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Dollar Shave Club and The Disruption of Everything – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
obsolete, etc = "the tech community is celebrating the massive return for Dollar Shave Club’s investors, but $1 billion for a 16% unit share of a market dominated by a brand that cost $57 billion is startlingly small. Indeed, that’s why buying Dollar Shave Club was never an option for P&G: even if their model is superior P&G’s shareholders would never permit the abandonment of what made the company so successful for so long; a company so intently focused on growing revenue is incapable of slicing one of their most profitable lines by half or more."

keywords: proctor & gamble , p&g , unilever
strategy  innovation  startups-going-above-and-beyond  startups-getting-acquired  startups-going-legit  business  history-business  startups-going-down-obsolete-etc  obsolete-discontinued-abandoned  obsolete-discontinued-abandoned--in-decline 
july 2016 by daguti
Need Radical Ideas? Don't Trust The Experts! - InnovationExcellence.com
fail-lost-opportunities = See the bulletpoints which list out all the instances where experts failed spectacularly in seeing the potential of new technologies.
paradigm-shifts-outsiders-change-the-game  innovation  fail-lost-opportunities 
may 2016 by daguti
Fast Times at Billionaire High | SUCCESS
I had no idea JP Stevens was such an incredible high school.
nj  innovation  standing-out-or-differentiating  education 
march 2016 by daguti
Silicon Valley's Power Over The Free Press: Why It Matters : All Tech Considered : NPR
strategy, short-term-thinking, innovation = "And as the Innovator's Dilemma has highlighted, it's exceedingly difficult for businesses to turn away from their main source of revenue right now to consider the revenue they'll need five or 10 years from now."
paradigm-shifts  paradigm-shifts-new-or-emerging-things  media-newspapers  media-newspapers  history-computer  technology  internet  innovation  fail-lost-opportunities  short-term-thinking  business  strategy 
november 2014 by daguti
Scared Someone Will Laugh at Your Ideas?
Not really anti-something, but the article talks about why people will always shoot down your ideas. ---------------------------------------------- Also, when people ask me to give them feedback on their ideas, I am typically very honest - and I follow up that advice with "But don't take my word as the be-all-end-all. I would have bet against Google when Yahoo was king and against Starbucks when Dunkin Donuts was king." ---------------------------------------------- "When young drivers are starting to race, this is one of the most critical lessons that they learn. When you’re driving at 200mph you need to focus on the road in front of you. If you look at the wall, then you’ll end up hitting it. Focus on what you have to do rather than what people have to say about it."
business-ideas  warnings  creativity  innovation  anti-something 
april 2014 by daguti
We've been splitting wood all wrong | MNN - Mother Nature Network
"An inventive Finn has come up with a much more efficient way to chop wood. ........ The basic shape and design of the axe hasn't changed in, well, millennia, as attested to by archaeological discoveries from around the world. At least, that was true until an enterprising Finn decided to rethink the way we chop wood."
innovation  inventions 
january 2014 by daguti
This is the world’s best-designed pizza box - Quartz
"A Mumbai businessman has revolutionized the way hot take-out food will reach you. His solution: making sure the packaging has proper ventilation. Tired of having too many soggy pizzas delivered to him, Vinay Mehta decided to do something about it. In 2006, with a pen knife, some cardboard and a long drive between Mumbai and Pune, he designed VENTiT, which has been judged as the world’s best pizza box. Mehta’s container was accorded this honor recently by Scott Wiener, the New York-based pizza aficionado and author of a book called Viva La Pizza! The Art of the Pizza Box." .................................................. writing = Something struck me about familiar pattern of the first 5-6 paragraphs of this article. It starts out blatantly stating the point of the story, next paragraph explains how it came about. Third paragraph talks about "world's best pizza box" and fourth paragraph discusses Weiner's credentials and take on the pizza box.
food  innovation  next-small-thing  writing 
january 2014 by daguti
▶ The Creative Ransom - YouTube
These guys " kidnapped " the domains of the top creative directors in Melbourne and then hatched a plan to get interviews with them.
branding-personal  video  standing-out-or-differentiating-by-content  innovation 
january 2014 by daguti
Expensive cities are killing creativity - Opinion - Al Jazeera English
large-systems = We thought that the democratization of creation would be good, but it seems to have had the opposite effect. This comes down to cognitive-load. When we're overwhelmed, there is no choice but to stop the flow - and you do that by setting up artificial barriers. "Over the past decade, as digital media made it possible for anyone, anywhere, to share their ideas and works, barriers to professional entry tightened and geographical proximity became valued. Fields where advanced degrees were once a rarity - art, creative writing - now view them as a requirement. Unpaid internships and unpaid labour are rampant, blocking off industry access for those who cannot work without pay in the world's most expensive cities."
cities  creativity  wealth-income-distribution  culture  society  large-systems  cognitive-load  innovation 
january 2014 by daguti
Laura Scudder - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Laura Scudder started having her workers take home sheets of wax paper to iron into the form of bags, which were filled with chips at her factory the next day. This innovation kept the chips fresh and crisp longer and, along with the invention of cellophane, allowed potato chips to become a mass market product. Scudder also began putting dates on the bags, becoming the first company to freshness date their food products. This new standard of freshness was reflected in the marketing slogan: "Laura Scudder's Potato Chips, the Noisiest Chips in the World.""
history-business  inventions  innovation 
june 2013 by daguti
Steve Jobs Solved the Innovator's Dilemma - James Allworth - Harvard Business Review
Passion before profitability. Only the CFO is in charge of profit/loss. Paring down the company's offerings to focus on important things. When "business school logic" didn't work, he did the opposite. Remember that when accepted knowledge isn't working, it's not "taking time to work" (i.e. veganism) it's just flawed. Do an opposite and see the flourish. "To disrupt yourself, for example, Professor Christensen's research would typically prescribe setting up a separate company that eventually goes on to defeat the parent. It's incredibly hard to do this successfully; Dayton Dry Goods pulled it off with Target. IBM managed to do it with the transition from mainframes to PCs, by firewalling the businesses in entirely different geographies."
people-steve-jobs  strategy  business  innovation  paradigm-shifts 
may 2013 by daguti
Investing: I have $5. What is the best way to invest and grow my money? - Quora
Make sure you get to the end of the comment. The winning team sold their 3 minute presentation slot to a company who wanted to recruit students!
creativity  entrepreneurship  innovation 
april 2013 by daguti
A Father Of High-Speed Trading Thinks We Should Slow Down : Planet Money : NPR
innovation = "With the world's first electronic stock exchange, the NASDAQ terminal, traders could type in orders directly into a computer.

