Not all inventors are your typical university scholars. An innovator is someone who identifies a problem and works to find a solution. There are independent people who investing their own energy and resources to come up with new inventions.
An example of such a person is Gray Shepard. After coming up with the idea he began to develop a prototype in his garage. Completely outside of any institute of learning, Shepard obtained his own financing to work on this project.
Independent experimentation in innovation is not a new philosophy, but it still seems to go against the grain of traditional approaches to innovation.
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