Thinking outside the box – Ideas for Startups

Interesting article on startups.

To generate such questions you need two things: to be familiar with promising new technologies, and to have the right kind of friends. New technologies are the ingredients startup ideas are made of, and conversations with friends are the kitchen they’re cooked in.

Universities have both, and that’s why so many startups grow out of them. They’re filled with new technologies, because they’re trying to produce research, and only things that are new count as research. And they’re full of exactly the right kind of people to have ideas with: the other students, who will be not only smart but elastic-minded to a fault.

The opposite extreme would be a well-paying but boring job at a big company. Big companies are biased against new technologies, and the people you’d meet there would be wrong too.