I’ll bet if you know what Skunk Works, Phantom Works, Lab126 and A9, Jony Ive’s lab, quattro GmbH, Velocity Lab, and PARC produce, you are on the cutting edge of tech:
The term “skunk works” comes from a tiny Lockheed Martin facility run by chief engineer Kelly Johnson in the 1940s, which started in a tent next to a malodorous manufacturing plant. That tiny space designed and built America’s first jet fighter in just 143 days, and created a philosophy for rapid innovation which companies copy to this day.
Now, as more companies have to do more with less, many are moving away from giant research centers and towards building something like a lean start-up inside their companies. Others have the luxury of a different model, where secretive labs work on projects that may never see the light of day.
A jet in 143 days? Wow- Maltz, jol yIchu!