Jen van der Meer

Spotlight on Data: Data as an Asset

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Beyond the Exhaust: Friederike Schüürand I will be talking about Data Strategy on May 20 – O’Reilly Spotlight Our online lives have long left data traces, and the adoption of smartphones, wearables, smart speakers, smart doorbells, and smart everything else has expanded the range of data-collection devices. The early practice of data science on exhaust […]

Apple’s Services Pivot: From Hardware to Attention

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Tim Cook announced a new era for Apple on Monday unveiling a streaming video service, news subscriptions, game subscriptions, and an apple credit card. Cook is trying to change the story we tell about Apple. Notice the event announced no new actual things that you can hold in your hand. This is a major pivot […]

How Does Amazon Make Money? A Look at FY 2018

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Hi I’m Jen van der Meer. And forgive me. I’m a bit obsessed with Amazon. Amazon just reported 2018 financials. They crushed it. As you know, Amazon is a juggernaut. We often lump Apple, Amazon, and Alphabet together with even Facebook or Netflix. But nothing is like Amazon. Amazon is complexity. And the most ingenious. […]

Sears: Blame the Spreadsheets?

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Is the Sears bankruptcy the fault of financiers, looking at the world through spreadsheets?  Don’t blame the spreadsheets. Logic is in the eye of the logician. There is a core belief that is shared among financiers and MBAs: companies have natural cycles of Startup, growth, maturity, and death. I was always sort of sad when […]

Corporate Innovation an Oxymoron?

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Two words that don’t fit well together. Corporate. Innovation. Said inside of startup circles, you’d hear a bit of a cynical chuckle. Heh. Innovation doesn’t happen in corporates. The story we’ve been telling for years: Corporate, large, giant, public companies are hampered by: Investor expectations to deliver the short term Large hierarchical organizational structures of […]

Pitching for Value

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Telling your narrative + growth story to attract the people, resources, and everything else you need. Impressed by the Female Entrepreneur contingent – women entrepreneurs from Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Denmark, Finland, Germany at this Nordic Innovation House event.  

Transform or Enable? The Business Model Innovation Choice

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The Business Model Innovation Choice 20 years ago, I was a 20-something digital punk strategist. The internet was going to change the WORLD. I would ply my trade telling established Fortune 1000 clients that they had to move swiftly. Radically transform your companies into a digital businesses. Fast. Or risk annihilation. What followed was one […]

Data Driven Business – Data Case Studies at Strata+ Hadoop

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Looking forward to emceeing Data Case Studies at Strata+Hadoop on Tuesday. From banking to biotech, retail to government, nonprofit to energy, every business sector is changing in the face of abundant data. Driven by competitive pressures and rising consumer expectations, firms are getting better at defining business problems and applying data solutions. Companies like BBC, […]

Design for the Angry Citizen

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Airbnb and Systems of Trust I was angry. It was 3:00 in the morning, and there was yet another springtime alleyway party in the Airbnb hotel behind my building. I live in the West Village of New York, which is home to a number of these buildings. Let me describe how the Airbnb hotel works. […]

Customer Delight is Elusive – Focus on Customer Pain

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Last week it was one of those rare perfect sunny days in New York City, and I found myself looking up at the sky as I crossed West 4th Street. I was soon to be punished for my reverie. While enjoying the sun, my glasses had slipped out of my pocket and onto the middle […]