David Alan Grier and Erin Dian Dumbacher

Forward Slash

Forward Slash is a monthly column that incorporates a multimedia format to profile the lives, trials, and accomplishments of the rising generation of computing professionals, describing the challenges they face and the character they draw upon to do their daily work.

David Alan Grier,  an associate professor of international science and technology policy at George Washington University, is a Fellow of IEEE and the author of the forthcoming book The Company We Keep. Contact him at grier@gwu.edu or on Twitter @dagrier.

Erin Dian Dumbacher is an associate director of research at the Government Executive Media Group, a division of Atlantic Media. Contact her at erin.dumbacher@fulbrightmail.org or on Twitter @erin_dian.

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As we have been looking at new startups, we have been surprised by the conditions we have found.  Once high technology was associated with the modernist ideas of Eliot Noyes.  (Think of the film 2001: A space Odyssey.)  What we have found are new technology firms in all sorts of recycles spaces: real garages, former sweat shops, old office buildings.  The landscape of technology is no longer new but we need to think of it as a land of repurposers?

From Computer's July 2012 issue.

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