Techstars and Innovation Leader Reveal Best Practices for Leveraging Startups in Corporate Innovation


BOSTON & BOULDER, CO – Innovation Leader today released a new survey sponsored by Techstars , the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, which shares how executives at large corporations are approaching engagements with startups and other disruptors to fuel corporate growth.

The Crypto Price-Innovation Cycle

Andreessen Horowitz

The first peaked in 2011, the second in … The post The Crypto Price-Innovation Cycle appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz. cryptocurrencies & blockchains innovation clusters

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In The Enterprise, Innovation is Out. Digital Transformation is In.


I think the new trend, which is brand new — is that “Innovation” as a reason to buy SaaS is dead. CIOs were paid, and celebrated, for bringing “innovation” into older companies especially. The rest, the nice to haves, the “innovation” apps … well that spend is now on hold.

The Potential for More Innovation Through SaaS

Sage Intacct

In this post we turn our attention to a different kind of value: innovation. Technology Innovation SWTLThis is the 3 rd in our 5-part series on the benefits of Software as a Service (SaaS). Our initial post offered some definitions of cloud and SaaS.

Design Hacks for Non-Designers: Ask Expert Laura Klein

Speaker: Laura Klein, Principal at Users Know and Author of UX for Lean Startups

We all have to make quick decisions about product interfaces, and there's not always a designer around when you need one. That doesn't mean that you're doomed to failure, though. Learn a few really common user experience design mistakes and how to avoid making them. Join UX designer and product management expert Laura Klein for a no-holds-barred Ask Me Anything session on UX design. Laura—principal of Users Know and author of Build Better Products and UX for Lean Startups—has over 20 years of experience helping companies innovate responsibly and improve their product development processes.

11 Frameworks for Product Innovation


Who doesn’t want to be innovative? But what is product innovation in the first place? The Wikipedia contributors define product innovation as “the creation and subsequent introduction of a good or service that is either new, or an improved version of previous goods or services.”.

How Predictable Revenue built its innovative Outbound Validation program with CPO Kenny MacKenzie

Predictable Revenue

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a16z Podcast: Innovating in Bets

Andreessen Horowitz

Every organization, whether small or big, early or late stage — and every individual, whether for themselves or others — makes countless decisions every day, under conditions of uncertainty. The question is, are we allowing that uncertainty to bubble to … Uncategorized book launches ethics judgment decision making risk

A Formula For Innovation

Tom Tunguz

On the first day of class, our professor wrote on the board this equation: Innovation = Invention + Go To Market. Only when the customer base has adopted the invention at scale have we truly innovated.

a16z Podcast: Incenting Innovation Inside

Andreessen Horowitz

A “moonshot” is a destination ( like going to the moon, quite literally) — but nurturing “loonshots” (which often involves a number of stumbles along the way) is how we get there. This goes beyond the trite mantra of failing … bio book launches history

Encouraging Innovation in an Established Product Culture

Speaker: Richard Cardran, Chief Creative Officer and VP Strategy, HIA Technologies

Innovation is both a process and an outcome. The best way to begin innovating your products is by innovating your internal process. We'll explore the challenges, solutions, and hands-on techniques for becoming a successful "agent of change" within a well-established product culture. We'll examine the importance of UX and user-centric feature analysis, the adaptation of Agile Methodologies to the creative process, as well as a way to drive successful culture change for setting expectations and winning approvals with cross-functional stakeholders. Innovation and Leadership go hand in hand. Join Richard Cardran, Chief Creative Officer and VP Strategy, HIA Technologies, as we assess some case studies to see how to lead with a clear strategy well-defined tactics, and an unbiased understanding of the fundamental question: "why are you innovating?"

The Architecture of Crypto Innovation

Andreessen Horowitz

Some of the biggest questions in technology today opportunities for crypto center around issues of privacy and security.

On Startups, Platforms, and Innovation

Andreessen Horowitz

Editor’s Note: This testimony was delivered by managing partner (and former chairman of the board of the National Venture Capital Association) Scott Kupor to the FTC as part of their hearings — with various professors, policymakers, industry representatives, and other … cryptocurrencies & blockchains policy field notes M&A

The Innovator's Dilemma for SaaS Startups

Tom Tunguz

The Innovator’s Dilemma starts all over again, leading to a new cycle of innovation. Examples of this model include SolarWinds, the place Kenny and his team pioneered the innovative high velocity inside sales model See also: Innovator’s Solution for SaaS Startups. There’s a familiar path now to SaaS companies that start in the SMB (small-to-medium business) part of the market. Over time, they seem to inevitably begin serving larger customers.

