Disclaimer: the below is a thought experiment describing how I think about innovation and product development, and I don’t actually know anything about the EV space. It’s all for fun. But maybe someone should do this.

Product as an ecosystem

When mapping our business landscape, I like to focus on…

In my MBA program, we were taught two ends of business:

  1. Being an effective operator of business machinery that isalready in motion by having some decent mental model of how a business works
  2. Putting somewhat credible frameworks around an exciting new product/service/venture/whatever, with things like *finance* and *cap tables* by…

Me: So here we see our sourcing model for Q1 ’21 shows a 17%…

Child: Daaaaaad! Daaaaaad! Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad!

CEO: … and that’s how we’ll execute. Leadership, thoughts?

Me: …, …. … … . … … …, …. … .

CEO: You’re muted.

HR consultant, company-wide Zoom meeting: … and the…

X: I don’t want that.

Y: But let me list the features…

X: No.

Y: More features?

“No” might be the most valuable answer you ever get. It saves you from waste, from false hope, from self-inflicted wounds. The first rule in business is “don’t die”. …

We used to overhear spontaneous conversations, loop each other in, and have ad hoc engagements that led to creative leaps. We can’t do that over Zoom.

I haven’t talked to anyone in marketing in months. I feel disconnected; I don’t know what’s going on over there.

We just aren’t collaborating…

Galen

Engineer, MBA, in tech. Analyzer of things, designer of stuff, constantly searching for insights to share. Frequently lost in thought.

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