The can’t is a lie. Bureaucracies and innovation

Can you think of a well-defined and -implemented process at your work that most of your colleagues would adhere to to optimize operations? A way of performing a task that you are convinced most people would follow? Yeah, right. Anything from management reporting to onboarding processes. Now, can you think of a well-defined and -implemented methodology at your work that …

Eco footprint. Still mostly for breakouts. Here is how to get you started

No doubt, that businesses throughout have seen the writing on the wall and started adopting the values underlying the global goals. Thanks to the UN who boldly ignited the sustainable development goal (SDG) era in 2015 not only have we become aware of the major impact we can make. We also genuinely believe that every individual can make a difference. …

Buyers of SMEs can learn from the selling founder

Three sets of hard-edged practices and underlying attitudes underpin high performance well-known from founder-led companies. 1) Purpose. 2) Customer obsession. 3) Willingness to change. They can all be learned.

3 inputs on your way to product market fit

Startup is no land for long lasting leaders. You either get traction or run out of resources. But what happens once you actually get to product market fit? Before product market fit Product-market-fit (PMF) marks such a critical turning point in the company lifecycle. Life changes significantly. But don’t try to get there too early … Product: Trade the fine-tuned …

21st century corporate innovation tools

Familiar with the fear of failure or lack of speed in corporations? Although hard to accept, as a corporate innovator you can learn tremendously from startups. Here is why. Corporation vs. startup A corporation is a permanent organization designed to execute a repeatable and scalable business model that they have built over time. In a corporation ‘fear of failure’ inhibits …

Team, product, or market? The X factor of growth

There is this continuous debate on what matters the most. The right team, the product, or the market. Until recently, I would have argued the team before the product.  If you ask entrepreneurs or VCs which is most important, the most likely answer would be the team, partly because in the beginning of a startup, you know a lot more about the team than you do …