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Innovators widen their view of competition

I'm sure you've been in meetings where everyone worries about competition more than they worry about customers. It is a fact that for traditionally run businesses, any talk about strategy quickly shifts to competition. It's unavoidable and it pisses … [Read more]

5 questions to help you think about the culture you wish to create

Culture eats strategy for breakfast. Why? Because even a beautifully conceived strategy won't be executed the right way if people's values and beliefs are not aligned. In other words, culture is not mandated; it is shaped from the beginning. … [Read more]

Innovators are the early adapters

For as long as I can remember, I've adopted new products and services when they are just starting out. It's very common that I get requests to "try this and that" for startups looking for early adopters and beta testers. As such, my main objective in … [Read more]

To change the game, change the business model

Yesterday, I was a judge for a showcase of projects from marketing students of a local university. Most of the projects that were pitched are apps that exist elsewhere in some form; nothing game-changing. There were many common innovation myths that … [Read more]

People pay to get wet

Make a splash in the short-term or play for the future? In business, there is a constant tension between playing to win right now and making bets to be relevant in the future. Most focus only on the former, while innovators do both; at the same time. … [Read more]

How do you know which rules are worth breaking?

Want to spark innovation? Kill some stupid rules. … [Read more]

Interstellar: the power of an unlikely collaboration yields scientific discovery

Christopher Nolan's Interstellar is a fantastic movie, science and fantasy will entertain you. Go watch it! But this blog isn't about the movie per se, it is about how they made both the worm hole and black hole models realistic. This is the … [Read more]