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SUMESH ARORA — What Startups are made of

In my last column, I presented 10 key attributes of innovation: 1) intense, 2) novel, 3) narrow or wide, 4) observable, 5) value-added, 6) adaptable, 7) transformational/timely, 8) incremental, 9) operability, and 10) no guarantees (risky).  An understanding of these attributes can help us gain insight into the development process for innovative products and services.  They can also help us ...

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Innovate Mississippi joining Mississippi Innovation Hub by relocating in Downtown Jackson

Backwater Management and Coalesce are pleased to announce the addition of Innovate Mississippi to the Mississippi Innovation Hub in downtown Jackson. The historic block, better known as Spengler’s Corner, is currently home to ThimblePress, Satchel (a podcasting startup), Coalesce, Sheena Allen Apps, Let’s Talk Jackson, Re-Think Mississippi, the Jackson Area Web and App Developers, 1 Million Cups, Good Design & ...

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TECH 21 — Mississippi’s most wanted in technology for 2016

When examining Mississippi’s contributions to the technology world, there are tech veterans whose works are still being felt, and there are young minds who are bringing new ideas. The Tech 21 is the Mississippi Business Journal’s take on some of the top contributors to technology in Mississippi and the world.   JIM BARKSDALE, Chairman & President Barksdale Management Jim Barksdale’s ...

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Innovators Hall of Fame to add Sanderson, Howards, Mara and Sethi

Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of Sanderson Farms, Inc. in Laurel, will be honored the Mississippi Innovators Hall of Fame as the recipient of the 2016 Legend Award, which is presented to distinguished, exemplary and visionary leaders and innovators who have had a legendary impact on the state of Mississippi. Previous ...

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SUMESH ARORA: 10 ways to understand innovation

We hear a lot about innovation these days and terms such as the “innovation economy” or the “new economy” are frequently used interchangeably, along with the “21st century economy.”  This raises the following three questions: 1. What is considered innovative? 2. Why is it important? 3. How can you spot it? The simple definition of innovation according to the Merriam-Webster’s ...

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SUMESH ARORA: 0 to 60 in 54 hours!

The time it takes for a vehicle at rest to achieve a velocity of 60 miles per her is a commonly used performance measure in the automotive world. Given that today’s high performance cars can achieve this acceleration in less than four seconds, you may be thinking that I am talking about a new electric buggy that runs on AA ...

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SUMESH ARORA — PPP’s designed to bring innovations to market

Continuing the theme of public-private partnerships, we saw from the Butterfly Model in my last column that there are four sets of players who are critical to building successful partnerships.  These are 1) entities such as federal, state, county, and city governmental bodies 2) academic institutions including universities, colleges, junior colleges, technical schools, and K-12 schools 3) private sector entities ...

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SUMESH ARORA — Innovation in 2016 will incorporate public-private partnerships

As we look at what innovations we may expect to emerge across our state in 2016, I would like to share some of the topics which I encountered at the Rural Opportunity Investment Conference in Memphis and West Memphis, Arkansas on Jan. 11-12, 2016.  This conference was hosted by the White House Rural Council and the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) ...

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SUMESH ARORA — Necessity is the mother of invention … or is it?

A s we close out 2015 and start thinking about the new and cool things 2016 will bring, I turn my attention to the utility of many of inventions around us.  The old saying “necessity is the mother of invention,” which came into common use in the English language in the early 1500’s according to Dictrionary.com, is based on a ...

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SUMESH ARORA — Secrets to spreading innovative ideas

November was Innovation Month in Mississippi and there was a lot of buzz about new ideas, products and innovations among universities, schools, businesses and non-profit organizations.  A variety of innovation related activities provided a glimpse into our entrepreneurial, technology and creative economies. W should all be encouraged by the breadth of these activities. Two of the signature events, namely the ...

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