In 1993, I was an instructional technologist with the Maricopa Community Colleges-- in a position charged to do R&D in teaching and learning. I had been dabbling with Gopher servers, when a colleague named Jim Walters handed me a floppy disk labeled “Mosaic”. My life was never the same. Two weeks later, I had plugged an Apple Macintosh SE/30 into our network, installed MacHTTP, and was running a web server. I did not have to get permission or file paperwork to innovate. The ability to experiment w/o restriction was a key ingredient for a string of opportunities that came from this ability to conduct R&D.