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We're living in a world where we are struggling to feed, provide energy, and provide quality jobs for a growing population, yet the innovation economy continues to prioritize investing billions in photo-sharing apps and on-demand food delivery services. The result is a system that doesn't support most entrepreneurs - entrepreneurial activity is at a 30-year low - and a system that doesn't work for investors.
In The Innovation Blind Spot, venture capitalist Ross Baird demonstrates how to fix the problem by helping us find better ideas, looking at people, places, and industries often overlooked. Baird also explores "one-pocket thinking", which ensures ideas are not just benefiting a few people from the top down, but broadly benefiting entrepreneurs, business, and society from the bottom up. Ross's firm, Village Capital, is at the vanguard of a new way to finding ideas that is much more democratic and inclusive, and his method promises to dramatically increase success for everyone involved.
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By SB on 02-21-18
...for those of us in the "rest" of the country
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Are you an entrepreneur located somewhere other than SF, NYC or Boston? Are you someone who believes the solutions to many big problems in health, agriculture, eduction, sustainable livelihoods have not yet been invented, proven or scaled up? Do you believe if they are to be solved they will come from the bottom up, not likely to be solved by existing multinational but rather will come from the people and communities experiencing the problems?
This important book shows the new way forward to build a more inclusive innovation economy in the US (and globally) by increasing access to networks, capital and technical/human resources outside of the traditional coastal startup cities/ecosystems. A good read for entrepreneurs in the rest of the country and those seeking to support them, attract them to their regions/cities, and invest in them and their pursuit of solutions.
Any additional comments?
I'm an entrepreneur located in Nashville, TN. I had a great experience participating in Village Capital's US Agriculture program in 2015/2016.