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Assunta Krehl

Toronto's $25 million commercialization "engine" celebrates the appointment of its Boar... - 0 views

  • MaRS Innovation is honoured to announce its permanent Board of Directors, who brings together a remarkable and broad set of experiences and networks to support the development of this dynamic partnership of Toronto research institutions.  Designed to enhance the commercial output of Toronto’s world-leading research cluster, MaRS Innovation is positioned to make a significant contribution to Canada’s innovation economy and the quality of life for Canadians and others around the world.
  • upported by the Government of Canada through the Centres of Excellence in Research and Commercialization (CECR) program, and its member institutions, MaRS Innovation is focused on converting important discoveries into a new generation of products, services and high value jobs. The newly appointed Board of Directors, which includes academic and business leaders from across Canada and the United States, has the targeted expertise to guide MaRS Innovation to deliver on this critical mission.  

    MaRS Innovation represents a unique collaborative model, which aggregates the exceptional discovery pipeline of 14 leading Toronto academic institutions to build a diversified portfolio of assets, and harness the economic and job creation potential of the best opportunities for Toronto, Ontario and Canada.
  • “MaRS Innovation is privileged to announce a Board of Directors of this caliber and breadth of skill,” said Mary Jo Haddad, Chair of the MaRS Innovation Board and President and CEO of The Hospital for Sick Children. “The collective experience and guidance of these individuals will be critical to developing a collaborative, integrated and agile approach to this transformational organization that will move Canada into its next phase of economic development.”
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    • W. Geoffrey Beattie – Deputy Chairman & President, Woodbridge Company Limited, Thomson Reuters Corporation, Toronto
    • Christopher C. Capelli – Vice President, Technology Based Ventures, Office of Technology Commercialization, University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
    • Ron Close – Information technology entrepreneur, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, MaRS, and Executive Entrepreneur-in-Residence, The Richard Ivey School of Business, The University of Western Ontario, London, ON
    • Nicholas Darby – Formerly Director of Physical Sciences, Corporate Venture Capital, Dow Chemical Company, President, Darby & Associates Consulting LLC, Midland, MI 
    • Mary Jo Haddad – President & CEO, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto
    • Jacqueline H.R. Le Saux – Former General Counsel, North America and Corporate Secretary, Patheon, Inc., Toronto
    • David A. Leslie - Chair, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and Former Chairman & CEO, Ernst & Young, Toronto
    • Michael H. May – President & CEO, Rimon Therapeutics, Toronto
    • Chandra J. Panchal – Founder, President & CEO, Axcelon Biopolymers Corp., Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC
    • Ilse Treurnicht – CEO, MaRS Discovery District, Toronto
    • Donald A. Wright – President & CEO, The Winnington Capital Group Inc., Toronto
  • MaRS Innovation serves as a business accelerator platform with a single point of entry for industry partners and investors.  It will increase the scale, scope and viability of IP offerings, and the quantity and quality of deal flow from partner institutions.  MaRS Innovation will also facilitate strategic research collaborations with industry partners, strengthen the innovation capacity of Canadian industry through adoption of new technologies from its member institutions, and launch a new generation of robust, high-growth Canadian companies that will become global market leaders.   The quality of the combined discovery pipeline will catalyze and attract sources of risk capital for translational research, market validation, company formation and growth. 

    “MaRS Innovation represents a unique and timely platform to contribute in a meaningful way to Canada’s knowledge economy, leveraging Toronto’s remarkable research excellence.  The vision and serious commitment of its members to work together to transform our commercialization results, and the support of the Federal Government, made this possible.  The announcement of this outstanding group of leaders to the Board of Directors for MaRS Innovation is an exciting step forward,” said Ilse Treurnicht, MaRS CEO and interim Managing Director of MaRS Innovation.
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    MaRS Innovation announced its permanent Board of Directors. MaRS Innovation is focused on converting important discoveries into a new generation of products, services and high value jobs.
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    MaRS Innovation announced its permanent Board of Directors. MaRS Innovation is focused on converting important discoveries into a new generation of products, services and high value jobs. Feb 6, 2009
Assunta Krehl

Book Camp Toronto: The publishing community organizes from the ground up - The Globe an... - 0 views

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    Book Camp will be held at MaRS for June 6.
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    Book Camp will be held at MaRS for June 6. April 9, 2009
Assunta Krehl

