Global startup map
Following the several indexes on startups and innovation I’ve been following last period I found an interesting map of startups. Startupblink offers a world map of the startup ecosystem. You can use the startup map to zoom, filter etc the startups in your neighborhood. Besides a map of startups, it offers information on other related entities such as co-working spaces, accelerators, startups organizations, tech reporters and much more…
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Performance testing at bol.com
On Monday October 12th Rob de Groot and Chris Kramer of the bol.com test automation team and development process innovation team will present on performance testing at bol.com. The presentation is for the Dutch Web Performance & Operations Meetup, as a pre-event for the WebPerfDays.
Rob and Chris will elaborate on how performance testing evolved at bol.com and show how modern tooling like Docker and Mayfly (more...)
Finding billion dollar startups in Europe
The WSJ billion dollar startup club
The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones VentureSource are tracking venture-backed private companies valued at $1 billion or more. This group of companies is called the billion dollar club.
The infographic created by the WSJ can be used to track how the membership of this club evolves and what the valuation of these companies individual and as a group is. In line with (more...)
VUCA – Volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity
Recognising that change is the only constant, shows us the path to VUCA. VUCA is the acronym for volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. VUCA stems from military vocabulary and has been emerging in ideas on strategic leadership. The 4 elements of VUCA offer a context in which organisations view their current and future state. On a strategic level who isn’t interested in preparing for a volatile, uncertain, complex (more...)
Another interesting week for studying organisational culture
As expected reactions, stories and initiatives didn’t halt just a week after the NY Times published: Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace. This was just the beginning of an interesting study of the culture of high demanding organisations.
Last days I was moved and impressed by Julia Cheiffetz story. The Executive Editor at HarperCollins Publishers wrote about here experience at Amazon: I Had a Baby (more...)
Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) 2015
The data presented by Digital Evolution Index seems supported by data from the European Commission. The EU defined a Digital Economy and Society Index to support and measure progress on the digital agenda for Europe:
The Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) is a composite index that summarises relevant indicators on Europe’s digital performance and tracks the evolution of EU member states in digital competitiveness.
The Digital (more...)
Digital Evolution Index shows Western Europe is stalling
Earlier this year The Fletcher School published the Digital Evolution Index. The Digital Evolution Index analyses the key underlying drivers and barriers that govern a country’s evolution into a digital economy:
- Demand – including consumer behaviours and trends, financial and Internet and social media savviness.
- Supply – including access, fulfilment, and transactions infrastructure.
- Institutional Environment – including government effectiveness and its role in business, laws and regulations (more...)
Theory of constraints
Think it was back in 1993 I first read The Goal by Eliyahu Moshe Goldratt. The book was one of the first and most notable in the genre of business novels. The book – The Goal – introduces the theory of constraints (TOC) process for improving organisations. The book is set in a manufacturing company. However the book provides the context for a more generic approach to continuous improvement.
Theory of constraints
Interesting days for studying organisational culture
These are interesting days for those studying organisational culture or are just interested in this field. It all started this weekend when the NY Times published: Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace. The newspaper that won 117 Pulitzer Prices devoted two reporters for six months to this article that is very critical on the organisation culture at Amazon.com. The article was said to be based (more...)
Design for outcome-oriented teams
While developing an organisation structure for an Agile or Lean business, there is a strong focus on teams being responsible for business outcomes (outcome-oriented teams). These teams are opposed by so called activity-oriented teams (teams responsible for an activity).
To understand the why of the focus on outcome-oriented teams, we need to understand what is a business outcome. Selling a product and generating revenue is an example of a business outcome. (more...)