You adapt, or you adopt, or you die

I was in Boston and stopped by the Harvard Business Review for their IdeaCast podcast. I shared my current thinking about innovation in companies and government agencies. The interviewer, Curt Nickisch was great and managed to get me to summarize several years of learning in one podcast.  He even got me to tell my Steve Jobs interview story.

It’s worth a listen.

Listen to the entire interview here:

Or listen to just parts of the interview:
3:29 Entrepreneurs make their own luck
4:35 The difference between an idea and an entrepreneur
5:18 Why entrepreneurship thrived in Silicon Valley
7:10 The pay-it-forward culture
7:53 Failure as part of the process
9:32 When I was more wrong than anyone on earth
11:20 Steve Jobs on Customer Development
12:38 The first time I did customer discovery
14:49 Engineers built products for themselves and the “next bench”
15:27 Why MBA’s avoided Silicon Valley
16:01 20th century investors were not entrepreneurs
16:45 Startups are not smaller versions of large companies
18:18 We needed a management stack for innovation
19:17 HBR and the Lean Startup and corporations
20:09 Why Lean fails in corporations
20:45 Startups can do anything, companies can only do what’s legal
22:0o The team
22:23 Rewards
23:00 What will drive continuous corporate innovation?
24:01 Innovation Theater
24:39 Innovation at speed
25:27 You adapt, or you adopt, or you die

6 Responses

  1. Steve, I enjoy your podcasts but question your decision to host on soundcloud. It doesn’t allow downloading and much of my podcast listening is offline. Thanks.

  2. Love how you call things as they are Steve. Have you found any effective ways to get corporate attention on the right ‘KPIs’ for corporate innovation BEFORE the business is impacted by disruption? I find most organisations have a lack of urgency compared to the growing threat to the corporation from disruption.

  3. great piece Steve, but I suspect the HBR guy didn’t really get what you were saying, just like the idiot VCs I’ve been talking to don’t get my company that can do $240M in revenue next year and $75M in EBITDA…because they don’t consider it a tech company, but a content company

    I asked if Netflix is tech company? They say yes because they stream video. I reply that we do to and they say well you’re into sports, to which I reply, “Yes the most valuable content in media”…and the stupidity continues.

    btw, several of these VCs are contacts of yours, so perhaps they should return to Stanford for a refresher course

  4. Enjoyed the listen. There seems to be an opportunity to spread innovation among the corporate world. A Gig Economy will shift many to obsolescence; they don’t use lean startup at their own peril!

  5. Great podcast! Informative as well! Thanks!

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