How to Decide if Contractor Material Financing is Right for You

Strategy Driven

As an entrepreneur in the construction industry, you might find yourself juggling a backlog of accounts payable, a stack of past-due invoices from suppliers and new projects in your pipeline that require even more equipment and materials ASAP. How Does Contractor Material Financing Work?

Disrupting Finance

Harvard Business

Citigroup leading analyst Ronit Ghose, Lemonade Insurance founder and CEO Daniel Schreiber, and OakNorth Bank founder and CEO Rishi Khosla discuss the new possibilities that AI offers the finance industry. Disruptive innovation Technology Managing organizations AudioThose who manage to use this emerging technology to reduce friction for customers will win.


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Breaking Through | A New Frontier of Technology and Innovation

N2Growth Blog

We are witnessing the creation of an entirely new paradigm, a fierce wave of technological innovation boosting generations of new businesses and business leaders. The pace of technological applications and innovations has increased significantly in recent years.

6 Rules for Defense Start-Up Innovators

Strategy Driven

The defense industry is changing in the United States of America. For years now, huge corporations such as British Aerospace Engineering and Raytheon have completely dominated the market and swooped in to poach promising innovators. Innovate in Information Defense.

How Digital Process Innovation Can Influence Organisational Change In The Finance Sector

Strategy Driven

The finance sector as we know it is being transformed by new technology. Digital innovation is everywhere, from Big Data to risk management software, and it’s all coming to change in the way that the sector is organised and run. This is just one example of how digital processes can be used to streamline regulatory and financial resources, and so we’ve taken a closer look at the impact digital process innovation is having on financial organisations around the world.

Dinosaurs, Big Consulting Firms and Disruptive Innovation

N2Growth Blog

Thanks to Professor Clayton Christensen of Harvard University and his 1997 landmark book, The Innovator’s Dilemma , we have a new way of understanding the life cycle of companies and why some market leaders maintain their dominant position and other one-time market leaders disappear. Christensen calls this “ disruptive innovation ” and gives examples as diverse as the personal computer industry, milkshakes, and steel minimills. WHAT IS A DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION?

How Blockchain Is Changing Finance

Harvard Business

First, because it’s antiquated, a kludge of industrial technologies and paper-based processes dressed up in a digital wrapper. But the solution to this innovation logjam has emerged: blockchain. Given the promise and peril of such a disruptive technology, many firms in the financial industry, from banks and insurers to audit and professional service firms, are investing in blockchain solutions. This new funding mechanism is already transforming the blockchain industry.

What’s Driving Superstar Companies, Industries, and Cities

Harvard Business

The superstars tend to be more involved in global flows of trade and finance, more digitally mature, and they dominate the lists of the most valued companies, the most valued brands, the most desirable places to work, and the most innovative companies. Apexphotos/Getty Images. The debate about superstar firms and superstar effects has been intensifying, partly in response to the rapid growth of global US tech companies.

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Blockchain Could Make the Insurance Industry Much More Transparent

Harvard Business

While Edward Lloyd is largely credited with commercializing the insurance industry, with the creation of his namesake firm, Lloyd’s, over 330 years ago, the original concept of spreading risk (or “mutualizing”) goes back even further. In effect, they all had skin in the game, which remains one of the most elusive elements of modern finance. However, even these commodity offerings can find ways to innovate and survive.

3 Tips to Avoid Wasting Money As a New Entrepreneur

Strategy Driven

Perhaps first and foremost, giant established companies will have vast financial resources at their disposal, which can be used to pursue all manner of different innovations and campaigns, while also allowing them to more easily and effectively absorb losses.

News Flash: Innovation Is No Longer Just a Specialist’s Job. Now Here’s How to Involve Your Whole Workforce Instead

Strategy Driven

The classic method of segregating innovation to a single department, or to a process led by specialists, just isn’t fast enough any longer. What’s needed is a culture in which innovation is the mission of everyone, everywhere, every day. Most innovation methods don’t actually result in innovative solutions. Research finds that just 5 to 15 percent of innovations are successful at large companies. That’s not the purpose of Innovation Engineering.

The Financial Industry Needs to Start Planning for the Next 50 Years, Not the Next Five

Harvard Business

Despite rapid innovations in data processing and machine learning, many businesses have yet to make the leap from the Industrial Age to the information age, and the gap between technological and organizational progress is widening. Eastman Kodak is the textbook case for failing to prioritize an innovation agenda; business schools around the world study the ramifications of the company’s ill-fated decision to ignore the digital photography market until it was too late.

