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Can Design Save Silicon Valley?

Harvard Business Review

I didn’t take their interest seriously until I saw the news in December that John Maeda, the former President of the Rhode Island School of Design, joined venerable VC firm Kleiner Perkins. By contrast, when I was an MBA there our case studies (and those at every b-school) presented new products as originating from some kind of immaculate conception. The tech titans of Silicon Valley are actively circling the strategic value of design.

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Should Everyone Be Allowed to Invest in Private Tech Companies?

Harvard Business Review

In addition, given their quest for organization leanness, digital startups seek investors who have the expertise to help outsource their noncore business functions, such as production, distribution, marketing, and payroll processing. Beata Bernina/Getty Images.

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Successful Startups Don’t Make Money Their Primary Mission

Harvard Business Review

Sometimes people stop because there’s no more money, or customers don’t like the product. Would Facebook have connected everybody with social news feeds and a constant flow of new mobile products?

GE's Eco-Innovation Platform

Harvard Business Review

It started as a business strategy that wrapped a handful of greener products into one brand story about helping both the environment and customers. GE and its venture capital (VC) partners such as Kleiner Perkins and Rockport Capital have invested $134 million (of $200 million allocated) in a small selection of these businesses. "We're looking for new models of innovation. We don't have all the answers or all the capabilities."

Why the Real World Will Matter More in 2014

Harvard Business Review

Kleiner Perkins analyst Mary Meeker showed in her influential 2013 D11 address that “wearable computing is coming on strong, faster than the typical 10 year cycle” of tech trends. Since they are making physical products themselves, entrepreneurs see first-hand where they need to place investments—in talent, machines, and materials—to scale the business. In 2013, three trends gained purchase and this year, they’ll ascend. .