Top 5 Most Innovative Schools in the World

SaaS Metrics

Blog innovative schoolsOne of the crucial fabrics of our modern society is education. It is what enables us to develop our minds by gaining knowledge of some aspects of the world. For millennia, it has played an indispensable role in the progress we have made collectively.

Embedded BI and Analytics: Best Practices to Monetize Your Data

Speaker: Azmat Tanauli, Senior Director of Product Strategy at Birst

By creating innovative analytics products and expanding into new markets, more and more companies are discovering new potential revenue streams. Join Azmat Tanauli, Senior Director of Product Strategy at Birst, as he walks you through how data that you're likely already collecting can be transformed into revenue!

When to Innovate With Your Sales Process

Tom Tunguz

Other startups prefer to combine a product innovation with a reinvention of the sales process. The four key innovations in SaaS sales strategies I’ve observed so far are: Bottoms-up. When startups can combine product innovations with sales innovations, they can certainly create enduring companies. Most startups go to market with the intent to differentiate their product.

Three Big Ideas on Technology Innovation Cycles

Tom Tunguz

Recently, New York seed investor Jerry Neumann spoke on the show and talked about three key ideas on the technology innovation cycle. Invest Like the Best is one of my favorite podcasts. Hosted by Patrick O’Shaugnessy, Invest Like the Best profiles investors from many different disciplines. First, he discussed reading Carlota Perez Technological Surge Cycle. I first read Perez’ book after Fred Wilson wrote about it. Jerry describes the theory very well in about 10 minutes.

Top 30 Innovative Employee Engagement Ideas for 2019

Nimble - Sales

The post Top 30 Innovative Employee Engagement Ideas for 2019 appeared first on Nimble Blog. Employers often wonder how to increase profit. Unfortunately, not many of them consider motivating the employees an important factor.

Embracing the New Normal: How Disruptions Can Lead to Innovation

Adhere Creative

COVID-19 has changed the way we live, possibly forever. It’s up to us to decide what to do moving forward. When is the least ideal time to buy a car? During a pandemic, when uncertainties abound and social distancing is the norm? I would’ve said yes.before I had to do it myself.

What To Expect From Your Corporate Accelerator


Partnering with startups is a great way to accelerate the entire corporate innovation journey. In fact, Techstars and Innovation Leader recently partnered to r eveal best practices for leveraging startups to drive corporate innovation.

Interview with Captain Steve Lauver, Director of Technology Accelerators, AFWERX


This interview originally appeared in a report from Innovation Leader , sponsored by Techstars, “Startup Engagement: Best Practices for Large Organizations.” In order for an innovation cell to exist within any organization, there need to be a couple of stakeholders aligned.

QBE & Nimbla: A Success Story Of Corporate-Startup Innovation


There’s no way around it, corporations just move and innovate at a different speed from startups. Read more from both QBE & Nimbla about the benefits of corporate-startup innovation. . Accelerators accelerator Corporate Innovation

a16z Podcast: What the Narrow Waist of the Internet Means for Innovation Today

Andreessen Horowitz

a16z crypto partner Ali Yahya, formerly Distributed Systems & Machine Learning researcher … The post a16z Podcast: What the Narrow Waist of the Internet Means for Innovation Today appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz.

Use exploratory research to keep innovative teams going

Inside Intercom

We use it extensively to help teams get at the heart of user problems, make product development more efficient and sustain the innovative heartbeat that’s core to our DNA. These insights will help you develop a deeper understanding of your users and whether their needs require innovative new solutions or improvements to existing ones. How exploratory research drives innovation and efficiency.

Lucky 8 Pieces of Innovation Inspiration from China

Andreessen Horowitz

We’ve written and talked a lot about China as a laboratory for software-based innovation … especially given it leapfrogged the PC era directly to mobile.

