BUSINESS STRATEGY QUESTIONS SET #007

The four questions to ask before you get ready to scale-up!

  1. Are you attracting and retaining the right people?
  2. Do you have a distinct sustainable strategy?
  3. Are all processes running smoothly and driving superior profitability?
  4. Are you managing your cash flow effectively?

Answering these questions can prepare you to scale-up fast.

Read more at Book Summary – Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It…and Why the Rest Don’t.

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BUSINESS STRATEGY QUESTIONS SET #006

Where and how does one begin the innovation process? Autodesk’s Innovation Strategist, Bill O’Connor, offers 7 questions:

  1. What could we look at in a new way?
  2. What could we use in a new way, or for the first time?
  3. What could we move, changing its position in space or time?
  4. What could we interconnect, for the first time or in a new way?
  5. What could we alter, in terms of design and performance?
  6. What can we make that is truly new?
  7. What can we imagine that would create a great experience for someone?

Source: https://labs.blogs.com/its_alive_in_the_lab/2016/08/the-autodesk-innovation-genome-is-part-of-a-process.html

BUSINESS STRATEGY QUESTIONS SET #005

How to create an integrated view of strategy? According to Kevin J. Boudreau, the most essential questions to address are:

  1. What Value Are You Intending to Create, and for Whom?
  2. How Do You Plan to Deliver That Value?
  3. What Is Your Competitive Advantage — Your Sources of Uniqueness?

Read more at

(1) https://hbr.org/2017/10/a-short-guide-to-strategy-for-entrepreneurs

(2) Designing Your Company: Creating, Delivering, and Capturing Value, Harvard Business School Strategy Unit Working Paper No. 16-131

BUSINESS STRATEGY QUESTIONS SET #003

What do you do better than others?

Is your entire organization aligned to do everything with this thinking?

If yes, then you are a “coherent” company. Paul Leinwand and Cesare Mainardi suggest taking a “Coherence Test” as illustrated in the image below.

Based on this, Paul Leinwand and Matthias Bäumler have listed the following 8 tough strategy questions.

References: (1) https://hbr.org/2017/11/8-tough-questions-to-ask-about-your-companys-strategy (2) https://hbr.org/2010/06/the-coherence-premium

BUSINESS STRATEGY QUESTIONS SET #002

How effectively are you implementing your business strategy?

The seven questions designed by Harvard professor Robert Simons could help answer that question:

1 – Who is your primary customer?
2 – How do you prioritize the needs of shareholders, employees, and customers with your core values?
3 – What critical performance variables are you tracking?
4 – What strategic boundaries have you set?
5 – How are you generating creative tension?
6 – How committed are your employees to helping each other?
7 – What strategic uncertainties keep you awake at night?

See more details at http://www.free-management-ebooks.com/news/simons-seven-strategy-questions/

How to start a Profitable Online Education Business [Latest EdTech Update & Resources]

Edtech Startups

  1. Ed-tech startup 3RDFlix pockets pre-Series A cheque (Sep 2019)
  2. Ed-tech startup WhiteHat Jr raises $10 million from Nexus, Omidyar, others (Sep 2019)
  3. CodeCombat raises $6 million to teach coding through immersive games (Aug 2019)
  4. Edtech Startup AdmitKard Raises $1 Mn In Pre-Series A Funding
  5. [Startup Bharat] Meet edtech startups that are taking quality education to non-metro cities across India (Mar 2019)
  6. Startup Watchlist: Top Indian Edtech Startups To Look Out For In 2019 (Feb 2019)
  7. List Of EdTech Startups (Jan 2019)
  8. 7 EdTech Startups That Could Reshape The Future Of Education (Nov 2018)

