Tag Archives: startups

The art of innovation, helping cities and governments to make strategic choices

Pierre-Alexandre Balland is Professor & Innovation Strategy Advisor at Utrecht University and visiting professor at MIT Media Lab, a renowned interdisciplinary research lab, founded in 1985 by Nicholas Negroponte, that encourages the unconventional mixing and matching of seemingly disparate research areas. Pierre-Alexandre research is about the art of innovation, and he advises companies, cities, and policymakers on innovation strategy. The combination of ...

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Spring Lab: Instilling a Startup Mindset into Large Corporations

1) What is the mission (the reason why, la raison d’être) of Spring Lab, its value proposition, and its main line of services (acceleration devices, learning expeditions, collective intelligence workshop, innov-athons, bootcamp) ? In a highly competitive world with constantly changing ways and growing customer expectations, your company crucially needs to think and innovate to set itself apart. But how do companies ...

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Intrapreneurship is for employees, and business units at Deutsche Bahn

Tobias Taut is venture architect at Deutsche Bahn, and an enthusiastic venture builder. What a great title! Managing the intrapreneurship program DB Intrapreneurs, means for Tobias building amazing digital services, and enabling people in their innovation ambitions to create tangible and sustainable value. To boost intrapreneurs projects, Tobias also shares his skills in business modelling, lean startup, and design thinking. What is ...

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Why Your Startup Will Fail

The vast majority of startups will fail and the numbers are even higher in biomedicine due to the numerous risks involved in getting a product or service to patients in a highly regulated industry that involves human subject and clinical trials. Add to that the many barriers to adoption, dissemination, diffusion and implementation and why clinical trial results don’t translate into clinical use, and ...

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Okoni Innovation Agency: there is no transformation without creation

Pierre Baudry, Marc-Antoine Franc and Cécile Bernardet are respectively founding partner, partner and project director at Okoni, an new kind of Innovation Agency, which involves co-making innovation with their customers. First Cécile and Marc-Antoine guided me at Okoni premises, then Pierre took his pen to explain how their holistic approach is quite singular, and impactful on the business of their customers. ...

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The Missing Step for Start-ups Who Want to Scale-up

Last November, I attended the speech of David Skok at Web Summit 2018: it was related to startups scale-up in B2B business. I’m sensitive to the topic, being a participant of the Scale-Up Peer Group, and having drafted the Scale-Up Canvas for intrapreneurs who want to scale-up. Nevertheless, I was quite impressed by the quality of David Skok advices, probably ...

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Intrapreneurship at Pernod-Ricard: test and learn in action

Astrid Froment created Kangaroo Fund, an open innovation Fund for the 18,000 Pernod Ricard Employees, and an intrapreneurship program adopting experimentation & lean Start Up. In 2 seasons, it generated more than 250 ideas, 20 finalists, and 10 ideas incubated… She shares with us this exciting story. Following my article on “Dare to be difference makers”, I have seen a lot of ...

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Why Do Startups Fail?

Premise: There has been enough written about startups and reasons why almost all of them fail. So, why write another post about this? Even though there is no dearth of resources (blogs, videos, books, stories, etc) on reasons why startups fail and how to avoid them, I don’t see any reduction in the failure rates of startups; I don’t see ...

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How to Create Your Startup Lineup

Every entrepreneur who has succeeded or failed (is there a difference?) has advice about how to get the right people on the bus. What questions should you ask at the interview? What character traits should you seek and how do you do that? How much is science and how much is just going with your gut and whether you click? What Google ...

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Intrapreneurship at Telefonica: Innovation Calls and Lean-Startup Development on the Menu

  Susana Jurado is Head of Innovation Portfolio-Product Innovation at Telefónica since 2015. She joined Telefonica in 1998, where she has worked for Telefónica Digital PDI’s (Product Development & Innovation), and in the Research & Innovation direction (Telefonica I+D which coordinates the global strategy of digtal innovation across the group). She has developed expertise in Early Stage Innovation model, and ...

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