The Innovations Free Compute and Storage Unleash

Tom Tunguz

Access to near-unlimited computational power and storage will define many of the key technology innovations in the next decade. This transformation enables startups to challenge the first order assumptions about what can and can’t be done, and will surely lead to explosive innovation What will the world look like when cloud compute and storage are free? Cloud computing prices are hurtling to zero.

How Spendesk designed an innovative revenue pod structure to build more pipeline and better serve their customers: Part 2 of our conversation with Nicolas Marchais

Predictable Revenue

The post How Spendesk designed an innovative revenue pod structure to build more pipeline and better serve their customers: Part 2 of our conversation with Nicolas Marchais appeared first on Predictable Revenue.

Agents of Change: How Do You Innovate from the Inside?

Andreessen Horowitz

It’s the oldest rule of disruption. People inside the company see the new thing coming, but have a hard time being heard or driving actual change. At a recent event hosted by a16z, co-founder Marc Andreessen was asked the following … Uncategorized healthcare

OceanX Wins 2018 Oracle Innovation Award


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11 Disruptive Innovation Examples (And Why Uber and Tesla Don’t Make the Cut)

OpenView Labs

If you spend much time in the startup and tech ecosystem, you’ve probably heard the term “disruptive innovation” more times than you can count. But not all companies that are commonly known as disrupters actually fit the traditional definition of disruptive innovation.

A Technology Innovation Leading to a Go-To-Market Advantage

Tom Tunguz

The best way I’ve found to describe it is a technology innovation leading to a go-to-market advantage. RelateIQ machine learning to offer an innovative customer relationship management software to sales teams. Innovation = Invention + Go To Market. What do you look for in SaaS companies? It’s hard to answer this question concisely because there are so many different ways of building a great software business.

Disruptive Innovation in SaaS by Competing with Non-Consumption

Tom Tunguz

He says, “A new-market disruption is an innovation that enables a larger population of people, who previously lacked the money or skill, now to begin buying and using a product and doing the job for themselves.”. What set of users who were not previously able to use software to satisfy a need or achieve of objective will be served with this innovation?

The consumer forces shaping enterprise innovation

Tom Tunguz

Most of the innovation flowed from the enterprise into the home. I think this force will be the major driver of innovation for enterprise software for the next while The first mobile phones were purchased by corporations and given to employees. Thirty years ago, most people used computers at work but not at home. Today, it’s very much the opposite.

Shopify’s Take on the Strategic Power of Platforms to Drive Growth and Innovation [Podcast]

OpenView Labs

The post Shopify’s Take on the Strategic Power of Platforms to Drive Growth and Innovation [Podcast] appeared first on OpenView Brandon Chu, VP Product & GM of Platform at Shopify, came from an entrepreneurial background and built his ‘own flavor’ of product management.

Google F1 and The Cascade of Innovation New Databases Create

Tom Tunguz

The pace and breadth of innovation in databases is accelerating. These database innovations will create new opportunities for startups for years to come both in the form of new infrastructure and new applications that take advantage of these new database capabilities

An Era of Fundamental and Massive Change - The Capital Markets Innovation of the ICO

Tom Tunguz

The technology innovation catalyzed by Bitcoin and Blockchain is creating many multibillion dollar economies quickly. But in environments like the current one and with the innovation of an ICO, bold, high-capex bets are possible again. In December 2017, the amount raised in ICOs nearly equaled the amount raised by Series A investments globally. The ICO market today bears many similarities to the dotcom era. Startups can raise hundreds of millions of dollars on an idea.

Building an Entrepreneurial Culture


By Carley Jacobson, Techstars Innovation Coach. As an Innovation Coach at Techstars I help organizations build internal programs and processes around innovation by finding and growing their entrepreneurial talent. Accelerators Corporate Innovation SHRM

Investing in Figma: The Decade of Design

Andreessen Horowitz

design enterprise & SaaS LSV online communities open source announcements bottom-up SaaS combinatorial innovation consumer-ization of the enterprise

How exploratory research paves the path to efficient innovation

Inside Intercom

Commonly known as strategic or formative research, exploratory research can play a pivotal role in helping your company save time in product development and keep its innovative heart beating. Here at Intercom, exploratory research is a key step in our innovation process. How exploratory research drives efficient innovation. Exploratory research can be hugely beneficial for teams that love to create, innovate and experiment all in one.