15 January 2009

Harvard's Impact ~ Investing in Boston Innovation

Harvard University just released a report titled Investing in Innovation about their impact in the greater Boston-metro area. It's impressive indeed since this university is our most venerable regional institution and an absolutely key player in our innovation economy. I'm especially inspired by this effort since I personally ran MIT's own Founder's Project in the 1990's -- together with my excellent colleague Alex Chisholm -- which ultimately led to the MIT: Impact of Innovation report, a rather larger, nation-wide accounting of the impact of MIT-related entrepreneurship and innovation. Beyond that, I can both appreciate the work involved in accurately characterizing "impact" as well as inspiring future "action". Kudos to Harvard for conveying their local story reasonably well. I can only hope that the current regime in charge at MIT can get its act similarly together.

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