Entrepreneurship in the networked society by John Seely Brown

April 29th, 2010

Following on from yesterday’s post on the evolution of media/publishing etc., inspired by Alan Rusbridger speaking at the Law firm Olswang

I came across a great address that John Seely Brown gave at Stanford’s Technology and Ventures Program. For the networked society deniers, there is a pattern that emerges. Something that I covered in Industrial slash and burn or the no straight lines of possibility.

This pattern ushers in the notion of “velocity” – the ability to move and travel, intellectually and commercially at speeds which were up unto recently unprecedented – to get things done, to gather, aggregate and share information that were previously thought impossible. Lightweight infrastructure, networked in the cloud, buy as you go – all alter how entrepreneurs will engage with funding in the future.

These new models of entrepreneurship, says Seely, are built upon also the human talents of deep listening, recipricocity and embedded trust in networked knowledge flows. Which reminds of a number of posts I made called Commonwealth in the Networked Economy (here) (here) (here). Seely describes for me the No Straight Lines of entrepreneurship in the early 21st Century.

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