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Banking, insurance, and the wonderful world of FinTech startups

Fintech startups

The phrase “Banking is essential; banks are not” is often attributed to Bill Gates. While predictions about the death of banks seem very exaggerated, the world of finance and banking is undergoing a revolution led by financial technology (FinTech) innovations. It is common nowadays to read press releases about successful startups or new investments related to FinTech. Innovation exists in […]

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The five barriers to increased productivity

Improve productivity

The need for efficiency and productivity seems like a no-brainer. In engineering classes, media, and even fiction books (e.g. The Goal), increased productivity for companies and organizations has been emphasized, analyzed and taught in detail. The ability to improve work processes, manufacture just in time, achieve operational efficiency and optimize inventory levels allows companies to decrease costs and become more […]

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Why business model innovation rocks

Business Model Innovation

Can you name management trends that most business executives appreciate but few ever implement? Business model innovation (BMI) sure is one of them. Companies that successfully reinvent their business models may become more profitable and more sustainable. This post will discuss 4 reasons that business model innovation is so essential, and why the opportunity is big now.  1) Business models […]

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What makes an all-star startup board fail?

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Innovative companies that revolutionized their industries, acquired large user bases, and disrupted marketplaces, only to fail spectacularly afterwards, make the most interesting stories. Friendster may enter the Hall of Fame of such companies. Friendster was a social network pioneer that enabled users to view profiles and connect with strangers, along with other features. It acquired a large user base, raised […]

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The art of finding business startup ideas

business startup ideas

  Wouldn’t it be great if it were easy for entrepreneurs to generate business startup ideas worth pursuing? While everybody agrees that execution is crucial, generating great ideas is equally important: no founder could seriously expect investments when pitching poor initiatives. Finding ideas may be easy for some; however, generating impactful initiatives that justify several years of hard labor and capital […]

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