T.O. Tidbits - Sunday February 1st - Taste T.O. - 0 views

  • The long-planned third location of casual Italian eatery Mercatto (110 College Street) should finally be open in April in the north-east corner of the MARS Building
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    Mention of Mercatto in the MaRS Centre.
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    Mention of Mercatto in the MaRS Centre. Feb 1, 2009
Assunta Krehl

Open-source politics breathe fresh air into the Big Smoke - The Globe and Mail - 0 views

  • Social change and Internet ideals have gotten hitched, and the results are going to change the way Torontonians live.
  • That prevalence of social networks is starting to have unexpected real-world results.
  • ools like Twitter, which encourage people to exchange small thoughts with each other in public, have helped knock Toronto's open-culture scene into high gear.
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  • Ryan Merkley, a senior adviser to Mayor David Miller, was working an easel in the basement of the MaRS building at College and University. Attendees of an un-conference called ChangeCamp — a collection of programmers, activists, politicians and media types — were shouting out suggestions for what municipal information they'd like to see the city put online.
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    Social change and internet ideas are changing lives for Torontonians.
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    Social change and internet ideas are changing lives for Torontonians. Jan 30, 2009
Assunta Krehl

Dr. Calvin Stiller appointed Chair of Board of Directors - Ontario Institute for Cancer... - 0 views

  • The Board of Directors of the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) has appointed Dr. Calvin Stiller as the Chair of the Board.
  • He succeeds Dr. John Evans, who was the first Chair and who will continue to serve as a board member.
  • Dr. Stiller co-founded the MaRS Centre in Toronto
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    The Board of Directors of the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) has appointed Dr. Calvin Stiller as the Chair of the Board. Mention of Dr. Stiller Co-Founding MaRS.
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    The Board of Directors of the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) has appointed Dr. Calvin Stiller as the Chair of the Board. Mention of Dr. Stiller Co-Founding MaRS. Jan 21, 2009
Assunta Krehl

Media Alert/Photo Opportunity - Mayor David Miller to kick off Canada's first Advertisi... - 0 views

  • Leading Social Change - Public Sector Marketing, (SOLD OUT) MaRS Discovery District featuring: Dr. David Suzuki Representatives from the Obama campaign
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    Mayor David Miller will join a crowd of distinguished crowd of marketers from across the country and abroad at the opening ceremonies for Canada's inaugural Advertising Week. The Leading Social Change session will happen at MaRS.
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    Mayor David Miller will join a crowd of distinguished crowd of marketers from across the country and abroad at the opening ceremonies for Canada's inaugural Advertising Week. The Leading Social Change session will happen at MaRS. Jan 21, 2009
Assunta Krehl

Biomedical research attracting top scientists - City of Toronto - 0 views

  • the Chief of Research at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, collaboration is the key to the future.
  • That's why Dr. Janet Rossant is so enthusiastic about the work being done in the MaRS Discovery District - a unique zone in the city where innovations in science and technology are commercialized through partnerships between researchers and private enterprise.
  • "The MaRS Centre and biomedical community have seen tremendous growth over the past few years," says Dr. Janet Rossant. "And it continues to grow."

    "This growth is attracting the world's best scientists to come work here, which is very exciting."
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  • A key strategic focus of the SickKids Research Institute is the commercialization of research findings-translating discoveries into new technologies and treatments to improve the understanding and treatment of diseases that affect children.
  • "An environment like the Discovery District allows research institutes and the University of Toronto and its affiliated hospitals to work together to promote research and its application," she explains.
  • One of the unique aspects of Toronto is its open, collaborative environment. Individual institutes are not fighting each other for funding resources. This collaborative nature is what people comment on when they come here."

    A Toronto location provides other advantages too, she says.

    "There is a strong university and college environment, which provides a great pool from which to draw talent. There is strong support from all three levels of government. And there is strong philanthropic support, which is important."

    Dr. Rossant says working for the Hospital for Sick Children has been very gratifying.
  • Dr. Rossant is also looking forward to the opening of the new research and education building going up in the Discovery District.

