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So, you’ve got a great idea. Your new product is going to change the world. The 90%-startup failure rate simply doesn’t apply to you — your idea is just that good.

Are you sure?

Before you spend time and money (remember, your time is money) developing the next best product the world has seen — do yourself a favor and stop. Contrary to popular belief, building your new product, app or platform at the beginning of your startup’s journey is actually the last thing you should do. …


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“There comes a point in every long-term relationship when you reflect on what you’ve accomplished together and set your sails for where your journey will take you next. Sometimes that journey ahead demands tough choices that lead down different paths.”

When Markus Roder and Marc Frey and I started Simplify in San Francisco the market, the need and potential for boutique innovation consulting firms were different from today. We were one of the first innovation consulting firms which focused on innovation culture, team building and business design for SME’s. …


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Singularity University’s Global Summit 2019 kicked off yesterday. Almost 2000 changemakers, innovators, futurists, and artists met to learn more about what’s to come. Last year feels already so old and dated that it is time for a refresh.

Everything will be connected

According to Peter Diamandis, “we’re about to reach a period of time in the next four to six years where we’re going from half the world’s people being connected to the whole world being connected.” “What happens when 4.2 billion new minds come online? They’re all going to want to create, discover, consume, and invent.”

And it is…


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In 2017, people were declaring that the “Retail Apocalypse” was upon us. Experts were predicting that Sears, Kmart and Macy’s were on the edge of extinction. Retail, in short was doomed.

But it wasn’t.

Retail as we knew it was doomed. Companies that didn’t evolve with our tastes and shopping habits didn’t survive. In other words, Ecommerce didn’t kill traditional retail. The status quo did.

We wrote about this in 2017, and included some case studies of some of the retailers we thought were doing it right.


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In 2017, people were declaring that the “Retail Apocalypse” was upon us. Experts were predicting that Sears, Kmart and Macy’s were on the edge of extinction. Retail, in short was doomed.

But it wasn’t.

Retail as we knew it was doomed. Companies that didn’t evolve with our tastes and shopping habits didn’t survive. In other words, Ecommerce didn’t kill traditional retail. The status quo did.

We wrote about this in 2017, and included some case studies of some of the retailers we thought were doing it right.


The fear-mongering part of the population will tell you that we are doomed, doomed! Robots can run and jump! Computers will take your job and you will be forced to live in a cardboard box with nothing but your iPhone for light and warmth. Artificial Intelligence (AI) has evolved to the point where it is finally useful to humans, so why are we so afraid that the first thing that will happen during the eventual “rise of the machines” is they want to come for your job? …


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In a recent article I wrote about the retail innovation coming out of China. In another one I wrote about the four strategy pillars that retailers need to implement in order to keep and win customers’ hearts and minds. This is not all breaking news for corporate leaders, still they resist taking risks and pivoting their business models. …


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A customer visits their local grocery store where they can research and purchase items using their mobile phone or order online the items they want and have it delivered within an hour. Another customer heads to the mall and can order an out-of-stock color and size of a shirt they tried on in the store using a virtual shelf kiosk. A young woman uses a magic mirror in the ladies restroom to see new colors and styles of cosmetics which can then be purchased from a vending machine. A small shopkeeper uses big data to make sure his convenience store…


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A customer visits their local grocery store where they can research and purchase items using their mobile phone or order online the items they want and have it delivered within an hour. Another customer heads to the mall and can order an out-of-stock color and size of a shirt they tried on in the store using a virtual shelf kiosk. A young woman uses a magic mirror in the ladies restroom to see new colors and styles of cosmetics which can then be purchased from a vending machine. A small shopkeeper uses big data to make sure his convenience store…


Its the beginning of the week and here are a few note worthy and unfiltered stories that we came across. Enjoy the first publication.

First: Revenge Porn is unconstitutional because it violates free speech

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Conservatives believe they’re being censored by liberal-minded technology companies and want stop what they believe is censorship of right-wing beliefs. This probably heads toward a possible Supreme Court showdown.

Second: Amazon is testing “domestic” Robots

Amazon is testing some kind of “domestic robot,” according to Bloomberg, that could navigate through homes. The story says its unclear what the purpose of the robots could be but it…

Thorsten Linz

Lean Startup Coach, Mentor, Growth Marketer, Technologist, SingularityU Ambassador, Chief Everything Officer @ Innovare AI

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