- Come design a research program to unlock powerful technology that is too research-y to be a startup but too coordination- or engineering- heavy for a single academic lab.
- You’ll produce:
- A network of people who are excited to work towards your vision of a technology or field that needs to be built.
- A detailed roadmap of the specific work that needs to happen to unlock this technology. (example here)
- The project:
- Take an idea from this list and run with it or riff on it.
- Or pitch an idea related to our scope: big-if-true technologies in materials and manufacturing that need coordinated systems work.
- Nine months, full time; potentially extending to up to five years to run a full program.
- Anywhere, but willing to travel frequently.
- Technologists and researchers who want to influence the trajectory of a technology beyond the scope of what a single lab or company could do. Perhaps wanting to take a break or transition.
- Someone with a PhD who got an industry job but stayed adjacent to their discipline.
- A postdoc or professor who’s frustrated with their ability to develop an impactful system in academia.
- Someone with experience at a funding organization who wants to push forward a technology that wasn’t in scope for their previous organization.
- A technically-trained entrepreneur who has realized that a startup is not the best way to realize their technology vision.
- You’ll receive:
- Coaching on how to effectively coordinate different groups towards building a speculative but big-if-true materials or manufacturing technology.
- Introductions to our network of researchers, businesses, and funders.
- Potentially a full time role running the program.
Two of Speculative Technologies’ core hypotheses are that:
- Good technical planning matters.
- Research management matters.
Entrepreneurial individuals are essential for executing on both of these!
Unlocking powerful research ideas that wouldn’t otherwise happen requires identifying with as much specificity as possible:
- Ideas (term used very broadly) in the “adjacent possible” of current knowledge and capabilities that people are executing on poorly or not at all.
- Why this idea is not happening (or being done poorly).
- What work needs to happen in the short-term to “unlock” the idea.
- Who should be involved in that work — both producing it, consuming it, and supporting it. At the end of the day, research is done by incredibly non-fungible people.