August, 2012

Designing Screens Using Cores and Paths

Boxes and Arrows

Imagine you’re on one side of a grass lawn and you want to reach the bus stop on the opposite side. Do you walk on the sidewalk around the edges or cross in the middle? Assuming the grass is dry and it’s not prohibited, you’d probably take the shortest path and walk across the lawn to the bus stop. If others have done so before, you may see a beaten path that you could follow.

The connected company

Xplaner

Many thanks to Thomas Vanderwal for the many conversations that inspired this post. The average life expectancy of a human being in the 21st century is about 67 years. Do you know what the average life expectancy for a company is? Surprisingly short, it turns out. In a recent talk , John Hagel pointed out that the average life expectancy of a company in the S&P 500 has dropped precipitously, from 75 years (in 1937) to 15 years in a more recent study.

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Business Model Canvas for Puppies, part II

Grasshopper Herder

When we last left off, our intrepid Puppies-as-a-Service Business Model Canvas was looking pretty good. We'd finished off the product/market fit side of the canvas. Business Model business model business model canvas business plans puppies user experience

Don’t Fear the Fad

CorporateIntel

As an investor, can you ever know for certain if that newfangled gizmo come to market is the real deal or a fad? Let’s try it a different way—perhaps everything is a fad, until it’s proven otherwise. Bread, most likely not a fad. But organic fair-market nine-grain soft crust, probably a fad. Cars, probably not a fad. But eight-cylinder 130 mph muscle mobiles with no back seats could be a fad.

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

Samsung's OEM Genes

Bill Fischer

Genes matter, and Samsung's genes are OEM genes. There is nothing wrong with OEM genes, as long as you are satisfied with being an OEM supplier, and there's certainly nothing wrong with that, either. But, it's quite a different story if your aspirations are to be something that you're not, like,

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Learning from Mars

CorporateIntel

If you went to elementary school circa the 1960s, you remember that one of the few times TV was brought into the classroom—likely a dusty, early model, enormous 21-inch Zenith B&W CRT with bent rabbit ears, strapped to a prison issue, grey steel rolling wheel cart—was for the Apollo lift offs, splash downs, and moon walks.