Mentoring to Accelerate International Growth

In our first white paper preview, we introduced a few of the key elements about mentoring and its connection to strategy. In order to give you a bit more meat on these bones, here is another part of the paper giving a specific angle on a strategic use of mentoring to accelerate international growth: Continue reading Mentoring to Accelerate International Growth

What We Do at Merkapt

Innovation is Motion

What we do is that we work with those who change the market.

Whether modestly or in a very radical way, they disturb, make waves and do what others tried without success. They walk off-the-beaten-track, and if they succeed, they alter the status quo.

Innovation is not measured by the number of patents, but by the impact of its change.

We believe that a restaurant chain can be more innovative than a pharmaceutical lab. And although we do love technology and recognize its transformative power, we do not see it as THE answer. Simply a tool amongst many. Continue reading What We Do at Merkapt

A first glimpse at our Strategic Mentoring white paper…

I’ve been working for the past few weeks on a new white paper about Strategic Mentoring for large corporations and multinational groups. The subtitle for now is “How to Build the Fabled Connected Company & Engage Ever-Changing Markets”. We’ll probably keep it that way. : ) Continue reading A first glimpse at our Strategic Mentoring white paper…

Risk, the most valuable currency between startups and the industry

Tomorrow, I’ll be presenting a keynote titled “Trading Risk, the Most Valuable Currency Between Startups and the Industry” for the CEA at the LETI Days event. The main points of this discussion will be on the positive nature of risk for businesses, the cultural gap that French (and Europeans) have in regard of dealing with risks, and on how to strategically game the innovation rules. Continue reading Risk, the most valuable currency between startups and the industry

Pivots, glissements et rhizomes : penser la disruption

J’étais en mars dernier invité par la SNECMA pour parler d’innovation sur le sujet global de “penser la disruption”.  Et comme vous le savez si vous lisez ce blog régulièrement, il est presque toujours impossible de partager publiquement ce que nous faisons avec nos clients. Même s’il ne s’agit des fois que de conférences internes. Dans le cas présent, ayant eu un feu vert, nous allons en profiter pour revenir sur quelques points clefs des stratégies d’innovation et notamment, les stratégies de pivots. Continue reading Pivots, glissements et rhizomes : penser la disruption

Can MBA students become entrepreneurs?

Of course they can, however a good reality check is essential! This is why I did a workshop for them at GEM (Grenoble Business School) earlier this year. The key point being: realising that moving from a management job in a large company  to the life of an entrepreneur is first and foremost a human transition. Continue reading Can MBA students become entrepreneurs?

Ce qui bloque les startups en Europe

Paul GRAHAM sur ce qui bloque le développement des startups en Europe :

Une astuce pour les gouvernements qui veulent encourager les startups : lisez les histoires de startups existantes, et ensuite essayez de simuler ce qui se serait passé dans votre pays. Quand vous vous heurtez à quelque chose qui aurait tué Apple, coupez-le.

Le problème essentiel avec cette démarche en Europe ? Être capable de se projeter à plus de trois ans, au-delà des visées politiques personnelles des uns et des autres.

Remplacez “Gouvernements par “Grands groupes” et le problème est identique