Top articles of the week | March 17th

March 17, 2018

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

Architect Your Company for Agility MIT Sloan Review

This author is definitely preaching to the choir. Organizational agility must be architected, it won’t happen by accident. She covers some great interesting ground when discussing but also conflates a few subjects like strategy & execution. The most interesting takeaway is in regards to team alignment and empowerment.

Bitcoin Is Ridiculous. Blockchain Is Dangerous Bloomberg

If you follow anyone on Crypto Twitter, you have a sense of ridiculousness and techno-optimism. The blockchain community has no doubt that they are changing the world for the better. I’m lukewarm at best. This takedown by Paul Ford in Bloomberg takes it to a whole new level – the impact on culture.

A Future-Back Approach to Creating Your Growth Strategy Innosight

This is great on building a forward thinking strategy. Despite the overhyped use of “disruption”, the authors provide an interesting method for strategic planning. Look far into the future, predict what technologies & trends will be important and create a blueprint for your ideal future state.

Bridges and Lidar Benedict Evans, a16z

Certain technologies are simply “bridges” before widespread adoption. For instance, WAP in mobile was supposed to be the future but it was clearly a temporary state. Is that the case for Lidar used in autonomous cars today?

Data-driven investing: Why ‘gut feel’ may no longer be good enough Pitchbook

A new of investors are innovating with data-driven strategies. A few early adopters are using a new strategy: using machine learning and data to automate the process of selecting portfolio companies, eliminating implicit bias from the equation and quantify gut feelings. It is not a panacea; human involvement is still very much needed. There is clear evidence that this model of investing will gain significant traction in the coming years.