Coffee Business Model Innovation

The World’s Smartest Small Business? Business Model Innovation at its Best

Every business wants a winning business model.  Here’s the innovation that propelled one small business to the top, becoming the #1 coffee spot out of 35,000 cafes in Paris.  Watch out Starbucks! Here’s the story of Cafeotheque… Not just the most incredible coffee on the planet, but an amazing business model. No wonder they are ranked as the…

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Google and Amazon want to give you wings – don’t be their drone

Drone technology may be the next disruptive innovation.  But drones must fly over many hurdles before they’re delivering to our doorsteps. Last week Google unveiled its secret aerial drone delivery project, Project Wing.  The idea is simple:  unmanned aircraft buzz the skies above us carrying products to our homes and businesses.  Amazon shared its own…

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The Disruptive Innovation Theory and Paradigm has a Crack in It

Thanks to Jill Lepore at the New Yorker, a crack just appeared in the disruptive innovation paradigm. Just like when a rock pelts the windshield of your car and a hairline crack appears, I can only expect it to spread and get bigger. (see my follow-up article, Debunking Disruptive Innovation for a detailed analysis of…

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How to Measure Innovation (to Get Real Results)

Just out – my latest FastCompany article on how to measure innovation: http://bit.ly/innovationmetrics According to McKinsey, more than 70% of corporate leaders tout innovation as a top three business priority, but only 22 percent set innovation performance metrics.  It’s not surprising there’s a huge innovation gap in most companies. Some might even argue that the…

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Key Opinion Leaders & Outside Experts Drive Innovation

I’m sitting here at the Philips Healthcare “KOL Leadership Summit.”  It’s all about tapping into outside expertise to drive innovation.  After listening to the first speaker, I wrote this brief article that outlines my take on the broader topic… Naval gazing.  Insular thinking.  Drinking your own bath water. Whatever you call it, it kills effective…

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How to Innovate Your Corporate Business Function

Disruptive Innovation is as relevant to internal business functions like HR, Legal, and Finance as it is to breakthrough technologies, products, and services. Last year I spoke at Disney. The company wanted me to teach their high potential leaders the ins and outs of breakthrough innovation. Awesome. But the end of the session something surprising…

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