A majority of automotive industry incumbents still bet on the (very) slow maturation of self-driving vehicles. Of course they can only think about personal cars…
The key argument of doubters on how fast the self-driving vehicles will go live is risk and the social acceptability (or the lack thereof) of deaths from vehicles making choices on their own. Truth to be told, yes, social acceptability is a steep barrier to entry for adopting technologies at large scale. You should nonetheless remember that innovation is not a clean decisive strike either, its death of the status quo by a thousand cuts.
Continue reading “35 Ways self-driving vehicles are happening before 2020”
Innovative companies have been relying more and more on network effects to aggressively spread transformative market changes. This strategy has many forms and is still dramatically evolving. Do you understand its most recent developments?
Understanding network effects has been the underlying driver of the software revolution sparked less than a decade ago. And as always with innovation, as soon as we think we start to grasp it, it already morphes into something new. In our case, new network effects appear and we barely start to grasp them.
Continue reading “Understanding the new network effects”
Even when you think you understand innovation, you probably don’t. Not really.
I’ve been working with teams in the automotive industry for many years now. In some cases with startups trying to disrupt a part of the mobility ecosystem, in other cases with worldwide leaders of this market. Right now, I’m even in charge of focusing the go-to-market efforts of a group of startups in a transversal incubation program purely on mobility. I can’t say that I know these markets inside out, but I’ll admit that I start to have a fair grasp on what drives innovation around – pun intended. Continue reading “Clicking innovation together”
The second article on how to build a tailor-made corporate incubation program deals with the ‘BUSINESS’ revenue of such an initiative.
This series of articles will try to unpack and lay out the conceptual and technical tools required to design an effective corporate incubation program.
After years of strain and pressure from new digital opportunities that passed by, multinational corporations seem to have found their innovation mojo back. Their idea has been incredibly simple after all: let’s embrace the strategies that created Uber-like challengers out of nowhere. By creating your own disruption engine — and keep it under control — you will finally outrun all these puny startups, and find new business models of your own. Continue reading “Writing your corporate incubation playbook – Part 1”
Innovation is a high-speed play field. To survive and strive in it you need find the right short-cuts. Here is a simple way to deal with “understanding the market problem”.
Running a regular business is not a simple thing, but it’s at least well documented and can be taught in various ways. It’s comparable to classical mechanics. Innovation on the other hand is the quantum physics of classical business. When its counter-intuitiveness has been laid out for you, you immediately feel like you get it. Then you need to get involved in it and you realize that you just don’t get it. Continue reading “The only four problems that innovators can solve”
The autonomous industry is ripe for disruption, but it seems that no one of the executive committees got the memo…
For anyone seriously involved in innovation, it’s stunning to realize that the industry learned nothing from early 2000’s Nokia. Regarding the car industry, people still think of it as a hardware business. It’s all about the car, the engine, the brakes, the dashboard, the performance, the security, the comfort. We barely register that vehicles are now being hacked into, that accidents happen because of dozens of millions of lines of code that make a modern suburban vehicle today, or that mapping, geolocalization, and communications are now indispensable. Continue reading “Car manufacturers are the new Nokia”
Understanding the core nature of startup ventures is not so easy. Unless you already understand quantum mechanics.
Among the fundamental misunderstandings that I try to tackle from time to time in these articles, many of them revolve around the fact that a startup is not « a smaller version of a larger company ». This single point is the source of the vast majority of all the problems encountered by startups when they have to do anything about their project. Whether they have to think strategically or react to an emergency, they activate neuronal pathways that have been formed whilst learning from — or working with — typical companies. Continue reading “Startups are Schrödinger’s cats”
You’re not a startup; you’re a buzz word for technology news.
You’re not a startup; you’re a logo for cities in pressing need for attractiveness credentials.
You’re not a startup; you’re a communication prop for corporations doing innovation-washing. Continue reading “You’re not a startup…”
In this article we discuss the difference between plain disruption, uberization and teslaization, to build a roadmap to disruption.
I discussed Uberization at length in a recent article. But this is just a model of disruption, among many others. To be complete, I should at least also speak about teslaization which I believe to be more dangerous for many companies, and their relation to by-the-book disruption. These are the three states of disruption that will shape the future of your company, whether you’ll be a disruptor or a disrupted. Continue reading “A roadmap to disruption”
There is this fear syndrome that has been running for a few months amongst the leaders of every single market in the western world: are we going to get uberized? As they are asking themselves this question, you’ll probably detect a hint of a smile in their eyes…
Not many corporations believe that someone will just “walk in”, and steal their market away from them overnight. Playing at getting scared hits a weird, but clear, pleasure zone in our brain. Once the horror movie is finished playing, we consider our boring everyday life with a kind of new appreciation. Except that, many of these corporations don’t get what kind of trouble they are facing. And I can mostly agree that no, there’s no Uber-like bogeyman in the cards for them. If they fail, it won’t be under the attacks of a small, psychotic killer rabbit. They’ll die because they suck.
Continue reading “It’s not Uber, it’s you!”
Tomorrow, I’ll be presenting a keynote titled “Trading Risk, the Most Valuable Currency Between Startups and the Industry” for the CEA at the LETI Days event. The main points of this discussion will be on the positive nature of risk for businesses, the cultural gap that French (and Europeans) have regarding dealing with risks, and on how to strategically game the innovation rules. Continue reading “Risk, the most valuable currency between startups and the industry”
J’étais en mars dernier invité par la SNECMA pour parler d’innovation sur le sujet global de “penser la disruption”. Et comme vous le savez si vous lisez ce blog régulièrement, il est presque toujours impossible de partager publiquement ce que nous faisons avec nos clients. Même s’il ne s’agit des fois que de conférences internes. Dans le cas présent, ayant eu un feu vert, nous allons en profiter pour revenir sur quelques points clefs des stratégies d’innovation et notamment, les stratégies de pivots. Continue reading “Pivots, glissements et rhizomes : penser la disruption”