Articles by GroundControl

Innovation Ecosystem
When ‘mindset’​ is the biggest hurdle for innovation in your company.

For most executives, it’s people and culture that drive innovation. They feel that a different, more creative mindset from employees will help improve innovation company-wide. Innovation managers, on the other hand, blame the lack of an ‘innovation’ mindset from leadership for not being able to advance in innovation.  Mindset has become the scapegoat for not […]


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Use Cases
How to scale an intrapreneurship program globally with DHL Start-up Lab

From 2019 to 2021, we have worked with the team of DHL Start-up Lab to scale DHL Group’s intrapreneurship program globally and we are really happy to be able to share some of that work in a very public way: DHL Start-up Lab is releasing the DHL Start-up Lab Playbook: How to turn ideas into […]


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Innovation Accounting
An executive summary of the ‘Innovation Accounting’ book

The definition of Innovation Accounting Innovation Accounting is “an organized system of principles and indicators designed to gather, classify, analyze and report data about a company’s breakthrough and disruptive innovation efforts – working to complement the existing financial accounting system.” From “Innovation Accounting, a practical guide for measuring your innovation ecosystem’s performance” Why do we […]


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Staff Picks
Innovation reporting with an innovation accounting tool

In this blog, we will discuss how to use an innovation accounting tool like GroundControl to start with evidence-based innovation reporting. To effectively use GroundControl, we first take a look at how setting up innovation accounting within an organization works. We will discuss the way of working that is necessary when implementing innovation accounting. Finally, I […]


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Innovation Ecosystem
If you want to think out of the box, make a new box

By now, we all understand that explore and exploit are entirely different things, and any organization is aware of the need for innovation. When you test and try something new, you are in explore, and when you optimize and grow a business model, you are in exploit. The common practice seems to be to throw everything that appears new in one […]


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Staff Picks
How to create an Idea statement for your startup or corporate venture

When you have an idea and you start working on it, it’s helpful to create a clear and concise description of your idea, we call this an Idea statement. There is going to be a point where you’ll need to present your idea to the world. One scenario in which you can find yourself is […]


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Lean Startup
Creating a problem statement for a startup (proven formula + examples)

Often, a startup idea begins with the idea for a solution. Although this makes sense, it is the problem of a customer segment that is the starting point of your startup. You need to make sure to find a real customer segment with a real problem before working out a solution, you do this by […]


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Lean Startup
Pricing experiments to find out if and what your customer will pay

To find out if and what your customer is willing to pay for your product, we run pricing experiments. In this blog, we describe a couple of experiments that we have used ourselves. An excellent way to test a revenue model without having your final solution ready is via a Dry Wallet. You create a […]


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Staff Picks
Idea management software vs innovation management software

Innovation management and idea management are both essential to ensure the long-term existence of an organization. Understanding the different terms and understanding the value of both concepts is crucial to correctly execute these concepts. In this article, I will make the distinction between the two concepts, then I will explain how different software platforms are […]


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Innovation Ecosystem
3 key success factors to Corporate Venturing with a Corporate Venture Builder

What is corporate venturing? Corporate venturing is an innovation and growth strategy, in which a corporation wants to maintain or obtain a competitive advantage by funding and supporting a venture. This can be done by investment, management support, and the sharing of expertise. There are various forms of corporate venturing such as corporate venture capital, […]


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Innovation Framework
How to create an innovation framework for your company

An innovation framework provides guiding principles for developing a series of questions that can assess where a product is along its journey.


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Innovation Practice
Testing Business Ideas with GroundControl

At GroundControl we’re a big fan of David Bland’s Testing Business Ideas book because it closely matches how we look at the journey from a great idea to a validated business model and it gives a lot of examples of which experiments you can run to de-risk as much as possible. You could even say that GroundControl is Testing Business Ideas software.


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