Rainforest Rev: Altruism and Mindsets of Innovation


Does Altruism Exist?

Cooperation, and group-level functional organization that produces cooperation, cannot be explained by selection within groups. It evolves primarily as a result of selection between groups. Read more here.

Naming the Mindsets of Innovation

Stanford Social Innovation Review
Social sector leaders can encourage innovation by fostering three productive mindsets. Read more here.

3 Questions: Economies as computers, products as information

Massachusetts Institute of Technology News
New book argues that economic development is a special case of the growth of information. Read more here.

Empire of the Geeks

The Economist
At its best Silicon Valley is an expression of iconoclastic freedom and creativity. It would be a terrible shame if it became an unpopular and remote manifestation of elitism. Read more here.

The 2015 Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking

Startup Compass
A newly released 2015 Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking is here. Ecosystems have become more interconnected and startup teams have become more international. Read more here.


Styling itself as the ‘Silicon Valley of the East’

Nikkei Asian Review
The establishment of a Free Trade Zone in Penang in the early 1970s has provided attractive incentives to foreign investors. Read more here.

How Did Israel Become a Hub for Innovation?

Though a unique combination of circumstances, culture, and a strong will to succeed, Israel becomes this hub for innovation and entrepreneurship. Read more here.

Denver Job Market Lures Millennials

The Wall Street Journal
Denver has long been a regional hub, with established industries such as oil and telecommunications that leaders have built upon to create thriving sectors such as energy information technology and digital health care. Read more here.

Rainforest Rev: Top Words of Wisdom

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The Top Words Of Wisdom For New Graduates

National Public Radio
NPR named the graduation speech by our CEO Victor Hwang one of the best ever. The speech explores the entrepreneurial spirit in a new way. “When you go fishing, the best places to drop your line are at the transition points, where light meets dark, shallow meets deep, fast meets slow. The same is true for human life.” Read more here.

Collective Impact: The Missing Link

Stanford Social Innovation Review
Until there is an enabling environment that allows all stakeholders—nonprofits, corporations, foundations, philanthropists, media, and the government—to work together as a system toward one or more goals, collective impact remains elusive. Read more here.

Beating the Innovation Paradox: How Your Corporation Can Innovate Like a Start-up

IESE Insight
Companies need to have breakthrough innovations, not incremental innovations. Generating ideas from looking outward, and finding business models to support new ideas to market, are keys to innovation.  Read more here.

Why “Design For Development” Is Failing On Its Promise

Fast Company
The world’s most intractable problems are deeply rooted in massive systems, while design is a discipline focused on the edges. Read more here.

How to present your startup at a conference? Lessons from Liquidity

The startup Liquidity won TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2015. Its founder Victor Hwang gave an effective pitch by telling a simple story. Read more here.


How Europe Can Create Its Own Silicon Valley

Harvard Business Reveiw
Passing the right laws will help turn Europe into its own Silicon Valley. California is the only jurisdiction in the world that flatly refuses to enforce non-compete clauses. Employment in California is considered by default to be “at-will.” Hiring and firing is a relatively easy process for both sides. Read more here.

Calibrating Chinese Creativity

The Economist
Two new publications argue that Chinese companies have the ability to expand revenue and raise profits. China’s private sector has risen with the help of, not despite, government policies on innovation. Read more here.

A Survey Finds Montana a Hotbed of Entrepreneurship

The New York Times
Montana leads the nation in business creation, according to a new report from the Kauffman Foundation, which produces an annual analysis and ranking of start-up activity in every state. Read more here.

Rainforest Rev: Lean Innovation Management and Nerdopolis


Lean Innovation Management – Making Corporate Innovation Work

Steve Blank blog
The author has been trying to find a unified theory of innovation that allows established companies and government agencies to innovate internally with the speed and urgency of startups. Companies that want to do continuous innovation need to execute their core business model while innovating in parallel. In other words, in an ambidextrous company you need to be able to “chew gum and walk at the same time.” Read more here.

Welcome to Nerdopolis

Capital Ideas, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Knowledge workers are reshaping the map of the global economy. The only way to move a city from a bad equilibrium to a good one is with a big push: a coordinated policy that breaks the impasse and simultaneously brings skilled workers, employers, and specialized business services to a new location. Read more here.

A New Powell Memo

Social Evolution Forum
A cooperative effort is required to establish a new economic paradigm that will improve the quality of life for society as a whole, not just a privileged faction. Read more here.

Hey Silicon Valley, joiners are just as important as founders

The Washington Post
Recent studies show that joiners may not have the extreme risk-seeking behavior of a rock star CEO founder, but they are more than willing to head up the key functional roles — especially R&D — that make a start-up great. Read more here.

The Benefits of Mind-Wandering

The Wall Street Journal
Mind-wandering aids decision-making by allowing you to run future-oriented simulations in your head. It’s ideal not just for thinking about possible outcomes but also for thinking about how different outcomes would feel. Read more here.


A Fearless Culture Fuels U.S. Tech Giants

The New York Times
For all of Europe’s advantages, its technology sector lags that of the United States. A dread of failure may be one reason. Read more here.

How Sweden became the startup capital of Europe

The Telegraph
If you played a game on your phone today, listened to music online or video-phoned a friend, chances are you used a Swedish company. Read more here.