January 3, 2011 at 1:06 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The classic model of breakthrough discoveries is a lot like Columbus’ discovery of america. Columbus searched for something he knew (india) and ended up finding something that didn’t know (america). Such is serendipity. It’s not so much moving in the same direction as everyone else, it’s more about purposely going in a different direction than everyone else and seeing what you find. It’s all about being a fool in the right places.

Perhaps a computer program that mines facebook data that sends you messages about serendipitous events?

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