Startup Innovation

This page displays all posts on this site from the Startup Innovation category. To find out more about the subject you should read the InnerVentures trend report.

Kraft Heinz makes £112bn approach to Unilever Friday, February 17, 2017 - See excerpt – interesting point: Full article on FT here: Kraft Heinz makes £112bn approach to Unilever
Round up of latest #innerventures trends Saturday, February 4, 2017 - I’m tracking these updates with the #innerventuresupdate tag – you can find all of them by following the link. They all tie in with and add to the findings from my trend report which covers startup driven innovation in large corporates, corporate venturing efforts and the role of the intrapreneur. You can buy the report […]
Lean startup methodology applied to successful enterprise technology adoption Saturday, January 14, 2017 - The Lean Startup isn’t just about how to create a more successful entrepreneurial business. It’s about what we can learn from those businesses to improve virtually everything we do. I imagine Lean Startup principles applied to government programs, to healthcare, and to solving the world’s great problems. It’s ultimately an answer to the question ‘How […]
Enterprise technology adoption – Use cases are the currency of success Saturday, January 7, 2017 - I work in customer success in the enterprise technology space and have written several posts on the activities required for the role – find them under the customer-success tag. This one is about the use case which I see as the currency of customer success management. A use case is a set of interactions between a […]
When corporate/startup innovation programs fail Friday, December 30, 2016 - A great article describing the closure of Coca-Cola’s Founders startup incubator over on TechCrunch. It details some of the challenges with this approach that I thought were worth sharing here. I especially love the quoted thought below: You need a translator to help them understand what’s going on. That’s why a lot of platforms inside […]
The state of startup / corporate collaboration 2016 Thursday, December 15, 2016 - Cracking report from Imaginatik and MassChallenge. Its available to download from either site if you can find the page (registration required) but I’ve added the the-state-of-startupcorporate-collaboration-2016 (pdf). Key findings below: 1. INTERACTIONS MOVING EARLY STAGE While most startup/corporate interactions used to begin at the negotiation table, corporations and startups increasingly recognize the benefits of earlier […]
Launch like a boss – bringing consumer startup practice to your enterprise technology platform Monday, December 12, 2016 - The users of a technology platform inside an organisation are a peculiar, collective beast. They are very different to the masses of end users that are customers of a consumer product or service. They are also subject to very different forces than the free, open market subject’s consumers to. However, we can draw parallels and bring in comparisons and best practices from […]
Round up of latest #innerventures trends Saturday, November 12, 2016 - Lots going on recently so this is a big update with an excellent selection of articles and activities. The Barriers Big Companies Face When They Try to Act Like Lean Startups Corporate accelerators A growing number of innovation-hungry companies are taking inspiration from Silicon Valley: They are setting up accelerators that nurture start-ups. From Deloitte […]
Round up of latest #innerventures trends Saturday, July 30, 2016 - It’s been a while since I updated on trends in this space so quite a few to add. Is Apple about to start pumping money into startups? A $1 billion investment in Didi Chuxing, the top ride-hailing service in China could be a sign it is. Liberty Mutual Launches Venture Capital Group. Liberty Mutual Group has launched […]
The slide in Mary Meeker’s 2016 internet trends report that shows incumbents’ interest in startup innovation Friday, June 3, 2016 - Here it is below. Admittedly it is somewhat narrowly focused on acquisitions of tech companies as a means to extend their digital capabilities. Still, a strong indicator from a very powerful voice. The commentary below the slide came from the article where I first read about her latest report and I cannot be sure of […]
Why leaders of digital initiatives inside organisations need to think like start-ups Sunday, May 22, 2016 - Or to put it another way, why they need to be more intrapreneurial. I have written about this before on LinkedIn and its also covered in my trend report although those are broader pieces covering more than just digital initiatives. What I am talking about here relates to initiatives that I am often involved in […]
Round up of latest #innerventures trends Friday, May 13, 2016 - Couple of new things happening in the world of startup driven innovation since my last post, at least new things I’ve found – some articles/announcements are from a while ago. Here they are: HP’s new Tech Ventures arm looks to invest in emerging startups 8 principles for innovation in a corporate ecosystem Naspers Plants a […]
Entrepreneurial management over traditional management in highly uncertain times Sunday, May 8, 2016 - Most of this diagram comes from the book The Innovators Method which I read recently for and included in my trend report. The essence of the book and indeed my trend report is how to bring the lean startup approach into the organisation. I have made the commentary in the diagram at the top referring […]
