Tag: Innovation

How Corporations can be Innovation Powerhouses (Whitepaper)

To stay alive in this highly competitive global economy, every company needs to become an innovation powerhouse. The time when innovation is done strictly inside the R&D department is over. To keep up with the fast cycles of technology, corporations must embrace a fluid startup framework. How can large organizations build a startup within their enterprise or partner with external startups to accelerate corporate innovation? Large organizations need to redesign their organization structure, immerse themselves with thought leaders and startups, and adopt an innovation culture. In this report, “The Innovation Powerhouse” by Andy Zhulenev, Vice President at Silicon Valley Innovation ... Read more

SAP in Silicon Valley: Inspired to Innovate

For enterprise software maker SAP, coming to SIlicon Valley was all about learning how to innovate. The four-day trip was a chance to see up close how some of the world’s leading tech companies apply the principles of entrepreneurship to achieve remarkable results. What’s more, SAP saw how the latest technologies are being applied to build the economy of the 21st century. It was an experience sure to prove invaluable as the European multinational continues to grapple with its own journey of digital transformation. Day one of the tour served as a short introduction to the world of Silicon Valley; ... Read more

Rowan Gibson on the Need for Courage in Disruptive Innovation

When Netflix CEO Reed Hastings decided to bet on an emerging trend called streaming media, he planned to do so at the cost of the company’s DVD business. In his words, he wanted to step on the brakes with the DVD business while stepping on the gas with the streaming business. At the time, he faced tremendous pressure and opposition from his board. Considering other now-defunct players in the space like Blockbuster, in hindsight, it is now clear that although this was a tremendously difficult decision that required boldness, it turned out to be the right call. This is the ... Read more

The Four Lenses of Digital Innovation

In the past, disruption was considered an edge case that affected only those with weak market positions. Entrenched organizations relied on their market dominance to retain their top dog status. Today, disruption has become a fundamental component of every industry. Appearing as both a threat and an opportunity, disruptive innovations have created an unprecedented rapid evolution of how industries operate, laying waste to some while pivoting others to staggering success. To understand how to harness this ongoing digital innovation revolution and position your organization for success in a post-industrial world, consider implementing the following four ideals. Upcoming webinar on July ... Read more

Three Ideas On How To Modernize A Legacy Manufacturing Business

Transforming a large manufacturing business is impossible without deploying an array of automation and logistics innovations, such as robotics and artificial intelligence. It is also unimaginable without startup scouting, a practice of partnering with young and fast-moving companies to make innovation happen faster. All these things were on a checklist for a group of Sonepar executives who visited Silicon Valley Innovation Center in September 2017. Sonepar is a French manufacturer of electrical parts and products with a history that spans 45 years across 44 countries. If you have an old refrigerator or a vacuum cleaner at home, there’s a good ... Read more

SVIC Newsletter April Edition

SILICON VALLEY TOURS IMMERSION PROGRAMS INNOVATION EVENTS APRIL 11 World leader WhatsApp hotly pursued by innovative rivals from China and Russia Facebook-owned WhatsApp is undoubtedly the world’s most popular messaging service and has been since at least 2014, when it could boast 600 million monthly active users. The corresponding figure today is 1.5 billion, over 50 percent more than its closest rival, WeChat, which had 963 million monthly active users at last count (see chart). Apart from being the market leader, WhatsApp is also unique for the fact that it is one of the few big-name messengers which does not ... Read more

Messaging Apps Vie For Domination in High Stakes Global War [Infographic]

World leader WhatsApp hotly pursued by innovative rivals from China and Russia Facebook-owned WhatsApp is undoubtedly the world’s most popular messaging service and has been since at least 2014, when it could boast 600 million monthly active users. The corresponding figure today is 1.5 billion, over 50 percent more than its closest rival, WeChat, which had 963 million monthly active users at last count (see chart). Apart from being the market leader, WhatsApp is also unique for the fact that it is one of the few big-name messengers which does not generate any revenue. The company has said on numerous ... Read more

Fintech Outlook: Why The Market Will Stay Hot in 2018

2017 was a record-breaking year for Fintech and 2018 promises to deliver plenty more of the same according to Augstin Rubini, a London-based financial industry strategist and general authority when it comes to all things related to the next generation of banking. Speaking at a webinar jointly hosted by the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (PRIMIA) and the Silicon Valley Innovation Centre (SVIC), Rubini shared numbers showing that in 2017 $16.6 billion was invested in Fintech, a new annual record. That cash went to the more than 5,000 Fintech businesses operating today throughout the world. Among them, according to Rubini’s ... Read more

Apple iPhone X Sales and Revenue [Infographic]

Have you noticed the shift? Apple understands luxury B2C retail better than any other tech giant. And, apparently, selling $1,000+ phone is a not a bad way to make money. Apple’s pricing strategy is either a clever way to bolster revenue despite underperforming unit sales or a sign of product maturity and innovation stagnation. Only time will tell whether this approach pays off in the long run.

Newsletter March Edition 1st

  How FinTech Could Shape Your Strategy in 2018 [Expert Talk] FinTech investments are still booming with more than 5,000 fintech startups operating, with 50 of them having already reaching over a billion-dollar valuation. The question remains, how will FinTech change the financial services landscape and what can corporations do to use the technology to shape strategy? Agustín Rubini, speaker, author, investor, and mentor helps to navigating the complex nuances of this global industry in this 45-min video. [Watch video] Trends in Retail and AI from a Silicon Valley Insider [Video] We had a great time hosting WowTechNow media channel ... Read more