Some of the best ideas come from understanding and applying lessons from history. That’s the inspiration for William Fry C17 W17 and his lauded startup SolutionLoft, a President’s Innovation Prize winner that took a page out of the history of the printing press. Much the way movable type enabled mass production of books, SolutionLoft seeks to speed up software development by identifying and reusing existing code that already does a portion of what you need. These “blocks” of code can be incorporated into a program, eliminating the need to rewrite the pieces from scratch. If good solutions are available, programmers can spend their time solving actual coding challenges instead of reinventing the wheel.