On January 9, 2008, I attended a presentation entitled “Corporate R&D Leadership, Perspectives from Peter E. Hart, Chairman, Founder and President of Ricoh Innovations, Inc.” The host organization was the SVII (Silicon Valley Innovation Institute) Innovation Society.
Peter provided an excellent presentation that included history regarding corporate research and development organizations, considerable perspective on 3 types – technology, marketplace, and corporate – of risk/reward, and a quick “reality check” regarding whether to start an R&D project. The reality check features 3 questions: “What is your dream?”, “What would you do next Monday?”, and “Do you have what it takes to be successful?”.
I would like to thank Sue Lebeck for administering the Innovation Society and organizing the event. Howard Lieberman founded SVII and adopted my suggestion to start a “professional society” or other community for innovators and innovation champions. It was good to reconnect with David Stork, Chief Scientist, Ricoh Innovations.
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