    "The Research Institute currently has 2,000 people spread across the Discovery District and the new building will bring us all together and allow us to interact in new ways."
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    Dr. Janet Rossant, Chief of Research at The Hospital for Sick Children says they key to the future is "collaboration." Rossant is enthusiastic about the work being done at MaRS.
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    Dr. Janet Rossant, Chief of Research at The Hospital for Sick Children says they key to the future is "collaboration." Rossant is enthusiastic about the work being done at MaRS. Jan 19, 2009
Assunta Krehl

"Sibling success" - InnovationCanada.ca - 0 views

  • Dubbed Certo-Ex, their simple concept streamlines sampling in these billion-dollar industries, bringing a process that can take 4 to 24 hours for a single sample down to a mere 30 minutes for multiple samples. The brothers have combined Ameer’s scientific expertise and Ahmed’s business savvy and also hope one day to broaden their work to include helping other young and promising inventors.
  • Part of their TiEQuest winning gave them access to networking with MaRS Discovery District, a Toronto-based, non-profit centre that brings together Canadian science, business and investment capital. Here they met the third member of their team, industrial designer and entrepreneur Lahav Gil, who has been designing and building technology products and medical devices for more than two decades with his company, Kangaroo Design and Product Development. Gil wanted to help the brothers because he liked them.
  • “They had a very innocent and authentic desire to commercialize their idea,” says Gil. “And that was quite inspiring.”
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    Story about Certo-Ex which have a device that streamlines sampling and can revolution the time and money spent by pharmaceutical, environmental and food industries. Mention of how TiEQuest had given them access to network with MaRS.
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    Story about Certo-Ex which have a device that streamlines sampling and can revolution the time and money spent by pharmaceutical, environmental and food industries. Mention of how TiEQuest had given them access to network with MaRS. Jan 14, 2009
Assunta Krehl

Local - A green leader in her own right - TheRecord.com - 0 views

  • Studio Earth. The youth workshop hosted by Social Innovation Generation -- a working group at the University of Waterloo -- is designed for young people interested in environmental issues.
  • Cullis-Suzuki said she's looking forward to speaking about social innovation. Innovators are badly needed to build a sustainable economy, she said.
  • The social technology workshop will be on using the internet for social purposes. It will be led by Joseph Dee of the MaRS Centre, a Toronto centre for scientific research, and Sam Ladner, a York University sociologist.
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  • social and environmental change
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    Cullis-Suzuki talks about social innovation and environmental change and will be talk at Studio Earth. Studio Earth Participants will attend on of three workshops. Mention of Social Technology workshop will be using the internet for social purposes which will be led by Joseph Dee.
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    Cullis-Suzuki talks about social innovation and environmental change and will be talk at Studio Earth. Studio Earth Participants will attend on of three workshops. Joseph Dee will lead the Social Technology workshop - using the internet for social purposes. Jan 9, 2009
Assunta Krehl

Social change event aimed at young people - UW Daily Bulletin - 0 views

  • “Social technology: This workshop will focus on emerging online media strategies, products and services in order to advance social purpose work. The use of online media strategies is absolutely critical as we can no longer use old methodologies to look at new ways for solving problems.” Leaders: Joseph Dee and Lisa Torjman of Toronto’s MaRS Discovery District, and Ryerson University sociologist Sam Ladner.
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    Studio Earth will be held in downtown Kitchener and is sponsored by SiG@Waterloo - the university's "Social Innovation Generation" agency. Lisa Torjman and Joseph Dee from MaRS Discovery District along with Sam Ladner from Ryerson will lead the Social Technology workshop.
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    Studio Earth will be held in downtown Kitchener and is sponsored by SiG@Waterloo - the university's "Social Innovation Generation" agency. Lisa Torjman and Joseph Dee from MaRS Discovery District along with Sam Ladner from Ryerson will lead the Social Technology workshop. Jan 9, 2009
Assunta Krehl

Year in ideas: Stem-cell science grows up - National Post - 0 views

  • Gordon Keller, a senior stem-cell scientist who works out of Toronto's MaRS centre, also pointed to the potential for studying genetic diseases in a culture dish.
  • cientists have been working at a rapid pace over the past year to refine a process that allows them to replicate human embryonic stem cells, without the controversial use of a human embryo. It involves genetically reprogramming adult stem cells to an embryonic, or pluripotent, state.
  • Embryonic cells remain the "gold standard,"
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  • scientists have pinpointed a number of advantages IPS cells could have over embryonic cells.
  • Indeed, the International Society for Stem Cell Research teamed up with a number of leading scientists in September to issue an open letter reiterating the need for government support of all types of stem-cell research. The letter points out that research efforts on both embryonic and IPS cells "are in fact complementary and synergistic," noting that without the past decade of human embryonic stem-cell research, scientists would not have been able to realize their recent successes in reprogramming adult cells.
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    Scientists have been working at a rapid pace over the past year to refine a process that allows them to replicate human embryonic stem cells, without the controversial use of a human embryo. Mention of Gordon Keller, a senior stem-cell scientist working out of the MaRS centre.
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    Scientists have been working at a rapid pace over the past year to refine a process that allows them to replicate human embryonic stem cells, without the controversial use of a human embryo. Mention of Gordon Keller, a senior stem-cell scientist working out of the MaRS centre. Jan 2, 2009
Assunta Krehl

