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The strategic stuff that lets you create true advantage — from business models, AND market definition, AND Value Propositions, AND Go-To-Market strategies, AND market defense plays, AND pricing models — to win in the marketplace.

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Thin Ties to Companies, Thick Ties in Other Places?

An article in the NACD (national association of corporate director newsletter) pointed out that more companies are turning to temporary workers … “From Wal-Mart to General Motors to PepsiCo., companies are increasingly turning to temporary workers,” reports the¬†Austin Business Journal¬†(July 8, Caldwell). Such temporary workers include freelancers, contract workers, and consultants and represent almost 17  More

Why You Should Let a 5-Year Old Design Your Next Product

All his life, he hated brushing his teeth. Getting toothpaste onto a toothbrush can be messy if your fine motor skills are still developing. And, of course, even though you know you’re supposed to replace a toothbrush every three months, who really keeps track of that? So, Houston Diaz decided to invent a solution. And  More

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Ecommerce Market Battleground Shift Because of Legislation

Yesterday, the US Senate passed the online sales tax bill by a 69-27 vote. The measure will shape the e-commerce space, certainly affecting Ebay, Amazon, Etsy and others.¬† The bill still needs to pass the GOP-controlled House of Representatives and receive the signature of President Obama, a supporter, to become law. The legislation would require  More

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‘We need a new language for the collaborative age’

Just realized that I never shared with you an article that was commissioned for, and published in the March 2013 issue of Wired (physical) magazine. Language encodes our thinking. To write a new future, we need to use a new language. Let’s stop focusing on the overly narrow term “social media”. Let’s simply be social.  More

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Watching HP Board Situation is Like Watching a Slow Bleed-Out

The New York Times Saturday quotes Patrick McGurn, special counsel for Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), who states that “shareholder efforts to remove directors in uncontested elections rarely succeed or come close, even in egregious circumstances.” In 2012, there were elections for 17,081 director nominees at U.S. corporations. According to ISS, just 61 of those nominees  More

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Google@Authors Talk

The most simple truths have deep implications. Today, the average person has access to information that, 20 years ago, only the richest billionaire did. I remember when as an analyst at Apple doing pricing and market research work, my job was to read the ($500K/year subscription) Gartner and IDC reports and get the nuggets out  More