• Google X founder explains 'The Valley of Death' in product development

    10 monthes ago - By Business Insider

    Yoky Matsuoka is in the middle of a spectacular career. She began as a semi-professional tennis player. She became a renowned expert on robotics because she dreamed of building a robot tennis partner . She did research stints at University of Washington and Microsoft Research.
    Then she went on to become one of three co-founder of Google's moonshot R&D unit Google X . Today, she's the Chief Technology Officer at Nest.
    Having been both a university researcher and a product developer, she has an interesting perspective on why it's so hard for research breakthroughs to wind up in products.
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