Waymaker Group blog

No Risk, No Economic Impact

We're in conversations right now with some cities struggling to determine whether or not investments in the innovation economy are too risky, or if the change in patterned behavior will be too disruptive.

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Inclusive Innovation?

The term, “winner takes all” is a common if not stale term that’s been used in the technology industry for years. While it may be an ugly reality in tech, it’s a principle that has some significantly detrimental consequences in economic development.

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Fastest Growing Occupations

The World Economic Forum recently released a report re: the fastest growing occupations.

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You Say You Want a Revolution

To say that economic development is going through a revolution is an understatement. What we do about it as a country will make the difference between second and third tier communities making it or not.

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America is Slipping. Should the Feds Intervene?

A recent Brookings/ITIF report announced recently that nine out of 10 tech jobs were created from 2005 to 2017 in just five U.S. markets: Boston, Seattle, San Diego, San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

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The Super Heroes of Middle America

As Waymaker closes up a three-day tour with generous Midwestern hospitality provided by the leaders of the Cortex Innovation Community, it sinks in deeply: innovation leaders in the middle part of the country are made from a special kind of mettle. 

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The World is Flat. Now What.

Thomas Friedman caught our attention in 2005 with his now-famous book; The World is Flat. 

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"Expositions are the timekeepers of progress," President William McKinley, 1901

It may sound like a boring topic, but the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, also known as the St. Louis World's Fair of 1904, was really a global technology Fair. 

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United We Stand

We've been doing some planning work here at Waymaker and as we fine-tune our services and offerings, I keep coming back to this piece so beautifully articulated by David Brooks.

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We Were Unprepared

The last 90 days have been full: 12,000 miles crisscrossing very distinctive regions in the Middle and Eastern U.S.; three innovation conferences; meetings with two mayors; 

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“As an investor, there’s no better group to have in my corner than Waymaker. Their ability to grasp long-range technology trends, along with their uncanny ability to read individual talent makes picking market winners that much easier.”

Blair Garrou

Managing Director, Mercury Fund

“Julie Huls is a true transformational leader whose vision and dedication has been instrumental in growing the Austin tech community into what it is today.”

Manoj Saxena

Venture Capitalist