While the classic disruptive innovation theory, as presented in The Innovator’s Dilemma, does an incredible job to describe the overall effects of disruption, it does not delve into the reasons why incumbents fail to respond. Here we’ll look at what really causes this “Incumbent’s Dilemma”, using this 5C framework that describes the barriers incumbents face — even after recognizing the external threat.

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While the Sacramento Kings owner, Vivek Ranadivé is undoubtedly a brilliant business man, his recent proposal to play 4 on 5 defense is flawed, and here’s why. Data can lead you astray Vivek Ranadivé (Founder / CEO of TIBCO) has an impressive resume, and has recently spent his time analyzing 30 gigs of basketball data […]


For those undertaking new mobile initiatives, and weighing what platform to choose (natives, hybrid, or HTML5), here’s a little framework you can use to help you decide where to invest. Deciding on an app platform So if you’re reading this, I likely don’t need to convince you that we’re squarely within a tectonic shift in […]


I was fortunate enough to travel to Moscow, as one of a handful of MassChallenge mentors, to deliver a week-long startup “bootcamp” to Russian entrepreneurs. We were hosted by the the Skolkovo Foundation, a Russian non-profit attempting to help create & commercialize advanced technologies, where its Skolkovo Innovation Center is comprised of startups across five […]


Throughout this series we’ve deconstructed the dimensions that comprise product management. Here we’ll put those back together, to see how you can employ the 3^3 framework to help you in your day-to-day endeavors. 9 modes vs. 27 types Unlike other frameworks I’ve developed, the 3^3 model is not a “matrix” in the sense that you […]


In Part 2 of this series, we explored the range of responsibilities a Product Manager can take on. Now, we’ll examine how those activities will change, based on where the product (or company), is in its lifecycle, based on the three main stages: pre-product-market-fit (pre-PMF), post-product-market-fit (PMF), or the “mature” phase. The major driver of your context […]


In the last part of this series we looked at the range of responsibilities Product Managers can cover. Next, in the 3^3 model, we’ll examine how those responsibilities are adjusted, based on the type of customer you are serving. Customers fall into three major types In 2012, I attended the Lean Startup Conference, and loved […]