Category Archives: Theory

Industrial Business Models – Choice #1

Hardware is dead. Hardware is booming. Hardware is hard and no one should do it. Hardware is different. Hardware is the same. IoT, IIoT and additive manufacturing attract attention to heavy industry – where a thing is being produced and … Continue reading

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“What does it take to be (a good) CEO?” Answer: People

All of the successes were from bringing in good people, helping them frame problems and getting them the tools they needed to be successful. The failures? They were mine – mostly due to not properly resourcing a problem with the … Continue reading

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Biology vs the Over-Simplification of Economics

A changing US tax code and shifting geopolitical activity puts more focus on the opinions of economists. Bloomberg economist and Michigan economics PhD, Noah Smith (his blog is Noahpinion) highlighted many of the issues in modern economic analysis in a … Continue reading

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Growth by Document

The current business has experienced pleasant success despite a challenging market.  We grew our ASP from $40,000 by nearly 20x, increased our industrial installation base by similar numbers and have figured out how to grow in a long sales cycle market. … Continue reading

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Believe the Team that is Doing It

Better batteries will definitely impact the automotive market, but there are a wide range of opinions as to how.  The US Department of Energy estimated that nearly 1.2 million such vehicles were part of the American automotive fleet as of … Continue reading

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The World Economic Forum’s ‘Top 10 Emerging Technologies’

Nanosensors!  Autonomous vehicles! [Yawn.]  We’ve seen these before. Organs-on-chips? Optogenetics?!?  Now this is interesting. The Davos-based World Economic forum released a list of 10 emerging technologies that made a tour of the press a few weeks ago.  There is no … Continue reading

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“I hate your plan. (But I won’t suggest alternatives.)”

Names can create power.  Finding an existing accepted name is even more helpful.  I encountered a management challenge that has been hard to name. After circling the problem for a few weeks, I opened up Pirie’s, How to Win Every … Continue reading

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