Category Archives: Startups

The dawn of the “craft economy”?

In a 2012 Harvard Business Review article, Maxwell Wessel made an interesting point. He argued that the corporate scale had ceased providing large companies with the same competitive advantage as it used to in the past. Being bigger doesn’t guarantee … Continue reading

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Want the correct answer (and perhaps to be a millionaire too)?

Over the past few months, I’ve been preaching the virtues of crowdsourcing to young entrepreneurs and startup (co)-founders. Perhaps, I’m not a good preacher, but very often, my message is being met with a visible skepticism. Why would I approach … Continue reading

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Can we make crowdsourcing available to small companies?

Crowdsourcing is a powerful open innovation tool allowing organizations to tap on the collective wisdom of their own employees (internal crowdsourcing) or pools of external talent around the world (external crowdsourcing). Internal crowdsourcing (usually managed through Internal Innovation Networks) can be … Continue reading

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Do Corporate Accelerators Create Real Value?

(This post first appeared on the Front End of Innovation Blog) Corporate intrapreneurship is relatively new business concept aimed at helping large companies advance their disruptive innovation initiatives. Due to its novelty and immaturity, this model of corporate innovation obviously needs … Continue reading

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Why Do Startups Fail?

I came across a March 2015 TED talk by Bill Gross, founder of the business incubator Idealab. He set out to identify the “single biggest reason why startups succeed” (or fail). To do so, he considered the five major factors: … Continue reading

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