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Alumni Leadership Talk at IIT Chennai, Oct, 2012Recipe for Big Ideas, IdealJobs, and other Holy GrailsViswanath Poosala (v...
I can’t believe I’m standing on      this side of CLT!
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Innovation = New & Useful        All Rights Reserved © Alcatel-Lucent 2006, #####
Bell Labs Innovations that changed the World  31,000+ patents, 2+ U.S. patents granted each workday     1876              ...
Can we engineer Innovation?“it’s in the genes”                    “it can be put in a manual”                             ...
A recipe for innovations: from mind to market                                   Problem                                   ...
ProblemDon’t have to look too far for problems and opportunities                                  All Rights Reserved © Al...
ProblemGet Real about WHOSE problem you are solving (ideally yourself!)KNOW who your customer is (name, address, face,issu...
Random Slide               All Rights Reserved © Alcatel-Lucent 2006, #####
SolutionWhere do new ideas come from?          Wait for that spark                  Or          Make them happen          ...
SolutionWe hardly think about thinkingCritical thinking: Is it TRUE?Creative thinking: What else is possible?!            ...
SolutionA recipe for thinking up new ideas                 Study                                               1. Study: G...
SolutionLateral thinking tricks for generating new ideasSuggest the outrageous No one buys books anymoreAsk the opposite ...
SolutionThinking dynamics: Jumping is faster than walkingLogical push                                                     ...
Random Slide: Let’s think outside the basket                                  All Rights Reserved © Alcatel-Lucent 2006, #...
PrototypeRoadmap: Keep it simple.                           All Rights Reserved © Alcatel-Lucent 2006, #####
PrototypeA-B-Cs of Product Roadmapping     •A: Can’t drive the car     without it     •B: Would consider paying     for th...
The Ideal Career1. pays    me the most2. my     parents and advisors want me to take3. uses    my skills best4. lets   me ...
Engineering one’s way to success     Write your goals down
Road ahead   What do you want to achieve? (Think BIG)   Write your goals down (Think SPECIFIC)   How do you get there? ...
Key Takeaways1.   Build up before Tear down2.   3 tricks for disruptive ideas3.   Leave some time for silence4.   Write yo...
Don’t let your past achievements          limit your future
I still can’t believe I’m standing on         this side of CLT!
Thank You! poosala@alcatel-lucent.com Twitter: vishyp vishypoosala.blogspot.com  Bell Labs India  Innovating for Emerging ...
Bell Labs IndiaInnovating for Emerging Markets and the World                        2004              Launched in         ...
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The alumni leadership series talk I gave at IIT Chennai on: thinking up big ideas, starting ventures, finding an ideal job, and setting up goals.

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Big Ideas, Ideal Job, and other Holy Grails

