18 Apr 2011
We talked in our last post about two different kinds of innovators: Pioneers and Tweakers. Pioneers are the Thomas Edisons of the world – the people who fit our romantic image of the lonely genius – whereas Tweakers are the ones who transform Big Ideas into brilliant products by reworking and refining them.
An interesting window into this question is a longtime fixture of geek culture – the computer programming contest. MathWorks, a Natick, Massachusetts firm, has sponsored a series of online programming contests to promote their MATLAB programming language. These typically require contestants to write a program that solves a single difficult math problem in the least amount of time.