Oct 17th, 2013 by Gopi Sekhar
Devulcanizing the web
Oct 17th, 2013 by Gopi Sekhar
A significant milestone for SRI and I, we inked our term sheet with Agensi Innovasi Malaysia and QuestMark Group. An important step for us but marking the begining of our journey and the challenges to come.
The excitement at the prospect of moving ahead with greater momentum is palpable, the entire team is galvanized for the next steps.
A long journey for all of us, I am personally looking forward to publishing technical papers on our innovation and starting the process of introduction of SRI Compounds into the market, the Global Market.
I love my three young children immensely. So it’s hard for me to be fully rational about them. Of course they are the smartest, the best looking, and the most athletic. I’m not alone — all parents are irrational. We lose sleep worrying about things we can’t control and take pride in ridiculously small achievements we had nothing to do with.
A similar type of irrationality affects innovators. Talk to an entrepreneur or a scientist about the idea they are working on — it’s just like talking to a parent of young children. They feel unduly proud when their team does something without needing their help. They endlessly worry about things that are well beyond their control.
It’s hard to understand these types of feelings until you actually experience them. Actually, I’d even go a step further. As much as I love my kids, it’s hard for me to have the same connection with them as my wife does — for obvious reasons — but with innovation … well, it’s the closest a man can get to giving birth.
Irrationality can be a strong asset. Sure, a vast majority of new businesses fail, so a fairly rational person could easily justify maintaining the status quo. But our world is — unquestionably — a better place because people take risks that don’t quite make logical sense. Of course, irrationality presents challenges too. It can blind innovators to real problems and to important signals telling them to do something different. Yes, perseverance may be an underappreciated skill, but when paired with passion, it often leads to fanaticism.
So how can you toe the line between irrationality and fanaticism without pursuing a doomed idea?
1. Find a Devil’s Advocate. While many innovators hate the term, a devil’s advocate plays a very healthy role in a creative process by presenting plausible, alternative (and often less positive) explanations of observed phenomena. Experienced board members often play this role for young start-ups. But remember: the point isn’t to disagree for the sake of being difficult.
2. Embrace the discipline of testing. W. Edwards Deming, the father of the quality movement, had a wonderful quote that described the essence of waste-reducing processes and procedures utilized by companies around the world: “In God we trust; all others must bring data.” As detailed by Steve Blank, Peter Sims, Eric Ries, and others, innovators should follow this mantra as well. Turn proclamations into testable hypotheses. Run experiments. Be honest about what you find.
3. Follow the selective scarcity principle. In Chapter 4 of The Little Black Book of Innovation, I describe how the seven deadly sins serve as a good reminder of common innovation pitfalls. The most surprising sin? Gluttony. An abundance of time, money, or people would seem to accelerate innovation, but it often leads to slow, overly linear efforts. Setting early deadlines, consciously constraining funding, and keeping teams lean can help to force necessary course corrections.
So next time you hear a wide-eyed entrepreneur talking about what sounds like a prosaic-at-best accomplishment, cut them a bit of slack. That irrationality — if it’s properly contained — might just help launch a world-changing business that would not otherwise exist.
Feb 12th, 2012 by Gopi Sekhar
Jan 3rd, 2012 by Gopi Sekhar
“In the future we might not prescribe drugs all the time, we might prescribe apps.” Singularity University‘s executive director of FutureMed Daniel Kraft M.D. sat down with me to discuss the biggest emerging trends in HealthTech. Here we’ll look at how A.I, big data, 3D printing, social health networks and other new technologies will help you get better medical care. Kraft believes that by analyzing where the field is going, we have the ability to reinvent medicine and build important new business models.
For background, Daniel Kraft studied medicine at Stanford and did his residency at Harvard. He’s the founder of StemCore systems and inventor of the MarrowMiner, a minimally invasive bone marrow stem cell harvesting device. The following is rough transcript of the 6 big ideas Kraft outlined for me at the Practice Fusion conference
Siri and IBM’s Watson are starting to be applied to medical questions. They’ll assist with diagnostics and decision support for both patients and clinicians. Through the cloud, any device will be able to access powerful medical AI.
For example, an X-ray gun in remote africa could send shots to the cloud where an artificial intelligence augmented physician could analyze them. Pap smears and some mammograms are already read with some AI or elements of pattern recognition.
This has the potential to disintermediate some fields of medicine like dermatology which is a pattern based field — I look at the rash and I know what it is. Soon every primary care doctor is going to have an app on their phone that can send photos to the cloud. They’ll be analyzed by AI and determine “oh that mole looks like a dangerous melanoma” or “it’s normal”. So the referral pattern to the dermatologist will slow down.
On the plus side, there are consumer apps like Skin Scan where for $5 you can take a picture of lesion and send it to the cloud, and it will at least give you an idea if it’s dangerous or not. If it is, it can help you find a nearby doctor, which could help dermatologists get more business. Many fields are going to change because of artificial intelligence, pattern recognition, and cheaper tests. More….
22 December 2011
Metal-on metal hip replacements are lubricated by a layer of graphite, say scientists in the US. And this graphitic layer may be the product of proteins ground up the implant itself. This knowledge could help the design of new implants but also raises important questions about the action of the graphite in the body.
Over 50,000 hip replacements are performed each year in the UK and in the US that number is over 200,000. But although surgeons are moving towards low wearing metal-on-metal joints, no one is precisely sure why the two metal pieces slide so well. Although it is known there is a layer that affects the friction, lubrication and wear of the two surfaces, known as a tribological layer, until now no-one has examined its composition.
