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Scott Anthony and The History of Innovation

Scott Anthony and The History of Innovation

I’ve researched the topic and believe you can broadly divide the history of invention into three eras dating back to around 900. It’s the age of the loan inventor. It was a period when anybody could truly invent. They might experiment and find out something like the incandescent light bulb. These days, you can connect innovation to a person. So here’s a light bulb. Who is Edison to you? You may think of Gutenberg if I show you a printing press. You’d think of Whitney if I showed you a cotton gin. Individuals might innovate. Yes, they would establish businesses to scale their idea. But the magic was personal. During the industrial revolution, innovations became increasingly costly and complex. It went from person to corporation. Second-era innovation companies were still receptive to wor