Sometimes you have to step back and take a holistic view of a knowledge base. Read this article to share in seven key insights we derived from the wealth of information in the Coller Institute of Venture’s History of Venture database (CIVHOV).
By considering the database’s entries holistically, comparing and abstracting from the details, the following insights became evident:
- It isn’t only technology
- Individuals matter
- The free flow of ideas is an enabler
- Wars are engines of innovation
- Supportive legislation and regulation are a necessity
- Timing innovations is difficult
- The truth is elusive
Each of these insights, which this article explains and supports with specific historical examples, is an open invitation for both research and action. But then, the insights are just a start; the true value of our ongoing work is in enabling the main actors of the venture ecosystem (policymakers, limited partners, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs) to gain a unique creative direction for your endeavors, and help us expand this unique store of knowledge by sharing your ideas regarding entries, insights, and how you use them.
Appeared in CVR Issue 2 – History of Venture
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