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How to Outfox the Innovation Police. Warren Robinett, HP Labs Aug. 17, 2011. Overview. This talk is for people who have ideas they want to see get tried out. If you just want to show up and get paid, it is dangerous to even listen to me. You may end up getting fired.

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how to outfox the innovation police

How to Outfox the Innovation Police

Warren Robinett, HP Labs

Aug. 17, 2011

overview
Overview
  • This talk is for people who have ideas they want to see get tried out.
    • If you just want to show up and get paid, it is dangerous to even listen to me. You may end up getting fired.
  • I’m going to share some strategies that I used (or should have used).
    • The strategies will be illustrated with video clips and war stories from my career.
strategy don t tell them what you re doing
Strategy: Don’t Tell Them What You’re Doing

Clip: Atari 2600 video game Adventure

War Story: Easter Egg

quit and go elsewhere
Quit and Go Elsewhere

If you’re not willing walk away from a toxic situation, you will end up stuck in one.

You have to know when to hold ‘em, and when to fold ‘em.

start a company
Start a Company

Clip: Rocky’s Boots for the Apple II

War Story: The Learning Company

convince them
Convince Them

War Story: Sometimes you can. But there are a lot of immovable objects out there.

find a mentor
Find a Mentor

War Story: (TLC) I was smart enough to think of this, but not smart enough to do it.

have patience
Have Patience

War Story: TLC: Shouldn’t have quit.

pay the tax
Pay the Tax

Clip: Virtual Reality at NASA Ames

War Story: If the benefits of a large organization are worth it, pay the tax without whining.

fund yourself
Fund Yourself

Clip: Snap ‘N Click Math Game

War Story: Snap N Click: Never saw the light of day.

find an oasis
Find an Oasis

Clip: UNC VR Room

Clip: Nanomanipulator

ignore the naysayers
Ignore the Naysayers

Clip: VR Molecules

Clip: VR Bird

Clip: VR Dog

War Story: Serious Graphics

find a patron
Find a Patron

War Story: Where is Ted Williams’s soul?

ride the tiger
Ride the Tiger

Clip: CBS News on VR

War Story: Media Feeding Frenzy

satisfy a need
Satisfy a Need

Memristive Crossbar

(HP Labs)

War Story: Phil Didn’t Write

summary strategies of independence
Summary: Strategies of Independence
  • Quit and Go Elsewhere
  • Don’t Tell Them What You’re Doing
  • Ignore the Naysayers
  • Fund Yourself
  • Ride the Tiger
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Summary: Strategies of Cooperation

  • Start a Company
  • Convince Them
  • Have Patience
slide18

Summary: Strategies of Mutuality

  • Find an Oasis
  • Pay the Tax
  • Satisfy a Need
  • Find a Mentor
  • Find a Patron
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