Inventing the Future

Inventing the Future

‘The Idea Factory,’ by Jon Gertner

reviewed by Walter Isaacson, the chief executive of the Aspen Institute and former editor of Time, is the author of biographies of Henry Kissinger, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs.

“The Idea Factory” explores one of the most critical issues of our time: What causes innovation? Why does it happen, and how might we nurture it? The lesson of Bell Labs is that most feats of sustained innovation cannot and do not occur in an iconic garage or the workshop of an ingenious inventor. They occur when people of diverse talents and mind-sets and expertise are brought together, preferably in close physical proximity where they can have frequent meetings and serendipitous encounters.

This is how “Open Peer” was inspired. Just over a year ago at IETF 80 in Prague my hookflash co-founder Erik Lagerway posted about  “SIP thrown under the bus”

The IETF brings together a lot of the world’s great talent and this particular IETF plenary was on real-time communications on the web – “RTCweb”. Erik and our lead developer Robin Raymond were there ” in close physical proximity where they can have frequent meetings and serendipitous encounters.”  with thought leaders and development executives including Dr. Cullen Jennings, Cisco fellow (hookflash Advisor – office of the CTO at Cisco) who Chairs the working group on RTCweb, along with people from Apple, Comcast, Google, Skype and most of the major international telcos to name a few.

By the end of the conference in Prague, Erik and Robin were not only convinced that SIP was in fact broken but they had conceived of creating a new protocol that would overcome the challenges with SIP. Instead of returning home, they flew directly to work with the rest of the hookflash European team and over the course of an intensive few days the conceptual framework for Open Peer was developed. It is “Open Peer”, our own new transport protocol that will power hookflash starting with hookflash for iPad, and how at hookflash we’re working on our own version of “inventing the future”.

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