Round up of latest #innerventures trends Sunday, April 24, 2016 - As always there lots going on and the last few weeks have brought some interesting new announcements and great stories from the trenches.  From indifferent to Intrapreneur – Getting employees on board Autoglass parent company launches global startup accelerator Alibaba’s cloud service launches global program for startups 3 Big company practices that work for any […]
Diary of an Accidental Intrapreneur Sunday, April 10, 2016 - I originally wrote this post on LinkedIn but think this site is a better home considering the subject matter so just bringing it over. A lot has been written about what constitutes an intrapreneur and why its so important. I should know, I’m writing a book about the subject and have been researching it openly for some time […]
How old banks are learning from a new breed of tech start-ups Sunday, April 10, 2016 - I gave this (i.e. the Fintech scene) special coverage in a separate section of my trend report. Banks around the world are realising that in the rapidly developing world of smartphones and apps they are at risk of falling behind in the innovation race. Fresh-faced financial technology start-ups (fintechs) are coming up with new mobile-first […]
Round up of latest #innerventures trends Saturday, April 9, 2016 - In this post I’m changing the format slightly by tagging the title with a different hashtag (which was partly for Twitter but had other purposes too). Instead of intrapreneurtrends that I used before, its now the new name of this site, its URL, the new hashtag I’m tracking on Twitter (see sidebar) and my new […]
World’s biggest startup? Samsung to reform corporate culture Thursday, March 24, 2016 - SEOUL (By Se Young Lee, Reuters) — Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, the world’s biggest maker of smartphones and memory chips, announced on Thursday that it plans to adopt a corporate culture akin to a startup, seeking to become more nimble as growth slows. More here.  #research
Jet Blue joins the corporates in the VC game Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - I just found an announcement that JetBlue has formed an in-house venture capital program that will invest in startups “at the intersection of technology, travel and hospitality.” More here: http://www.jetblueventures.com/ #research
What Big Companies Can Learn from the Success of the Unicorns Sunday, March 20, 2016 - From an article on the Harvard Business Rreview, the authors carried out a systematic analysis of the 146 unicorns identified by The Wall Street Journal. Thanks to this analysis, we identified four features that are common to pretty much all the unicorns and which we believe helps explain why they have been so successful. Unicorns […]
Round up of latest #intrapreneur trends Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - How to partner with a larger company when you’re a startup Why investors love spin-off startups The struggle with adapting the lean startup to the corporate environment Big Companies Must Embrace Intrapreneurship To Survive Big Companies Should Collaborate with Startups Driving a culture of innovation with entrepreneurial thinking now being pushed at University How Large […]
Corporate Innovation Trends – Report from CB Insights Friday, February 12, 2016 - The blurb for the report says it all: The life of an S&P 500 company is rapidly declining and increasingly, the risks to these companies comes from an armada of startups and not a giant incumbent competitor. We dig into how corporations can use startups to innovate faster and how to make the important build, […]
More #intrapreneur trends being led by financial services Monday, February 1, 2016 - From this article on the Financial Times (you may find its behind a paywall): Axa chief excited by technological change The chief executive of Europe’s second-biggest insurer by market capitalisation says that the industry is dealing with technological change unevenly. “That is great news,” he adds, explaining that it allows more nimble operators to win […]
Round up of latest #intrapreneur trends Thursday, January 14, 2016 - Some very interesting articles over the last few weeks – here they are: MasterCard Announces Start Path Global Program – an accelerator to support Fintech startups. Like this statement on their site – very intrapreneurial: “Like a startup, we are always looking for ways to evolve. That’s why we have created a new partnership model […]
Academy for Corporate Entrepreneurship – awesome programs for the #intrapreneur Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - Woah, just came across this site today with probably the most comprehensive and impressive Intrapreneurship program I’ve seen so far – definitely one for the #research files. Here it is: http://www.afce.co/
How to think like a Startup Friday, January 8, 2016 - Definitely one for Intrapraneurs
Intrapreneurs matrix – a lens for breaking down activities Friday, January 8, 2016 - After an awesome discussion with some friends on chapter 2 of the trend report which is intended to do a slightly deeper dive into intrapreneurial activity than the intro, we agreed it would be useful to break down activities a little to provide greater meaning and context we could come back to in later chapters. […]
Before you build an innovation lab, answer these 6 questions Monday, December 14, 2015 - From VentureBeat where the article was posted, these pertinent points for why I will be incorporating some of the thinking here in the trend report: Today, large companies are creating innovation outposts in innovation clusters like Silicon Valley in order to tap into the clusters’ innovation ecosystems. These corporate innovation outposts monitor Silicon Valley for […]
