The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley

The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley

by Victor Hwang, Greg Horowitt

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WINNER: BOOK OF THE YEAR, GOLD MEDAL IN BUSINESS & ECONOMICS, FOREWORD REVIEWS

What makes places like Silicon Valley tick?
Can we replicate that magic in other places?
How do you foster innovation in your own networks?

Discover the answers in this groundbreaking book from two of the world's leading experts at the intersection of venture capital and global development. Victor W. Hwang and Greg Horowitt propose a radical new theory to explain the nature of innovation ecosystems: human networks that generate extraordinary creativity and output. They argue that free market thinking fails to consider the impact of human nature on the innovation process. This ambitious work challenges the basic assumptions that economists have held for over a century.

The authors argue that such ecosystems - what they call Rainforests - can only thrive when certain cultural behaviors unlock human potential. People in Rainforests belong to "tribes of trust" and follow a secret unwritten code: the Rules of the Rainforest. The theory of the Rainforest is influenced by several breakthrough ideas in academia, including insights on sociobiology from Harvard, economic transactions from the University of Chicago, design theory from Stanford, and the latest research in neuroscience and social network theory, among others.

With an unorthodox and entertaining narrative, the book reveals the mysterious mechanisms of Rainforests. Furthermore, the authors provide practical tools for readers to design, build, and sustain new innovation ecosystems. The Rainforest will transform the way you think about technology, business, and leadership.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014366991
Publisher: Regenwald
Publication date: 02/21/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Victor W. Hwang and Greg Horowitt are venture capitalists and entrepreneurs headquartered in Silicon Valley. They are co-founders and Managing Directors of T2 Venture Capital, a firm that grows startups, invests capital, and assists the development of innovation economies worldwide. Their clients have included dozens of investors, governments, and corporations, including the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and Cisco, among many others.

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