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What Startups Need to Understand About The Booming Corporate Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

What Startups Need to Understand about the booming corporate entrepreneurship system

As we talk to the Innovation Leaders at many companies worldwide, we are hearing about many different ways that enterprises interact with entrepreneurs, and the many different goals for interacting with them.             This article, from Forbes Magazine, and reposted in Innovation America, does a great job of describing the

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A New Funding Model for Corporate America

What’s a line manager with a great idea to do? They go through the corporate budget process, which takes time, and runs on a very specific timeline, and if they get told not this year, it can take another year before it gets considered. So while we at VisionMine strongly suggest having innovation budgets and

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Why Innovators Get Better with Age

When most people think about innovators, an image of a young person toiling away in their garage or dorm room comes to mind.  But in fact, innovation comes from those much older.  For example, the average age of discovery of Nobel Prize winners is 38, and even more interestingly, it can take 20 more years

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Corporations Courting Startups

Just as venture capital money has dramatically changed its flow from consumer-facing startups to startups focusing on the enterprise, it is no surprise that many startups are changing their focus to the enterprise.  And while it is still not easy for startups to sell to the enterprise, and even harder to successfully implement solutions given

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Open Innovation – How Open Should You Be?

I found the following article interesting, because when I talk to innovation executives about their Open Innovation strategy, we always end up talking about how open should they be…. Should they openly post challenges?  Post Challenges in a private place?  Don”t post challenges, but encourage people to send in ideas?  If they post their challenges,

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Try Before You Buy – The Evolving Enterprise Sales Model

More and more, large enterprises are switching from huge licenses and major implementations to experimenting with try before you buy SAAS software.  How big is that change and what is the implication for the big software companies?  Read more.    

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Overcoming the Structural Barriers to Open Innovation

Excellent article describing the critical barriers to Open Innovation, and the specific tactics and organizational structural requirements to overcome the barriers.  Read the article.

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Tips for Startups Hoping to Engage with Large Corporations

For corporations, startups provide access to interesting technologies, and can help drive innovation in the large organization.  For startups, having a large corporation on the customer list can be the tipping point. Last week, VisionMine’s co-founder, Coley Brown, participated on a panel discussing how startups can work with large corporations.  Four tips are shared in this article.

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Start-Ups Emerge as Tech Vendors of Choice

By BEN WORTHEN Businesses are getting more comfortable buying technology from start-ups and other small outfits, a shift that could usher in a period of slower growth for tech giants such as Hewlett-Packard Co. HPQ +0.49% and Oracle Corp. DELL -0.85% Businesses are increasingly turning to start-ups and other small companies for new technology, in a shift

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FastCompany’s Most Innovative Companies of 2013

Fast Company’s 50 Most Innovative Companies of 2013 List just came out – and as always, great reading. http://www.fastcompany.com/section/most-innovative-companies-2013

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