Unexpected Ideas from Unlikely Directions

What are the entrepreneurs at VT KnowledgeWorks reading?

Michael Miller, CEO  of Virginia nanoTech is reading Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco.

In an e-mail, he writes:

"Why am I reading Foucault’s Pendulum instead of some esoteric nanotechnology book or a high-tech business start-up primer by a world-famous self-proclaimed expert?

I think it is more important to keep your mind open to unexpected ideas from unlikely directions.

Foucault’s Pendulum is a complex mystery about a conspiracy theory that encompasses art and history and alternative belief systems and philosophy. It’s translated from Italian, and it is written in a European culture instead of an American one. So, everything about it is different and therefore unexpected. That’s mind-expanding and creativity-boosting.

And let’s face it, an entrepreneur needs creativity more than anything else (as long as he or she has the business basics covered somehow). Serious doses of creative thinking are required to navigate the minefield of a tech start-up. One needs to break out of one’s thinking, not immerse oneself further into it. And that’s why I read Foucault’s Pendulum. I don’t understand it on any level, and that is really important to jump-start my brain in a different direction."

Read Michael Miller’s commentary on music and politics in today’s Roanoke Times.

Virginia nanoTech focuses on research and commercial development of a suite of related thin film nanotechnologies.

Virginia nanoTech is a Member Company of high-tech start-up business incubator VT KnowledgeWorksVT KnowledgeWorks assists in the planning, launch, and growth of technology-based enterprises at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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