Get on the Bus to Flexibility

Snow in Seattle today. It will be interesting to see how many of my current clients make it to their office today. I for one am taking the bus and despite it being a bendy bus, it looks like it will manage to make it downtown. It had to go out and around a jack-knifed bus to make it up ...

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My Hopes and Fears of the Black Swan

Last week I came across an interview with Nassim Taleb, author of “The Black Swan.” Mr. Taleb went on to talk briefly about the main thesis of the book – that every so often events come along that change our vocabulary and our way of thinking about the world around us. The example given, related to the title of the ...

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Will Clearwire survive until its market appears?

Clearwire recently completed the acquisition of Sprint’s WiMax assets. Sprint’s assets merge together with Clearwire’s original WiMax assets to create the nation’s largest WiMax operator. I hate to beat up a local business, but Clearwire/Sprint represents a perfect case study of the perils of: 1) Letting ego drive strategy instead of market fundamentals2) Launching into the marketplace too soon Clearwire ...

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Missing Mobile Innovation

I came across an interesting article about mobile television takeup. Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T have all tried to launch mobile TV in the United States, but with takeup at only 1% of cell users it’s pretty easy to say that mobile TV has failed to prove itself to be an innovation. Sure people might find it to be a useful ...

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Wipro Makes a Necessary Move

Wipro is coming to America, and Romania, and Egypt. It used to be that Wipro was an Indian company employing mostly Indians in India and that when they did an outsourcing deal with you, they would offshore the work to India. Times are changing though. An increasing number of potential outsourcing clients are becoming disillusioned with offshoring (especially for software ...

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BiF-4 – Now Back to Regular Programming

Hello all, I’ve posted the last of my notes from Business Innovation Factory (BiF-4), so I will now be returning to writing original blog posts for you. When Business Innovation Factory posts the videos from BiF-4, I will update all of my BiF-4 posts with links to the video for the speaker. If there are any topics you would like ...

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BiF-4 Insights – Frans Johansson – Author – “Medici Effect”

Spoke briefly about the The Medici Summit. People at the Harvard Centennial on Monday/Tuesday changed their speeches based on the financial cris, but not here at BiF: We view risks differently Innovators and Entrepreneurs People adjust behavior to the perceived risk around them: Example of German taxi drivers and the introduction of anti-lock brakes No reduction in accidents despite this ...

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BiF-4 Insights – Terry Pierce – Office of Homeland Security

HSARPA – 10% of budget in disruptive innovation Disruptive Innovation Group Air Force Academy 4,000 Bachelor of Science (B.S.) students They do social networking World of Warcraft and coordinating 16-17 people to attack a Dragon Flexible distributed control Multiple people getting the same information at the same time (working with Cisco) LCD TV Case Study: We invent radical technology and ...

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