Understanding Tech Scouting's Split-Competency Model

May 14, 2019
Imagine you are the leader of a newly formed External Technologies Sourcing team at a large company in the heavy equipment industry. A product group has come to you, asking for help. They are building a new generation of self-repairing machines. Progress has been made, but the product group lacks... Read More

How Do Technology Silos Form in CPG?

February 04, 2019
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Blockchain’s International Footprint

January 14, 2019
Sometimes, when a breakthrough technology emerges, expertise is concentrated in a small group of specialists, and one or two regional ecosystems dominate the landscape. In the past, tapping into that knowledge base might have meant attending a few conferences, working the Valley’s network, and then... Read More

Is your finger on the pulse of your industry's innovation?

August 09, 2018
There’s a seismic shift underway in the nature of innovation management. All the momentum that was once with the wealthiest, most resource-rich enterprises has changed hands; it’s now at the command of organizations that pay the closest attention to externally originating innovation opportunities. Read More

Innovation as a process: Why crowdsourcing ideas isn’t enough

July 17, 2018
Crowdsourcing isn’t new as an innovation technique. We can find large-scale examples of it going as far back as the 1700s, like when the British government offered more than $26,000 to whoever could figure out how to determine longitude at sea. It’s the way we go about crowdsourcing that has... Read More

3 Tech Scouting Mistakes to Avoid

November 04, 2016
The tech scouts we work with have shared their deepest fears and past blunders. Here’s some strategies to avoid the same fate: Read More

Everyone Is a Tech Scout, Including You

September 30, 2016
Technology scouting remains vital for the innovation of organizations, yet you do not consider yourself to be a tech scout. Maybe you should. Although it may not be in your job title, tech scouting is most likely embedded in your job description. Even though there are few dedicated tech scouts,... Read More

7 Transformative Biotech Start-ups to Scout in 2016-17

August 29, 2016
“The Biotech industry is, by its very nature, a live representation of the trophic cascades and a field that ruled by pure Darwinism,” as I noted at the “start-ups and tech transfer” roundtable session during the American Society for Cell Biology in San Diego, CA last year. Read More

5 Tactics to Improve Your Technology Scouting

August 08, 2016
Identifying cutting-edge technology is simply the first step of technology scouting. The key to effective tech scouting is to capture the right opportunity at the right time. We assembled a list of five tactics to help you streamline your process. Read More

Evaluating Technology Readiness —A Formal Equation

August 01, 2016
Is it time to rethink the nearly twenty-eight-year-old technology readiness level (TRL) framework? The TRL is by far the most popular evaluation framework for corporate technology scouts, but although it can easily be applied to a wide range of opportunities, the generality of the system ignores... Read More
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