Resources: Clayton Christensen on disruptive innovation

Clayton Christensen’s The Innovators Dilemma is a business classic, providing a framework for understanding how technological or business model innovations (or more usually, both) allow new businesses to gain a foothold in markets or to create new ones. It’s been hugely influential – and has come in for its share of criticism. This post contains links to a range of…

The innovation in your head…

… isn’t an innovation yet. Our definition of innovation refers to something rather specific: A change in the processes by which an organization transforms labor, capital, materials and information into products and services of greater value. Clayton Christensen, Efosa Ojomo and Karen Dillon – The Prosperity Paradox It’s simply an idea. It’s an innovation when you’ve done the hard work…

Value: more of more?

Make something useful For lots of people Capture some of that value so that you can do it again The more useful what you do is, for more people*, the greater the potential is for your organisation to be sustainable and successful.** BUT you probably need to start by building something small first: the minimum viable product for the minimum…

Podcast recommendation: Mark Andreessen on Software Eating the World (2019)

Here’s Mark Andreessen on the A16z podcast summarising what it means for software to eat the world: [In the original 2011 essay] I made three claims, which I would say increase as you go in audacity or arrogance, depending on your point of view. Or just flat out hubris, which is another possibility. … The first claim is that any…

Resources about setting prices

A high enough price If you want to help a lot of people, you’ll need to do your job well and for a long time – something that won’t be possible if you don’t have any money. Charging a reasonable price is a key part of this – but how do you know what’s reasonable? Here a some resources I’ve…

No shortage of money

There is no money shortage. It might not be where you’d like it, and there might not be people lining up to give it to you for whatever you think it would be well used for… but there’s plenty of money. Whose money? It’s usually best if the money comes directly from the people you’re serving – call them customers,…

Seth Godin on good teachers

Here’s the secret, I think: teaching is empathy.If you have a bad teacher, who is strict for no reason, who says “there will be a test,” who is strict for no reason, who glosses over things that the class doesn’t understand, or spends time on things the class does – that teacher is a bad teacher because they are selfish.…

Zen Hae on cross-pollination, imitation and innovation in Indonesian Peranakan literature

The pattern of hybridity, imitation and innovation we talk about under the label “combinatorial innovation” isn’t limited to cars and computers – it’s central to (and has been discussed for far longer) in literature and the arts. In a paper from the Jakarta International Literary Festival 2019, Zen Hae unpacks the example of Indonesian-language writing by Peranakan* writers as a…

Canon: fences and trampolines

I’ve just spent a thoroughly enjoyable day at the first Jakarta International Literary Festival. I sat in on two Symposiums*: The Southern Common Themes Dilemma, moderated by Nukila Aman and featuring Legodile Seganabeng, Sharlene Teo, Intan Paramaditha, and Nukila Aman; and The Need for a Southern Canon, moderated by Stephanos Stephanides and featuring Ramon Guillermo, Hilmar Farid and Adania Shibli.…

Seth Godin on listening to feedback

The most important thing to remember now a simple sentence: “It’s not for you.” … So you run an Indian restaurant on 6th Street in New York and you have a $24 spicy vindaloo, if you finish it you get it for free, it’s that spicy. And someone comes to the restaurant and says, “I hate spicy food,” it’s really…