Beyond demonstrating technical competency, I assert that open innovation R&D gatekeepers also should act as product champions. They should be empowered to recognize, build a case for, and advocate select external submissions as fledgling new business opportunities. The following example dramatizes my point, applying a real-world technology.

Lessons in Tech Scouting From an Easter Egg Hunt

Most companies systematically scout external technologies as an integral element in their innovation strategy. How effective is yours' at it?

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