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Don't try harder, iterate faster

Shields Russell on 2020-06-19

  Trying harder while generally doing the same thing is not the recipe for finding product market fit or finding early traction. It is a recipe for running out of runway. It is also a very human reaction.  ...

A Landfill Perspective: Pit half full, or half empty?

Sam Philpott on 2020-06-04

As a child, bin lorries meant it was Friday. A weekly ritual on our drive to school involved tailing the cumbersome machines through the narrow streets of York, watching them decant the waste of household after terraced-household into their gaping maws; a weekly interaction with a great infrastructural marvel which miraculously transported away the waste of each dwelling never to be seen again. How impressive adults were, I mused to...

Surprise! Innovation, market process and 'the nature of discovery'

Alex Crichton-Miller on 2020-05-01

Confined to our homes during the pandemic, many of us have taken up new hobbies, exercise regimens or new learning. While my physical fitness has taken a hit in the six weeks since the RIG team started working from home, I have joined an online microeconomics course in an effort to cajole myself into a productive lockdown.  ...

Sharing a watering hole with a dinosaur

Jack Straker on 2020-04-09

I am drinking the same water as a T-Rex. My inner child (not buried particularly deep, I am told) is a big fan of this fact. As far as we know, since humans existed, we have not created any ‘new’ water and comparatively little has escaped to space. On the face of it, water isn’t going anywhere, and there is loads of it. It should be noted that there is a big difference between freshwater and saltwater. Freshwater makes up around 3% of...

Metamorphosis

Jack Straker on 2020-03-24

23 June is a date that will forever fill me with great happiness and faith in our country. Of course, I refer to the glorious day, in 2014, when the former Member of Parliament for Tatton, the first Chancellor from a northern seat since Dennis Healey in the late 1970s, delivered his vision of the “Northern Powerhouse” from Manchester. Finally, I thought, a government that is going to look to break the north out of its post-industrial...