When America Was Most Innovative, and Why

Harvard Business

economy depends on technological progress, but recent data suggests that innovation is getting harder and the pace of growth is slowing down. A major challenge in business and policy spheres is to understand the environments that are most conducive to innovation. In our research we focused on the golden age of invention: the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when America became the world’s preeminent industrial nation. was so innovative.

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How the U.S. Can Rebuild Its Capacity to Innovate

Harvard Business

From automotive to semiconductors to pharma to clean energy , America’s innovation centers have shifted east, offering growing evidence that the U.S. has lost what Harvard Business School’s Willy Shih calls the “ industrial commons ”: indispensable production skills and capabilities. We know from looking at strong economies around that world that a nation needs both R&D and manufacturing activities to maintain a healthy 21st Century industrial ecosystem.

Stop Saying Big Companies Can’t Innovate

Harvard Business

Some business pundits today believe innovation ignites better in startups than in large, established corporations. In fact, a lot of big companies have proven they are better positioned than emergent firms to create and execute innovation, however on-fire a startup may be. Corporations like these have the assets, resources, and capabilities necessary to fuel innovation. GE is another firm that has committed its size and deep pockets to innovation.

A Quiet Revolution in Clean-Energy Finance

Harvard Business Review

Solyndra's example has been particularly stark: it raised over $1 billion in equity finance in addition to receiving a $535 million loan guarantee from the Department of Energy, all prior to a cancelled IPO and the recent FBI investigation upon its bankruptcy. Their behavior displays promising parallels to the early days of the biotechnology industry. Innovation Sustainability Venture capital

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Is This the Hospital That Will Finally Push the Expensive U.S. Health Care System to Innovate?

Harvard Business

There was a time when the American steel industry seemed invincible. The American automotive industry looked rock-solid. American consumer electronics industry seemed untouchable. As we explain in Reverse Innovation in Health Care , Narayana Health’s founder, Dr. Devi Shetty, wanted to disrupt U.S. ” Narayana Health brought innovative practices honed in India to HCCI to offer first-rate care for 25-40% of U.S. Innovation & Entrepreneurship Book.

The Problem with the Profit Motive in Finance

Harvard Business Review

But the industry as a whole was not. If you let the financial services industry do exactly what it wants, the financial services industry will eventually get itself — and by extension the economy — into staggering amounts of trouble. And so historically, attempts at controlling the industry's bad habits have also involved restricting what different institutions can do, and how they are organized. Compensation Ethics Finance

How China’s Government Helps — and Hinders — Innovation

Harvard Business

As the era of China as the world’s low-cost manufacturer comes to an end, innovation has become the most important element in the state’s development blueprint. Given its ideological leanings, China presents itself as a unique experiment in the power of the state to help the economy become more innovative. As a helpful enabler, the state’s single most important role has been to ramp up the inputs to innovation – aggressively.

This Pharma Company Stays Innovative by Doing Two Things

Harvard Business

For industries that depend on innovation, sustaining it is a constant challenge. When one of us (Vivek) and his team launched Roivant Sciences in 2014 and began developing treatments for Alzheimer’s disease — they were determined to learn from the pharma industry’s innovation issues and build a more sustainable innovation engine. However, these prescriptions for innovation at Roivant have also led to some unexpected challenges.

4 Ways to Reinvest in Your Small Business to Drive Success

Strategy Driven

It helps build your brand’s presence online and in your industry to attract customers or clients and talent. For example, they may know how to innovate and fill a market need, but they don’t know how to manage people. As a small business owner, earning your first profit is a milestone.

Industry Insights: What are the Top 4 Obstacles That Prevent Business Growth?

Strategy Driven

Innovation can be harder to implement when you have a rigid system that hasn’t changed from how it used to be in the beginning and this is why you need to consider ways to pull everyone in the same direction if you want to enjoy a smoother path to growth. Whether you are running a manufacturing business or operating in the service industry it is likely that you will need to acquire more equipment in order to cope with increasing demand and a growing payroll.

