Late this morning, I met an American client for a drink when the event I was trying to attend was oversubscribed. (Yes, that’s the way things roll sometimes here – you triage opportunity in half-hour slices). We’ve worked together in her various incarnations over the past half dozen years, but…

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Publicly accessible 3D printing is one of the major disruptive technologies that is on the verge of widespread consumer adoption. Theoretically, it democratizes the entire manufacturing process, putting incredible power in the hands of individuals without a wealth of capitalization. This means product cycles become shorter, less expensive, and a…

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With mobile speeding the production of device ideas, companies (big and small) are learning from the digital community and leveraging successes into ever more refined in-market manifestations. With all the parallel advancements, however, little has been done to evolve beyond the “brain + finger + glass = interaction” metaphor. Enter…

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Whether you accept or reject Buddhism’s concept of the interconnectedness of all things, such a world is swiftly approaching. Already, we have more networked devices than there are people on the planet and by 2020, the number is expected to reach 50 billion. Couple that thought with the paradox of…

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Let’s quickly identify a misconception: culture isn’t “perks,” nor is it a collection of soft adjectives. Rewards or attributes are derivative of culture, but not in and of themselves meaningful. When they’re divorced from culture or mistaken for culture, all you’re creating is a parade of expenses and expectations. Culture…

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A handful of years ago, we made perhaps one of the smartest hires in our 14 year history. The title was nebulous – “producer” – and the job description was even more so: “to create opportunities for us to create beauty”. Sounds pretty fluffy, right? This individual quickly set about…

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If you’re in the rare position whereby you’re hitting your target margins, your clients are happy, and you’ve got your staff turnover well in hand, now might be the time to ask yourself: what am I doing wrong? It may sound strange, but it’s at these oddly calm times that…

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I was at an agency-centric conference in Chicago last week, and after talking to a quite a few business leaders, it became strikingly apparent that the buying and selling of creative services was a black hole. Agencies were hemorrhaging money on design cycles (or conversely, making a lot, but not…

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At home, I do the laundry. Matching my wife’s (wildly disparate, but confoundingly similar) socks takes approximately the same time as folding the rest of the laundry. A while ago, I had the startling realization that I’d spent 173 hours folding her socks over the course of our marriage. That’s…

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If I had a dollar for every unstructured idea/venture I’ve been pitched over the years, I’d have… well… a surprising amount of money. Virtually all these pitches have come without sound business models, an understanding of the competitive landscape, or even a lucid explanation of the intrinsic value proposition the…

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