Category: Finance

Disrupting Corporate Ventures!

Why is it that we are NOT in awe of the corporate venture arms of multi-billion companies? Yet we remember large venture firms and what they have done! In my work with large enterprises and ProVoke, I am stunned as to how underutilized, over-protected and cautious the Corporate Venture arms of my clients are. Continue reading

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Are You Aiming High Enough?

Every innovative idea has some risk in it. But sometimes, with higher risk we can find unusually high rewards. For a lot of innovators, we need to be aiming higher. Continue reading

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Can You Spare an Innovation Dime?

In the Great Depression it wasn’t at all uncommon to see able bodied men selling apples on a street corner, or worse, holding a sign asking for spare change. The phrase “can you spare a dime” became synonymous with the era, as people sought any job, any way to earn money they could find. Of course, back then a dime was real money. Today, there’s a new cry heard in many organizations.. Continue reading

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Innovation or Not? - A Smart Smart Home Approach

I came across the inspiration for the latest in the “Innovation or Not?” series through a current London Business School student – Marie Milleron – for a Smart Home idea that they are raising money for on IndieGoGo. The idea is pretty simple on its face, but I’m sure there is a lot of complexity behind the scenes. Continue reading

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Be Really Glad Bezos Bought The Washington Post

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon worth $25.2B just paid $250 million to become sole owner of The Washington Post. Some think the recent rash of billionaires buying newspapers is simply rich folks buying themselves trophies. Probably true in some instances – and that benefits no one. Continue reading

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Quality Marketing Strategy in Finacial Risk Management NPD

In the financial risk management market where intense competition exists between banking institutions, new product development is of immense importance for the key players who are looking for customer satisfaction and higher profit margins. Continue reading

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Innovation REALLY Matters - Lessons Learned from Detroit

Forbes republished its annual “Most Miserable Cities” list. It looks at employment/unemployment, inflation, incomes and cost of living, crime, weather, commute times – a pretty good overview of things tied to living somewhere. Detroit ranked first, as the most miserable city, with Flint, MI second. And my home-sweet-home Chicago came in fourth. Ouch! Continue reading

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