Is Innovation Overrated?

Is Innovation Overrated?

In a thoughtful article in Aeon, professors from Steven’s Institute argue that innovation has been fetishized to the detriment of modern society, politics and business. Innovation — What is It Good For? Robert Gordon’s important new book, The Rise and Fall...
CTO Success in Startups

CTO Success in Startups

In our prior posting on do I really reed a CTO?, we explained how the role of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) is often confused and that it’s often best setup as a part-time or advisory role in start-ups. But what makes a CTO successful? What makes a startup...
8 Do’s and Don’ts of Agile Contracts

8 Do’s and Don’ts of Agile Contracts

Who would want to admit that they are not agile?  Not startup CEOs, nor corporate CEOs. In the rush to total digitization, everything from corporate strategy to food service contracts is now expected to be “agile”, able to respond rapidly to customers and disruptive...
Fintech: Is the Bubble Deflating?

Fintech: Is the Bubble Deflating?

The head of innovation at Wells Fargo, Steve Ellis, is sort-of quoted here as saying “fintech sector could see a dot-com-style shakeout similar to what occurred in 2000”.   Telegraph Hill has a lot of experience within Fintech, here is my take: Hype vs...
Minimal Viable Information Security

Minimal Viable Information Security

Technology startups are different from going concerns, not least of which is their approach to information security risk. Here are my observations on how cyber risk management evolves in a startup, along with a caveat emptor to potential customers of startups. Risk...