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These men may revolutionize how you shop. There’s a reason they’re all Chinese

These men may revolutionize how you shop. There’s a reason they’re all Chinese | Disruptive technologies | Scoop.it
Imagine Donald Trump, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, and Google's Larry Page unveiling a new, $814 million e-commerce platform to rival Jeff Bezos' Amazon. Then imagine it involves customers buying goods on their smartphones but collecting them in person, that same day, from Walmart. That's pretty much what happened in Shenzhen on Aug. 29, except that the moguls involved were Chinese: Wang Jianlin,...
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By letting people pick up goods in a matter of hours after buying them, O2O combines the benefits of online browsing with something closer to instant gratification than the two-day wait for Amazon’s Prime delivery service."

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How to watch the World Cup in the US without paying for TV

How to watch the World Cup in the US without paying for TV | Disruptive technologies | Scoop.it
Most of the world can watch the World Cup for free. Not so much in the US. The tournament, which begins today, will largely air on cable; streaming matches online also requires a television subscription. But there are a few options for so-called cord cutters who don't pay for TV but still want to watch the World Cup....
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#hacking  #linearTV

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Facebook and Google’s Race to Zero 

Facebook and Google’s Race to Zero  | Disruptive technologies | Scoop.it
And the Real Opportunity for the Next 5 Billion
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Great piece on FB and Google's zero-data-cost strategy to fuel future growth. 

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Any company can copy the keystone of Apple’s design process

Any company can copy the keystone of Apple’s design process | Disruptive technologies | Scoop.it
It turns out that the key to Apple’s creativity, speed, and adaptability is, on its surface, the exact opposite of the kind of free-wheeling creativity one might expect. It’s a checklist. A really long one. It’s known as the Apple new product process, and while its existence has been known about for some time, it...
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It's about your checklist, Apple.

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Facebook’s plan to find its next billion users: convince them the internet and Facebook are the same

Facebook’s plan to find its next billion users: convince them the internet and Facebook are the same | Disruptive technologies | Scoop.it
This is the story of Facebook's rapidly unfolding plan to take over the world, or at least the world wide web. It's a tale that's been hiding in plain sight for years, and it begins with an explanation of how Facebook has reached almost a billion users. It continues with a roadmap for how the...
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One sentence and six charts to explain why Comcast is buying Time Warner Cable

One sentence and six charts to explain why Comcast is buying Time Warner Cable | Disruptive technologies | Scoop.it
Why is America's largest cable TV company buying its biggest rival for $44 billion? Well, not to oversimplify things, but that's easy to explain: The pay TV industry is in flux... ...as Americans drop their cable TV subscriptions... ...but pay the same companies for internet service, and since Comcast and TWC control different regions, why not...
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Therés no better proof than that. Comcast drops 44B$ on the table to get uts skin in the streaming game.

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The 36 Most Valuable Start-ups on Earth

The 36 Most Valuable Start-ups on Earth | Disruptive technologies | Scoop.it
Ever heard of Jingdong, Nutanix or Zalando? They are all members of the exclusive “Billion-Dollar Startup Club,” a growing list of startups valued at $1 billion or more by venture capitalists. A new
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After almost 5 years of operations, UBER sits at a $3.2B valuation. Dropbox is at a $10B after 6 years of operations. These companies have real revenues and a real bottom-line, unlike most of the companies in the dotcom era.

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André Bélanger's curator insight, January 27, 2014 12:07 PM
Before you scream “Bubble!” know that most of these companies are in better financial shape then peers from the dot-com boom era. A few pre-revenue startups, such as Snapchat and scrapbooking site Pinterest, have crept into the club. But a large share of them are making real revenue – see Dropbox and its $200 million in annual sales –even if you question the valuation metrics.
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Those media assets that are worth nothing

Those media assets that are worth nothing | Disruptive technologies | Scoop.it
TweetBe Sociable, Share! Tweet Related columns: Media: What’s left for the brand ? TweetA well-established brand is supposed to be a key asset. Everybody keeps dreaming of building a long-lasting brand with lots of positive attributes.
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This post by Fillioux analyzes the recent sale of the Nouvel Observateur to Le Monde. The transaction was made at a meager 27M$. Astounding.
Here's a quote: "But the real sin, these analysts point out, is the delay in transforming and restructuring companies."

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Large Companies and Innovation

Large Companies and Innovation | Disruptive technologies | Scoop.it
“The pace of innovation is about to surge – and more powerfully than ever before” That sentiment comes straight from a new book titled: The New Killer Apps: How Large Companies Can Out-Innovate Sta...
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"Leaders still act as if nothing is really changing – or any impact to their business is too far into the future to worry."
"...most bias in an organization goes toward keeping the status quo."

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Big Bang Disruption: The innovator’s disaster | Accenture Outlook

Big Bang Disruption: The innovator’s disaster | Accenture Outlook | Disruptive technologies | Scoop.it
As business costs are driven ever lower, some companies are creating disruptive products that are simultaneously better and cheaper than existing products, right out of the gate. The upshot?
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Fascinating times indeed, where entire product lines and whole markets are now being created or destroyed overnight. The problem for incumbents is seeing them coming, and having the right frame of mind to benefit from new tech trends. Every industry is at risk, even hard asset one - ie the taxi & limo business.


The article refers to a new term: “big-bang disrupters” who create havoc in entire industries. Examples? Here are a couple:

- The GPS device business, where its major players lost as much as 85 percent of their market cap in the 18 months after the Google Maps Navigation introduction.

- The taxi industry, who's taxi companies are losing ground rapidly to e-hailing services such as Uber, Hailo, Lyft, MyTaxi.


