University patents often sit there on the shelf. One startup thinks crowdsourcing could revive them.
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I'm MIT Technology Review's business editor, working from our San Francisco office. I’m interested in how new technologies enter and rise in the marketplace, and in how they create new businesses and affect established ones.
Before joining MIT Technology Review, I covered energy policy, technology, and business for ClimateWire from our fine nation’s capital. I also did the crazy startup thing, serving as an editor at Change.org as it grew rapidly in a short 18 months.
Before going into journalism, I was an environmental geologist working on contaminated waste sites in New York City. That’s when I realized that I’d rather report and write about the fumes than breathe them in.
Jessica Leber's Stories
The idea of charging your phone without plugging it in seems appealing, but consumers have been slow to adopt it.
Three major seed producers are working on drought-resistant crops. The conditions this summer are providing a stern test.
The fallen powerhouse is keeping patents covering some promising technologies.
Branch—a startup created by two Twitter cofounders—hovers in a space between a private, lengthy e-mail thread and a public stream of tweets.
ReDigi has technology that helps transfer ownership of digital media—but it's already being sued by the record industry.
A company says it can help financial institutions spot fraud by analyzing terabytes of internal e-mails.
As the social networking companies try to make more money, they may become less friendly to outside developers.
Autodesk got big selling design and engineering software, but to stay on top of trends, it's now scooping up application makers.
Revenue per user is increasing only slightly, serving as a reminder of the company's problem on mobile devices.