Innovation

By Yazid Azahari | A collection of findings on innovation, technology, design, and business strategy

Do You Belong at a Start-Up?

When I finished business school, I had two job offers. The first was from the Boston Consulting Group, where I’d worked before my MBA program—the obvious choice for a young professional in search of a stable, lucrative career. The second was from a Series A–stage venture-backed start-up with only …

Harvard Business Review

A 3x3x3 Perspective for getting your Vision, Strategy, and Product aligned

I’m sure you’ve run into Simon Sinek’s TED talk on the Golden Circle where he made the case for how great leaders communicate differently — leading …

Product Management

Why Does Sweden Have So Many Start-Ups?

How a tiny country with high government spending bred a large number of vibrant young businesses<p>STOCKHOLM—This is a high-tax, high-spend country, where employees receive generous social benefits and ample amounts of vacation time. Economic orthodoxy would suggest the dynamics of a welfare state …

Economics
Innovation

Our new report is out: Design from Within

Never has a focus on people been more influential in a business’s success. Everything we do and make must put people first to become a beloved and …

Design Thinking

How Startup Culture Can Thrive in Developing Worlds

Fear of failure can hurt startup ecosystems in developing countries, says one Mexico City-based venture capitalist. | iStock/HolgsStanford Graduate …

Silicon Valley

Top 10 must-read books on Innovation

<b>Innovation and Entrepreneurship by Peter Drucker</b><p>In this classic book published in 1985, Peter F. Drucker “presents innovation and entrepreneurship as …

How to Generate Buzz When You Launch a New Product

If you’re going to launch a new product, you need to make sure you have a successful launch strategy in place.Nothing is more frustrating than …

Digital Marketing

How to Craft Meetings People Love (Really)

These gatherings can feel like a prison sentence, unproductively ticking away time. But when infused with some essentials, they can be fruitful -- …

Management

The Problem You're Trying To Solve Might Not Be The Right One Anymore

Lost in the litany of tech buzzwords like big-data, digital, cloud and AI is the human element. We often get caught up in technology for the sake of itself, forgetting that innovation must be relevant for something valuable that people care about. With these thoughts, Sam Yen, Chief Design Officer …

Design Thinking
MIT

How Ayush Agarwal picks startups

“If a pitch doesn’t make you feel greedy, something is wrong.”<p>By Kathryn M. O’Neill | April 6, 2017<p>Ayush Agarwal<p>Ayush Agarwal has a long history of …

To Be a Genius, Think Like a 94-Year-Old

In 1946, a 23-year-old Army veteran named John Goodenough headed to the University of Chicago with a dream of studying physics. When he arrived, a professor warned him that he was already too old to succeed in the field.<p>Recently, Dr. Goodenough recounted that story for me and then laughed …

Batteries

Use Customer Journey Maps to Uncover Innovation Opportunities

<i>This Creativity Challenge and Customer Journey Map are an excerpt from David and Tom Kelley’s book</i> <i>Creative Confidence</i><i>.</i><p><b>CREATIVITY CHALLENGE:</b><p>EMPATHIZE …

Customer Experience

Comment on A New Way to Look at Competitors by Ben

Very interesting – thank you!I think you could solve the “better Banker than a VC”‘s visual misunderstanding by making it appear 3d – as if “Zana” …

Lean Startups

It all starts with purpose: How to find your company’s guiding principle

I recently flew across the world with an airline that for all intents and purposes shouldn’t exist.<p>South African Airways has been so poorly …

South African Airways

How leaders can link innovation to strategy in three steps

Virtually every company innovates, but few do so in a predictable, repeatable manner. Successful innovations often require the heroic efforts of a …

Innovation

In most sales organizations, there is incredible pressure to deliver. I’ve been in sales for over 20 years and know this firsthand. Management is under tremendous stress to hit numbers. Salespeople are hired because they’re closers.

<i>In the second of a three-part series, Somersault Innovation Co-Founder Ashley Welch gives specifics on how using design thinking during sales</i> …

Design Thinking

Happy Customers in the Three Horizons of Innovation

<i>This article was updated on Jan 10th 2017. The previous model was simplified for clarity, but lost some of the important details in the connection</i> …

Innovation

The first 10 steps to corporate innovation

Corporate innovation is all the rage. The world’s largest companies are partnering with startups and opening innovation labs in tech accelerators. Everyone wants to capture that magic pixie dust that enables startups to be innovative and nimble, but obviously it’s hard to mimic that in large …

Innovation

Apple may have finally gotten too big for its unusual corporate structure

Apple did something extraordinarily unusual today and talked extensively about a product that it’s not ready to ship. In response to long-simmering discontent with the Mac Pro — intended to be the company’s most powerful computer, but released in 2013 and then never updated so it became …

How to do Customer Development using 15-minute interviews

This is a recurring theme of discussion, and I’m in the middle of doing this stuff, so I’m recording a little primer on how to quickly get started …

Product Management

Madhavan Ramanujam Shares 3 Common Pricing Mistakes Companies Make With Products & Services

<b>Even if you’re having conversations about pricing early on with your customers, there are still ways your company can go wrong. We pulled out 3</b> …

Business Strategy
Innovation

How to De-Risk a Startup

27 Oct 2016<p>In a previous post, I wrote that startups are collections of risks, and that the best way to make progress on a company (and to get higher …

Product Management

Why Tim Cook is Steve Ballmer and Why He Still Has His Job at Apple

What happens to a company when a visionary CEO is gone? Most often innovation dies and the company coasts for years on momentum and its brand. Rarely …

Business Strategy

How Jeff Bezos Maintains Amazon’s Killer Company Culture

<b>Amazon's stellar growth and reinvention isn't just magic, it's engrained in the company culture. We dig through Jeff Bezos's letter to shareholders</b> …

Jeff Bezos

Three Tools To Inspire Innovation From Your Employees

Did you know that it was Google engineers and not the auto industry that started the race to produce a self-driving car? While the concept of an autonomous car dates back to at least the 1920s, it was Google engineers that matched a well-documented human pain: driver error causes millions of …

Leadership