Finance

The Only Thing that Will Save Us – Confidence

I know, I know. You think I'm as batty as Julie Andrews -- spinning up that dirt road to the von Trapp manor with guitar in hand, singing, "I have confidence in me!" Maybe it is a little crazy. But it's true. Even the cold, hard facts of this complex global economy make this same emotional plea. Confidence -- or a lack there-of -- is paramount.

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3 Lessons in Disruptive Innovation to Learn Today

Disruptive innovations have a knack for penetrating or outright creating new markets where none previously existed. The inventions behind a disruptive innovation sell. They are the ultimate proof point of utility because they literally disrupt the status quo in some vertical or space often providing a consumer with a new experience or service they didn't even realize they wanted.

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Save a Dollar – Lose a Customer

Buca di Beppo, you may know, is a chain of Italian restaurants. Their particular focus has been rustic, family-style Northern Italian food. Although it’s a chain and has grown like gangbusters, until recently they seemed to have retained their authentic charm, which included great food, service, ambiance, the whole package. My foreshadowing skills are awful, so you can probably already ...

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Telcos Become Banks – Facebook Next?

I came across an article yesterday on GigaOm – Dreams of mobile payments lead telco to try banking – notifying us that Rogers, a Canadian mobile carrier, has filed to become a bank. It makes sense, as we see various iterations of mobile wallets coming into existence, and carriers looking for a new revenue stream. Of course, it’s yet to ...

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The Need for True Financial Innovation

Facilitating Mobility for People in Banking – a Paradigm Shift While mobile solutions companies continue to drive product development and their point solutions under the banner of technological innovation the more they miss the plot. So much focus and effort seems to be invested in taking an existing product and merely re-platform it to be functionally available through a mobile ...

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Drafting a Business Case for Innovation

You can only present an idea for the first time, once! So when you have the chance to present it to your board, be aware of the fact that a new product idea is not only ‘a creative product’ but also must comply to all the regular business criteria of your organisation too.  Does it have (extra) turnover potential? Does ...

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Innovation in Private Equity

Private equity firms can boost the value of their investment portfolio by applying a systematic innovation method along the entire investment value chain – before, during, and even after the investment. Private equity firms are collections of investors and funds that put money into privately-held companies. Private equity investments provide working capital to a target company to nurture expansion, new ...

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