Business model design


Data Driven Business – Data Case Studies at Strata+ Hadoop

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, Walmart, GE, Merck and NGOs like Datakind and the DOT will share hard-won lessons, painful Read More

Design for the Angry Citizen

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. The Airbnb Hotel: An absent landlord owns a large building with multiple small units in Read More

Customer Delight is Elusive – Focus on Customer Pain

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 of the street, but I hadn’t noticed this yet. Once I arrived at my destination Read More

When N = All

Open Data and the Future for Startups I’m at Startupfest Montreal today – come join me to talk about The Future of Open Data: Startup festopendata lightning_vandermeer from Jen van der Meer The rise of open data sets released onto the public commons has accelerated the birth of new industries, and new companies. Emerging as a government activity, now private sector companies are joining the movement to publicly source data, Read More

Jen’s High Res Photo

For events and public speaking: Jen’s Short Bio: Jen is the Founder and CEO of Reason Street, where she helps companies find the right business models to make the greatest impact. A former Wall Street analyst and economist, Jen has practiced an approach that is equal parts data-driven and creative to understand and apply the opportunities for technology to transform the economy, society, and culture.  

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NYU ITP: If Products Could Tell Their Stories, Class 2 2010

Is consumer behavior an effective lever to change the system for better environmental outcomes? If Products Could February 1 2010 B from Jen van der Meer

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NYU ITP: If Products Could Speak Class 7 Biodiversity

Week of April 6th – looking at biodiversity depletion. That sounds too nice. Biodiversity depletion. We’re talking about plants, mammals, fish, birds, and other species going extinct. Never existing again. And what that has to do with making things.   If Products Could Speak April 6 from Jen van der Meer

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Can Smart Meters Drive Behavior Change

Beyond just changing light bulbs and cutting vampire supply power sources, people are more likely to make higher impact change if they understand the total energy output of their homes. Enter smart meter visualizations. The Wattson has been the premier example of a smart meter – a beautiful object that tells you in pounds (it’s a UK company) or kilowatt hours your total energy consumption. But the US version of Read More