StratChat With Steve Blank: Startups vs Big Corporations - Who Will Win The Disruption War?

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Startups have become more serious than before, and it's mostly because they're so well funded. Increasingly, they are disrupting established companies that are wealthy with resources (most importantly customers). Which one will reign supreme? In this session, two founders of modern entrepreneurship -- Steve Blank, creator of the Lean Startup movement and Alex Osterwalder, inventor of the Business Model Canvas and co-founder of Strategyzer -- discuss how companies truly stay invincible through killer business models and value propositions.

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Selling Innovation & Experimentation To A CFO

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Building a successful innovation engine involves convincing the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to spend money on experimentation. Yet, CFOs often perceive experimentation as wasteful, because it involves failure and learning cycles. It also involves investing in ideas that might never pay off, because that’s the only way to identify the home runs.

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StratChat Replay: Roger Martin On Making Better Decisions In Today's Business World

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In our first Stratchat of 2019, Strategyzer co-founder Alex Osterwalder is joined by #1 management thinker and business professor Roger Martin. The pair discuss two crucial areas for companies to survive in the 21st century: the false dichotomy between strategy & execution, and how organizations can make better choices around uncertainty.

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Interview: Alex Osterwalder At The European Business Forum 2018

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In September of 2018, Strategyzer co-founder Alex Osterwalder, spoke at the Thinkers 50 European Business Forum in Odense, Denmark. In this interview, Alex gets specific on business model innovation versus “innovation as we know it”; and more importantly, how business impact is core to your business model.

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How To Know If Organizations Are Truly Dedicated To Innovation

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Companies have incubators, accelerators, or other programs to signal that they are into innovation. A lot of the time, it’s just innovation theater. The money and the activities might be there, but there’s no real power behind it. If your company is doing the following, then they’re truly dedicated to innovation.

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Our Next Book: The Invincible Company

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We’re excited to announce that we’ve teamed up with publishers Wiley for a third time to write the sequel to Business Model Generation and Value Proposition Design--The Invincible Company (working title). Take a look at what our new book will offer, and sign-up to be notified as we get closer to publishing!

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Talking About Better Innovation

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It was a great experience to do EY’s Better Innovation podcast in front of a live audience at the Cambridge Innovation Center in Boston on Nov. 5. Thank you to Jeff Saviano for the great conversation on what makes startups succeed and how great innovation can happen in big companies. Catch the replay with key highlights in this post.

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Confident Innovation Teams Are Armed With Hard Evidence

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Teams pitching innovation ideas have a habit of focusing on refining and presenting a fully fleshed product. This can cause a lack of confidence around new business ideas. What teams should really focus on is the evidence gathered so far, and if it’s helping to achieve the bigger picture.

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Clarity: Problem Solving & Communications Made Tangible

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Next month I’m running a MasterClass on Business Model Innovation in Boston. The day before, our Strategyzer partner Holger Nils Pohl will run a workshop on How to Create Strategic Clarity with Visual Tools. I’m particularly excited about this because most meetings & communications are dominated by words only. That’s simply not enough in today’s complex world. Join me at Holger’s workshop. Participants of my Strategyzer MasterClass get a discount. 

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Why Companies Work On Products Nobody Wants

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42% of startups die because they work on products with no market need. 72% of all new products don’t meet their revenue targets. Why do companies continue to work on products and services nobody wants? Are they stupid? Most certainly not. They use the wrong processes. Let me explain. 

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When Corporate Innovation Goes Bad

Added on by Alexander Osterwalder.

From my experience only few companies have really good innovation processes and innovation metrics. They still apply the principles of execution to innovation. The result is that they end up executing ideas that should’ve been filtered out. It’s not because the people behind those products aren’t smart, or have bad ideas. It’s because the processes for radical innovation are broken.

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The Pro-Active Innovators: Apple vs Amazon

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While it was not surprising that Apple and Amazon broke the Trillion Dollar Barrier first, it might surprise you that the two companies have a similar (and replicable) ideology when it comes to innovation:  truly putting the customer first combined with a doggedness to self-disrupt in the midst of success.

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Why Can’t Nestle Produce Another Nespresso?

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Nespresso was a breakout hit for Nestle and for a long time its biggest profit contributor. Yet, the innovative business model and value proposition was launched over 30 years ago. Since then, the largest food & beverage company in the world seems unable to produce a similar home run. Here’s why.

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