Last week’s New Yorker featured another Malcolm Gladwell doozy, this time challenging our common understanding  of invention and its origins. In the article, Gladwell offers an inside look at Intellectual Ventures, a hodgepodge think tank made up of innovators and geniuses of all walks, the brightest of the brightest in medicine, science, and technology. Gladwell discusses the output of a dream team like IV and its ability to churn out one inventive idea after another, the manifestation of putting a handful of absurdly ingenious people together in one room, bouncing ideas off one another (IV files 500 patents a year, with a backlog of 3,000 ideas).

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