Category: Finance

The crowdfunding market grew by more than 80 percent from 2011. And it is just at the beginning of its growth cycle, unlike other types of capital raising techniques that seem to be dwindling or remaining flat. Continue reading

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The innovation economy shifts daily. New or updated products and services change the landscape at an ever increasing rate, and occasionally a truly disruptive innovation enters the market forcing incumbents to alter plans while opening up new opportunities for the latest crop of fast followers. Continue reading

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The Smart Leadership Lessons from Facebook

Facebook acquired WhatsApp, a company with at most $300M revenues, and 55 employees, for $19billion. That’s billion – with a “b.” An astonishing figure that is second only to HP’s acquisition of market leader Compaq, which had substantial revenues and profits, as tech acquisitions. Continue reading

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Does Twitter Help You Understand Customer Needs?

To examine this question, I assumed the perspective of a financial firm trying to get a better handle on the “paying for college” jobs-to-be-done. In aspirational, emotional terms, college continues to be a top goal of parents for their children, and of teenagers as well. In economic terms, colleges have an insatiable appetite for tuition increases. Continue reading

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Make Better Innovation Decisions: The Link Between Sunk Costs & Meditation

Innovators need to make decisions all the time. It’s part of the job. One thing that really impacts the decision making process is the ”sunk-cost bias.” Continue reading

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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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