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End User Innovation

Jun 9, 2009 Michael Wurzer

Further to my post yesterday, It bears repeating: The MLS is more than technology, this post from Fred Wilson on Open Platforms and Innovation states simply the reason MLSs and Associations need to think in terms of building a platform for innovation:

That’s the thing that gets me so excited to get up and get going every day. Technology has reached a point where anyone can get involved with innovation. Patents and degrees matter a lot less. Imagining something and then coding it up is what its all about these days.

We are engaged in what Eric von Hippel calls “end user innovation” and it is a fundamental shift in the way society innovates. The Twitter founders are a perfect example. They built a simple tool to share short messages and it has become something entirely different.