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G100 Network Notebook | March 2015

The Staggered Board: An Activist Antidote A Harvard Business Review op-ed outlines the future of corporate governance and how business can make it a reality. Research from Harvard professor and LQK Corporation Director Guhan Subramani recommends that companies consider staggered boards, even though support has dropped dramatically among the Fortune 500. When a board is staggered, one-third […] Read More »

G100 Network Notebook | February 2015

G100 At Apple Soon after Apple delivered record-breaking quarterly financials, news broke about “Titan,” their secret R&D project to create an electric vehicle. This represents a game changer for auto industry innovation, says MIT fellow Michael Schrage, who warns not to dismiss Apple’s talent and resources: Apple’s command of UX and technical infrastructure create multiple opportunities to […] Read More »

G100 Network Notebook | January 2015

Will Stimulus Be Enough For Europe? On the heels of the European Central Bank announcing its massive stimulus program, an OECD report questions whether this is sufficient for Europe (and Japan!). The report emphasizes what critics have long argued: structural reforms to encourage trade, investment, and small and medium enterprises are essential to European economic […] Read More »

G100 Network Notebook | December 2014

G100 at Apple Next year, G100 and Next Generation Leadership members will spend a half day at Apple headquarters speaking with senior management, including CEO Tim Cook, named Person of the Year recently by the Financial Times. Their glowing profile reveals how Cook distinguished himself despite scrutiny. With a growing need for someone to block […] Read More »

High Lantern Group Notebook | November 2014

1. How to Respond to a Celebrity Attack Spotify CEO Daniel Ek showed how a CEO should respond when one of the world’s most famous celebrities – in this case, Taylor Swift – goes on TV and criticizes your business for hurting the industry. In a blog, Ek offers a cogent analysis of the dynamics of the […] Read More »

G100 Network Notebook | November 2014

Driving Fast Growth How can companies thrive in highly competitive markets? Box CEO Aaron Levie explains: You’re always balancing what is possible today and what can we do with technology with the reality and the empathy that we have to have for where customers are. How do we bring them, and how do we bridge […] Read More »

G100 Network Notebook | September 2014

Apple, Culture, and G100 A good primer is this Bloomberg Businessweek interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook that goes beyond recent product announcements to reveal how he transformed company culture. He says: The lines between hardware, software, and services are blurred or are disappearing. The only way you can pull this off is when everyone […] Read More »

G100 Network Notebook | August 2014

Can John Chen Save Blackberry? Blackberry has been widely written off as one of the great tech tragedies of the modern age. Yet CEO John Chen believes that the company still has a chance. This San Jose Mercury News story gives us a glimpse of how he has managed to recruit a top team: I […] Read More »

G100 Network Notebook | July 2014

Russia and a New World Order A thorough accounting of the Ukrainian crisis expects prolonged, far-reaching geopolitical implications from a new competition between Russia and the West. Dmitri Trenin of the Carnegie Moscow Center – writing prior to the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 – said: Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia will be the battleground […] Read More »

G100 Network Notebook | June 2014

Was Clay Christensen Wrong About Disruption? Clayton Christensen’s 1997 landmark study of disruptive markets, The Innovator’s Dilemma, continues to drive discussion about innovation and new competitors. But nearly twenty years later, are his conclusions about disruption still persuasive? Jill Lepore re-examines the book in the most recent New Yorker and concludes that he got the […] Read More »