How to prepare for corporate incubation end of party

Five prevalent impediments push corporations away from sound partnerships with startups.

My last keynote with the FabMob program, during a private event involving selected startups and industrials at Autonomy 2016 in Paris today. The idea was to discuss how corporate incubation end of party is coming quickly to Europe, and illustrate the five most prevalent impediments that corporations have to overcome to engage further partnerships with startups. Continue reading “How to prepare for corporate incubation end of party”

Should your startup apply to a corporate incubation program?

Business medias are crazy about industrials working with startups, but we seldom discuss how should startup apply to corporate incubation programs. Shall we try to do that?

Startups have become a cheap excuse for corporations in lack of innovation strategy. It’s not even breaking news; if you’ve been in the business of guiding companies through the innovation minefield for a while, you’ve already endured several trends coming and going every three or four years. Open innovation, intrapreneurship, design thinking, now startup incubation programs. Continue reading “Should your startup apply to a corporate incubation program?”

The iPhone7 tests your innovation mindset

Because you know what the iPhone is, you probably take it for granted and see it as a mere evolution of its initial inception in 2007.

So ‘the iPhone 7 is boring’ has become a recurring mantra.

We think that the phone has evolved into a Swiss-army knife device, but is still a phone. Doing so, we try to see the future in our rear-view mirror and focus on things that we can grasp easily; such as specifications. Is the device thinner? Is it as waterproof as another one? How is the screen quality? Continue reading “The iPhone7 tests your innovation mindset”

How business scalability works

We explore in this article the 3 main ways of how business scalability works, and consider what’s wrong in Europe with startups.

Scalability is a magic word for innovators. It is what sets Amazon apart from your local retail store, Uber from a taxi company, and Apple from Asus. It is also what ultimately differentiates startups from run-of-the-mill tech ventures. But scalability is a call difficult to answer, partly –but not only– because it’s very ill-defined. Let’s try to explore some key points you should wrap your mind around if scalability matters to you. Continue reading “How business scalability works”

An unexpected summer reading list for innovators

You may not think that reading about traditional Japanese arts, or architecture, could help you innovate. You’d be wrong.

I was recently asked by too many people to produce a reading list for this summer to really be able to refuse gracefully. Now, this is not a simple matter. To some extent, my straightforward answer would be: read everything about innovation that has been published in these last 20 years, that is not purely redundant, and then… forget it all. Continue reading “An unexpected summer reading list for innovators”

The rationality of approximation

We all think that we are rational beings, but what if you shouldn’t be? Or more precisely, what if you shouldn’t share the same rationality as overs?

The innovation playfield is constantly flooded with vague concepts, buzzwords or ill-defined theories. In the end, we all start to use the same interchangeable lingo and shout instructions to our teams, or our customers, that we do not comprehend anymore. Such a key instruction that you’ll find in any innovation book is: be agile. Depending on where you read it, it will be wrapped differently. Accept risk. Keep it lean. Embrace risk. Leverage serendipity. Focus on effectuation. Be opportunistic. Pivot when necessary. Move fast, break things. Continue reading “The rationality of approximation”