Three Factors Driving the Uberization of Talents

[This article was originally published in the French edition of the Harvard Business Review] The third industrial revolution: optimization of resources The economist Adam Smith identified three key factors for economic growth: labor, capital, and resources. While the first and second Industrial Revolutions were mostly concerned with optimizing labor productivity and capital allocation, the third Industrial Revolution is expected to focus on optimizing resources. An incredible number of new services are trying to address such inefficiencies in various domains. Apple, and then Spotify changed the way people listen to music. Amazon.com changed the way people buy books and many other products. Airbnb changed the way people rent accommodations when traveling. This list could go on and on. The bottom line

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Is Uberization the Future of Intelligence?

[The French Version of this article was published in Harvard Business Review France] A grinning Jean Botti, CTO at Airbus Group, entrusted us with one of his dreams: A smartphone app that would produce a synthetical and analytical overview of the knowledge possessed by the best experts in a given domain ; the sum of all knowledge components inside a brain. Is it possible to imagine monetizing immaterial assets such as knowledge, expertise or know-how, as is already the case with Uber and Airbnb, who make a network available and then monetize underused physical assets? Are we on the cusp of the Uberization of intelligence? We’ve conducted interviews with several tens of innovation managers, from R&D, strategy, marketing of big corporations for

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The Parrot Drone Story: Visionary Entrepreneur Meets Garage-Based Genius

In just a few decades, advanced knowledge has become a commodity. For innovative companies it is safer, cheaper and most importantly much faster to assemble external bricks (knowledge, technologies or talents) to put superior products on the market. Beyond the hype, Open Innovation is a reality. In this article we tell the story of how Parrot, French leader in handfree car kits became leader on the market of drones in just a few years. This article is derived from one of the numerous case studies published in the book : Innovation Intelligence. The case studies are based on interviews, among others with Parrot CEO and Founder Henri Seydoux. It must fly! Our Wi-Fi remote-control car must fly! Henri Seydoux had his epiphany as he walked along the

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