Uber Taps Vinli To Provide WiFi In Las Vegas Cars During CES 2016

Las Vegas just got a touch more bearable. Uber is using Vinli and T-Mobile to equip its Vegas cars with Wifi. Thanks to Vinli’s hardware, the cars will become..

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When to reinvent your company

There was a great article in the Harvard Business Review, Knowing When to Reinvent by Mark Bertolini, David Duncan and Andrew Waldeck,that does a great job of showing the indicators of when you need to reinvent your business. Although Bertolini is CEO of Aetna, the insurance company, the lessons are very relevant for game and technology companies.

In my twenty plus years in the game industry, I have seen many great companies fail because they waited too long to reinvent their business. You can look at companies that missed the shift from PC to console (the Infogrames and CDVs), the transition from console to free to play (the THQs and Segas), or the transition from Facebook to mobile (the Zyngas and Popcaps). Conversely, I have seen many fail when they lose focus and chase the cool shiny object too early (the NeoGeos and Playdoms).

Bertolini, et.al., first make the point that “no business survives over the long term without reinventing itself.” While nobody argues this point, knowing when to start a deliberate strategic transformation is extremely challenging. There are several obstacles to such a change:

  • Employees feel threatened
  • Customers can be confused or alienated
  • Investors see uncertainty and often punish what they consider higher risk.

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Quiet Mode Before Launching

For years we’ve heard the saying that stealth mode is bad and entrepreneurs should talk about their concept. The idea is that no matter how much an entrepreneur thinks they know what the market wants, they have to get out of the building and talk to customers. Instead of stealth mode, I recommend “quiet mode” for entrepreneurs whereby they focus on getting 10 customers and making them super happy before “launching” their company.

Here are a few thoughts on quiet mode before launching:

  • Quiet mode is focused on making a small handful of customers happy and not trying to do everything else that’s eventually needed to make a startup successful (it really focuses everything on the customer)
  • Achieving the goal of having 10 super happy customers will help the entrepreneur decide if the business is even worth continuing — if you can’t get 10 happy customers with a product, pivot to a

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