Video Course

Tech Discovery for Innovators

Learn how to discover and stay informed on technologies, R&D and business, directly from Mergeflow's founder and CEO, Florian Wolf.

The chapters


You can get to the course chapters by scrolling down, or by using the links below. The chapters don't build on each other. But it's probably good to start with Chapter 1, "How to get a 360° view on a topic".

"Tactical" questions: How to discover and stay informed on ideas and players

"Strategic" questions: Trends, hypes, and future scenarios

Frequently asked questions


Is this course for me?

I've made this course for people who need R&D and business insights—but whose main job is to bring innovation into reality, not to collect and organize information. So if you consider yourself a scientist, engineer, product manager, entrepreneur, tech investor, or a technical marketing professional, then this course is for you.

Do I need to be a search specialist?

Absolutely not. Tech discovery is much more about creative thinking and being curious than it is about the mechanics of a tool.

Is this course topic-specific?

No. For my examples, I try to use as many different topics from across industries and tech sectors as possible. And it's always about the methods. The topics are just examples.

What are the "example links in Mergeflow"?

This is a hands-on course. I use examples from Mergeflow throughout my videos. And in order to make it easier for you to retrace what I do, I added links to all the examples, grouped by video chapters.

And what are the other links about?

For each chapter, I added links to downloads, to our technical knowledge base, and to our blog. I mention some of these links in my videos. Other links simply provide additional context.

Do I need a Mergeflow account?

Since the course is hands-on, it's better if you have an account. Otherwise it's a bit like watching a cooking show without ever entering the kitchen ;-) If you don't have a Mergeflow account yet, you can sign up for a free trial here.

CHAPTER 1

How to get a 360° view on a topic


Venture news, market estimates, patents, scientific publications, blogs, etc.—you never know where an interesting innovation may emerge. That's why you should approach a topic from multiple angles.

Staying informed on new developments

Once you've got an initial 360° view on a topic, you might want to stay informed on new developments in this topic. Not just new venture fundings, just R&D publications, or just news—you need all of these. I show you how to do this in this video.

And here is additional background in our technical knowledge base:

How to follow topics in Mergeflow →

Weekly360s vs. Focus360s →

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CHAPTER 2

7 tips for writing good search queries


Searching for R&D and business information is not easy. For example, very often you're looking for something that you can't even name yet.

There is no silver bullet. But there are methods and ways to think about your topics that can dramatically increase your chance of discovering relevant innovations.

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CHAPTER 3

Discovering early-stage deep tech companies


Many groundbreaking innovations originated in government-sponsored R&D programs. This includes the internet, GPS, mRNA vaccines, and many new materials.

Learn how you can use information about such R&D programs for discovering early-stage companies that are based on substantial scientific or engineering challenges—often called "deep tech companies".

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CHAPTER 4

How you can get a 360° view on a company's innovations


What are the markets in which a company operates? What other companies operate in the same markets? And who are the innovators at the company, and what are they working on?

Learn how you can use publicly available data such as patents or market news to address these questions.

Example links in Mergeflow

Honeywell: Getting a first markets overview
Using "emerging technologies" to organize the market data
Honeywell and 3D printing
The other companies in Honeywell's markets
Markets for Honeywell and Samsung
Why patents are a good place for finding innovators
Honeywell innovators, Sankey chart

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CHAPTER 5

Using market estimates to discover applications and enabling technologies


Market analyses contain more information than estimated size and growth rates. I'll show you how you can use this other information for discovering new applications of a technology or material, as well as the technologies that enable an application you have in mind.

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CHAPTER 6

What is a trend? And how can you distinguish trends from hypes?


There are many different ideas and definitions of what a "trend" actually is. The same is true for "hype". Here I'll show you how you can use number data and analyze contents to get a more traceable understanding of "trend vs. hype".

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CHAPTER 7

How to not predict the future


"Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results."

You've probably seen this statement. For example, in an investment prospectus. This statement applies to tech discovery as well. Therefore, in this video I'll show you an alternative way of thinking about future scenarios—one that does not involve making predictions.

You don't have a Mergeflow account and would like to try this out?

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The goal of tech discovery is not just to accumulate knowledge, but to stimulate a thought process.

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