Round up of latest #intrapreneur trends Friday, December 4, 2015 - A list of articles from the last week or so: How to Drive Intrapreneurship Within Your Business to Create Truly Great Innovation The Rapidly Maturing Intrapreneur Competence: Notes from the 2015 Corporate Intrapreneur Summit This professional services firm found an innovative way to get big corporations to think small 7 Ways Corporations Are Driving Entrepreneurship […]
Can this strategy help large corporates/encumbents leapfrog nimble, disruptive startups? Thursday, December 3, 2015 - This is kind of the hypotheses I’m testing with the writing of this trend report. I tried to capture in visual form the main elements of the strategy. I’ll try and incorporate this into the book in some way, shape or form…
After 17 Harvard case studies, Haier starts a fresh spin cycle Thursday, December 3, 2015 - Great article on FT.com which may be behind a paywall for you so I have copied and pasted two pertinent quotes on some really interesting initiatives/approaches the CEO is driving in his company. This is really taking intrapreneurial activity to another level… In its home country, the group is re­inventing itself again as a set […]
Round up of latest #intrapreneur trends – Finservices continue to shine Saturday, November 21, 2015 - Suddenly Every Company Is Becoming A Venture Capitalist. According to data provided by the National Venture Capital Association, more than 20 percent of VC dollars in the third quarter came from corporate venture capital. That accounted for over $2.3 billion in corporate venture capital investments for the period. How 5 Big Brands Are Partnering with […]
Creating Urgency around Corporate Innovation Monday, November 9, 2015 - What intrapreneurs in established firms must do to succeed. Great article from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. #research
Taking a course on Startups… Saturday, October 31, 2015 - … is probably a good way to gain knowledge of latest trends that I can include in the book so I’ve done just that and tweeted about it. The Startup App is what I used and is Apple’s best apps of June 2015 – really impressed. Imagine one for intrapreneurs :) First 10 points, first […]
UBS open innovation challenge Saturday, October 31, 2015 - Banks again at the forefront of some good approaches opening up the innovation process to the outside – find out and get involved here #research
Intrapreneurs: The New Corporate Innovation Brokers Friday, October 30, 2015 - A very quick doodle with some initial thinking that I’ll try and incorporate some elements of in the book – something around key attributes of an intrapreneur. Needs more work. #workingoutloud
Why banks need FinTech Hubs Saturday, October 24, 2015 - Great video covering an Innotribe event session at Sibos 2015 with learnings about innovation from startups that can be applied well beyond FinTech #fintech
Here’s another company at the… Monday, October 19, 2015 - Here’s another company at the game: Target, in Partnership with Techstars, Is Accepting Applications for Its New Retail Startup Accelerator The key point as follows: “In a bid to innovate both its online and in-store experience, Target has partnered up with Techstars to create a retail-focused accelerator program.” So Target are running the accelerator primarily […]
Banks are smashing it in… Saturday, October 17, 2015 - Banks are smashing it in this space. Question is how integrated into the core business is this initiative and how does it foster participation from employees of the bank? Scotiabank Creates Digital Factory to Harness Tech Talent for Innovation #research
Fresh thinking hot off the… Saturday, October 10, 2015 - Fresh thinking hot off the press that can definitely be considered for the book: How big companies can make the intrapreneur sexy again #research
Definitely one to add as… Saturday, October 10, 2015 - Definitely one to add as a reference: How acting like a startup led to a NZ snack company being sold for $641 million #research
Why You Need Lunatics, Experts, and Connectors on Every Team Monday, October 5, 2015 - Original article here. Secrets of Innovation Teams in Established Companies from Nathan Furr, Co-author, The Innovator’s Method: Bringing the Lean Startup into Your Organization Great lessons in what works in startups (first paragraph) but how this needs to be modified for large organisations (second paragraph). The startup world has started to recognize that entrepreneurial teams […]
How to start a startup Saturday, October 3, 2015 - Great infographic – question is whether this should be modified for intrapreneurs and how. Source. #research
4 Tips for Launching Minimum Viable Products Inside Big Companies Thursday, October 1, 2015 - Good article on Harvard Business Review: 4 Tips for Launching Minimum Viable Products Inside Big Companies #research
Workplace survey finds more than third consider themselves intrapreneurs Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - Interesting study by University of Phoenix – worth looking into to validate and consider including in book. University of Phoenix Workplace Survey Finds More than One-Third of Working Adults Consider Themselves ‘Intrapreneurs’. #research
Bill Gross on the single biggest reason why startups succeed Friday, September 25, 2015 - From a TED talk he gave. Pretty inspiring stuff, not necessarily related to intrapreneurial efforts, but definitely still something to help those thinking about them.
Kicking off my research with a bunch of articles and references I’ve found so far Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - This is a list of initial articles, research, examples and sites (covering various initiatives) that I have gathered as potential sources for the book. If you have any not covered here (ideally examples from within your organisation), please add them in a comment and I’ll then add them to the list. I’m now writing short […]