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The World’s First Computer Startup


The digital computer has many fathers, some better known than others... but two of them stand out: Alan Turing in the UK, and Konrad Zuse in Germany. These two took very different approaches to inventing the computer, and comparing their stories leads to interesting insights. A guest post on the history of venture by Nathan Zeldes

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De-Know-Polization 知识去垄断


Most universities are no longer the best place to do research and teach. Taxpayers will ask how does university research affect our quality of life? Why do we need to fund professors' travel and publishing papers that have little relevance to our society? Read more in "De-Know-Polization" by Yesha Sivan, published at The Jerusalem Post, and receive a special discount for UV2017HK

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Bridging the Innovation Gap Between Industry and Academia


缩小产业界与学术界之间的创新差异 Numerous gaps are created when the industry and the academia try to work together. The gap between industry and academia is characteristic of Deep Innovation, dissuading venture capitalists from investing in scientific projects at an early stage and leaving numerous good ideas in "The Valley of Death". How can a good venture ecosystem bridge this gap?

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Private Equity Isn’t All Bad


私募股权基金并非全盘皆“差” Private equity funds often receive criticism for cynically extracting value from companies to the disadvantage of investors. This begs the question - what exactly private equity funds do to create value? Mark Humphery-Jenner of UNSW (Australia) explains in a guest post.

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CIMIT – Crossing the Chasm from Academia to Medical Innovation


医学与创新技术融合中心(CIMIT)——连接学术界与医学创新的鸿沟 Innovation in the medical domain faces many challenges, as most researchers tend to work in siloed laboratories, without the entrepreneurial acumen and collaborative paradigms needed to implement their ideas. CIMIT, a Boston-based consortium of academic and research facilities, has overcome these challenges with hundreds of patents, thousands of peer-reviewed publications and six hundred projects funded within the last 18 years. How do they do it? Prof. Steven Schachter, Chief Academic Officer, explains.

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