These are the dynamics of pioneers and satellites – people and organizations experimenting way ahead of the masses. Think of small labs and institutes, think of artists and mad scientists. All launching highly innovative ideas, all breaking technological or conceptual frontiers. These probes are focused, almost nerdy. Not too interested in scaling or mass audience, only looking forward. How to harvest their most fruitful innovations?
When aiming for an effective probe, the people staffing it must be top of the bill. This goes for their professional discipline as well as their pioneering skills.
Probes need time to experiment, fail, succeed and grow. They’ll launch many ideas, only few will be picked. Results will come, but never as planned.