Entrepreneurs are everywhere

From our fast-paced world of media... to shipping.

Go to the profile of Charles Thiede
Jun 26, 2013
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I am currently re-reading The Lean Startup: How Constant Innovation Creates Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries, possibly the best book ever on start-ups. But it is also a great book for businesses of all types that are looking to support entrepreneurship from within their bureaucratic organization.

The other night I was at a Gartner event. It was full of 'brick and mortar company' CIO's. I felt a little out of place.

Some said it was the best time right now to be a CIO or IT Director. But others were still wondering what their place was in the world of cloud computing. One CIO that spoke out was the CIO of a shipping company. What he said surprised me.

He wanted to talk to the CEO about investing in innovation again. He was tired of cutting it out of the budget. He recognised that anyone can cut the innovation budget and look good for saving money. He saw that it is much harder and braver to invest to explore change in this time of economic uncertainty. But also that innovating to adjust to your changing market is essential.

This CIO does not work in the (usually) fast-paced world of media. He is the CIO of a shipping company. Have I said that? He had the spirit of an entrepreneur in the most traditional of sectors.

Entrepreneurs are everywhere. That is what Ries is saying.

They are in your business waiting to thrive. They are a 25 year-old developer or a 60 year-old CIO. Find them.

Zapnito helps companies of all types to innovate through new products, services, business models and revenue streams. Contact us for more information.

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Charles Thiede

CEO & Co-Founder, Zapnito

My background is in technology, professional services and digital media. I co-founded Zapnito due to a number of related observations from my time in these sectors: 1) the social web is creating a huge amount of noise 2) expertise that brands have built up over decades is being drowned out and hidden from those that need it 3) these brands are therefore losing their audience to often undeserving and unhelpful sources, and 4) people are finding it harder to access the expertise that they truly value. I therefore decided to create Zapnito, a white-label platform to help trusted brands reclaim their audiences via expert-driven knowledge networks.

3 Comments

Go to the profile of Linda Lopeke
Linda Lopeke over 5 years ago

The entrepreneurial mind is not always appreciated and that can be a great loss. It was exciting to read about the CIO of a shipping company enthusiastically championing change as an early adopter.

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David Head about 5 years ago

Your shipping CIO sounds like a classic Intrapaneur, who strives to drive innovation from within an established enterprise. CIO's must drive the agenda, particularly with regard to digital, or risk being marginalised and left behind. Unfortunately this does not sit well with the classic utility IT model, big budgets and central control. The role needs to be rethought which means 'traditional' CIO's letting go and embracing new models, increasingly built around more democratic increasingly digital solutions.

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Charles Thiede about 5 years ago

I agree David. If anything the CIO's need to learn marketing, user experience and the front-end to really stay on the curve. Even if their portfolios are just in the back-office. Even the back-office concept is starting to breakdown.