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Don’t be a freezing frog. Pivot.

 Don’t be a freezing frog. Pivot.

In the 19th century a cruel yet fascinating science experiment was done*. Researchers put a frog in a pan of boiling water and the frog quickly jumped out. But when they put a frog in cold water and put the water to boil, the frog wouldn’t move and slowly boil to death. The...

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INSIDE SILICON VALLEY PLAYBOOK: tips & tricks for entrepreneurs visiting the Valley

 INSIDE SILICON VALLEY PLAYBOOK: tips & tricks for entrepreneurs visiting the Valley

Every day lots of Entrepreneurs visit Silicon Valley. They come here looking for inspiration, for funding, finding new customers and they maybe even wanting to start their business in the Valley. Over the years I have met a lot of these entrepreneurs. They all decided to black out...

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Design Should Be At The Core Of Everything

 Design Should Be At The Core Of Everything

When your book is number one and it hasn’t even hit the stores, you know you’re doing something right. I interviewed the designers of “Design A Better Business” to understand what their secret is. And believe it or not… It’s design. Maarten, wearing custom made shoes,...

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How A Great Vision Brings You To The Moon

 How A Great Vision Brings You To The Moon

What drives business model innovation at leading companies such as AirBnB or Alibaba? Is it better ideas, more resources, smarter people, more advanced technology, or a better network? All of these things are important, but there is another, more powerful artefact that drives innovation...

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How to ask the right questions

 How to ask the right questions

Have a beer with your buddy: seven steps on how to obtain a deeper understanding of your customers’ needs. During a recent customer project I worked on, we defined new potential value propositions for their business. These, of course, are assumed value propositions. Now we are at...

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A hundred-day race

 A hundred-day race

Imagine yourself wanting to write a book and your publisher tells you that you can, but it should be finished by next month. What do you do? It happened to Patrick van der Pijl, the Dutch CEO of international Strategy & Design Bureau Business Models Inc., when he and his team...

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Comfortably stuck? Be a rebel!

 Comfortably stuck? Be a rebel!

So you have a nice job. Challenging work. Great colleagues. Good salary. You can combine your private and working life quite ok. You have development opportunities. Moving up. You are a CEO, head of marketing, consultant, entrepreneur, anything. And still… You kind of feel that...

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Interview Lisa K. Solomon & Design a Better Business

 Interview Lisa K. Solomon & Design a Better Business

A great interview with Lisa Kay Solomon about Design a Better Business: New Tools, Skills, and Mindset for Strategy & Innovation. Practice this trailer and you’ll do a kick ass job! Would you like to know how you can apply Design Thinking in your way of working? Contact...

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Business Savvy Creatives – A Revolution in the Music Industry

 Business Savvy Creatives – A Revolution in the Music Industry

We are all witnesses of one the biggest industry disruptions of our time. The music industry is falling apart: the businesses built around fame and record sales are dying a slow and painful death. Nielsen’s mid-year US music report from 2014 already showed 15% percent drop in album...

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Show Me The Money! 9-Steps To Use Financials With The Business Model Canvas

 Show Me The Money! 9-Steps To Use Financials With The Business Model Canvas

Since the publication of Business Model Generation in 2010, the Business Model Canvas (BMC) has spread like wildfire throughout the business community. No matter where you go, if you’re near business people, business students, intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs, you’re bound to see...

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Show Me The Money! 9-Steps To Use Financials With The Business Model Canvas