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Hi! I’m Alistair. I write surprisingly useful books, run unexpectedly interesting events, & build things humans need for the future.

Tag: disruption

  • Everyone knows it’s broken

    One of the biggest frustrations innovators face is that of trying to change things that are obviously outdated or flawed, but for which the organization seems unwilling to alter its product, market, or delivery strategy. Modern retail banks make money from re-investing the money you store with them at a higher rate. But increasingly, they […]

  • Mercedes and the three maxima of innovation

    Peter Yared is a smart guy. Since he started writing games and utilities at age ten, he’s founded and sold multiple tech companies. Recently, he left his post as CTO of CBS Interactive to launch another one. Recently, Peter wrote about innovation on Techcrunch, specifically addressing the coming fight between upstart Tesla Motors and incumbent […]

  • Apple’s next trick

    Apple’s next trick

    Without Steve Jobs at the helm, Apple has been widely criticized for incremental innovation. Critics charge that the firm isn’t breaking new ground the way it once did: the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini were just incremental improvements. To use Clay Christensen’s vernacular, they were sustaining, not disruptive changes. Everyone’s got high hopes for Apple’s […]

  • Game-changers and game theory

    Organizations resist change because they’re in an equilibrium, and it takes a disruption to move the market they’re in to a new one. Or why Visa doesn’t care about me.

  • Why Google could Blockbuster Netflix

    Why isn’t Blockbuster Netflix? Because it had an outdated mental model of its business. Here’s why Google could do the same thing to Netflix.

  • What makes a great startup

    It’s not enough to have a great idea—you need the baby steps to get mere mortals there. Some thoughts on the table stakes for a great business.