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Today, I'd like to popularize a term that I feel is super important, because I believe it's the missing link to corporate innovation today.

Venture thinking is, first and foremost, about people and their relationships—not products, processes, or money. It's all about people. Building a venture involves people figuring out how to create value for other people (users) in sustainable and scalable ways. At the early stages, it might be just an idea or perhaps a prototype, certainly not a product yet. We might not have funding yet, but it’s already a venture—a group of people on a mission to solve a problem that matters. They don’t know how yet, but they are venture thinkers. Venture thinking is both an attitude and a stance. Venture thinkers understand they want to get from problem to solution. They know they have to pave their way, even though there is no process for it yet.

Now, there are many product teams in large organizations that exhibit this kind of venture thinking! And, as organizations with the best intentions, we want to help our people succeed. But what usually happens in large organizations is that they come up with some sort of process with quality gates and milestones, all of it comes nicely packed in agile, lean startup, and design thinking terms.

But it's still what it is. It’s still process.

However, venture thinkers need to own the process. They need to put all their creativity into getting from problem to solution. Large organizations need to withstand this ambiguity and exhibit a lot more venture thinking than we are seeing today.

But can you still help your teams somehow? Of course, you can!

Listen to the true problems at hand! Are your teams getting the data they need? Do they get to meet the people they need to talk to? Help them with knowledge, with resources, help with marketing and sales, but stay away from process as much as possible. Process kills autonomy and creativity. Without creativity, there is no Venture Thinking.

Listen to the true problems at hand and help get roadblocks out of the way! No process needed.

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At Silicon.Garden, we supercharge people and planet-positive innovation by building impact ventures and sharing our knowledge. Watch Michael explain our mission and give it a ❤️ if you like it!

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Hey there,

It's about time to recap the bigger picture of what we are doing at Silicon.Garden. I've been in the digital game for 25 years now, working in fields ranging from startups to banking to health. I can confidently say we have been making changes in the tech industry that are simply off the charts. We know what we're doing, and we're doing it right.

We've been advocating for revolutionary ideas like Lean, Agile, and Human-centered design for a long time. But we're not stopping there. We're ready to dive headfirst into an online world where location doesn't matter - and it never should have. The traditional approach was never fair. Additionally, we're preparing to harness the incredible shifts brought about by artificial intelligence - one of the two major forces of change in the modern world.

Nothing inspires me more than a group of bright people tackling a problem with the passion of saving the world. And the cool part? This isn't an exaggeration. The world needs fixing. We need to transcend our old ways of thinking, abandon outdated leadership styles, and stop getting distracted by agile theater and trivial matters such as home office policies.

We have some major challenges ahead:

  • We need to repair the planet.

  • We need to combat climate change.

  • We need to eradicate poverty.

  • We need to reform education.

I have a hunch that the underdogs and the creatives – the startups and corporate product teams – will be the ones to step up and enact the change we so desperately need.

Furthermore, we need to overhaul capitalism and democracy. This might sound strange coming from an entrepreneur, but there are countless people like me who view entrepreneurship as a driver of change and want to repair capitalism. One famous example is Yvon Chouinard of Patagonia. Just as sports aren't at fault for doping or injuries, capitalism isn't at fault for what we make of it. We urgently need to alter the rules of the game on a global scale, encouraging what’s good for the people and the planet and penalizing any damage to it.

I believe remote work is going to play a significant role in this shift as collaboration on a global scale will bring businesses and humans closer together. However, let's not deceive ourselves. Real change will come when the world's leaders start genuinely listening to the entrepreneurs outside the traditional power structures.

In the meantime, we'll keep doing what we do best. We're going to continue creating awesome digital solutions with our customers and partners. We're going to keep using AI to make healthcare safer and more affordable. We'll carry on innovating in the energy sector. And we'll persist in providing solutions that make life easier and more enjoyable for communities, families, and individuals. Plus, we will clean up any mess we leave behind.

Above all, we're committed to delivery! Let us help you stop the innovation theater and grow beyond the box.

Catch you later, Michael

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