Mexico Needs a Venture Capital Industry

Harvard Business Review

In Latin America, on the other hand, the VC industry is still nascent. At a recent meeting at the at the Multilateral Investment Fund (the investment and granting arm of the Inter-American Development Bank), Josh Lerner of Harvard Business School said the Latin America VC industry still has to go through the growing pains that Silicon Valley did 40 or 50 years ago during its embryonic days. But early-stage ventures are fundamental for the creation of a VC industry.

What It Takes to Innovate Within a Corporate Bureaucracy

Harvard Business

Atis is what I call a corporate hacker: an industrious intrapreneur working at the edges of organizations to solve persistent problems that customers care about. In order to support corporate hackers like Atis and Windham and foster internal innovation, companies need to identify these individuals and understand what makes them tick. She found partners, attracted financing, and cultivated a community of internal supporters. “This stuff makes my skin look like chalk.”

The Industries That Are Being Disrupted the Most by Digital

Harvard Business Review

Every year, Russell Reynolds Associates surveys more than 2,000 C-level executives on the impact, structure, barriers, and enablers of digital technologies across 15 industries. The barometer below shows the percentage of executives surveyed who responded that their business would be moderately or massively disrupted by digital in the next 12 months, broken down by industry. The most disrupted industries typically suffer from a perfect storm of two forces.

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How to Hand Off an Innovation Project from One Team to Another

Harvard Business

That fear drives their companies to invest millions into coming up with breakthrough innovations. If innovation projects are going to succeed, they’ll need to survive a handoff from an innovation team to an execution team. In many companies, innovation teams tend to fall into three buckets: Explorers, Scalers, and Optimizers (with credit to Bud Caddell and Simon Wardley ). These labels also nicely describe the phases of innovation: Explore, Scale, and Optimize.

Unusual Ways to Save Money In Your Business

Strategy Driven

If you are in a competitive marketplace and you rely on natural resources or raw materials, chances are that you will need to look for innovative ways to reduce your costs and maintain your profitability. The methods you choose will depend on your company size, your target market, and your industry. Managing Your Finances business management Expenditure Reduce Overhead strategydriven

4 Ways Leaders Can Get More from Their Company’s Innovation Efforts

Harvard Business

A recent McKinsey report found that while 84% of corporate executives think innovation is key to achieving growth objectives, only 6% are satisfied with the innovation performance of their firm. One reason for the paltry performance is that while other business areas, like sales or finance, are considered to be core functions, innovation is often considered to be something that’s “nice to have” rather than essential. Innovation Digital Article

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Top 10 US Cities to Capture Small Business Recovery Act Dollars.

Women on Business

Energy : Promote solar power , renewable energy , smart grids and develop domestic energy sources Green Building : Build energy-efficient homes and public buildings Science and Technology : Promote scientific research and innovation Transportation : Upgrade the transportation infrastructure with new roads, bridges, and mass transit systems Education : Improve public schools and job training The Recovery Act envisions a smarter, more efficient, more productive future.

Peer-to-Peer Small Business Loans Beat the Big Banks On Just About Every Count (& Not Just Because They’re The Only Ones Doing Any Real Lending).

Women on Business

This is because the credit crunch has been a boon to the P2P industry. While bank earnings have gone over the cliff, the P2P lending industry has continued to grow. Finally, if you’re a small business, you’re probably fairly innovative and unconventional yourself. Traditional banks like lending money to innovative and unconventional businesses about as much as a cat likes taking a bath. Guest post by Dan Azeroual.

The Innovation Health Care Really Needs: Help People Manage Their Own Health

Harvard Business

Finally, health care, which has been largely immune to the forces of disruptive innovation , is beginning to change. Whereas new technologies, competitors, and business models have made products and services more affordable and accessible in media, finance, retail, and other sectors, U.S. In most industries, disruption comes from startups. One big incumbent that has become more receptive to disruptive innovation is the insurance giant Humana.

Disrupting the Gaming Industry with the Same Old Playbook

Harvard Business Review

Some MMOG professional teams players can command six figure salaries, thanks to the finance provided by corporate sponsorships and advertising. The MMOG that epitomizes the birth of this new industry is perhaps League of Legends (LoL). Industries are reinvented and new ones are born all the time. Innovation Strategy With a market size of $8 billion in 2013 Massive Multiplayer Online Gaming (MMOG) is becoming big business.

April 2021 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Stephanie Skryzowski of 100 Degrees Consulting provided How to Create a Monthly Finance Routine. Stephanie shares: “ In this post of the 100 Degrees of Entrepreneurship Podcast I’m sharing the monthly finance routine you can use to grow your business and your bottom line. We’ll explore the reasons you really need a finance routine and how it can be both a measure of progress and a crystal ball into your business’ financial future.

