Decades can separate breakthrough inventions from their exploitation for commercial application, a gap which the innovation community refers to as the “Valley of Death”. Disruptive innovations often lack the necessary infrastructure, or may be too underdeveloped to be easily integrated.
Lack of Mandatory Infrastructure
Infrastructure can be divided into an ‘up-stream’ and ‘down-stream’ component. The up-stream component has to do with the technical newness of the radical innovation such as missing standards and processes, and the lack of production equipment. The downstream component refers to the market side, things such as market acceptance, available distribution channels, alliances, and external infrastructure.
by Jan Schmiedgen | Oct 1, 2016