Innovation Map

In this week, a few speakers and company visits were quite impressive. From green innovation to urban garden planning, to sustainable investment in NYC real estate, to university-based entrepreneurial ecosystem, these separate topics have formed an innovation map wherein the citizens in such communities organizationally connect their ideas and creativities to the city properties, and deliver highly value-added services and city solutions.

I like the innovation description by Andrew Pek on the 1st day, but would like throw a different perspective on the future innovation map. Due to sophistication of modern IT technology and iCloud massive sharing, the future process of innovation might become much simpler and faster. Imagine a 10-year old boy who “talks” with his computer in order to make an original product that can show three different colors at the same time, if only looking from different horizon levels. Within a few seconds, the computer will search all the possible solutions and processes from the iCloud, and make the optimal combination of the perspective product with all the desired features including the materials, functions, appearances, and assembly processes. At next a “financial diligence” automatically gets online access to analyze the commercialization process of such innovation, and propose the marketing strategies that are best optimized from iCloud database. Another “innovation executor” puts all these conceptual pictures together and sends them to the prototype manufacturer who immediately makes the sample product. The little boy, without any knowledge but only by his imagination about the innovation, can stay as little as 10 minutes in front of his smart device, and make a final masterpiece! Analogical to the google map, this platform of “innovation map” connects one’s departure point (e.g. expectation) to the destination (product), and provides different routes of such accessibility. The one who initiates such an innovation map can be the biggest innovator and wealth-maker.

For the green management, I like both practices from Brooklyn Grange and Green Map System. The entrepreneurs have put their initiatives and passions into a series of sustainable solutions and structural renovations, that turn to become networked, social entrepreneurship and beneficial to the city communities. Some of the green plans are very expected to apply in emerging markets. On the other hand, the executive director from NYU entrepreneurship institute showed us a good example how universities can engage in development of a prototype of high-tech, upfront entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Since this is the very end of our 1-month New York MBA program, more or less everybody has gained a few intaking experiences or built up some very forward-looking connections. What I would like to comment at last is, the end is always the beginning. Whatever the relationship, the NYC connection, the career perspective, the future plan, they just started as we approached the end of this program. We every MBA candidate here ought to prepare ourselves positively, fearlessly and comprehensively, to embrace the global perspective of business.

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