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Three Approaches to Innovation that Fail

1) The Acqui-hire The big company acquires a startup for their DNA. They hope the DNA will spread in their organization giving them an edge over the competition. How it fails: The special DNA that…

Evaluating Team Performance in the Modern Company

Leaders are almost always looking for new ways to incorporate more innovation into their organizations. Who doesn’t want to motivate and inspire their employees to bring forth new ideas to propel the business forward? As…

Yes, There’s an MVP for That

The Lean Startup is a methodology that helps increase our odds of success when working on a venture under conditions of extreme uncertainty. Through systematic, rapid experimentation, we attempt to validate our biggest assumptions before…

Values Can’t Be Put off for a Later Date

At Lean Startup Conference this past November, Anil Dash, CEO of Fog Creek Software, discussed the importance of building products and companies that are humane and ethical. Anil began by reminding the audience that “most…

Develop Your Superpower

Written by Jordan Rosenfeld, Contributor for Lean Startup Co. At our Lean Startup Conference this past November, Bennett Blank, Innovation and Transformational Change Leader at Intuit, discussed how companies can apply what Intuit learned about…

What’s Better than Brainstorming?

In the innovation process, one of our earliest activities is ideation, i.e. collecting many ideas so we have several viable alternatives for solving the problem. A common practice is to schedule a brainstorming session where…

Falling in Love with the Problem

You’ve probably heard this quote before: “Fall in love with the problem not the solution.” But what does “falling in love with the problem” really mean? Aren’t problems just irritations we’d like to be rid…