Blah blah blah committee, blah blah blah recommendation, blah blah blah recommendation, blah blah blah recommendation, blah blah blah recommendation. It is a bit like reading those old far side cartoons, you know the one where it shows on one side “what we say to dogs” and on the other side “what dogs hear”. However in this case replace the dogs with politicians and the person talking with an academic.
There are some excellent reports on the state of innovation and commercialization in Canada with the best reference point in my opinion being Joseph Rotmans “People and Excellence; the heart of successful commercialization”. The problem of Canada’s struggles with commercialization are well documented and understood. What’s needed isn’t another report or book on the problem. Frankly what is needed is action.
This leads into my next point, thecodefactory my personal petri dish and experiment in improving commercialization and the ability to generate knowledge based businesses. I have done a lot of reading on successful companies, worked with a number of local start-ups had the opportunity to meet with a great number of Ottawa area entrepreneurs and believe that the number one determinant in creating a successful business is culture (I think Jim Collins may agree). Google, has culture, South West Airlines has culture, Apple has culture, DemoCamp has culture ...
A big part of TheCodeFactory will be dedicated to creating an environment that nurtures that creative results based culture. More on this in future posts.