Innovation and real startup companies are front and center at the newly re-engineered HBS. The venerable institution hopes to prepare budding entrepreneurs--with inspiration from the one that got away.
From the official site: Cont3nt.com is a realtime marketplace for entrepreneurial media and video journalism.
From Gigaom: "...a startup called Cont3nt.com is creating a way for publishers to discover and license videos shot by professionals in parts of the world that are difficult to cover.
enabling videographers and photographers to license their content to news agencies by giving them full control of the transaction...
One big advantage of the Cont3nt platform is that it gives more money back to the content provider. While other marketplaces command as much as 50 or 60 percent of the license fee for content, Cont3nt takes a maximum of 5 percent per transaction."
Aizon.me is a free web-based tool that has been designed to help entrepreneurs and startuppers organize, plan and structure their new activity.
Aizon.me is made up of four modules that take care of specific areas including:
1) ocoach - online coach.
Here you can find a checklist to start your business, a to-do list to help you with completing planned tasks, and a progress chart to keep you on track.
2) sb.plan – (simplified business plan)
This is a simple and useful tool for collecting your thoughts, prioritizing your actions, and planning your business strategy.
3) b.model The Business Model Canvas, is a strategic management and entrepreneurial tool. It allows you to describe, design, challenge, invent, and pivot your business model. It is a visual template pre-formatted with the nine blocks of a business model.
This is a page populated by four charts focusing on Profitability, Revenues (bu Customer Segment or by Stream), Costs. It helps the user estimate his market size, revenue streams, and costs — faster than any spreadsheet and it allows you to
test the profitability of your ideas with a quick reporting dashboard.
Digital personal fabrication put in perspective with how Design used to work (artist/crafts, Bauhaus, Ulm, Italy 1970s) and seen as "the Craft of the XXI century". New objects are being created (NeoObjects). Conclusion: The future of creation is connected to the future of our life. The future of creation is about making things and about why and how we make things.
Robin Good: LeanLaunchLab is a new web-based service which allows a team to develop and track multiple hypothesis for a business model.
The visual approach utilized by Ben Mappen, is similar to that of the Business Model Canvas of Alex Osterwalder, allows the user to easily input business model key variables and to establish task and actions to be taken.
Visualize your business model using the canvas Track hypotheses and experiments Store customer interviews in one place Keep advisors, investors, & managers in the loop.
This is an examplar case of the real issues when thinking of scaling. Business has to grow outside the FabLab, we're told. But creating an environment where those businesses can grow is actually a business in itself.