A Model Stakeholder Strategy from the Garment Industry

Harvard Business Review

The experience of Esquel Group proves that a stakeholder-based strategy is feasible in even the toughest of industries. It's a myth that the garment industry's growth must be tied with the overuse of labor and that competition must be based on low wages. The perception has been eroding our industry's image and has caused many in our industry to assume that R&D, innovation, and social contribution are unaffordable luxuries in a fiercely cost-based competitive game.

Henry Ford, Innovation, and That "Faster Horse" Quote

Harvard Business Review

We've all been in conversations on the topics of creativity and innovation when Henry Ford's most famous adage is (excuse the pun) trotted out, usually accompanied by a knowing smirk and air of self-evidence. One side vehemently argues the merits of innovating vis-à-vis customer feedback; the other argues that true innovation is created by singularly gifted visionaries who ignore customer input and instead manufacture innovation based solely on their prophetic vision for a better future.

Disarming Landmines Through Strategic Innovation

Harvard Business Review

You might see this fledgling business (Mine Kafon is being prototyped and tested now, thanks to a fully funded Kickstarter campaign to finance its development) as a brilliant act of business strategy. He’s an innovator. Time and time again, we see the innovators of the world trouncing the strategists — those who devote their efforts to mastering how the game is played today and optimizing their use of current assets to beat all competitors. When Innovation Is Strategy.

What Markets Do and Don’t Get About Innovation

Harvard Business Review

The idea was to transform his theory of disruptive innovation into an investment thesis. Disruptive innovation can take several forms, and the market understands some types better than others. Great investments are both non-consensus and correct, and examining the valuation process shows that consensus tends to coalesce differently around each type of innovation. Why the market values some kinds of innovation better than others. Disruptive innovation Finance

Private Equity Can Make Firms More Innovative

Harvard Business Review

Maybe you remember how savagely the industry was portrayed during the 2012 U.S. And a recent working paper out of the Dusseldorf Institute for Competition Economics ( DICE ), a think tank of sorts, focuses on the latter by exploring whether leveraged buyouts (LBOs) make firms more innovative. PE investors don’t typically invest in firms known for innovation. LBOs can help firms that are financially constrained invest in innovation.

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A Chart That Shows Which Industries Are the Most Digital (and Why)

Harvard Business Review

Our research included a new Industry Digitization Index, the first major attempt to measure digital progress and adoption in each sector. Right behind it are media, finance, and professional services, all of which have far more sophisticated digital capabilities than the rest of the economy. These usage-related innovations are likely to have profound implications on business models and economics across the value chain in the coming years.

Why Germany Dominates the U.S. in Innovation

Harvard Business Review

Reading the headlines, you might think that the most urgent question about national success in innovation and growth is whether the U.S. Germany does a better job on innovation in areas as diverse as sustainable energy systems, molecular biotech, lasers, and experimental software engineering. Indeed, as part of an effort to learn from Germany about effective innovation, U.S. is better at radical innovation than other countries has been shown in repeated studies to be untrue.

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Guest Post: Watch Out for Flying Monkeys!

Lead on Purpose

With over 20 years of technology industry experience, he has a fresh and current perspective in leading product management teams and has a gift for taking conceptual ideas and turning them into strategic reality using methods based on market sensing best practices. Maintaining a relationship with executive administrators, travel, finance, sales and development can provide valuable information on travel schedules, agendas and the details that will reinforce the emergence of Flying Monkeys.

The Making of an Innovation Master

Harvard Business Review

A workshop attendee asked me this seemingly simple question: "So, what else should I read to learn more about innovation?". But in thinking it through, I did eventually end up with a highly personal list I call " The Masters of Innovation " (which appears in my latest book ). Michael Mauboussin doesn't write about innovation, but his clear writing that blends finance, strategy, and psychology puts him on my list. Innovation

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The Cardinal Sins of Innovation Policy

Harvard Business Review

It happens every time there’s a big announcement about a national or regional innovation policy that will lead us into the future: We are presented with schemes to strengthen intellectual property rights, enlarge the pool of risk financing, and upgrade the universities while pushing them to collaborate more with industry. Why should a specific place — a region, a city, or even a country — want to have an innovation policy? Innovation

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