D-Wave Systems is a start-up trying to commercialize a quantum computer. The business model is unique: as of 2003, it had very few technical resources within the company. Instead, it is a series of projects at universities and government laboratories funded performed. In return for partially funding these organizations were the property of D-Wave – or exclusive rights – intellectual property developed in the project. Geordie Rose, CEO of D-Wave, wonders how long this model is appropriate as opposed to t … Read more »

D-Wave Systems is a start-up trying to commercialize a quantum computer. The business model is unique: as of 2003, it had very few technical resources within the company. Instead, it is a series of projects at universities and government laboratories funded performed. In return for partially funding these organizations were the property of D-Wave – or exclusive rights – intellectual property developed in the project. Geordie Rose, CEO of D-Wave, wonders how long this model as opposed to the alternative, which would centralize research in an in-house facility, created with all these costs is appropriate.
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Alan MacCormack,
Ajay Agrawal,
Rebecca Henderson
Source: Harvard Business School
28 pages.
Publication Date: Apr 26, 2004. Prod #: 604073-PDF-ENG
D-Wave Systems: building a quantum computer HBR case solution