While in Singapore, I was asked to give talks to ‘technopreneurs” (a term that seems popular here) at leading local universities NUS (National University of Singapore) and SMU (Singapore Management University). Each was a one-hour talk, allowing time for interaction with the groups. Reproduced below for your enjoyment, without subtitles.
“The Myths of Innovation” talks about the misconceptions around entrepreneurship and innovation.
In a nutshell: entrepreneurs who make it big are lucky people with not only ideas (which they might have borrowed), but good timing (too early and you’re doomed) and access to both talent and capital. There is a significant incentive to iron out this narrative into a super hero story, and a huge selection bias in doing so.
“Digital Innovation in Asia” is about some innovative services and business models found in Asia.
The Western framing of innovation has short-changed the rest of the world despite their achievements, and Asia is definitely doing fine in many aspects.
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