Five examples of emerging trends that matter.

Five examples of emerging trends that matter.

We are often asked why it’s important to know what a trend might do to a business when the business is doing just fine. It’s simple: everything changes, and your business will too. Being alert to opportunity allows you time to prepare and to work to a plan, rather...
Trends spotted early mean new business. Trends spotted early and ignored, don’t.

Trends spotted early mean new business. Trends spotted early and ignored, don’t.

This is a tale of missed opportunity. It features an emerging trend, an industry struggling to grow and short-term decision making. In March 2017, we picked up chatter about a concept that we thought would interest the insurance industry. We interviewed the UCLA...
Fast followers. What Fintech can learn from Ernest Hemingway.

Fast followers. What Fintech can learn from Ernest Hemingway.

Since the banking crisis changed (or in some cases, confirmed) the general perception of bankers (think rhyming slang), there’s been a need for visible change in the financial industry. Eventually it did arrive. Technology improved enough to create products that...
Trends in the way we work, part 2. Mastercard almost innovates. But no cigar.

Trends in the way we work, part 2. Mastercard almost innovates. But no cigar.

I just heard a lovely exposition on the ways modern corporate business is wrestling with the recruitment issue. On Reid Hoffman’s Masters of Scale podcast, ironically called Take bigger risks, the show sponsor is Mastercard. The Mastercard Center for...
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