EdTech Industry Trends

  1. Edupreneur Village Fund hosted India’s first-of-its-kind live Edtech Investment Event in Delhi – [Sep 2019] Cash Prizes –
    1. INR 3 lakh – Don’t Memorise
    2. INR 2 lakh – One0x
    3. INR 1 lakh – Clap Global
    4. INR 50,000 – Mintbook
    5. INR 25,000 – Memory Trix
  2. What’s making education the golden spot for internet economy? [Sep 2019]
    • The edtech industry has been around since late-1990s, but the last six years have seen an unprecedented boom. Since 1997, the global edtech industry has received a funding of close to $38 billion, and over 60% of this has come in the last three years. So, what is it about e-learning that has made it such a lucrative opportunity for entrepreneurs and investors?
    • There are 250 million schoolgoing kids in India.
    • Most online courses are about 50% cheaper than their offline counterparts
  3. Artificial Intelligence, Authentic Impact: How Educational AI is Making the Grade – Educators find AI can revolutionize the K–12 experience, for both teachers and students. [Aug 2019]
    • In Florida’s Putnam County School District, educators are leveraging new content monitoring software to both automate the process of flagging potentially sensitive internet searches and add critical context to flagged requests.
    • And in New Jersey, Slackwood Elementary School is using an AI-assisted teaching assistant called Happy Numbers to identify where students are struggling with math benchmarks and provide personalized assistance.
    • Solutions such as the Presentation Translator — a free PowerPoint plug-in — provide real-time integration of multilanguage subtitles to help students better understand instructions in class or provide remote access for those dealing with illness or other family concerns
  4. Moving towards 21st century school education: Changes required – 21st century school education needs to be capable of teaching students how to deal with unpredictability and change.
  5. 8 ways technology use in classrooms is transforming the teaching-learning process (Aug 2019)
  6. Game-Based Learning: What All Leaders Should Learn About Training From The Health Care Industry (Aug 2019)
  7. [Funding alert] AI-powered edtech startup Blackboard Radio raises seed round from Villgro, others – Blackboard Radio will use the funds to further develop its AI-powered personalised English speaking coach for schoolgoing students in Tier II and III cities in India [Aug 2019]
  8. The Top 5 EdTech Trends 2019 — AI, AR, VR and more! [Jan 2019]
  9. Edtech Impact is finally here [Oct 2018]
  10. Q&A: Vadim Polikov’s Startup Brings Game-Based Learning to Science Class – New company Legends of Learning offers 900 research-backed games to educators. (2017)
  11. FIVE EDTECH COMPANIES THAT ARE TAKING GAMIFICATION TO THE NEXT LEVEL (2017)

Market Data, Studies

  1. Paytm eyes $2-3 billion in GMV in 18 months from education space
  2. Realizing the Power of EdTech – Scaling Access & Impact (Mar 2019) (PDF)
  3. 8 Ways EdTech Startups Are Setting Classroom-Innovation Trends
  4. 2018 Global Learning Technology Investment Shatters Records  –
    • “AI-based Learning is the one area where the US still has a commanding lead over China,” comments Sam S. Adkins, Chief Researcher of Metaari.
    • “The majority (61.5%) of all global investment in AI-based Learning companies went to 102 US-based companies that raised a combined total of $1.78 billion.
    • In stark contrast, $299.7 million went to just twelve Chinese AI-based Learning companies, a mere 10.3% of all global investments to AI-based Learning companies.
    • In 2018, 25 AI-based Learning companies in India obtained $227.7 million in investments, followed by Israel at $169.5 million.”
  5. Online Education: From Good To Better To Best? (March 2019) –
    • Examples of online degrees outperforming traditional degrees can be found across the globe and across students of all ages.
    • In the U.K., University of Essex’s online degrees placed in the top 18% of all U.K. institutions with a 91 score in the National Student Survey (NSS) run by Britain’s higher education regulator.
  6. Online Education in India: 2021 – a study / report by KPMG in India and Google (May 2017) (PDF)
  7. The ultimate guide to Edtech (2017)
  8. Ed Tech Developer’s Guide – A primer for software developers, startups, and entrepreneurs (2015)

Types of Online Edpreneurs

  1. HOW TO BUILD AN ELEARNING PLATFORM LIKE COURSERA (OR UDEMY)?
  2. Which Type of Online Course Business Are You? (And Why It Matters)
  3. MOOC Cloning: Build the Next Big Online Education Portal – Script Feature Analysis
  4. Social Cause: CrashUp: Let’s provide Free Education to every student in India (Video)

Choosing Platforms

15+ Platforms to Create and Sell Online Courses (and Counting)

Marketing Guides

The Ultimate Marketing Guide for Online Educational Companies

Tips for Beginners

  1. Launching An EdTech Startup? Here’s Everything You Need To Know – Part 1
  2. 22 TIPS FOR EDTECH STARTUPS AND COMPANIES
  3. How to start an online education business
  4. 6 Hard-earned Lessons for Starting an Online Education Business
  5. How To Start Your Own Online Education Business
  6. From unscreen.: How to Start a Profitable Online School in 5 Easy Steps
  7. From thinkific: 7 Steps to Building a Successful Business Selling Online Courses
  8. From foldcode: How To Build An Online Education Business
  9. From WordPress / Studiopress: How to Build an Online Education Business

Shweta Luthra Diaries: Energy Spaces

About the Author: Shweta Luthra is visionary designer who comes with over a decade of industry experience under her belt, having done her Masters in Housing from the reputed School of Planning & Architecture back in the year 2002.

Not just reading books and articles,  she travels around the world in order to stay in line with international trends and practices. She understands that first and foremost,  detailed client interaction is a priority so that hi-end designs can take shape with precision and accuracy.