Based on my experience, this quote rings very true: "Nothing about the new services is proprietary or particularly hard to duplicate. But the common response of incumbents so far has been to focus their efforts on convincing regulators to ban the new entrants rather than figure out how to compete with them."

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Big Idea 2014: Goodbye Silicon Valley, Hello Silicon Cities

Big Idea 2014: Goodbye Silicon Valley, Hello Silicon Cities | Disruptive technologies | Scoop.it
Bruce Katz explains the significance of a new metropolitan model for innovation.
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The notion of Innovation District is very appealing. Let's hope Montreal gets listed on that map over the next few years.

For a city who's reputation as a creative community and who's mayor has campaigned on the "smart city", I would assume that developing its innovation capabilities will be a natural.

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FreshBooks Cloud Accounting

FreshBooks Cloud Accounting | Disruptive technologies | Scoop.it
The #1 Cloud Accounting Solution Designed for Small Business Owners
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Now THAT'S a CEO's letter to customers.

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Next Generation Automation

Next Generation Automation | Disruptive technologies | Scoop.it
This next post in the analysis of disruptive scenarios focuses on next generation automation enabled by combinatorial innovation. By way of reminder, the visual below depicts a convergence of innov...
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"As the building blocks of innovation multiply, their combination drives disruptive scenarios". I absolutely agree with Frank Diana: the virtuous cycle that is enabled through the combination of certain technologies (Cloud, Mobile, Social) is a very potent formula for disruption. Bring it on!

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There’s a case against diversity in the workplace—but the alternative is even scarier

There’s a case against diversity in the workplace—but the alternative is even scarier | Disruptive technologies | Scoop.it
Companies promote diversity in the workplace as a moral imperative with “bottom line benefits.” But research on the value of diversity is mixed. Some studies have found diverse teams—meaning workgroups comprised of employees of different races, genders, and backgrounds—promote creativity, nurture critical thinking, and tend to make better, more thoughtful decisions because they consider a wider range...
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"Homogeneous groups tend to make oversimplified judgments that can result in over-confident, even objectively inaccurate decisions."

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Karene Crumb's curator insight, January 4, 2015 3:46 PM

Homogeneity is a very interesting topic to discuss. It's hard, however, to comprehend the real extent of it all. I feel that this should be taken care of but with much luck, it most likely won't, which isn't good. I am glad this article brought the topic of Good think, its good to know that people don't forget the important parts. 

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An internet company imagines itself as a book

An internet company imagines itself as a book | Disruptive technologies | Scoop.it
"Betaworks is..." "Betaworks is a holding company slash studio that's building internet stuff in a different way, based in the Meatpacking District of New York." "Betaworks, I would say we're a media company, but we operate functionally the way a studio operates, with these loosely coupled pods using shared resources." "Betaworks is an operating platform that...
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Fascinating company that is set on functioning in itsunique way. I love this entirely assumed originality.

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The view from Netflix's war room at the launch of 'House of Cards' - The Globe and Mail

The view from Netflix's war room at the launch of 'House of Cards' - The Globe and Mail | Disruptive technologies | Scoop.it
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Wow. And when you think of Blocbuster who passed on the opportunity to buy Netflix way back when the fledgling company had a small valuation. "Netflix is now responsible for nearly a third of all downstream internet trafic."

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With Wall Street’s Support, Jeff Bezos Can Conquer the World Without Earning a Profit

With Wall Street’s Support, Jeff Bezos Can Conquer the World Without Earning a Profit | Disruptive technologies | Scoop.it
E-commerce was king this past holiday season, with Christmas surge orders overwhelming UPS’s systems and forcing $100 million in upgrades to prevent future fiascos. So it was no surprise on Jan. 30 when Amazon reported it had become even more enormous than ever before. According to its latest earnings report, the online shopping giant's...
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A very strong analysis of Amazon's low profit strategy to protect itself from the cash-hoarder financiers on Wall street who would love to control a company like Amazon. 

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The World's 85 Richest Now Worth as Much as 3.5 Billion Poorest

The World's 85 Richest Now Worth as Much as 3.5 Billion Poorest | Disruptive technologies | Scoop.it
The poorest half of the world’s population—that’s 3.5 billion people—control as much wealth as the richest 85 individuals.
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The most compelling (and sad) stats from this article are:

- "In 24 out of 26 countries studied, the richest 1 percent has increased their share of national wealth since 1980."

- "Nine in 10 people in the United States control less wealth in real terms than they did before the financial crash."

Fortunately, there are other global stats (not in thsi article) that are encouraging - eg. life expectancy, child mortality rates.

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Dr Dre’s Beats Music is copying Spotify but should be copying Pandora instead

Dr Dre’s Beats Music is copying Spotify but should be copying Pandora instead | Disruptive technologies | Scoop.it
Dr Dre may know a lot about the music industry, but that doesn't mean he understands the music streaming industry.
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The key in this game is the cost driver: "...it costs a lot more to license music that users rewind, fast-forward, and play on repeat—as Spotify does—than it does to license music that listeners have little control over."

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The new GE: Google, everywhere

The new GE: Google, everywhere | Disruptive technologies | Scoop.it
AT GOOGLE they call it the toothbrush test. Shortly after returning to being the firm’s chief executive in 2011, Larry Page said he wanted it to develop more...
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Love the concept of the toothbrush test.

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Janet Yellen just became the most powerful woman in US history

Janet Yellen just became the most powerful woman in US history | Disruptive technologies | Scoop.it
So the US Senate has made it a done deal. Federal Reserve vice chair Janet Yellen will be the next head of the powerful US central bank, making her arguably, the most powerful woman in US history.
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A women named in this position is a strong lead indicator for business. Janet Yellen and Mar Barra (new CEO of GM) have entered an exclusive boys club and, fortunately for society, there's no turning back.

This is great news!

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