How To Export The Silicon Valley Rainforest: An Introduction

Innovation is a key component of that virtuous process that we call "economic growth." Very often we talk about it without really knowing the meaning.What is innovation? How do you get?And yet, because there are some areas with a high innovative performance while others show much more disappointing?'s A regulatory problem, we need institutions more efficient, clearer rules? Or the theoretical paradigm that we have taken so far does not allow us to understand the real dynamics of the phenomenon? Read it here.

What CISPA Could Mean for Start-ups (and You)

The proposed bill aims to fight cyber attacks by giving the government access to customer data. But at what cost? If you recall, SOPA and PIPA were squashed just a few months ago thanks to privacy groups, technology companies, and Internet users who made a fuss over worries that the proposed legislation would usher forth a new era of Internet censorship. Now an equally maligned bill, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), has passed in the House of Representatives and will be taken up by the Senate in May. Read it here.

The Next Big Business Buzzword: Ecosystem?

An article by Victor Hwang.

There’s a new word on the block.  And that new word – ecosystem – actually has a richer meaning than a typical business buzzword.  However, just as the word has started to get traction, it is already at risk of being dumbed down.  The thought of this meaningful word being stillborn is sad.  So I need your help.  Let’s save the word ecosystem before it’s too late!

Silicon Valley's Secret Subculture, Not So Secret Anymore

An article by Victor Hwang.

Silicon Valley has many strengths, but a classic complaint is that the region has no artistic culture.  People moan that it lacks the funky, artsy vibe for which San Francisco is famous.  Given that innovation and entrepreneurship thrive in a culture of diversity, eclecticism, and creativity, then why has the Valley lacked a complementary edgy art, music, and literary scene?  Read it here.

ICT Days 2014. Day 1: Greg Horowitt, Architecting the Invisible

Building and Growing a Sustainable Innovation Ecosystem in Trentino.

Greg Horowitt, Co-Author of The Rainforest: the Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley, Founding Partner & Managing Director of T2 Venture Creation, and Kauffman Fellow joins us from California to discuss how to create innovation ecosystems and how Trentino can take advantage of its competitive advantages.

 Watch the video here.

3 Old School Lessons for New School Entrepreneurs

An article by Mark Newberg.

Lately, I've observed a trend among young entrepreneurs in impact. They're certain that impact will change the world; that focus on social values is the recipe for transforming the communities in which we live, the jobs at which we work, and the fabric of how we interact. The trend is marked by a serious exuberance about the possibilities ahead, and the sheer catalytic nature of the endeavor on which they're about to embark. Read it here...

Does Synergy Really Mean Anything?

An article written by Henry Doss.

On at least one occasion, in the midst of making an argument for some strategy, some funding request, or some resource allocation or other, you struggled to articulate a clear rationale.  You were pretty sure that you were “right” and that the strategy, tactic or idea you were arguing for was going to work.  But your argument lacked rigor, or logic, or supporting evidence. Read more.

Leaders brainstorm for Reno's future economic well-being at 'Reno Rainforest' event

An article by Patricia Bobek and Brad Rasslerof Nevada Media Alliance. 

Praising collaboration as the theme for the future, dozens of members from different sectors of the community joined forces for the inaugural “Reno Rainforest” event Friday to talk about what’s next for the future of the Biggest Little City.

Read it and watch the video here.

Games of chance? Cause and effect in innovation ecosystems Part 1

Author: Alistair Brett

Chance, probability, cause and effect are so embedded in our daily lives that may give scant thought to the mechanisms of causality – what cause produces what effect, either immediately or at a later time. In this and the next blog we shall show that time is the critical feature of causality in both “plantation” and “rainforest” innovation ecosystems....

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Philadelphia’s Rainforest of Innovation

 An article by Stephen S. Tang.

That creative thinking continues today and is supported by our longstanding strength in research and development and our strong Eds and Meds foundation. It is evidenced by Philadelphia’s thriving culture of startups and programs to support them, such as the City of Philadelphia’s Startup PHL program and DreamIt Ventures. That creative thinking continues today and is supported by our longstanding strength in research and development, read it here...


Why the Typical Business School Class Can Never Teach You to Be an Entrepreneur

An article by Angus Chen.

The debate has raged on in the Wall Street Journal, where people like Victor Hwang, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist, claim there's just no replacement for real world experience. The only way to become an entrepreneur is to go out and do it. Kate Chase, who teaches entrepreneurship at Oberlin College, agrees with Hwang's thinking. She said when it comes to making successful business ventures, read it here....

Bubbles, Unicorns, Outliers and Innovation in Silicon Valley and Austin

An article by Laura Lorek, featuring Greg Horowitt.

“The fact is we have to take care of each other,” he said. “There has to be a sense of yes it’s important to compete, but you also have to collaborate.”There has to be a sense of a paradox of innovation, Horowitt said. That is only accepted once it’s imitated, he said. It’s hard to spot innovation because there’s no pattern recognition when something is completely new...Read it here.