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What real innovation looks like. A few days ago I made the front page of +TechCrunch by pointing out that most tech coverage follows startups which primarily spend less than 6 months working on anything, mostly creative trivial entertainment curiosities, yet are disproportionately lavished attention by the technorati (e.g. Pinterest)

When you look at the stuff IBM is doing with Quantum Computing, or HP with nanotechnology and memristors, or even Intel's research into different process technology, you seem long term efforts that take a decade to pay off, but when they do, they have the potential to change the world, much like Bell Labs did with the transistor.

We don't know if Quantum Computing will ever be very useful or viable outside of niche, and that's the whole point. It's basic research, no one knows, it takes time, money, and patience to find the answer.

We need more investment in these kinds of long term bets and stop fawning over Y-Combinator startups so much.
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I have this fantastic idea for a startup! It's a one-pager, like Twitter! In fact it's just like twitter. It's called SqueezeR, and the "secret sauce" is amazing!! Super-secret precision geo-locators ensure that every "squeeze" comes from a toilet-based location. I mean, we all know that some of the best thinking happens there. Why not avail ourselves of that kind of wisdom, and just discard the rest of the crap? It will be awesome, and I will have an awesome exit strategy.

My other awesome idea is an awesome web page with ONE BUTTON. You push it, and a banana comes out. Plus ads for banana-related stuff -- gotta monetize. OK, it's a picture of a banana. But the button is shiny and red. Nobody can resist that. If I can just get 1% of the users on the internet to click it, I will buy a yacht.
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