Startgrid Blog

April 15, 2019

How Innovation Teams Can Prove their Value

In our last blog, we talked about why companies are investing in innovation as a strategic competency. The level of investment is significant: according to a recent Accenture report, $3.2 trillion has been spent on innovation-related activities over the last 5 years, and a majority of companies are planning to increase investments in innovation by Read More

March 26, 2019

Master your destiny by creating a strong innovation ecosystem

“Can you Venmo me, Dad?” This frequent exchange with my son, brief as exchanges between parents and teenagers often are, speaks volumes about the pace and scale of innovation. Venmo is the classic FinTech success story. Two freshman roommates at the University of Pennsylvania wanted a way to transfer money via mobile phones. They developed Read More

February 27, 2019

Announcing our alliance with BNY Mellon to help transform Fintech

Today we’re excited to announce our new strategic alliance with Eagle Investment Systems, a subsidiary of BNY Mellon, that will introduce the Startgrid platform to Eagle and BNY Mellon customers.

March 21, 2018

The Roles You Need on Your Innovation Team

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What roles do you need on your innovation team? Processes and frameworks alone can only take an innovation team so far. Finding the right people to be part of your innovation teams makes all the difference. Great innovation teams need to have individuals that possess high emotional intelligence and innovative qualities.  These people often have Read More

March 6, 2018

How Innovation Teams Can Build Credibility with Business Teams

Noted for his pithy opinions as a Supreme Court Justice, Oliver Wendell Holmes knew a thing or two about influence and innovation. “Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up,” he once said regarding collaboration. Holmes may have served long before innovation management was common practice in Read More

November 17, 2017

Three Skills Great Innovation Teams Have in Common

Innovation teams are in a tough spot. They’re at the nexus point of two very different (and equally complex) worlds. To source external innovation, they’re out building relationships in the fast-moving entrepreneurial world of startups, VCs, universities and accelerators. And to meet the needs of their enterprise stakeholders, they need to navigate an internal system Read More

September 11, 2017

Innovation ROI and the Value of a Need

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Enterprises understand more than ever that innovation is integral to their success. Which means that innovation budgets are growing and there is increasing pressure to show financial returns from that investment (i.e., Innovation ROI). Unfortunately when it comes to valuing the solutions that innovation teams deliver, things often get a bit fuzzy. The more established Read More

August 28, 2017

Capture Business Needs to Accelerate Innovation

Capturing business needs

Establishing a strategy and process for capturing business needs is the first step to accelerating the delivery of innovation. It seems obvious, but without understanding the demand you’re trying to fulfill, your chances of finding and delivering the right solutions are diminished.

July 12, 2017

Fighting the Stock Market’s ‘Disruption Discount’

If stock prices are a reflection of a company’s ability to produce future profits then it should also be a good indicator of whether investors believe the company is well positioned to navigate innovation-driven markets.

June 12, 2017

What’s Keeping 73% of Fortune 500 CEOs Up at Night?

Fortune magazine came out with its annual survey of Fortune 500 CEO’s last week. My favorite question is when they ask CEO’s to name their biggest challenges. I pay attention to the responses because what people are worried about has a way of changing their behavior (including what they spend money on).