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Inventor Superhero: James Dyson

Our latest inventor superhero embodies what it is to be a venturer. Unhappy with the status-quo, he spent five years and developed more than 5,000 prototypes in his quest to create the world’s first bagless vacuum. Through his company Dyson, he’s been innovating ever since on everything from cyclone technology to bladeless fans to digital motors. 

Inventor Superhero: James Dyson

But perhaps more impressive is his commitment to inspiring young people to pursue invention. “Because right now,” he says, “it’s these bright young minds that offer a glimpse at the engineering stars of the future.”

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Asia’s Invention Boom (Part 2)

In my earlier post, Asia’s Invention Boom, we explored how Asian countries have moved from imitation to innovation. Why should the US welcome the challenge Asian countries are asserting in becoming the dominant global force for innovation?

Asia’s Invention Boom (Part 2)

Asian countries are essentially giving tens of thousands of top minds the opportunities and incentives to tackle today’s most pressing challenges, such as developing cost-effective sustainable-energy solutions, ensuring affordable health care for aging populations, and improving the quality of life in overcrowded cities. These complex problems demand a plurality of innovative talent and long-term international collaboration – not just to find solutions, but also to deploy them. In an increasingly knowledge-based global economy, partnerships and cooperation will be the natural order.

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Asia’s Invention Boom (Part 1)

For more than a century, the United States has been the dominant global force for innovation. But China and other Asian countries are now testing that dominance, and the West should welcome the challenge.

Asia’s Invention Boom (Part 1)

China’s move from imitation to innovation has been a matter of national policy in recent years. In 2011, for example, the government established a set of ambitious targets for the production of patents. Almost immediately, China became the world’s top patent filer.

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The Evolution of Invention

Depending on your age, you’ve likely seen some of today’s most advanced technology in its infancy — a mere prototype of an idea born from zealous inventors. Remember these?

The Evolution of Invention

Before there were online music curators, there were mixtapes.

If only Zack Morris’ brick phone had a “Track Mr. Belding” app.

The Model T was just as amazing in its feats of engineering as the Model S.

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Defining a Venturer

Explorer. Entrepreneur. Pioneer. Disruptor. All fine synonyms to describe what we do and who we strive to be at Intellectual Ventures, but not one is an exact fit. So what does one do when the status-quo won’t suffice? What we’ve done so many times before — innovate and create anew. That’s why at IV, we refer to ourselves as “venturers.” 

Defining a Venturer

What is a venturer, you ask? You can skip Merriam-Webster and the like — it won’t be listed. Instead, we’ve defined it ourselves: A person who sees opportunity and goes for it. And we think it’s a perfect match for the unique personalities at IV and the inquisitive community we join in exploring uncharted territory.

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Global Leaders Chart the Future

The Boao Forum for Asia came to North America for the first time this year, and Seattle proudly hosted what’s become a prestigious gathering of the brightest minds in government, business, and academia.

Global Leaders Chart the Future

This year’s conference focused on issues surrounding energy, resource management, and sustainable development. IV has long recognized the increasing innovation powerhouse that is Asia and welcomed the opportunity to participate in conversations on everything from the future of global health to intelligent cities.

The following is a brief overview of IV’s participation and represents the diverse idea creators and decision makers we work with who are passionate about participating in a truly international dialogue.

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Inventor Superhero: Ellen Ochoa

Like superheroes, inventors bravely venture into unknown territory, face tough challenges, and ultimately make life better for the rest of us. Next in our series of inventor superheroes, we’re celebrating someone whose talents have taken her all the way to space and whose research and inventions have made her a pioneer of spacecraft technology.

Inventor Superhero: Ellen Ochoa

Inventor Superhero: Ellen Ochoa, Ph.D. (1958-present), director of the Johnson Space Center

Superpowers: Optics: Ochoa is a co-inventor on three patents that help scientists refine images that come from space — she invented an optical inspection system, an optical object recognition method, and a method for noise removal in images. Ochoa can also fly planes and play classical flute.

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Inspiring Girls to Pursue STEM

“If you don’t give up on yourself, we won’t give up on you.” That was the message IV President and COO Adriane Brown stressed to girls in fourth through eighth grade at LaSalle-Backus Education Campus in Washington, D.C.

Inspiring Girls to Pursue STEM

Earlier this month, Adriane spoke to students about her career journey, the challenges she faced along the way, and how she overcame them to become both a leader and a role model for girls who want to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM). She noted that for a long time, people have said girls aren’t good at STEM and asked that the students join her to help bust that myth.

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Building Mazzi

In developing countries, the smallholder farmers who rely on milk for subsistence and, in many cases, income, frequently lose milk to spillage and spoilage when they’re transporting their milk from the farm to collection points and chilling stations.  

Building Mazzi

At the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting today in New York, Nestlé announced their partnership with Global Good to increase the agricultural productivity of smallholder dairy farmers in East Africa.The aim of the partnership is to conduct field research in East Africa and distribute Mazzi, the milking & transportation system developed by the Intellectual Ventures Laboratory and Global Good, among dairy farms that need them most over the next two years.

Mazzi streamlines the collection and transport of milk from the cow to market. Designed to reduce waste and limit contaminants, it results in higher yields and profits for smallholder farmers and other low-income stakeholders across the dairy value chain.

To learn more about how Intellectual Ventures developed Mazzi, check out the Lab’s Invent blog.

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Staff Spotlight: IV in Ireland

The invention marketplace is global — and so is IV. Declan Carew is one of our worldwide employees based in Ireland.

Staff Spotlight: IV in Ireland

Declan draws from a unique mix of experiences while developing commercial investment strategies for IV. His background includes working for a range of multinational companies in varied roles including R&D and commercial product/service development, to coaching his sons’ teams in GAA (Irish Football and Hurling) and rugby.

Visit our latest staff spotlight to read Declan’s take on technology and IP development, and learn how he builds relationships from the “other side of the pond.”

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