Tag Archives: Strategy

Your North Star Is Your Customers Not Competitors

There are many businesses that start out filling a need for a specific type of customer. Sometimes this leads to the creation of a new industry or segment that was ignored or unserved by incumbents.

If the business does everything right, they will be the leader for that new category, segment or industry. The problem arises when that leader stops paying attention to what started it all: the customer.

Eat The Bug: Do What Others Can’t Or Won’t Do

Every organizations lives and dies by its strategy. What makes a good strategy? The best strategies are simple and answer 5 fundamental questions: who, what, where, how and why.

Still, developing a strategy is hard. There’s a tendency to make it a very complex activity, which I believe drives most organizations to fall for many traps; one being the the copy-paste approach.

Startups, by their very nature, do not fall for this trap. But this doesn’t mean their path to victory will be easier; but much more harder.

When Someone Points Out The Flaws In Your Idea You Need To Thank Them

At both of my ventures, Better and Netek, we operate by many key principles, one of them is avoiding stupidity; which is to avoid bad decisions. So instead of asking ourselves,”how do we make good decisions?; we ask: how do we avoid making bad ones?

10 Strategies: How to Learn Advanced Concepts Fast

how to learn advanced concepts fast siraj ravalWe live in a fast moving, complex and uncertain society where industries lines are fading. It’s always been this way, but the accelerating adoption and integration of technology somehow makes it more pronounced and obvious that everything is indeed connected. In this environment, people and companies that survive and thrive are those who know how to learn; fast.