6 Essential Skills of the Extraordinary Entrepreneur

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Amy Wilkinson, Author of The Creators Code: The SIX ESSENTIAL SKILLS of extraordinary entrepreneurs [sic], spoke with InnovationNetwork.guru at the Wharton DC Innovation Summit about how, as a sociologist with a masters in business administration, decided to explore what made entrepreneurs tick. She found that there are six which she describes as “Find the Gap,” “Drive for Daylight,”...

Innovation is a Natural Extension of Human Behavior

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So says Steven Graubart, CFO of 1776 DC, who the InnovationNetwork.guru caught up with at the Wharton DC Innovation Summit. In this interview he shares the larger view of what 1776 is all about. 1776 has grown by leaps and bounds over the past several years as has the startup scene in the DC Metro area. It recently acquired Disruption Corp. and opened offices in Arlington, VA, as well as Hattery...

Government Can Play a Part in Green Energy Growth

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Reed Hundt, CEO of the Coalition for Green Capital and former FCC Chair, talks to InnovationNetwork.guru at the Wharton DC Innovation Summit 2014 about the mission of the CGC to give loans to companies across the U.S. in support of all types of green energy focused businesses. In the interview, he also sets elucidates a vision of the role of government in the U.S. and what it can do to support innovation. by...

Exercise Your Innovation Muscles

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Luis Solis, CEO of Imaginatik, has a clear message to corporations seeking to innovate: “You have to build your innovation muscles.” And that commitment needs to come from the very top. InnovationNetwork.guru learned 7 of Luis’s top factors for innovation success within large corporations: >> Transformative and disruptive innovation comes only with C-level commitment >> Innovation...

Steer Clear of Entrenched Success

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Who says that the Federal government is not listening and adapting to changing times. With a medical scheduling system $140M+ in the hole with nothing to show for it, the Veteran Affairs Administration to advantage of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act and created a 21st Century Medical Scheduling Challenge. 40 teams competed including Google and HP. Will Smith’s MedRed one in partnership...

Aneesh Chopra Speaks on Innovation Opportunity in Open Government

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Aneesh Chopra, Co-founder and Executive VP of Hunch Analytics, spoke to InnovationNetwork.guru at the Wharton DC Innovation Summit about the use of big open data sets provided by the government to develop solutions for energy, health and education. Aneesh gave the example of iTriageHealth as an innovative solution which helps people find low cost Federal health centers rather than going to the emergency...

Never Accept Anything But Success, Then Success Is Instinctual

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S.A. Ibrahim spoke at the Wharton DC Innovation Summit of 2014, sharing his story of the difficult, yet determined, turn around of Radian, which at one point was losing hundreds of millions of dollars. The downturn hit many companies, but not everyone survived or thrived to the level that Radian has rebuilt itself. The reason InnovationNetwork.guru wanted to interview S.A. was because of this important...

Innovate or Die

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This is the message from Tien Wong, Founder and CEO of Tech2000 and Appnetic who the InnovationNetwork.guru caught up with at the Wharton DC Innovation Summit. In the past 5-10 years the DC metro region has seen significant changes in the incubator community, angels coming and staying in the area, local government and university support, and the development of startup alumni from local companies...

Michael Chasen on Innovation & Entrepreneurship

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Keeping a global, multi-billion dollar company fresh with ideas and innovation is not easy to do. But it has to do with the culture. Michael Chasen, Founder and CEO of SocialRadar and Blackboard, speaks here at the Wharton DC Innovation Summit 2014 about the challenges of what is known as “intrapreneurship” within large corporations. He offers a cogent list of To-Dos for large corporations....