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In continuing the game theory series, in this post I will explain one of the most interesting tools from game theory: mixed strategy equilibrium. To follow along, download my free Mixed Strategy Equilibrium Excel File To view my other posts on game…
In continuing the game theory series, in this post I will explain one of the most interesting tools from game theory: mixed strategy equilibrium. To follow along, download my free Mixed Strategy Equilibrium Excel File To view my other posts on game theory, see the list below: Game Theory Post 1: Game Theory Basics – [...]
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Why does Apple’s brand mean so much to so many people? How is it that they seem to sell their products almost effortlessly while other manufacturers are constantly clamoring for our attention and we give them no heed? When it comes to innovation,…
Why does Apple’s brand mean so much to so many people? How is it that they seem to sell their products almost effortlessly while other manufacturers are constantly clamoring for our attention and we give them no heed? When it comes to innovation, invention is only half of the equation. With every great invention you [...]
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Last week Elon Musk and Tesla made history with the unveiling of the Model 3 – a $35,000 all electric vehicle. Though the car won’t begin shipping to customers until late 2017, the announcement of the Model 3 marks an important milestone for Tesla and…
Last week Elon Musk and Tesla made history with the unveiling of the Model 3 – a $35,000 all electric vehicle. Though the car won’t begin shipping to customers until late 2017, the announcement of the Model 3 marks an important milestone for Tesla and electric cars in general. In this post we’ll explore Tesla’s strategy [...]
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When Elon Musk launched the Tesla Model S sedan not only was it a car built from the ground up with all sorts of new technology (or at very least it was a uniquely compiled set of existing technology), but also it was a car delivered to consumers in an…
When Elon Musk launched the Tesla Model S sedan not only was it a car built from the ground up with all sorts of new technology (or at very least it was a uniquely compiled set of existing technology), but also it was a car delivered to consumers in an entirely new business model that [...]
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Let’s face it, innovating is hard. Not only is it hard it’s also expensive, time consuming and full of risk. For many large organizations facing up to these realities can be gut-wrenching, especially if your competitor already has a head start. For this…
Let’s face it, innovating is hard. Not only is it hard it’s also expensive, time consuming and full of risk. For many large organizations facing up to these realities can be gut-wrenching, especially if your competitor already has a head start. For this and other reasons exploring an acquisition rather than building something in house [...]
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As the Apple Watch approaches public release multiple news outlets are reporting that demand for the heralded device is far outstripping supply. With an estimated 1 Million pre-orders booked on April 10th, the first day of selling, and an expected…
As the Apple Watch approaches public release multiple news outlets are reporting that demand for the heralded device is far outstripping supply. With an estimated 1 Million pre-orders booked on April 10th, the first day of selling, and an expected avalanche of additional orders expected prior to April 24th, the official launch date, Apple’s world-class [...]
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In the forward of The Four Disciplines of Execution Clayton Christensen wrote the following story: “Andy Grove, who helped found Intel and then led the enterprise for years as its CEO and chairman, has taught me some extraordinary things. One of them…
In the forward of The Four Disciplines of Execution Clayton Christensen wrote the following story: “Andy Grove, who helped found Intel and then led the enterprise for years as its CEO and chairman, has taught me some extraordinary things. One of them occurred in a meeting where he and several of his direct reports were [...]
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In this post I would like to share with you the single most powerful new business planning tool I have ever created and used. It’s called the Innovator’s Canvas and it helps both entrepreneurs and intra-prenueurs systematically think through and validate…
In this post I would like to share with you the single most powerful new business planning tool I have ever created and used. It’s called the Innovator’s Canvas and it helps both entrepreneurs and intra-prenueurs systematically think through and validate or invalidate their new innovation ideas and business model assumptions. Whatever you’re new idea [...]
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At its core, innovation is about solving someone’s problem. To do it right, you need to understand the person and their job to be done better than they understand it themselves. You need to know their motivations, frustrations and inspirations. This…
At its core, innovation is about solving someone’s problem. To do it right, you need to understand the person and their job to be done better than they understand it themselves. You need to know their motivations, frustrations and inspirations. This ability to understand your customers needs better than they understand themselves is what separates inventors [...]
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In 1989 the blockbuster movie “Field of Dreams” captured two uniquely American ideals: baseball and taking risks to build your dream. The classic line “If you build it, he will come,” emboldened a poor Iowa farmer, played by Kevin Costner, to build a…
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