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Monthly Archive for January, 2010

We need to better celebrate technology and technologists. When presenting the data in earlier posts, I often ask the audience to list the top technologists in the Boston area. Usually someone will come up with a couple names, but when you ask the other people in the audience whether they know those names, they don’t. […]

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This topic may be a little controversial. But because the data is so stark, you have to look to corporate governance as being part of the problem and hence part of the solution. There are two changes in practice that would substantially improve the potential for innovation and corporate development. Outside Founder Director Board of […]

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A Lag in Innovative Thinking There seems to be a lag occurring in innovative thinking. As people have begun talking about reinvigorating innovation, there has been more of an appreciation of the difficulty of new think vs old think. However, old think still seems to have the upper hand. Here are a few examples:     Waterfall […]

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A significant and substantive difference between the Boston area and Silicon Valley is the corresponding treatment of non-compete agreements. Massachusetts is relatively aggressive in supporting non-compete agreements, and favors former employers at the expense of former employees. In contrast, California holds non-compete agreements to be unenforceable.

Non-compete agreements have become anachronistic, and are not needed to create and grow great companies. Indeed, the data in previous posts indicates that non-compete agreements significantly curtail company development and job opportunity.

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The data in previous posts is disappointing and depressing. By any measure, the Boston area has lost a good deal of its innovative stature. However, understanding the data should provide a reason for optimism, because if we have objective measures, then we can begin to address the actual underlying problems and root causes. The reason […]

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