Benjamin Kessler

Big business has arguably become the most dominant force in many societies, subsuming the power of Church and State but not their responsibilities. As a result, the urgent human needs (for security, stability and spiritual nourishment) once met by those institutions must largely go begging.

The Distance

Basecamp spent three years telling the stories of people who run businesses that endured 25 years or more. Have a listen — they’re an inspiration for anyone looking to build a business that goes the distance.

How to Measure the Health of Your Community

Community is like the air around us, invisible and seemingly intangible. Yet it’s a fundamental part of any organization that brings together people in the pursuit of a common goal. Often a community’s “soft” characteristics, such as values and purpose, exert a stronger force on its members than formal governance.
Whether a community includes employees, alumni or people sharing the same passion, community managers need … [ Read more ]

Alexander Dyukov

We don’t hire consultants for solutions; we hire them for knowledge acquisition. We will find solutions ourselves.

Sarah Guo

A company is a great story told again and again, to recruits, investors, media, customers, and partners, until it’s real.

Eric Maskin

Humans are instinctively moral beings and I don’t see machines as ever entirely replacing those instincts. Computers are powerful complements to moral reasoning, not substitutes for it.

The Fortune 500 Teller

Having applied the logic of physics to predict the life expectancy of biological creatures and cities, Geoffrey West is now searching for the scientific principles that dictate the life spans of companies.

The Real Story Behind Jeff Bezos’s Fire Phone Debacle And What It Means For Amazon’s Future

In many ways, the Fire Phone is the perfect symbol of these opposing perceptions of Amazon. It represents everything proponents love about the company—the wild experimentation, the appetite for risk-taking—as well as everything that critics now deride: its huge expenditures, its blithe embrace of an imagined future where the big bets pay off, and its inability to create anything with real style. Understanding Amazon’s journey … [ Read more ]

The 30 Best Pieces of Advice for Entrepreneurs in 2015

The Review is now over two years old and home to dozens of stories that have resonated and made a difference. In 2015 alone, we added nearly 100 new articles, full of granular how-to’s for designers, product managers, marketers, recruiters, sales leaders, executives and many more. What follows is a list of the 30 most impactful, change-making pieces of advice drawn from everything we published … [ Read more ]

The 30 Best Pieces of Advice for Entrepreneurs in 2016

The Review reflects on the extraordinary people they’ve interviewed and long-form articles they’ve published over the last year.

Inside Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel’s Entertainment Empire

Snapchat boasts 100 million daily users—yet is wildly misunderstood even by key media partners. Here’s what everyone is missing.

This is a story about understanding Snapchat’s contradictions, the seemingly irreconcilable facts that make Spiegel and his creation as inscrutable—and undeniable—as Kanye West. In interviews with key Snapchat executives, board members, investors, and dozens of advertisers and media partners, the picture becomes clearer. While Snapchat declined to … [ Read more ]

Quest to Dethrone Nike and Jump-Start Baltimore

Kevin Plank is out to build the “baddest brand on the planet.” Here’s where the city fits in.

The Inside Story of Facebook’s Biggest Setback

The social network had a grand plan to connect millions of Indians to the internet. Here’s how it all went wrong.

How to Design (and Analyze) a Business Experiment

While there has been a rapid growth in experiments, especially within tech companies, we’ve seen too many run incorrectly. Even when they’re set up properly, avoidable mistakes often happen during implementation. As a result, many organizations fail to receive the real benefits of the scientific method. This article lays out seven steps to ensure that your experiment delivers.

Giampaolo Garzarelli

We live in uncertain environments. Uncertainty derives in good measure from the limited cognition (dispersed and specific capabilities) of different economic actors. Consequently, knowledge differences lead to division of labor and to specialization throughout the economy. A firm is that entrepreneurial organ that utilizes such division of labor and specialization to achieve some more or less well-defined ends. As such, it is akin to a … [ Read more ]

Transforming the Business Portfolio: How Multinationals Reinvent Themselves

Recent research by BCG and Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg investigated the motivations and success factors for business portfolio restructurings. By analyzing the characteristics and patterns of the underlying transformation processes, we developed practical insights on issues relating to the magnitude, speed, and sequencing of restructurings.

Editor’s Note: I was really intrigued by this research.

Generate More Value From Your External Knowledge Sourcing

Are your scouts so busy looking outside for new knowledge they’re not understanding what your company really needs?

Paul Freel

A business is a repeatable process that makes money. Everything else is a hobby.