  1. 1. Alumni Leadership Talk at IIT Chennai, Oct, 2012Recipe for Big Ideas, IdealJobs, and other Holy GrailsViswanath Poosala (vishy)Head of Bell Labs – Indiaviswanath.poosala@alcatel-lucent.com| twitter: vishypBlog: http://vishypoosala.blogspot.com All Rights Reserved © Alcatel-Lucent 2006, #####
  2. 2. I can’t believe I’m standing on this side of CLT!
  3. 3. Seriesly 1 11 21 1211 111221 312 2 11
  4. 4. Innovation = New & Useful All Rights Reserved © Alcatel-Lucent 2006, #####
  5. 5. Bell Labs Innovations that changed the World 31,000+ patents, 2+ U.S. patents granted each workday 1876 1939 1947 1954 1958 1962 1969 The Telephone 1st Digital The Transistor The Solar Cell The Laser The Telstar Satellite Unix Computer 1988 1989 1995 1996 1997 1997 1997 Digital Cellular HDTV Data Mining & SCAPEL Electron World’s Smallest 2nd Gen ATM High-res Map Visualization Beam Lithography Transistor Switching of Dark Matter Chips N M 2003 E2E Network Antennas2 AntennasSecurity Reference Architecture Foundation of new ITU X.805 1998 1998 1998 1999 2000 2002 specification Wide Bandwidth 100% Plastic Allwave™ All Optical 3.28Tbps BLAST (MIMO) Optical Amp Transistor Bandwidth Capacity Router Transmission Hi- Capacity RF All Rights Reserved © Alcatel-Lucent 2006, #####
  6. 6. Can we engineer Innovation?“it’s in the genes” “it can be put in a manual” All Rights Reserved © Alcatel-Lucent 2006, #####
  7. 7. A recipe for innovations: from mind to market Problem Solution Prototype Try it out Try it out on more people All Rights Reserved © Alcatel-Lucent 2006, #####
  8. 8. ProblemDon’t have to look too far for problems and opportunities All Rights Reserved © Alcatel-Lucent 2006, #####
  9. 9. ProblemGet Real about WHOSE problem you are solving (ideally yourself!)KNOW who your customer is (name, address, face,issues)Create use cases. Very detailed. With names ofreal people against it.Talk to them. Again and Again. All Rights Reserved © Alcatel-Lucent 2006, #####
  10. 10. Random Slide All Rights Reserved © Alcatel-Lucent 2006, #####
  11. 11. SolutionWhere do new ideas come from? Wait for that spark Or Make them happen All Rights Reserved © Alcatel-Lucent 2006, #####
  12. 12. SolutionWe hardly think about thinkingCritical thinking: Is it TRUE?Creative thinking: What else is possible?! All Rights Reserved © Alcatel-Lucent 2006, #####
  13. 13. SolutionA recipe for thinking up new ideas Study 1. Study: Gather available information from IN and OUT Create 2. Create: Propose an idea 3. Build Up: Focus on how well it works Build Up 4. Critique: Focus on whether it will work Critique 5. Refine: Address the problems 6. Decide Refine Decide All Rights Reserved © Alcatel-Lucent 2006, #####
  14. 14. SolutionLateral thinking tricks for generating new ideasSuggest the outrageous No one buys books anymoreAsk the opposite / Break the Cliche Shopping  What if the shop pays the buyers?Pick an unrelated (even random!) word Kangaroo on Campus All Rights Reserved © Alcatel-Lucent 2006, #####
  15. 15. SolutionThinking dynamics: Jumping is faster than walkingLogical push Side track This is so. Hence this follows.Creative Pull This COULD be so. If we make that Main track jump, then what? Direct Roundabout All Rights Reserved © Alcatel-Lucent 2006, #####
  16. 16. Random Slide: Let’s think outside the basket All Rights Reserved © Alcatel-Lucent 2006, #####
  17. 17. PrototypeRoadmap: Keep it simple. All Rights Reserved © Alcatel-Lucent 2006, #####
  18. 18. PrototypeA-B-Cs of Product Roadmapping •A: Can’t drive the car without it •B: Would consider paying for that A/C •C: Will take it if it’s free All Rights Reserved © Alcatel-Lucent 2006, #####
  19. 19. The Ideal Career1. pays me the most2. my parents and advisors want me to take3. uses my skills best4. lets me do what I love doing the most
  20. 20. Engineering one’s way to success Write your goals down
  21. 21. Road ahead What do you want to achieve? (Think BIG) Write your goals down (Think SPECIFIC) How do you get there? (Think like an ENGINEER) What is the First step you can take – TODAY (Act like an ENGINEER)
  22. 22. Key Takeaways1. Build up before Tear down2. 3 tricks for disruptive ideas3. Leave some time for silence4. Write your goals down5. Do what YOU LOVE the most
  23. 23. Don’t let your past achievements limit your future
  24. 24. I still can’t believe I’m standing on this side of CLT!
  25. 25. Thank You! poosala@alcatel-lucent.com Twitter: vishyp vishypoosala.blogspot.com Bell Labs India Innovating for Emerging Markets and Beyond All Rights Reserved © Alcatel-Lucent 2006, #####
  26. 26. Bell Labs IndiaInnovating for Emerging Markets and the World 2004 Launched in Computing Sciences User & NW Analytics, Privacy & Located in Bangalore Security, Mobile banking, World-class talent with MS and PhDs Content Delivery, HCI Networking Research RAN Virtualization, Carrier Cloud, Green networks, Our Mission Whitespace networking, Low-cost •Create disruptive innovations connectivity that impact the lives of millions of people in emerging markets and beyond Alcatel-Lucent Ventures Kaveri Mobile Smart Loading •27 | Bell Labs India All Rights Reserved © Alcatel-Lucent 2006, #####

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