Old innovation ecosystem models are broken, it is time to realise the open models based around startups (particularly scalable global product based tech startups) are the key to our future.
The above diagram by StartupCommons summarises the change in focus at a macro level, we also need to look at the basics of our cultural approach to select digital natives from diverse global backgrounds to represent our interests. Run your eye over most of our nation’s government and industry bodies and the focus and representation is a woeful, old, monoculture with computing science degrees a rarity and real recent internet entrepreneurship dangerously absent, they are similarly rarely constituted of independent non-aligned experts with fresh experience.
If these people can’t serve real customers ever let alone recently (in the last decade) how can they serve our society?
This path forward is so obvious other nations have ‘productised’ the right approach in order to give (and sell) to the world.
Read the full (non country specific) report from StartupCommons here.
For some time now the question ‘What do you do?’ has been a little bit of a long answer here at Cooper & Co.
We have a diverse range of interests but there are key underpinning motives, values and desires about improving our world with a mix of commercial and non-commercial sustainable activities.
These are captured in our revised one pager ‘ Cooper & Co: What We Do’ which holds at the core our values of developing best practice entrepreneurship, disruptive and sustaining innovation and business technology strategy.
The activities are grouped as follows, all around the core activities of Business Technology Strategy which we define as tech and tech enabled business large and small.
Cooper & Co – Investing, delivering and managing Business Technology Strategy
Enterprise & Mid Market Segment
Large Transaction Due Diligence Consulting (pre and post transaction, buy and sell side representation e.g. acting CIO/COO)
Expert Opinion and Mergers & Acquisition consulting – advisory support with a focus on technology, operations, strategic alignment and execution
Project Consulting (e.g. acting CIO/COO and similar) strong background in marketplaces, real-time, finance and trading and high volume retail
Non-Commercial (Pro Bono / Volunteer)
Social channels sharing best practice
Special Interest Groups (advocacy)
Best practice and industry commentary blogs
Angel equity – cash investment
Advisory Consulting – commission based referral to experts facilitating trade sales