Many times those conversations are also eye-opening with respect to what's happening because they give you new ideas. Whether you use those ideas or not is a different question.
Today's innovation is tomorrow's operation — most of us have seen that happen. Everyone is excited by innovation, but nobody likes operations. The other challenge for startups in the new technology space, especially with enterprises, is ROI: How will you justify investment in a new technology? Between operations and ROI, the typical result is that innovation gets killed because nobody is rewarded for taking risks, at least not in large enterprises. If you're a smaller organization, you can sit down with stakeholders and describe what you're going to do.
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