14 Feb '12, 5pm

A Young Green Innovator Turning Fungi into Jobs Muses on the Path to Breakthroughs

In unseasonably warm Green Island, N.Y., my little company is in the process of expanding into a tall, beige, warehouse in the industrial park on the edge of town. Another 25,000 square feet devoted to the growing packaging, insulation, and other products, from mushrooms. Ecovative’s “campus” now bridges a parking lot, shared with industrial pipe companies, janitorial services, and a wind turbine manufacturer. I’m home from a January filled with travel, including a last week spent in Davos, a stark contrast to my current local. This was my second time attending the World Economic Forum and, with another go around, I felt that I was beginning to get some perspective on the event. Ostensibly I was there as a “CEO” representing my company, Ecovative. But as a recent graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute , where I essentially studied innovation & creativity (along with ...

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