Monthly Archives: September 2018

Scaling Up Startups in Corporate Settings

In recent years, an increasing intensity in collaboration between incumbent companies and startups has been observed. Meanwhile, close to 80% of corporations and startups have already been or are collaborating. The mutual – actually complementary – benefits seem pretty obvious: Benefits for startups include availability of office space, hardware, networks, support and potential funding access to market and customer base ...

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The Careful Art of Problem Solving

The ability to solve problems quickly is now crucial to the successful running of any business. There are more obstacles to be overcome and more testing situations to navigate than ever before. The Internet Age has brought forth so many new opportunities, but it has also introduced layers of constantly shifting complexity that present previously unseen difficulties. But, even more ...

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How to kill innovation with email, guaranteed!

How often do you use the BCC field in an email header? Here is one negative consequence to consider. Innovation is a team sport. You must rely not only on your own ingenuity and creativity, but also on that of your team members. Innovation also requires a culture of innovation, of which team dynamics play a critical role. Constructive Disagreement Effective, productive, and creative teamwork rely ...

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When Corporations Fund Startups, Both Can Win

How to Protect Breakthrough Innovation

Ever since the Netscape IPO in 1995, venture capital has taken on an almost mystical quality. The idea of investors in khakis backing a few kids in a garage to rival the world’s largest corporations has far more romantic appeal than fat-cat bankers chomping away at cigars in stuffy boardrooms. Before long, corporate America wanted in on the action, with ...

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7 Fields and Professions That Are Beginning to Rely on Virtual Reality

Innovations in technology are evolving so rapidly that the sci-fi depictions we dreamed of as children are becoming reality. Cars that drive themselves, mini personal computers with touch screens populate our pockets, and now, virtual reality is becoming increasingly more common — so common, in fact, that professionals of all types are beginning to rely on VR in particular. Here ...

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Fundamentals of Edupreneurship

Entrepreneurship means many things to many people. Perhaps the biggest misconception is that entrepreneurship refers, exclusively, to starting businesses. In fact, if we use the definition that entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity with scarce or uncontrolled resources with the goal of creating user defined value through the deployment of innovation, then it means much more. In fact, there are many ...

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Beware These 10 Innovation Killers

These Innovation Killers are insidious behaviors that you need to get rid of now! After 30 years of watching and helping companies that struggle with innovation I’ve realized that there are a few things that most often stand in the way of innovation. I call them the Innovation Killers; they stealthily eliminate that vast majority of ideas without so much ...

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Why You Should Not Climb The Corporate Ladder

Do you think climbing the corporate ladder is the best chance for career success? Think again. One of the favorite studies I wrote about in Friend of a Friendis Adam Kleinbaum’s research on what he calls organizational misfits. We might think that the people that stick in one silo, stay in one lane, and slowly climb the corporate ladder get ...

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