UKTI Robotics: The Case for Open Innovation
The ITProPortal website reported on a trip to Silicon Valley following the course of eight UK robotics startups, absorbing the unique atmosphere of the Silicon Valley business ecosystem. The term “melting pot” was bandied about on more than one occasion. What does this mean for the innovation process? Are companies’ “wall-less” and willing to share their IP in order to tread new ground collaboratively, or is it a case of silicon suspicion? Lawrence Lee, senior director of strategy at Parc was very much of the former view. Citing Henry Chesbrough’s model, he maintained that open innovation was alive and well, and growing, in Silicon Valley. “It’s about being able to leverage the talents and also perspectives – being able to see your space from many different angles, reflected through your partners, it’s very useful and keeps you in that questioning mode that allows you to adapt to changing conditions,” he said.
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