Top articles of the week | February 1

February 1, 2020

Every week, we put together a list of our top 5 articles of the past week. Happy reading!

Why Big Firms Find It Hard To Innovate Steve Denning, Forbes (reading time: 5 minutes)

“Big organizations have neither the strategic focus nor the agility needed to undertake transformational innovation.” While this is a pretty broad blanket statement, it does serve as a wake up call to organizations that aren’t prioritizing adaptability. Steve Denning does at good job at sounding the alarm. He also brings up the point of “customer capitalism” which focuses on delivering value to customers.

Four Trends in Consumer Tech Connie Chan (reading time: 15 minutes)

In this YouTube video, Connie Chan shares four interesting trends in consumer tech. Everything will become a superapp, everything will become commerce, technology goes physical and earshare is the new mindshare. She provides some great examples on each of these trends and their Eastern origins.

The real reason tech companies want regulation Azeem Azhar, Exponential View (reading

time: 10 minutes)

Azeem Azhar does a good job of explaining the difficulty in regulating technology companies. He puts forward the concept of AI lock-in loop which is a key way tech companies keep perpetually getting better.

It’s extremely challenging for existing regulation to deal with this reality.

Tech in 2020: Standing on the shoulder of giants Benedict Evans (reading time: 10 minutes)

I have a confession to make. I’ve stolen many slides from Benedict Evans (and will probably continue to do so). He shared his latest one on macro and strategic trends in the tech industry and it does not disappoint. It’s 128 slides and loaded with great insights.

Balance your strategic time and your operational time Amineh Younes, PNR (reading time: 6 minutes)

My colleague Amineh wrote a terrific piece on how to balance strategy and operations. In our work, we’re often confronted with this challenge for our customers. Amineh provides some great tips on what you can do.