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The Dawn of the Deep Tech Ecosystem

This Boston Consulting Group report by  Massimo PortincasoArnaud de la Tour, and Philippe Soussan,  discusses seven categories of so-called deep-tech areas of research that are likely to yield new disruptions for businesses of all types.   They believe that deep-tech industries are no longer dominated by larger companies doing incremental research, but ratherby small, nimble enterpreneurial firms finding and developing solutions for novel use cases.

They claim we are moving into a phase in which truly new types of infrastructure for business uses is emerging.  And the development of these new uses requires a whole ecosystem–  a band of cooperating players, including technicians, investors large and small, and firms who have use cases–  rather than simply a firm, some financing, and a product.   This differs from the ‘maker’ approach to innovation, which believes we can just set people working with some simple tools, and they will come up with the products the world needs.

I support this ecosystem approach, not the more limited one. As an example I call your attention to NYMIC, the New York Maritime Innovation Center, started by my colleague Dr Chris Clott of SUNY Maritime.  It fits exactly into the role of helping create a good ecosystem for innovation in the maritime field, one which greatly needs stimulants to produce service improvements.  Its motto is “Convene, Connect, Catalyze”, which exactly expresses what BCG’s discussion here is saying.

BCG has a full report entitled The Dawn of the Deep Tech Ecosystem.  Much can be learned by studying how it is evolving in the different deep tech areas they believe are a part of it. Link to PDF.

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via The Dawn of the Deep Tech Ecosystem

First emission-free barges on Europe’s waterways

What’s interesting about this article to me is the concept of using a container to house the battery. That way it can be removed/replaced if there is a problem, cutting down time to just long enough to lift the old battery off and put the new one in!  The US doesn’t have the same type of shorter haul river waterways that are so common in Europe, but there are scenarios where similar ships would be useful, such as Oakland to Stockton, reducing road traffic and the resultant pollution without producing more.

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via Port-Liner launches first emission-free barges on Europe’s waterways – The Loadstar

CBP’s automated in-bond filings shift into gear

Interesting piece about automated customs bond filings by truckers.  It is starting to be a reality, but there are still issues like airports not accepting them, and adoption issues– resistance from truckers to using the online forms.

Later in the piece it points out that truckers must pay a fee for each transaction on the system.  For larger companies that isn’t maybe a big deal, but for independent truckers it’s one more nail in the coffin.

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via CBP’s automated in-bond filings shift into gear