How does one navigate the fickle and often black box world of venture capital? Especially now as early stage consumer deals are getting funded relatively quickly by angels and corporate VCs are playing an ever bigger role, how should an entrepreneur think through the fundraising process and approach it smartly, methodically, and efficiently.
What business topics or issues are most challenging to you right now?
Health and Wellness has been a significant buzz word for close to a decade, with reports that it will soon exceed a trillion dollars and become an "industry" onto itself. Yet, in the last 10 years, health and wellness seems to be very siloed and fragmented with major players "staying in their own lanes". At best, the world has only seen very incremental innovation in health and wellness products/services, rather than the disruptive business models that the world has seen in other industries, represented by Apple, Amazon and others. How do we apply principles from the companies who are true innovators to create more meaningful businesses of scale in health and wellness?
- when recruiting people, many companies try to select from within the Industry or look for similar experiences
- whenever strategic decisions need to be made, people try to drive inspiration and knowledge from every possible source
- even during the MBA studies, there is – rightfully so – a tendency to link what is being learnt to the contingent working experience.
- Engineers used fluid analogies to describe the electric “current”…
- We are looking for life on other planets…
The question then arises: are there industries or markets that present surprising similarities between each other?
Wouldn’t it be interesting to know if there is another industry that, mutatis mutandis, has faced a very similar situation?
Effective marketing tools and brand management for luxury goods and services
Over the last five years, CEOs and senior executives across the business landscape (many with MBAs from top schools)have shown an almost total disregard for ethics and integrity in their business behavior. Is teaching ethics at B-School a waste of time and should we acknowledge that ethical values have already been shaped by the time people go to business school?
Concepts like enterprise risk management and integrated risk management are starting to catch on; however, before corporate leadership is willing to sink resources into implementing any kind of risk management solution, they want to know how a formalized risk management program is going to add to the bottom line.
Arguably, the recent financial crisis was fundamentally the result of a collossal failure of corporate governance, particularly amongst the investment banks, asset managers, mortgage lenders, bond insurers and credit rating agencies that facilitated the proliferation of easy credit and toxic debt securities. Notwithstanding the lessons learned from recent corporate scandals involving Enron and WorldCom and the advent of Sarbanes-Oxley, the state of corporate governance today leaves much to be desired. What more can be done to force companies to further advance shareholder rights, improve financial transparency, enhance Board effectiveness, and remove the perverse incentives caused by executive compensation structures and the focus on quarterly results?
What are the best doing to yield meaningful analytics? How does your organization avoid drowning in the deluge of data noise? What specific tools have proven most helpful to you?
Several of our alumni, typically in their 40s and 50s, have returned to universities for formal education, usually unrelated to business. It would be very interesting to hear from some of them about their experiences in design, social work, education, fine arts, etc.
Assemble peers across industries for high-level dialog in a safe and confidential circle of peers
What's hype and what's important for my company in using Facebook, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn. Who's had real success using these sites to connect with customers, build their brand, or implement a strategy.
At a certain point, even great employees reach a natural salary plateau. How do you retain them without overspending?