Triad Growth Partners is a technology accelerator. We have a unique commercialization process, a broad and deep network of experts, and strategic relationships with academic research centers, federal research laboratories, commercial companies and funding sources.
At least once per year, we gather the entire Idea Institute faculty together for a half day retreat to brief everyone on current and proposed projects being worked on by Triad Growth Partners. Although TGP is relatively new, we are already working on a variety of interesting, exciting projects – some of them are truly in the “change the world” category.
Fall kickoff event of our Idea Institute on Friday, September 19, 2014 from 1:15 – 4:00 pm at the headquarters of Triad Growth Partners, adjacent to the Joint School of Nano-Science and Nano-Engineering (JSNN).
A presentation on the future of manufacturing, by Dr. Sridhar Kota will be held in the main auditorium of the JSNN from 11:00 – 12:30, followed by lunch at TGP next door. This presentation from a leader in the field will give you a good idea of how innovation is set to advance rapidly in the U.S., combining strong creativity and good business practices with cutting edge science & engineering, to solve many of our most challenging problems.
The Idea Institute is patterned after the Stanford d-school. Our goal is bring together highly creative people who can help us consider ways to bring good ideas to life.
One of our role models is Tim Brown from IDEO and his blog post last month defines a number of new ways that design thinking can be applied to our innovative methods we are developing our own Business Development Group:
“Thanks to the still-booming Silicon Valley, interaction and user-experience designers have been added to the mix, but those aren’t the only opportunities for design thinkers. Even graduates of non-traditional programs can embark on exciting design careers. To wit, here are five disciplines that didn’t even exist at IDEO a few years ago.
The Designer Coder
Prototyping has always been a critical part of design, but in today’s online, app-based economy, the preferred prototyping medium is increasingly code. Designers who can also code possess a powerful set of tools. There are thousands of positions open to those who have the skills to conceive new ideas and the ability to launch them quickly into market.
The Design Entrepreneur
Combining entrepreneurialism and design is the hot thing in Silicon Valley these days. Every start-up worth its salt has a designer on its founding team. Venture capital firms are including designers in their inner circles, too. More importantly, many of the fastest-growing companies are succeeding because they’ve designed a highly appealing product or service. Just look at Uber or Airbnb. If you have the design skills to craft the right product—and the entrepreneurial grit to see things through—there’s never been a better time to be a design entrepreneur.
The Hybrid Design Researcher
Once upon a time, design researchers came from backgrounds in anthropology, ethnography, or psychology. Deep qualitative research was the secret to discovering unmet needs. While it’s still a successful design-research strategy, these more traditional methods are now being combined with real-time data to reveal user behavior. Knowing how to tap into technology to uncover how individuals and groups really think and act is an essential part of innovation. If you love people and love crunching data, this might be the design career for you.
The Business Designer
Business design may seem like a contradiction if you think about business purely from an operational lens. If you’re a business designer, however, you’re not just looking for innovation from an end product or service. You’re looking at the business model, channel strategy, marketing, supply chain, and a million other things. In truly disruptive innovations, all aspects of the business are up for grabs. Think about the early days of Google. Search innovation was what we experienced as users, but it was by attaching search results to advertising—a business model innovation—that made the company billions. If you have a passion for operations and a desire to flex your creative muscles to create new business systems, then becoming a business designer is the way to go.
The Social Innovator
Creating maximum positive impact on the planet has been my main motivation as a designer. Today, many of those problems—poverty alleviation, access to clean water, financial inclusion, health services for the poor, livable cities, and many more—are in the social sector. Until recently, the only way designers could contribute to these issues was to do small, pro-bono projects or to do research stints within academia. But now, large organization such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, and others, have enthusiastically embraced design thinking. At the same time, non-profit design companies like D-Rev, Design that Matters, our own IDEO.org, and others are collaborating with social entrepreneurs and NGOs to bring exciting new innovations to those most in need. For perhaps the first time in the history of design, it’s possible to make a career designing for the social sector.
These are just a handful of exciting new design careers I’ve witnessed as of late.”
By Joel Bennett
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