Under the tutelage of Marc, a highly successful interior design personnel from London, Shweta was introduced to a new dimension of  Creating Energy Spaces a few years ago. Home is an extension of ourselves; ergo, by enhancing its energy in multiple shapes and forms,  we can transform our inner capabilities slowly but surely.

Since childhood, multiple times I have heard that we are energy, everything around us is energy. Even all spiritual practitioners & healers talk about energy. I do believe in it but honestly have never given a deeper thought to it.

Luckily, last year in 2017, I got introduced to the concept of energy spaces by my coach, Marc an eminent interior designer from London.  He is a ‘Shaman’ who is actively practicing & teaching about ‘Sacred Spaces’ & how they can transform our lives.

What I learnt from here is the fact that everything on this earth including us is a form of energy. We can raise the energy of our home spaces where we spend most of our time, which will enhance our energy & capabilities too.

I learnt about ‘power spots’ which are the crossing points where earth’s electromagnetic lines from North pole & South pole meet. These are the points of very high-energy frequency & most of our ancient sacred temples/cathedrals were built on it. The purpose was that people who visited these temples found that their energy capabilities were raised & inner transformation happened for them. Few examples to quote are the oldest recorded temple of Tiwanaku, Stonehenge in Britain and Pyramids of Giza.

It was amazing to know that our ancestors were so conscious & ahead of times, for sure more closer to the energy of the source. This
learning reminded me of ‘Dhyanlinga’ built by Sadhguru of Isha Foundation with a deeper knowledge & mastery over the inner energies. I happen to visit ‘Dhyanlinga’ few years back when I joined ‘Isha Foundation’. Sadhguru refers to these temples as consecrated spaces & public charging sites.

So, the question is how these high energy, sacred plates are related to our homes.

The answer is very simple:-

Likewise we can built power spots of higher energy in our homes which are representation of us. Since, we are also energy, oscillating all  the time, when we are connected to higher frequency spaces; our energy will be enhanced too. We will not be stuck & inner
transformation will happen which will bring lasting changes for us.

Source: https://www.bellacasaindia.com/2018/07/20/energy-spaces/

Fashion Does Design – Milan Diaries by Shweta Luthra, Bella Casa

About the author Shweta Luthra: A brainchild of Shweta Luthra, Bella Casa is a byproduct of our do-it-all visionary designer who comes with over a decade of industry experience under her belt, having done her Masters in Housing from the reputed School of Planning & Architecture back in the year 2002. Not just reading books and articles, she travels around the world in order to stay in line with international trends and practices. She understands that first and foremost, detailed client interaction is a priority so that hi-end designs can take shape with precision and accuracy.

Every year Milan play host to the most high profile interiors in the world. Milan Design week which is in the month of April takes over the entire city. High-end Fashion Designers, Bottega Veneta, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Armani, Fendi & many more fashion icons showcase their products & brands, merging the lines between Fashion & Homes.

This year, April 2018, I got lucky to be there with my Mentor, Marc, an Eminent Interior Designer from London. Sharing a few excerpts from experience I had while exploring beautiful designs of my favorite designers.

Bottega Veneta

Headed by the creative director Tomas Maier, Bottega Veneta’s ground floor boutique in Milan is located in high ceilinged, beautifully be frescoed 18th century Palazzo Gallarati Scotti.

This year they launched its first modular seating system Bottega Veneta Tre. It’s modern in design & function, has a corner section, single seat section & pouf configured to suit one’s need, but it is also modern in design, applying the house’s instantly recognizable interlocking intrecciato design to the sides of its sleek,squared-off, Space Age sections.

A particular highlight of the new collection is in the lighting category: three bronze styles created in collaboration with Osanna Visconti di Modrone. They are made with a lost-wax technique to echo the intrecciato weave. This marks the second collaboration between Maier & Visconti di Modrone, following the set of Bronze tables presented in 2016.

The presentation featured new styles, functions, materials, and colors for both furniture and home accessories. The seating collection has been expanded with both new families and variations of existing ones, featuring unusual details, as well as new colors and materials.

Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton showcased its objets Nomades collection at Palazzo Bocconi in Milan, last April 2018.

Hop over to original blog post by Shweta Luthra to checkout few collections showcased by some of the world’s most renowned designers like Humberto & Fernando, Campana, Marcel Wanders, Atelier Oi, Patricia Urquiola and Andre fu.

Shweta’s latest passion is “Sacred Energy Spaces”. Under the tutelage of Marc, a highly successful interior designer from London, Shweta was introduced to a new dimension of Creating Energy Spaces a few years ago. Home is an extension of ourselves; ergo, by enhancing its energy in multiple shapes and forms, we can transform our inner capabilities slowly but surely.

She can be reached at shweta@bellacasaindia.com.

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