Malcolm Gladwell (who amongst other things, wrote “The Tipping Point”) has written an article for the New Yorker claiming that the role of the lone inventor is over. The example of Philo T. Fransworth (the “inventor” of Television) who failed because (amongst other reasons) he didn’t have the big resources of a company to allow him to focus on his innovations. The thesis is that it is rare to have a single innovation that makes a product workable and that getting all of the inovations together requires a (large) corporation. No doubt others feel different.

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