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The Innovation Blind Spot

By Ross Baird

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The Innovation Blind Spot provides an insider perspective on an emerging revolution in entrepreneurship. The smartest entrepreneurs, investors, and firms will exploit society’s blind spots, finding success in opportunities that are currently being overlooked. This book reveals where these opportunities are and how to pursue them.

ISBN: 9781944648626

Publication Date: September 2017

ISBN: 9781944648626

Publication Date: September 2017

ISBN: 9781944648626

Publication Date: September 2017

ISBN: 9781944648619

Publication Date: September 2017

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About the Book

Our innovation economy is broken. But there’s good news: The ideas that will solve our problems are hiding in plain sight.

While big companies in the American economy have never been more successful, entrepreneurial activity is near a 30-year low. More businesses are dying than starting every day. Investors continue to dump billions of dollars into photo-sharing apps and food-delivery services, solving problems for only a wealthy sliver of the world’s population, while challenges in health, food security, and education grow more serious. 

In The Innovation Blind Spot, entrepreneur and venture capitalist Ross Baird argues that the innovations that truly matter don’t see the light of day—for reasons entirely of our own making. A handful of people in a handful of cities are deciding, behind closed doors, which entrepreneurs get a shot to succeed. And most investors are what Baird calls “two-pocket thinkers”—artificially separating their charitable work from their day job of making a profit. 

The resulting system creates rising income inequality, stifled entrepreneurial ambition, social distrust, and political uncertainty. Our innovation problem makes all our other problems harder to solve. In this book, Baird demonstrates how and where to find better ideas by lifting up people, places, and industries that are often overlooked. What’s more, Baird ultimately outlines how to create long-term success through “one-pocket thinking”—eliminating the blind spot that separates “what we do for a living” and “what we really care about.”

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About the Author

Ross Baird

Ross Baird is the founder and CEO of Village Capital, a firm that finds and invests in entrepreneurs solving the most important problems in society. Since founding Village Capital in 2009, Ross has supported hundreds of entrepreneurs in over 50 countries. Ross has spent his entire career on the founding team of start-up enterprises or investing in startups.

In addition to his work with entrepreneurs worldwide, Ross also serves on the faculty of the University of Virginia, where he teaches entrepreneurship and impact investing. He has an MPhil from the University of Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a BA from the University of Virginia, where he was a Truman Scholar and Jefferson Scholar.

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Publication Details

Format: E-book Pdf

ISBN: 9781944648626

Publication Date: September 12, 2017

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ISBN: 9781944648626

Publication Date: September 12, 2017

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ISBN: 9781944648626

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Format: Hardcover

ISBN: 9781944648619

Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 1 in.

Weight: 1.25 lbs.

Publication Date: September 12, 2017

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Latest Press

CheddarTV — author interview on September 14, 2017

Mike Carruthers Show — author interview on September 12, 2017

Bloomberg Radio — interview on September 21, 2017 @ 2:45 p.m. EST

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