 -The role of smart cities or regional hubs. 223.- Chapter 16 - China and india industrializing innovation in large countries 231.- Epilogue.. 247.- Appendix 1 - Essays. 253.- Appendix 2 - Women entrepreneurs. 285.- Acknowledgements. 291.- Bibliography. 293.- About the authors. 297.