Monday, September 24, 2012

Why we punch below our weight every once in four years

To make an Olympic champion, it takes 8 Olympic finalists. To make Olympic finalists, it takes 80 Olympians. To make Olympians, it takes 202 national champions. To make national champions, it takes thousands of athletes. To make athletes, it takes millions of children around the world to be inspired to choose sport.

 - Lord Sebastian Coe

Saturday, September 15, 2012

The power of start-ups

Novel technology many times does not first manifest itself in established corporations. Such organisations tend to be more dominated by fear than greed. Perhaps this is the correct approach because more disruptive technologies fail than succeed. Thus start-ups tend to be the place where greed and risk taking can be fostered and properly rewarded.
 - Stevens, Gebhardt, You, Xu, Vij, Das and Desai (The Future of Formal Methods and GALS Design)