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It's become so common that we take it for granted: a start-up is born, raises venture capital, grows rapidly, and then is acquired in an 8-, and 9-, or even 10-figure deal. In recent years, Tumblr, Instagram, Waze, Yammer, and now WhatsApp have followed this path. In earlier years, the same thing happened to household names like YouTube and Skype.
It's not hard to see why the founders of these companies would have trouble turning down a billion dollars or more for their companies. But the fact that so many founders has said yes to those deals has been bad for Silicon Valley and the U.S. economy.
"The rapid exchange of data needed to maintain competitiveness demands access to multiple, fluid sources of information. Crowdsourcing helps this happen."
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Anheuser-Busch (AB)– The world’s leading brewer, ...sought customer input to develop a brand more attuned to craft-beer tastes. Development of Black Crown, a golden amber lager, combined a competition between company-brewmasters with consumer suggestions and tastings; this project had more than 25,000 consumer-collaborators.
Coca-Cola– Coke now uses a more open business model, assuming an increasingly prominent position in corporate crowdsourcing. Its open-sourced “Shaping a Better Future” challenge asks entrepreneurs to create improvement-ventures for the project-hubs of youth employment, education, environment and health.
ucts more effectively, once again tying social media to co-creation.
Unilever– Despite its globally-recognized and respected research staff and facilities, Unilever understands the value of collaboration with innovative partners from outside the firm. It seeks external contributions from anyone with useful input into such diverse project challenges as storing renewable energy, fighting viruses, reducing the quantity of sodium in food, creating cleaning-products that pollute less.
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Paolo Lorenzoni, Project Lead & Business Designer at IDEO: Many lean startup practitioners have a tendency to treat everything as “pivotable.” This can be dangerous because it turns lean startup into a mechanistic trial and error exercise. The lack of intent makes it easy to get lost. To avoid this fate, it's helpful to anchor lean techniques around an observed human need, which is supplied by design thinking...
The number is probably much higher for startup companies which thrive on the ability of workers to collaborate and develop ideas together. Open offices aren't all headaches and wasted productivity, or they would have never ...
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All too often, entrepreneurs build companies that stifle the very creativity they need. Here's how to get that creative spark back.
Excerpted: Three changes (of five) you can make today to bring creativity back to your culture.
Offer Unlimited Vacation
Offering unlimited vacation won't make people skip work every Friday or leave people hanging at deadlines. Instead, it will give them control to choose when they decide to work and when they don't. Although this may seem trivial, being able to choose means everything in a creative culture.
Ditch the Meetings
The worst part about meetings is that they're incredibly easy to add. Even if you make an agenda, the number will only go up as you grow in size. As a result, little creative thinking will get done during the day.
Nix Department Goals
Department goals often help managers more than employees. Generally, you'll end up wasting valuable hours setting new goals and then even more time asking why you didn't hit them.
Worse still, each department relies on resources they don't control and departments they're not a part of to reach their goals. This can result in teams signing up for work they were unaware of, which can lead to arguments about whose goals are more important.
Give Plenty of Feedback
...A lot of companies make feedback a formal process, waiting until the end of the month, quarter, or year to share how they actually feel.
Creative cultures thrive on timely, spontaneous feedback. Whether it's good or bad, feedback helps teams raise their own expectations. It's the fuel you need to ignite a creative culture. And who doesn't want one of those?
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We are in fact at the beginning of a set of gigantic changes in society, in which everything we do is being re-invented—how we live, how we work, how we play, how we communicate, even how we think and how we feel. At the heart of these changes is of course the Internet and its related technologies. We have already seen big changes. But the implications of it have only just begun.
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