Patrick P. Gelsinger is the President and Chief Operating Officer, EMC Information Infrastructure Products at EMC Corporation. While technology firms and researchers have always sought to push the limits of possibility, industries and nations alike are placing a renewed focus on innovation as they pursue economic recovery in the face of increasing global competition. Styles and strategies of innovation are many but the essential elements are seemingly few. Academia, venture, and industry — the Golden Triangle of Innovation — are central to innovation ecosystems, accelerating the path from invention to successful commercialization. Interactions between these three elements play critical roles in fostering environments in which the tangible and the intangible interact to generate and nurture future innovations. This talk explores the Golden Triangle paradigm and makes a case for increased interaction among the three elements by drawing on examples from EMC and the broader tech industry.