Tech Standards and Industry Consortia Membership
Few of us actually understand how the informal or formal groups of businesses influence what products and businesses ultimately become successful in the marketplace. These are a hidden layer of business ecosystem that is often missed in data that we make use of in entrepreneurship. Consortia or industry membership organizations are the quiet beast driving technology diffusion in many parts of the world, and yet they are little mentioned or tracked.
Northwestern University has published some new data sets on technology consortia memberships and an overview paper describing some of the reasons for their importance.
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