Peterffy didn't want to type in the orders. He and his engineers hacked into the NASDAQ terminal and wired it up to their own computer, which traded automatically based on algorithms.

A senior NASDAQ official saw Peterffy's setup and said Peterffy was breaking the rules: All orders had to be entered through the keyboard. He gave Petterfy's group one week to fix the problem.

Peterffy and his engineers came up with a solution. They built a robot with rubber fingers that typed entries into the keyboard. It satisfied the NASDAQ rules. And on active trading days, the robot typed so fast it sounded like a machine gun."
innovation  warnings  stock-exchange 
august 2012 by daguti
After Jobs, Who Will Be Next American Visionary? : NPR
strategy =
"He came into the company that he founded just as it was about to die," Calonius says, adding that Apple also had way too many products — about 300 — at the time.
"Jobs whittled it down to 50 and then to just a half-dozen that he was really going to concentrate on. He had the intuition to know which ones were the right products to focus on," Calonius says.

paradigm-shifts =
"Imagine when Steve Jobs came in and said, 'We are going to open up our own stores to distribute our products," Kaplan muses. "Everyone in that organization at that time was invested in the old model where they distributed through other retailers. And here comes Jobs saying we're going to completely upend that."
paradigm-shifts  strategy  innovation  history-business  people-steve-jobs 
june 2012 by daguti
Inside-Out Your Mind : Krulwich Wonders... : NPR
This and other similar examples: "There are doctors in China who believe it is their job to keep you healthy. So any month you are healthy, you pay them. Any month you are sick, you don't have to pay them because they failed at their job." The book is "Imagine" by Jonah Lehrer.
society  perception  books-to-buy  creativity  innovation  culture  countries-japan 
march 2012 by daguti
Beware the Digital Disruptors: They're Coming for Your Industry
Also see "Next Big Thing Will Come From Small Innovations" article bookmarked on June 13, 2012.
paradigm-shifts  innovation  warnings  automation  business-culture  business 
february 2012 by daguti
8 Ways to Foster Innovation in Your Company
jazzville-examples-reviews = This story has nothing to do with Jazzville. But notice how each of the 8 points has a "read more" at the end of it. Then that links to a previously written Inc story which expounds on that topic. Each of those 8 posts were written long before this post, but the interesting thing to me - and the thing I want to highlight - is that this is an interesting way of "re-purposing" content. In other words, they have taken 8 old posts, found a common theme and written a new post, which A) links to the 8 old posts, bringing new life to them and B) managed to create a a new post out of those 8 by tying them into a common theme. Jazzville should look to do the same in the future. Can't think of many themes now, but maybe "3 jazz greats who died this year" with links to the original obituaries (just one [depressing] example) --- this is a perfect example of the usefulness of tagging/categorizing posts properly. Good tagging = easy way to round up related posts.
leadership  management  business  entrepreneurship  business-culture  jazzville-copy-reviews  innovation  has:for 
june 2010 by daguti
Start-up Strategy: To Change the Game, Change the Economics of How It’s Played
McCormick is remembered for patenting a reaper in 1843—but that wasn’t his real innovation. McCormick had quite a few competitors, but at the beginning nobody was selling any reapers, including McCormick. The problem was farmers couldn’t afford the machines. So McCormick changed the economics: he invented an installment plan that let farmers buy his reaper and use the savings the machine produced to pay him back over a three-year period.

Once you start to look you’ll find companies in every industry that have changed the economics to change the game: from razors to cameras, computers to airlines, magazines to nonprofits. Companies that start by redesigning the economics of an industry often finish by redesigning the whole industry—and owning it.
marketing  business  strategy  business-models  innovation 
may 2009 by daguti
Finding and Grooming Breakthrough Innovators
Finding and developing breakthrough innovators is a major challenge for growth-oriented organizations of all sizes, not just for Apple. According to interviews conducted by the executive search firm Spencer Stuart, more than two-thirds of directors at the leading global companies it advises cite innovation as critical for long-term success. Indeed, boardroom discussions often center on just two questions: How can we sustain innovation? and Do we have a plan for developing future leaders who can facilitate this goal?
business  personal-development  innovation  psychology  management 
december 2008 by daguti
'Vanishing' colour gives schoolgirls chance to beat ban on nail varnish | the Daily Mail
A nail varnish that "vanishes" has been developed by a group of school pupils - offering girls the chance to beat bans on makeup. The nail colour is a vivid red outdoors - but inside it transforms to a much paler shade which can hardly be seen.
entrepreneurship  business  interesting  innovation 
march 2008 by daguti

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