The Startup Team: 4 + 3 = 1

The days of building something really innovative on your own are long gone. Edison – the prototypical inventor – had a huge lab and many assistants. Steve Jobs led teams of innovators. I have been arguing for a while, in corporate environments and my blog, that no sane company should reward individual contribution/results and settle […]

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Fintech Thoughts

Many years ago, I was working for a large Canadian bank, managing two very different development teams — one using C++ to build a derivatives trading system, and one of Cobol programmers maintaining the bank General Ledger application. While the culture clash was obvious to any observer, nothing reflected it better than the big poster […]

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Moving Forward, Fully Armed

I have been interviewed by IT Vision Moscow in December 2012 — this is the edited translation   Sberbank Technology Research Center has been functioning for more than a year. Mircea Mihaescu, Director of the Center, is telling us about the results and plans for future. IТ-Vision : What does Sberbank Technology Research Center do […]

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Sberbank 2.0

I have been interviewed recently by Tatiana Naumova for a Russian investment magazine. Since the interview will be published in Russian translation, I am including here the (slightly edited) English transcript. 4 main directions for innovation in Sberbank this year – in our interview with the Director of Technology Research Center Dr. Mircea Mihaescu. Author […]

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