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Thursday, July 21, 2005


PARC, Almaden, MS Research for your business?

I bought a Business 2.0 earlier this week and read an article about Xerox and how Anne Mulcahy has pretty much turned things around.

What was very interesting to me was that the famous Xerox PARC research lab is now accessible to non-competitive companies world wide. Basically you can buy research. Not just the report from Gartner, Forrester, FT and so on, but real practical research.

Now, i have the domain name ventureiq.com and for a while been wondering just what to do with it. I wonder whether we could pull together some top quality folks and run a virtual research lab. Not just tech, but other areas too. A practical research lab built out of a network of expert individuals that may have day jobs, but are excited by the thought of research and can even get some return for their time.

The point wouldn't be that we would do the research ourselves, but rather our network would allow small, medium and even larger enterprises to get access to expert researchers who could perform lab type research for them.

What's even cooler is that we could even link into companies with available space and people who may wish to fill in their time by doing some background research for a company. Everybody wins.

Here's what i've got so far. Send me a mail to connect AT stevenR2.com if this sounds interesting.

VentureIQ connects small to medium-sized business and larger enterprises with experts who can perform high quality online as well as practical research on your behalf at low cost. Think of us as a step between the universities doing the longer term theoretical research and your real world business ventures. We can help you develop and prove the concept of your venture before significant investment in time or money.

Through our network of research experts, we offer solutions such as:

We do research such as:

Xerox have the Palo Alto Research Centre, IBM have Almedan, Microsoft have Microsoft Research, Google have Google Labs. Such research facilities are great when you have them, however often the cost and/or recruitment of individuals may not be right for your business.

When we say research we don't just offer services of experienced researchers who can find and collate information from the web for you or find research and reports you may find useful. We go beyond this and also offer practical solutions, such as software research where actual prototypes are built, algorithmic research where you can see the measured results, market research where you get the output of the surveys.

At VentureIQ we put you in touch with vetted researchers who can perform research tasks on an individual or on-going basis. You can have your own research labs.

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