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Can You Engineer Entrepreneurial Endeavor? A Story from Hong Kong

Can You Engineer Entrepreneurial Endeavor? A Story from Hong Kong

Jan 10, 2011

It’s the oldest question in the field of entrepreneurship policy: how can you transform your city, state or region into the next hotbed of entrepreneurial activity a la the Silicon Valley? This question occupies policymakers even here in Boston, a place with some of the world’s best universities, a vibrant start-up scene, great facilities and...

Small Steps, Big Impact: Where’s the Nanotechnology Energy Revolution?

Small Steps, Big Impact: Where’s the Nanotechnology Energy Revolution?

Jan 6, 2011

When it comes to energy storage technology, many researchers have set their sights on new and disruptive discoveries: novel chemistries for battery electrodes that can improve energy density, or cheaper catalysts for fuel cells that can compete with prohibitively expensive platinum. However exciting, the discoveries or designs of new, suitable chemistries will...

How affordable DNA sequencing will revolutionize medicine

How affordable DNA sequencing will revolutionize medicine

Dec 8, 2010

One of the promises of the Human Genome Project, a 13-year effort completed in 2003, was that we would be able to identify genes and mutations in the genome that are related to clinical conditions [1,2]. In doing so we hoped to accomplish several tasks: 1) unravel the etiology of particular diseases and traits, 2) understand the functional role of the human...

The Power of Personal Mobility Tracking

The Power of Personal Mobility Tracking

Nov 23, 2010

Some people have a problem with privacy but I am not one of them.  It might be my shameless penchant for publicity but what it does mean is that I am fearless about trying new technologies that invade my personal space.  To put my anti-privacy fervor to the test, I decided to do something everyday humans are only starting to be able to do: track my...

Entrepreneurs, Look East

Entrepreneurs, Look East

Nov 22, 2010

The MIT Entrepreneurship Review is pleased to introduce our new team of topic experts to our readers. Over the next four weeks, we will be publishing the articles that each topic expert submitted in their application to join the MITER team. Today’s article is from Robin Bose, a topic expert in the Energy/Cleantech group. In the US, entrepreneurs,...

Revenue Capital & Disruptive Models: Venture Funding Tools for Developing Nations

Revenue Capital & Disruptive Models: Venture Funding Tools for Developing Nations

Oct 24, 2010

By Arthur Fox (SM’72), Thomas Thurston (Growth Science Int’l, LLC), and Safwan Zaheer (Sr. Fellow Growth Science Int’l, SM’08). What is killing entrepreneurship in developing nations? Countless entrepreneurs have the skills and motivation to create profitable new businesses. Yet this potential has disproportionately gone to waste in developing countries....