From the monthly archives:

June 2014

Article on Swedish start-ups in the Business Incubator Magazine

June 28, 2014

The Business Incubator is a global, professional journal for management and staff working within the incubation industry. It has been published since 2012 by a team of of seasoned incubation and publication professionals with many years experience of the industry and it brings a spotlight to the increasingly important development of innovative SMEs. As we […]

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Population growth and climate change explained by Hans Rosling

June 27, 2014

“Let me show you the world”, says Swedish academic Han Rosling as he demonstrates the dynamics of population growth, child mortality and carbon dioxide emissions, using Lego pieces in this very watchable brief video. Hans Rosling explaining the world

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The Size of the Financial Sector

June 26, 2014

The financial sector has become an increasingly important part of GDP. Paris School of Economics and The Economist have published the brief video below, showing development since 1952. The Financial Sectors growth

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New Index for Good and Bad Countries

June 25, 2014

The Economist today published the Good Country Index. It was released on June 24th by Simon Anholt, an independent policy advisor and place branding guru, and ranks national decency. The index is based on 35 datasets broken down into seven areas such as science & technology, health and culture, and it ranks countries based on […]

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Does a Business Platform imply a two sided market?

June 23, 2014

Digging deeper into how platforms are conceived, used and then managed, it is worth asking do they always imply a two-sided market? The idea of the two-sided market stems from work by Parker & Van Alstyne (2000;2000; 2005)  and Rochet & Tirole (2003). Those markets are generally understood as a refinement of network effects. A […]

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International Festival of Creativity

June 21, 2014

The International Festival of Creativity (formerly the International Advertising Festival) was held in Cannes, France this week. It is a global event for those working in the creative communications, advertising and related fields and this week we have had many of the creative worlds celebrities arriving at Nice airport. 12,500 people attended and listened to […]

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China embarks on the route of Design as driver for Innovation and Sustainable Growth

June 20, 2014

Last week I was invited by the Dragon Design Foundation in Beijing, People’s Republic of China (PRC), to attend and give a speech at the 2014 World Green Design Forum Summit in Yangzhou. I have for the last ten days had the opportunity and great pleasure to take part in and exchange thoughts, ideas and […]

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Business Platforms

June 18, 2014

How we define a business platform goes a long way to shaping how we see the new economy. In my view there is no satisfactory definition out there yet. Alex Moazed, CEO of Applico Inc, had a go at defining it recently: A platform is a business model that creates value by facilitating exchange between […]

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EU Partnership agreements statuses and the details about submitted PA Croatia

June 16, 2014

Partnership agreements between the European Commission and individual EU countries set out the national authorities’ plans on how to use funding from the European Structural and Investment Funds between 2014 and 2020. They outline each country’s strategic goals and investment priorities, linking them to the overall aims of the EU 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable […]

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The Rebirth of the Car – Vehicles for the Future?

June 14, 2014

The birth of the car as we know it today took several decades and involved many inventors. Early attempts of steam powered road vehicles gave people the idea of the horseless carriage. In 1885 the first petrol powered car rolled down the streets and on January 29, 1886 Karl Benz patented his Motorwagen in Mannheim, […]

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June 12, 2014

After the first edition of the book The Elastic Enterprise the idea of connectors, one of the five dynamics we identified,  took root in the business community. In the space of a couple of years new ideas around connectors emerged and developers, start-ups and not-so-young companies began creating new, friction-reducing products as part of the […]

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Design Thinking

June 11, 2014

Design thinking is an increasingly popular trend in business, since it helps in meeting challenges, solving realistic and complex problems and finding desirable solutions. As a strategy for innovation, design thinking ‘combines creative and critical thinking that allows information and ideas to be organized, decisions to be made, situations to be improved, and knowledge to […]

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The Rise of Innovation Districts

June 9, 2014

Today the Brookings Institute, an American think thank based in Washington, released  "The Rise of Innovation Districts," a new report analysing the trend and importance of urban innovative areas in United States. It is a very well written document, and spot on with the approach and methodology Bearing have been working with for 15 years. […]

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Capitalist’s Dilemma Ignores Unsung Heroes Of Enterprise Innovation

June 3, 2014

There’s a strong claim in June’s Harvard Business Review from Clayton Christensen and Derek Van Bever: companies are not investing in the kinds of market-creating innovations that lead to substantial new wealth creation, and jobs, because short term gains, produced with dubious metrics, satisfy the markets more easily. Apple’s adaptation of MP3s allied to music […]

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