Models Matter

“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way”  wrote the Russian novelist Tolstoy.   The same seems to be  true for “happy” (successful) businesses.  Regardless of the nature of the product or service offered,  the most successful companies today can be considered “software” companies in that software is an integral part… [Continue Reading]

Days of Disruption (No. 6)

With all the disruption being wrecked on traditional businesses by newcomers with new business models, it’s important to remember that the disruptors are sometimes disrupted before they can displace their competitors. To wit: Movie Pass:   This much touted start up offered a monthly subscription model for movie fans which, as a recent Washington Post article states, “is teetering… [Continue Reading]

Days of Disruption (No. 2): Meet Zander Futernick

Meet 21 year old Zander Futernick who may be about to teach the airline industry how to run, well, an airline. Existing businesses are often reinvented by finding an unserved market and/or creating a different business model for an old product.   This short article from Forbes relates how Mr. Futernick is exploiting the market space between… [Continue Reading]

Toys Were Us

It’s one thing for a business or industry to suffer a significant downturn.  It’s quite another for an industry icon to disappear entirely. To wit: the Toys ‘R’ Us shutdown, liquidation and its soon to be total disappearance from the retail scene.  What can we learn from the demise of  Toys ‘R’ Us?   Vistage Speaker Marc… [Continue Reading]

The IKEA Effect

The founder of Ikea, Ingvar Kamprad passed away on January 31. His extraordinary success (he was number 10 on the world’s richest persons list) by bringing a new business model to an old category is the stuff of business legends. What was so different about his offering? Vistage’s premier speaker on the art and science… [Continue Reading]

The New LinkedIn

Microsoft paid $26 Billion for LinkedIn.  The following will help C-Level execs understand why.  Many CEOs and direct reports have a personal or company page on this site but know little about the power that LinkedIn offers them, so they don’t challenge their teams to use it to its fullest.   This short article from Intero… [Continue Reading]

The New Four Horsemen

NYU professor and marketing guru Scott Galloway has penned a book that explores the current and future impact of a group of companies that many call the “new four horsemen of the apocalypse” because of the cataclysmic effect they are having on many industries and many business models. Galloway’s book The Four: The Hidden DNA… [Continue Reading]

A Porter Primer

For the past 30 years, Michael Porter of Harvard has been to the study of strategy what W. Edwards Deming was to Total Quality Management.  The size and scope of Porter’s remarkable body of work has, unfortunately, discouraged many from pursuing his contributions to this most important subject. A colleague of Porter’s, however, has done… [Continue Reading]

Queen Mary Requests Your Presence

The two most eagerly awaited events every spring are the opening of baseball season and Mary Meeker’s, (aka Queen of the Internet,) annual Internet Trends presentation.  As the lead internet analyst at VC firm Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers,  millions of business people rely on her analysis and predictions. Whether you are heavily involved in… [Continue Reading]

Cleaning up on Every Aisle

By now you’ve heard at Amazon is paying almost $14 Billion for Whole Foods.  This seems counter intuitive on two fronts: a move into brick and mortar by a firm that has done so much damage to the brick and mortar world ….who is also world famous for low prices buying the highest end grocer… [Continue Reading]