The application of cutting the edge research into real problems that are addressed with commercially viable products is the main philosophy within Signal, and the main drive that has guided my professional life. This does not mean that I do not appreciate them independently: Research by itself provides insight into untapped knowledge and pushes the boundaries of human intellect. On the other hand, huge enterprises and fortunes have been created thanks to brilliant products that lacked significant innovative research. However, I strongly believe that the best way to succeed, especially in the IT world, is by aligning the best possible research to address real problems faced by potential clients and present a product which is commercially attractive.
Some time ago I was in the InnovateUK and KTP Best of the best awards conference, where I was awarded the Business Leader of Tomorrow Award. The main goal of the InnovateUK event was to be a showcase for some of the most innovative and brilliant companies within the UK to present their inventions to the world. I was greatly surprised to see a broad range of ideas and projects, from a transportation device made by the ESA (European Space Agency) that I was told will land on Mars, to new generation boats that can be used for marine expeditions or military operations with any type of weather conditions or a beautiful electric motorcycle.