Food for Thought #7: New Silicon Valley, European Unicorns, Managers Hate Agile

Food for Thought #7: New Silicon Valley, European Unicorns, Managers Hate Agile

Age of Product food for thought for September 20th, 2015 on the missing European unicorns, how to create a new Silicon Valley, and why managers hate Agile:

Marc Andreessen (via Andreessen Horowitz): What It Will Take to Create the Next Great Silicon Valleys, Plural

What It Will Take to Create the Next Great Silicon Valleys, Plural

Except… this approach to innovation clusters hasn’t really worked. Some have even dismissed these government-driven efforts as “modern-day snake oil.” Yet policymakers are always searching for the next Silicon Valley because of the critical link between tech innovation, economic growth, and social opportunity.

Thomas Petersen: Why is Europe Failing To Create More Unicorns?

Out of 108 startups with a valuation of more than one billion dollars, 78 are from the US and only nine are from Europe. Whats going on? Before you read...

(via First Round Capital): The Simple Rules That Could Transform How You Launch Your Product

To troubleshoot and help economize your language, try asking yourself the following questions:
What is the hallmark superpower of this product?
What is the primary problem this product fixes?
Who cares about the challenge that this product solves?

Stefan Wolpers (via Age of Product): Agile Software Development for Starters – Workshop in Berlin on October 22nd, 2015

Age of Product workshop in Berlin: Agile software development for starters – learn how to build better software faster, while reducing risk and saving money.

Marc Kuo (via Medium): Don’t build it in-house. There is an API for that.

Don’t build it in-house. There is an API for that.

Don’t waste time building things that somebody else has already built. In most cases, if there’s a service you can rely on, you should use it. It will speed up your development, so you can focus on your core competence — which is your real IP.

Steve Denning (via Agile Alliance): More On Why Managers Hate Agile

So the question is not whether the transition is going to happen. It’s when. The question is: will the change be agonizingly slow and ugly and bloody? Or will it be quick and elegant and intelligent? The movement towards the Creative Economy, with Agile, Scrum, Lean, DevOps and its analogs, is about generating the latter outcome.

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