Discovering Clusters of Innovation & Creativity in Underserved Communities
Creating New Markets via Start-Up Networks 
JSB at Aspen.
“In a world of constant change, the nature of business cycles shift from S curves to exponential curves. “
The Demand Cluster graph has a naturally occurring exponential trend line. The circled clusters that lie along this exponential line map stages of growth from “research” to “results”, and an increase in collaboration embedded in efforts to discover answers and solutions.
Work by Seely-Brown, Michael Porter, and AnnaLee Saxenian focuses on defining the benefit of building-in collaborations between businesses in a region to accelerate expansion of markets. The chart is output of a tool designed to identify opportunity to build networks aligned with future demand in a region.The full report explains how the new tool is used to accelerate growth by moving concepts rapidly along the trend line.
The areas identifed by clustering represent the point of greatest common need and greatest market uncertainty.
Targeted investment, aimed at supporting existing bottom-up innovation inside these special clusters, accelerates the rate at which funded concepts move along the exponential curve on the graph, from edge innovation to anchor enterprise.
 Start-up networks is a term used in the latest work of Seely-Brown on the future of the firm. It refers to the next generation of regional cluster thinking.
The areas identifed by clustering, represent the point of greatest common need and greatest market uncertainty. Induction of investment, aimed at supporting existing bottom-up innovation inside these special clusters, accelerates the rate at which funded concepts move along the exponential curve on the graph. .
" we will foster diverse creative and imaginative economies.. ....vibrant places... ...that allow our businesses and workers the best opportunities to innovate and succeed..." President Barack Obama, Conference of Mayors, February 2009