Problems you’ll face in the future thanks to robotics, genomics, and big data

Displaced workers, designer babies, the death of privacy and proliferation of cybercrime… How will you and your business respond to a few of the most problematic issues that the industries of the future are going to raise? “For most of the world’s 7.2 billion people, innovation and globalization have created opportunity the likes of which…

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Three leaders at the vanguard of the next economy

To see what leaders at the vanguard of the next economy are doing, we look to Foxconn’s CEO, one of the world’s biggest investors in robotics; to the leader of PGDx, a cancer genomics startup; and to the CEO of MFS Africa, a Pan-African FinTech company.   Dr. Luis Diaz fights cancer with revolutionary genomic…

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The next economy: A new wave of innovation is on its way

Famed American technology policy expert Alec Ross presents a panorama of the most important innovations set to drive economic and societal change for the years to come. 2017 will mark the eighth anniversary of Uber’s founding and the 20th anniversary of the victory of the chess-playing computer Deep Blue against the world’s reigning human champion,…

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The five principles of corporate hacking

If you really want to bring down barriers and shake up (bad) work habits, launching vast transformation plans is not enough in itself. You have to encourage your teams to challenge the status quo or even circumvent established processes so they can progress in project mode, improvise and experiment with new ideas.   1- Take…

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Looking to startups to boost your agility

Faced with technological breakthroughs and jostled by disruptive startups, large companies wonder constantly how to update their practices. The ideal is not, however, radical reinvention, but instead to combine their own inherent impressive strengths with the agility of startups. Some companies have adopted a novel approach of reverse mentoring, based on the exchange of best…

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Agility: is hacking your company the answer?

The term “corporate hacking” covers a range of tactics and measures used to spread intrapreneurial practices, improvisation and iterative learning like viruses within companies. The aim of corporate hacking is to fuel more agile, open and collaborative environments – in other words, to create cultures that stimulate innovation and make work more meaningful again. Corporations…

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Tesla Motors & SpaceX
How Elon Musk is shaking up the automobile and aerospace industries

Automotive, energy, space travel and passenger transport are the many sectors Elon Musk is at the forefront of “shaking up”! Since he made his fortune developing PayPal and eBay in 2002, the South African entrepreneur has endeavored to create value in the industries that have yet to become intensely competitive. What are the fundamentals of…

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Strategic agility: challenging value creation

What do Airbnb, Uber and Netflix have in common? They are all proficient at recreating value in markets where the competition has been intense for decades, forcing prices down. What can we learn from these so-called «disruptive» companies that leverage innovative business models to uncover new growth drivers? The success of some of the most…

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The surprisingly ordinary path to originality

What does it take to make the kinds of truly original, disruptive ideas that move companies forward in exciting new directions a reality? Adam Grant exposes many of the myths around creativity and originality that could be holding you back from making your mark in the world. In 2009, one of Adam Grant’s students pitched…

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Frugality and “System D” at Diften Transports

“Although frugality is often the rule in companies in emerging countries, once they have achieved significant growth and cash levels, that initial, positive reflex disappears,” says François De Renière, who runs Diften Transports, one of the leading independent haulage companies in Argentina, Uruguay and Bolivia. Excerpt from his interview with Business Digest: “The best opportunities…

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