Deloitte Technology, Media and Telecom 2009 predictions event - Best Way To Invest - 0 views

  • annual Technology, Media and Telecom predictions event. The attendance at the conference centre known as the MARS Discovery District is amazing.
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    Deloitte Technology, Media and Telecom 2009 predictions event happened at MaRS.
Assunta Krehl

Want to learn about innovation? Head to Toronto - Business Innovation Factory - 0 views

  • Probably most impressive was The MaRS Centre - an old hospital converted into a non-profit innovation centre connecting science, technology and social entrepreneurs with business skills, networks and capital.

    The building is undeniably cool. Located in Toronto’s “Discovery District” -- two square kilometres have been designated as the city’s center of innovation. The MaRS Centre is a gateway of sorts to Canada’s largest concentration of scientific research. It’s anchored by major teaching hospitals, the University of Toronto and more than two dozen affiliated research institutes.

  • MaRS Centre from the outside
  • MaRS was created in 2000. The founding group raised significant capital (almost $100 million from all three levels of government and both institutional and individual private sector donors and an additional $130 million of debt and credit lease instruments were also secured) to support the development. What’s so clear is that leadership to drive public/private sector collaboration is required to effect real change. Many credit Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty for helping to not only create the MaRS Centre but also invigorate the region as a whole.
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  • Martin has transformed the Rotman School from a mediocre Canadian business school to a world-class institution. It’s one of the few business schools around with an innovative curriculum built around the fundamentals of design thinking. Martin believes designers approaches to thinking and problem-solving can and should be applied to all components of business (He calls it integrative thinking and business design.) Most of our own processes here at the Business Innovation Factory are firmly rooted in design thinking principles.
  • Martin also managed to lure Richard Florida to Toronto in 2007 to direct the Rotman School's new $120-million Martin Prosperity Institute. Spinning off from much of Florida's research, the institute's goal is to build a leading think-tank on the role of sub-national factors – location, place and city-regions – in global economic prosperity. By taking an integrated view of prosperity, the institute will look beyond economic measures to include the importance of quality of place and the development of people’s creative potential. I'm looking forward to ongoing conversations with our new friends at the Rotman school. I suspect there might even be a collaboration or two about to happen as well. Bottom line: if you want to learn about innovation, Toronto is the place to be.

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    Chris Flanagan talks about the benefits of moving to Toronto and the great work happening at the MaRS Centre. Mention of Martin transforming the Rotman School to a "world-class institution" ... that has "an innovative curriculum built around the fundamentals of design thinking." There is also a mention of the Martin Prosperity Institute spin off.
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    Chris Flanagan talks about the benefits of moving to Toronto and the great work happening at the MaRS Centre. Mention of Martin transforming the Rotman School to a "world-class institution" ... that has "an innovative curriculum built around the fundamentals of design thinking." There is also a mention of the Martin Prosperity Institute spin off. Oct 30, 2008
Cathy Bogaart

Canada needs new paradigm for research and innovation - TheStar.com | Opinion - 0 views

  • commercialize our vast services potential
  • in university social sciences, humanities, art and design
  • Strengthen our areas of traditional comparative advantage: agriculture, forestry, mining, mineral processing, energy production
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  • Canada excels at producing a wide range of instrumentation – everything from satellite components to medical devices
  • "business engagement strategies" and not simply narrow "commercialization strategies."
  • Canada is an international software powerhouse, producing everything from gaming to financial modelling software.
  • applying the flow-through share model common in the energy sector to research-based companies
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    Ron Freeman, CEO of Research at InfoSource Inc, says that our current funding model isn't working to commercialize our science. That new policy measures are needed to improve Canada's long-term competitive position.
Sarah Hickman

Amazon.com: Unstoppable: Finding Hidden Assets to Renew the Core and Fuel Profitable Gr... - 0 views

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    Over the next decade, two out of every three companies will face the challenge of their corporate lives: redefining their core business. Buffeted by global competition and facing an uncertain future, more and more executives will realize that they must make fundamental changes in their core even as they continue delivering the goods and services that keep them in business today. "Unstoppable" shows these managers how to look deep within their organizations to find undervalued, unrecognized, or underutilized assets that can serve as new platforms for sustainable growth. Drawing on more than thirty interviews with CEOs from companies such as De Beers, American Express, and Samsung, it shows readers how to recognize when the core needs reinvention and how to deploy the "hidden assets" that can be the basis for tomorrow's growth. Building on the author's previous books, "Profit from the Core" and "Beyond the Core", this book shows how any company in crisis can transform itself to become truly unstoppable.
Sarah Hickman

