In the aftermath of whistleblower Edward Snowden and the ongoing press coverage of the National Security Association’s (NSA) clandestine surveillance program, the political ramifications of all of the above remain uncertain. What is apparent, however, is the immediate, collective increase in awareness of just how much data we “give away” every day online, and how that data is used by organizations—government and business alike—for their benefit.
Many business leaders and marketers are wondering how a resurgence of consumers attempting to regain their privacy will affect innovation in the global economy. While there is a clear relationship—and now a growing tension—between innovations that rely on consumer data and the protection of consumer privacy, there may be compromises to consider that are amenable to both the innovator and the consumer.
MIT alumni launch over 900 companies each year worldwide. That is in part because MIT has created an ecosystem of innovation—an environment that provides entrepreneurs-in-training with a community of innovators who push each other to take the risks necessary to learn and grow.
Bill Aulet, MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer, says that while entrepreneurship can be taught, what is more important is the “innovation hotbed” where entrepreneurs (and intrapreneurs: those who are entrepreneurs within established, often large corporations) develop their skills. In his MIT Sloan webinar, “Understanding and Unlocking the Potential of Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Intrapreneurship,” Aulet claims that in addition to the required skill set entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs require a holistic approach to long-term success in an environment that supports innovation. He believes that MIT alumni are successful because they have learned to recreate and sustain the conditions for innovation in their ventures.