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John Kao

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Tom Clancy Got It Right

(112) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 11:09 AM

When I learned about Tom Clancy's death, I remembered back to 1984, when a successful browse at a local bookstore yielded a copy of The Hunt for Red October published by, of all things, the Naval Institute Press. We've had a long technothriller romance since then, all the way up...

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Latin America Comes to the Innovation Party

(1) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 8:29 AM

Innovation is sweeping the world like a public policy version of gangnam style. By my count, there are more than fifty countries around the world that have national innovation strategies, chief innovation officers and budgets. The old saying "no bucks, no Buck Rogers" is apt here as one country after...

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False Arguments Against an American Innovation Agenda

(4) Comments | Posted June 23, 2008 | 6:50 PM

Now that the decks are cleared for the big November presidential showdown, I am praying -- in earnest -- for a meaningful discussion of America's national innovation agenda. There has been scant sign of this to date, a few token mentions of the "I" word not withstanding.

In this election...

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Singapore as Innovation Nation

(15) Comments | Posted March 14, 2008 | 6:49 PM

I'm sitting up in the nose of a Singapore Airlines 747 on the loonnngggggg flight back to San Francisco.. I've just been there for three days to kick off one of my various "involvements" this year — as a so-called Senior Visiting Fellow of Singapore's Civil Service College.

I said...

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Detroit — Innovation City?

(13) Comments | Posted February 8, 2008 | 4:32 PM

I'm writing this on the plane, returning home to San Francisco from Michigan where I gave the keynote speech at the D Brand Summit, yes, "D" as in Detroit. I had been looking forward to the event with anticipation, although folks in the office reminded me that I had written...

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The Innovation "Frame"

(7) Comments | Posted January 18, 2008 | 9:02 AM

Professional circumstances have given me a monster backstage pass to see how innovation really works in many countries around the world, as well as in our own. I want to bring this knowledge home to fuel a national conversation on these important issues. And so with these words I am...

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