Amazon.com: In Search of the Obvious: The Antidote for Today's Marketing Mess (97804702... - 0 views

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    Advertisers are criticized as people who look for the creative and edgy, not the obvious. They will not be happy.Marketing people are criticized for getting hopelessly entangled in corporate egos and complicated projects. They will not be happy.Research people are criticized for generating more confusion than clarity. They will not be happy. Some big companies are criticized for their ill-fated marketing programs or lack of proper strategy. They will not be happy.Wall Street is criticized for putting too much emphasis on growth that is unnecessary and can be destructive to a brand. They will just ignore this criticism and continue trying to make as much money as they can. But this is a book not written to make people happy but to explain to marketers what their real problem is. Only then will they begin to look for the obvious solutions that will separate their products from their competitors -- in a way that is equally obvious to customers. All this comes with no jargon, no numbers, no complexity, and a great deal of common sense.
Sarah Hickman

Amazon.com: Hidden in Plain Sight: How to Find and Execute Your Company's Next Big Grow... - 0 views

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    From Booklist: Joachimsthaler offers another book that promotes use of reinvented basic marketing principles to assist highly innovative companies. The author describes his DIG model (Demand-First Innovation & Growth), which consists of three interlinked parts: explore the demand for their products and services through an in-depth understanding of how people behave and live their lives and how they consume; apply an innovative routine of structured thinking to identify opportunities that customers cannot articulate; and formulate a strategy for effectively pursuing new opportunities. We learn that although most companies conduct some type of market research, they may fail to look for real opportunities and quantify them or fail to develop viable action plans that lead to results. This model illustrates how to become an unbiased observer of people's consumption and usage behaviors and offers a new approach to identifying and executing a company's growth strategy. Joachimsthaler, a consultant, reports that "successful opportunities for innovation and growth are right here, in front of us, and we often can't see them or don't act on them." Mary Whaley
    Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
Sarah Hickman

Amazon.com: Technology Ventures: From Idea to Enterprise (9780071259231): Richard C. Do... - 0 views

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    "Technology Ventures" is the first textbook to thoroughly examine a global phenomenon known as "technology entrepreneurship". Now in its second edition, this book integrates the most valuable entrepreneurship and technology management theories from some of the world's leading scholars and educators with current examples of new technologies and an extensive suite of media resources. Dorf and Byers's comprehensive collection of action-oriented concepts and applications provides both students and professionals with the tools necessary for success in starting and growing a technology enterprise. "Technology Ventures" details the critical differences between scientific ideas and true business opportunities.
Sarah Hickman

Amazon.com: The Innovator's Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth (978157... - 0 views

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    From Publishers Weekly\nChristensen (The Innovator's Dilemma) analyzes the strategies that allow corporations to successfully grow new businesses and outpace the other players in the marketplace. Christensen's earlier book examined how focusing on profits can destroy even well-run corporations, while this book focuses on companies expanding by being "disruptors" who are able to outpace their entrenched competition. The authors (Christensen is a professor at Harvard Business School and Raynor, a director at Deloitte Research) examine the nine business decisions integral to growth, including product development, organizational structure, financing and key customer base. They cite such companies as IBM, AT&T, Sony, Microsoft and others to illustrate their points. Generally, the writing is clear and specific. For example, in discussing whether a company has the resources necessary for growth, the authors say, "In order to be confident that managers have developed the skills required to succeed at a new assignment, one should examine the sorts of problems they have wrestled with in the past. It is not as important that managers have succeeded with the problem as it is for them to have wrestled with it and developed the skills and intuition for how to meet the challenge successfully the next time around"; they then provide a real-life example of a software company. Similar important strategies give readers insights that they can use in their own workplaces. People looking for quick fixes may find the charts, diagrams and extensive footnotes daunting, but readers familiar with more technical business management tomes will find this one both stimulating and beneficial.
Sarah Hickman

Amazon.com: Crossing the Chasm: Marketing and Selling Disruptive Products to Mainstream... - 0 views

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    A marketing book by Geoffrey A. Moore that focuses on the specifics of marketing high tech products. Moore's exploration and expansion of the diffusions of innovations model has had a significant and lasting impact on high tech entrepreneurship.
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