Inventor Vs Innovator — What Can Entrepreneurs Learn From Who Builds Vs Who Wins?

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Let’s start with three key principles: Principle 1: Inventors create a technology. Innovators bring the technology in everyone’s hands. Sometimes inventors and innovators are the same people. More often they are not. You can guess who gets most of the credit and financial rewards. Principle 2: Corporates are great at scaling a market but terrible at creating a new market. Startups are the opposite. Startups are inherently battling against huge odds and it really boils down to execution — calibrating for customer’s expectations a good enough job done quickly is preferable to a great job done slowly. Principle 3: If…...

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Amit Garg I have been in Silicon Valley for 20 years -- at Samsung NEXT Ventures, running my own startup (as of May 2019 a series D that has raised $120M and valued at $450M), at Norwest Ventures, and doing product and analytics at Google. My academic training is BS in computer science and MS in biomedical informatics, both from Stanford, and MBA from Harvard. I speak natively 3 languages, live carbon-neutral, am a 70.3 Ironman finisher, and have built a hospital in rural India serving 100,000 people.