Clone or Clown? Adaptation Vs Innovation For Startups Going From One Market Into Another

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Society often celebrates the inventor, the lone genius or small group of people who comes up with a new insight. We heap praise upon the innovators, those who take the inventions and make them commercially successful. The ones that often do not get as much positive attention are those who keep the core of an idea but tweak it to a new reality, adding a new flavor to it. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery then understanding the different shapes this takes is important for any entrepreneur, whether you are focused on flattering or being flattered. 1) Localization…...

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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.