According to a Forbes article numerous innovational entrepreneurs operated somewhere at the end of a revolutionary journey with their ideas, while 90% of work were already available to public. And there might be some truth to such claims as GPS, Internet, Software Protocols and much more were originally government projects. Basically all of our technological revolution from the 21st century comes for a “last mile” of formerly discovered and studied processes. Here are several nice examples:

Innovation

GPS, Internet, Siri (Apple’s smart assistant) and much more were created thanks to combined efforts of Einstein, Roosevelt and Eisenhower. How was this mix blended? Leo Szilard shared his idea that could demolish entire cities with Albert Einstein, who, in turn, delivered these few thoughts to Roosevelt.

Trusting Einstein’s opinion Roosevelt has ordered to commence with further studies and involved best scientists provided with cutting-edge equipment. Thus the Manhattan Project was born. Results were astonishing and gave America the upper hand in many ways.

So, after the project was over, the idea of keeping lots of great scientists in charge of seemingly impossible projects led up to Eisenhower authorizing DARPA. You know the rest. By the way, people are working on a Jetpack at DARPA today as well as lots of other amazing things.

Assistance

Small businesses find it insanely difficult to fight their way through in this world of enormous enterprises who dictate own rules and dominate all possible market shares. That’s when SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) steps in. And it does a great job pointing out governments can assist beginning businesses.

The program gives away 3 types of grants.

  • $150.000 after proof of concept
  • Up to one million dollars after a careful research phase
  • And there is the third stage where businesses might get private funding or funding from other governments

This program has helped such companies as Symantec, Qualcomm, iRobot and numerous others. Does this really mean governments are not as bad as we think they are?