The startup game and its metagame

Innovation is a game played at the startup, industry, and ecosystemic level. And the common resource of these games is vastly misunderstood. It’s risk.

This is the fifth startup post-mortem that I’m reading this morning.

While startups are not failing more, they’re just more vocal about it. This is a good thing. Hopefully, it will hep dismiss the illusion that a) anyone can launch a successful startup and b) the next stage of economic growth for Western countries will come from under-staffed, ill-prepared tech entrepreneurs.

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How well do you get business?

A scale on how well you get business for my MBA students and executives at large.

Having a strong sense of order and hierarchy, most of my MBA students –both in France and China– love to have some ranking on “How well do you get business?” A Mohs scale of sorts if you will. My answer is usually as such:  Continue reading “How well do you get business?”

This is my innovation radar for 2017

This is a quick take at describing what’s on my innovation radar for 2017.

As someone with the finger on the pulse of many technology fields in many markets, I tend to have a lateral view on trendy topics. I’m also a contrarian, so take that into account. But if I’d have to share what I have on my innovation radar for 2017, this would be something like that:  Continue reading “This is my innovation radar for 2017”

An innovator’s perspective on the Trumpocalypse

In the wake of the recent US election, innovators from all horizons should make sure to take away a thing or two about innovation.

trumpzilla - innovation copilotsIt’s way too soon or too late to start to be wise about the Trumpocalypse. Even if 2005 European referendum in France and Brexit were not fucking weak signals, but very much loud and clear bullhorns thank you. Well, anyway, my line of work is not in politics or sociological comments, so I’ll leave it at that. No, the thing specifically, I relentlessly want to hammer down again is about innovation.

Innovation is about changing the socio-economic status quo.

Everything else is just trying to be too smart for the own good of the business we’re running as innovators. If you want a resounding demonstration that ‘smart’ doesn’t cut it, I believe you just got served.

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How to explain innovation to your boss

I wouldn’t like to be you having to explain to my boss what is innovation, and why he’s not doing it right. But it happens that as consultants this is pretty much what we do every day. Here’s how…

For about five years now I’ve introduced most of my MBA classes on this very narrow choice: “Are you wired to solve puzzles or mysteries?” This is one of these gimmicks that you end up using when you perform in front of an audience and try to explain innovation. You catch them off guard as soon as possible and try to engage them in rewiring their brain in a certain way.

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How to prepare for corporate incubation end of party

Five prevalent impediments push corporations away from sound partnerships with startups.

My last keynote with the FabMob program, during a private event involving selected startups and industrials at Autonomy 2016 in Paris today. The idea was to discuss how corporate incubation end of party is coming quickly to Europe, and illustrate the five most prevalent impediments that corporations have to overcome to engage further partnerships with startups.

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