The Noncorporate Organization

28. October 2010
Dienstag, 26. Oktober 2010, 18:52:53 | Chris Meyer & Julia Kirby

Before the dotcom boom, one never heard the question “what’s your business model?” Asking it would have marked you as dim. A few standard models had been around for a hundred years or so: extractive businesses and agriculture, manufacturing operations, service businesses, media companies, and financial intermediaries, each accommodating a few variations like franchising, piecework, door-to-door sales, temporary labor.

But the Net came along and spawned a Cambrian explosion — a whole new set of potentially viable business models. With the ’90s came e-commerce, community creation, social networking, sponsored search, open source software, crowdsourced information, online gaming with private virtual currencies. “What’s your business model?” became a clever question, as everyone wondered what would be next. The dotbust cleared away some of the chaff, but new ideas continue to arrive as capabilities expand — at the moment location-based services such as Foursquare and Scvngr are the new species on the block. Read the rest of this entry »

Is the Social Sector Capitalism’s R&D Lab?

26. August 2009

 25. August 2009, 19:31:32 | Ais dem Blog vonChris Meyer & Julia Kirby:

Students of Clay Christensen’s work are familiar with his insight that “disruptive innovation” usually has its genesis in spots where the “important” people aren’t looking, whether that’s down-market, offshore, in small or specialized segments, or wherever. The non-profit world is just such a place — it’s the land that business forgot. And within it people like Jacqueline Novogratz are borrowing from every toolkit available, and creating their own tools as well, to construct better solutions. Read the rest of this entry »

The Breath of Life for Capitalism?

16. August 2009

 15. Juli 2009, 18:55:26 | Chris Meyer & Julia Kirby, HBR Blog

Dial 1298 for Ambulance, a new 911-style emergency dispatch service in Mumbai and neighboring cities, is a for-profit company with an intriguing business model. (Prior to Dial 1298, India’s cities had no such services, despite governmental efforts to establish them in the past.) Its financial success derives from the fact that it is linked to a separate and codependent nonprofit foundation. Read the rest of this entry »