Laurence Marks, a materials scientist at Northwestern University, Illinois, says that after meeting Alfons Fischer from the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, the two started working on the problem. ‘It’s the most enjoyable topic I’ve ever worked on,’ says Marks, whose work on nanoscale materials does not normally coincide with the medical world.
The metal hip replacements are made from a cobalt-chromium-molybdenum alloy with around 60% Co, 26% Cr and 5-7% Mo and, until now, it’s been assumed that the layer between the moving parts is protein-based, made of denatured proteins from the synovial fluid found between joints in the body. What Marks found was something quite different – graphite, the allotrope of carbon that is used as a dry lubricant in machinery and engines.
Marks took samples from removed implants and analysed the layer using electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS). ‘You shine electrons onto a sample and see how much energy they lose and you can determine what the chemical state is,’ Marks explains, who says these spectra were the key finding that proved the layer was graphitic. More……..
Dec 21st, 2011 by Gopi Sekhar
Hannah Elliott, Forbes Staff
Tesla today announced official pricing for its four-door electric sedan: $49,900 for a base Model S after a $7,500 federal tax credit.
The announcement comes after months of Tesla founder Elon Musk promising to deliver his first four-door electric car for around $50,000. (Tesla started selling its battery-powered $109,000 Roadsters in 2008.)
Of course, higher performing versions of the seven-passenger sedan will cost more: $59,900 for a 60 kWh (230-mile-range) model and $69,900 for an 85 kWh (300-mile-range) model. The 85 kWh performance Model S, which comes with additional equipment like Nappa leather interior and performance wheels, will cost $79,900 after federal tax rebates. Musk says it will go 0-60mph in 4.4 seconds. More…….
Nov 17th, 2011 by Gopi Sekhar
By Vivek Wadhwa, Wednesday, November 16, 3:48 AM
China has a severe shortage of skilled talent and, in a policy reversal, has decided to open its doors to talent from around the world. This could mean that the brilliant NASA scientists the U.S. laid off, could find new employment — and a new home — in Shanghai or Beijing.
Chinese research labs have long had difficulty recruiting qualified workers to perform necessary research and development, and its corporations struggle to find competent managers. The situation will likely get worse as China’s high-tech industries grow and it increases its national R&D spending from the present 1.62 percent of GDP, according to the Chinese government, to the planned 2.5 percent by 2020. China’s President Hu Jintao, in May 2010, declared talent development a national priority in order to fill the void. The goal is to dramatically increase the education level of China’s workforce and to build an innovation economy.
China has launched several high-priority programs to encourage skilled Chinese to return home — all in an effort to meet the country’s pressing talent demands. One of these programs is the “Thousand Foreign Talents Program.” The program’s goal is to bring 2,000 experienced engineers, scientists, and other experts of Chinese origin back from the West. The government also announced that it aims to cultivate 100 “strategic entrepreneurs” who can lead Chinese firms getting into the ranks of the world’s top 500 countries.
Both efforts are running ahead of target according to Dr. Huiyao Wang, the Director General of the Center for China and Globalization and an advisor to the Chinese government. China had recruited more than 1,500 “high quality talents,” according to Wang, and 300 returnees had been enrolled in management training courses by August 2011. The courses were conducted by senior ministers. These individuals, while re-learning how to operate successfully within the Chinese system, are expected to serve as a critical catalyst in transforming China’s innovation environment in ways that will enhance the country’s competitive edge across a range of key, strategic industries.
China is getting more ambitious, based on the initial recruitment successes of the returnee program.
The Chinese government invited me to attend the International Conference on the “Exchange of Talent” held in Shenzhen on Nov. 5. Vice Premier, Zhang Dejiang launched China’s “Thousand Foreign Talents Program,” which, for the first time, opens China’s doors to skilled foreigners to secure long-term employment in China. The Chinese government announced that it will allow foreign nationals to take senior roles in science and technology sectors and state-owned enterprises. They will also pay foreigners salaries equal to what they can earn at top paying jobs in America. And the government announced that it intends to offer permanent resident-type visas to foreign entrepreneurs. Read more……..
Posted by johntarantino1 on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 ·
According to experts in the LED industry, the LED lighting market is strong and constantly changing as the technology evolves. Only one year ago some bulbs would have cost almost double what they are priced today. Since LED technology is advancing so rapidly, newer LED bulbs are coming out brighter and cheaper than they were before. LED lighting has continued to gain market share in 2011 as governments around the world have adopted policies in favor of LED lighting because of growing environmental concerns. LED light bulbs for the home are one of the easiest ways to save up to 90% on your home lighting bills if you are switching from incandescent bulbs.
Who isn’t looking to save money on your home lighting bill? There are so many benefits to LED Lights ranging from environmental benefits to wallet saving benefits.
I checked out some easy-to-replace LED globe light bulbs at superbrightleds.com and found that standard bulbs for an E27 socket run on 9 watts of energy. When you compare that to a 60 watt equivalent incandescent bulb, you are looking at some serious savings in your utility bill. I wanted to try one of these bulbs out, so when my bulb was delivered, I couldn’t wait to see how the lighting would look. I was replacing a 15 watt CFL bulb in my kitchen, and when I popped the new one in, I was pleased that the LED bulb was brighter than what I thought it would be. I chose the cool-white light bulb because I think it makes my studio look more modern, but they offer a warm-light option as well.
Your standard LED globe light bulbs twist into any normal light bulb socket that you currently have in your home. The size of the bulb is a bit smaller than a normal incandescent bulb and they are sort of built to look like one on the upper portion as seen in the picture above. I think the reason they call it a globe bulb is because the light emitting from individual diodes are too intense on their own. In order to spread the light around, a globe-like glass diffuses the light emitting diodes. Well, that’s what I think anyways, I am not exactly sure on that one… More…..