The Business Model of NESPRESSO

Nespresso is a machine-and-pod coffee concept for making espresso, developed by the food multinational Nestlé. By fitting an aluminium coffee pod into the machine, perfect espresso can be made at the push...

Why Korea Will Become The Next Silicon Valley

South Korea will become the next Silicon Valley. In four chronological layers that span several decades of development, Korea has fostered six key variables that feed off each other to create this...

Most Startups Fail, How Will Yours Be Different?

The large majority of startups fail, several sources say 9 out of 10, but this proportion only includes those that have reached the stage where they could be noticed and included...

The Millennial Problem

There’s a belief, at least around Silicon Valley, that the so-called Millennials (those born somewhere between the years 1980 and 2000) just simply aren’t engaged at work. Source: Vimeo This isn’t limited to...

Women on Top in Tech – Lisa Kuhn Phillips, VP at Allied Payment Network...

(Women on Top in Tech is a series about Women Founders, CEOs, and Leaders in technology. It aims to amplify and bring to the fore diversity in leadership in technology.) Here is...

China’s New Agro-Investment: Future of Sustainability?

A major opportunity exists in China’s recently announced massive farm investment: it could shift the country’s agricultural systems toward more sustainable agricultural development. To meet future food security, poverty reduction, and...

The Philosopher Kings of Silicon Valley

In startup land, getting out of the building and moving fast are prerequisites for finding a repeatable and scalable business model before the money runs out. Philosophy — oft maligned as...

The Amazing Surprises of Living in a Japanese Home

The time-tested ways to get a quick exposure to a new country are to go grocery shopping and, if you are lucky enough, be invited to stay with a local. For example, a...

The Ethics of Innovation

A Chinese-Korean joint venture plans to build the world’s largest cloning factory in Tianjin, eventually producing 1million head of cloned cattle a year, as well as dogs and even endangered species....

The 8 Eccentric Habits of Geniuses

There’s a fascinating link between geniuses and eccentric behavior. Einstein picked cigarette butts off the street and used the tobacco for his pipe; Benjamin Franklin sat naked in front of a...

Lessons from Outsourcing to India, China and the Philippines

I've had this post in one form or another of draft for several years now. I hesitated to complete it, in part because at the best of times cultural observations can...

7 Fundamental Business Models

The Business Model Archetypes are seven fundamental business  “personalities” upon which any business model can be developed.  By providing the context of all available models, it becomes easier to see how...

Why Yahoo Failed & What We Can Learn

The end of Yahoo was pretty much inevitable the day they said they could no longer compete with Google (back in the early 2000s). What can we learn from Yahoo's downfall? Features...

Entrepreneurship is a game of Poker

It would be a mistake to think of the returns to entrepreneurship as predictably stemming from just showing up and taking a spin at the wheel of startup roulette. Instead, entrepreneurship...

The ROI of Innovation

As product managers, we are often asked a single question when we propose a new product: What’s the Return on Investment (ROI)? What’s the ROI of innovation? There has to be a...

Why Bad Economies Are Good For Business

Why start your own company in a bad economy? Try to ignore the gloomy media picture of the world coming to an end, a crashing economy, high unemployment, business failures and...

Valuable Lessons From Spotify’s Business Model

Spotify has been on my business model watch list for some years. They constantly leverage partnerships to build next steps for developing their business model and achieving growth. In this article,...

How The Internet of Things Is Changing Our World

Everybody talks about the Internet of Things, the IoT… but how is the IoT actually going to change our lives? The Internet of Things is creating a new world, a quantifiable and...

Women on Top in Tech – Paola Bonomo, Non-Executive Director of AXA Assicurazioni

(Women on Top in Tech is a series about Women Founders, CEOs, and Leaders in technology. It aims to amplify and bring to the fore diversity in leadership in technology.) Today’s interview...

This Startup Wants To Kill UBER

The world of ride-sharing startups is ripe with investment failures, technical failures and even some outright fraud, but one thing is certain: Uber is still the king of them all, controlling a...

Another Asian Financial Bust?

Globalism changed the economic order of things. Most relate globalism to free trade. However, the greater effects of globalism can come via the opening of capital flows among countries — both when...

Fueling the Affordable Smartphone Revolution in India

Smartphones have emerged as the exemplar of mankind’s quest for shrinking technologies. They embody the realization of a simple premise – that computing devices would do more and cost less. This...

Women on Top in Tech – Nicole Sturgill, Principal Executive Advisor of CEB

(Women on Top in Tech is a series about Women Founders, CEOs, and Leaders in technology. It aims to amplify and bring to the fore diversity in leadership in technology.) Here is...

How Startups Tackle Emerging Markets

Developing new business in emerging economies, especially rural ones, is hard. An entrepreneur has to create products and services that are able to withstand the vagaries of the emerging market context:...

Is The Social Media Bubble Bursting?

Social Media Bubble questions resurface whenever Social Media attracts bad press. For example, claims that paid ads receive low levels of engagement, or that social media is a waste of time for marketers are contributing...

Career Tips for Entrepreneurs from VC Marc Andreessen

We just came across a series of four careers advice posts by Marc Andreessen (hat tip, Satvik Beri). We’re always on the look out for thoughtful careers advice from very successful individuals...

How Important Is Instagram For Marketing?

A few years ago, blogs and industry pubs were full of hopeful predictions of how Facebook and Twitter would usher in a new age of cost-free or low-cost marketing. Brands would...

Putting Sky-High Startup Valuation Into Perspective

We have all seen statements such as "Uber is worth four times more than Hertz, and it doesn't own a single car." While there is a kernel of truth to this...

The Failure of Steve Jobs & Walt Disney

There is an awful lot one can learn from the remarkable Steve Jobs, of course, but one thing stands out to me--one single thing that can get lost among the many...

The Meaning Of Price

Buying something means paying a price. But what exactly is "price? " Price is the money someone charges for a good or service. For example, an item of clothing will cost a certain amount...

Startup Advice for Asian Entrepreneurs

The Story of You

Lessons from Collision … (Collision is the Tech Conference in Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Project, Las Vegas. It took place at the World Market Center...

Name Your Brand In 5 Steps

EVERY so often in Bangkok, I run into former colleagues. During such encounters, as we catch up about our lives and ask about mutual...

Will You Succeed In Your Startup?

Sometimes the question of success can be best understood through the realm of statistics.

How Do You Value A Startup?

Its much more than an estimation, it is very much a science in itself.

The common notion of ‘startup success’, isn’t even close to it!

If you have been reading up digital news frequently, you already know what’s the most hep topic of conversations today — startups. Call it need of the...