What is the shelf life of Zuckerberg point of view on entrepreneurship?

Am I the only one that wonder why we still ask rock-star CEOs what was their recipe for success? I understand the father figure thing. But the 2019 market, its digital environment and socio-economics have nothing much to do with what they had to face in 2004. What can a Mark Zuckerberg or a Jeff Bezos tell us about launching a startup in 2019? At what point do we file their inspirational quotes with the ones of Tesla, Bell or Ford?

But even so, in these ‘inspiring’ talks we never take into account the survivor bias: the CEOs we look up to are the ones that survived. Were they extremely shrewd and visionary or just plain lucky? Or more exactly, what was the proportion of shrewdness vs. luck? And what is really transferable to you and your project? Shall we also work on the cultural bias? What white american males have to share with  woman in China or India? (Even when taking into account that many of these US guys were immigrants.)

I’m just saying… Finding inspiring people is probably a game you want to play looking forward, not in the rear view mirror.

When technology does magic

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Phil SCHILLER discussing Apple AirPods:

At the surface level, it’s an incredibly simple product. But the reality is it’s actually an incredibly complex product to make. Each AirPod really is its own computer, running software and hardware. And those two computers need to deliver this very clear experience that you want, and they have to work together, because we’re very attuned to synchronisation in audio as a species. And so it has to work the way you want.

Spectacular innovation is not always about flashy new things like virtual reality or 3D printing. It’s sometimes about making complexity disappears and technology does magic.

It’s easy to dismiss such products at first as plain incremental improvements. But they bring something past just being unplugged. The change runs deeper. If in doubt, check how many Bluetooth headphones are currently struggling on the market… But also think about how FaceID is making passwords or even other forms of biometric authentication seem clumsy and heavy-handed.

This is linked to one of my keynote this year on « Invisible Technologies ».

The only four problems that innovators can solve

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”

Entretien avec Nicolas Nova sur les différents modèles d’innovation

En fin d’année dernière, Nicolas NOVA m’avait interviewé sur “Les enjeux des différents modèles d’innovation”. Cet entretien était réalisé dans le cadre  des travaux de la direction de Prospective et du Dialogue Public de la Métropole de Lyon sur les modèles d’innovation. Vous trouverez l’article dans sa publication originale ici et des points complémentaires plus bas.  Continue reading “Entretien avec Nicolas Nova sur les différents modèles d’innovation”

Mesurer l’intensité de l’innovation

Après mon article d’hier, il me semblait nécessaire d’aller au bout de la seule discussion technique que je commençais à soulever. Voici donc dans les grandes lignes un outil permettant de mesurer l’intensité de l’innovation. L’outil que j’ai choisi parmi cinq différents est celui que nous utilisons le plus en routine. Pour la petite histoire, je l’avais posée en 2008, quand je faisais encore des levées de fonds, pour permettre à des équipes de startups de communiquer avec leur banque. Continue reading “Mesurer l’intensité de l’innovation”

Stop pitching long tail business models

The long tail concept as it was introduced by Jeff BEZOS a few years ago with Amazon (and further explained by Chris ANDERSON), has destroyed what was the common sense approach of running a commerce. Before Amazon was a success, the common sense dictated that the Pareto rule was enforced: 20% of the products will command 80% of the sales. In some markets, like movies, music, video-games… it was even more extreme with only a few block-busters returning money each year. Continue reading “Stop pitching long tail business models”

43 Innovations de business model

Je vous proposais en novembre dernier de sélectionner des articles à paraître sur le blog, parmi douze possibles. Après avoir traité de l’échec des méthodologies d’innovation, de “small is beautiful” et de la façon dont l’innovation se crée dans les erreurs de prédiction des experts… Essayons donc aujourd’hui de vous donner un aperçu de notre radar de l’innovation de business model : Continue reading “43 Innovations de business model”