TITLE: Creative Recombination of Existing Ideas AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: April 04, 2014 12:43 PM DESC: ----- BODY: In a post on his move to California, Jon Udell notes that he may be out of step with the dominant view of the tech industry there:
And I think differently about innovation than Silicon Valley does. I don't think we lack new ideas. I think we lack creative recombination of proven tech, and the execution and follow-through required to surface its latent value.
As he found with the Elm City project, sometimes a good idea doesn't get traction quickly, even with sustained effort. Calendar aggregation seems like such a win even for a university the size of mine, yet a lot of folks don't get it. It's hard to know whether the slowness results from the idea, the technology, or the general resistance of communities to change how they operate. In any case, Udell is right: there is a lot of latent value in the "creative recombination" of existing ideas. Ours is a remix culture, too. That's why it's so important to study widely in and out of computing, to build the base of tools needed to have a great idea and execute on it. -----