Data is the new .com

Activation and action are key. By Roger Ehrenberg Roger Ehrenberg is the founder and Managing Partner of IA Ventures. Throughout my business career, I’ve observed that people love to label current fashions. “Web 2.0,” “Cloud” and “Social” are three which are currently in vogue. In my lifetime likely none was bigger than “.com,” describing a business and its recognition of the importance of the Internet. Remember when long-established businesses would change their names by adding a .com extension, only to receive a salutary stock market reaction? This was an equity market...

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The Road Not Taken

I was reminded the other day of Robert Frost’s famous poem from 1915 – The Road Not Taken. Frost’s simple, but poignant musings about choice, inertia, and courage have direct relevance to business decisions today. Executives charged with mapping a course of value creation would do well to heed Frost’s own experience. Here’s why. For all intents and purposes, most executives today find themselves in the woods too – albeit the economic woods – as they search for ways to make their organizations more viable. What choices do they have? What actions do they take? The choices...

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Making Change Happen

Many of the companies we talk with don’t have a clear structure for enabling powerful change to happen quickly. After years of being in the hot seat of transformation, we have observed a common set of change qualities within the organization itself that increase the odds of success. There must be a culture of risk-taking and openness to doing things differently There must be healthy respect for other points-of-view There must be a sense of urgency and a commitment to velocity There must be a relentless focus on the endstate. Any distraction will cause confusion and inefficiency. There must...

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