Diary of a Financier

Bookshelf update: The Innovators

In Bookshelf on Fri 19 Dec 2014 at 21:15

“Transistor radio became the first major example of a defining theme of the digital age: technology making devices personal.

“The radio was no longer a living room device to be shared, it was a personal device that let you listen to your own music when and where you wanted.”

–Walter Isaacson, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

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Just wanted to record this wonderful excerpt about innovation, regarding the Regency TR-1, the world’s first consumer radio, which was developed by Pat Haggerty in 1954. In truth, the transistor radio was a collaborative process (with major contributions from the likes of Nobel Prize winners William Shockley, John Bardeen, and Walter Brattain), as are all significant breakthroughs — a point the author continually illuminates.

I like the concept of taking institutional/commercial/enterprise products or services and retrofitting them for the consumer’s personal use. You see innovators employ this strategy throughout history, and our reaction is always, ‘I could’ve thought of that!’

–Romeo

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