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Breakthrough Strategy

 

 

Strategy Isn't Working

We believe strategy consulting – as we know it – is dead. Over. Finished. Here are just three reasons why.

1. It's Outdated. Digital has changed everything, disrupting the status quo and rewiring business. Meanwhile strategic thinking and planning is rooted in the manufacturing world of the 20th Century. How do you play by the new rules when there are no rules?

2. It's Too Slow. New entrants can start from scratch and grab customers in months. That’s the length of time it takes to hire consultants, and begin thinking about how to respond. By the time you're feeling disruption, it’s probably too late.

3. The Model is Broken. Ever wondered why strategy takes so long? Why your problem is unique, so complex and will take ages to solve? Consultants are in the business of selling Man Days. Time is literally money in consulting.

In the months it takes a corporate to create a comprehensive strategy, approve it and cascade it through your organisation, disruption has already taken hold.

In the months it takes a corporate to create a comprehensive strategy, approve it and cascade it through your organisation, disruption has already taken hold.

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Harnessing tools of disruption by using the Build, Measure, Learn cycle by Eric Ries

By using Lean Startup principles we harness the power of tools which disruptors use.

Upstart – We're Fixing It

It's 2017. There has to be a better way. Right? Here's why the Upstart approach to strategy development breaks the rules.

1. We're Relevant to Today. Fast companies use Lean Startup principles to develop breakthrough products. We take this proven way of working and apply them to solving painful strategy problems. We use the techniques which the disruptors use.

2. We're Fast. We set a three-week time limit to our work, which sharpens focus and prevents the bloat and indulgence you've come to expect from strategists. You'll have a strategy you can use within a month.

3. We Work For You. With Upstart you don't buy man days and endless slides. You invest in a proven process and a set of outcomes. We measure value in the motivation of the team and the success of the action plan when we leave. We don't consult, we collaborate.

The Upstarters

We live, breathe and (yes, literally) eat disruption. When not on Upstart business, our core team work on their own projects, enriching their knowledge and experience of new ventures, technologies and sectors. For each project we use an "Avengers Assemble" model to bring the team together with the skills and knowledge you need to answer your question. 

Dominic Pride Chief Instigator Dominic is the ringleader of the Upstart movement.  His growth chops come from scaling up Shazam and mentoring countless Seedcamp and Friday Club hopefuls. Also bears corporate scars from working in pharma, CE and telcos. Like most things he's involved in, he's in permanent beta.

Dominic Pride

Chief Instigator

Dominic is the ringleader of the Upstart movement.  His growth chops come from scaling up Shazam and mentoring countless Seedcamp and Friday Club hopefuls. Also bears corporate scars from working in pharma, CE and telcos. Like most things he's involved in, he's in permanent beta.

Jas Chana Head of Understanding Jas has spent a decade commercialising and scaling tech ventures with an exit to Tesco under her belt. Guided by purpose, anarchy, and making this world a better place through good design and technology. Jas holds an MBA in Innovation from Imperial College Business School.

Jas Chana

Head of Understanding

Jas has spent a decade commercialising and scaling tech ventures with an exit to Tesco under her belt. Guided by purpose, anarchy, and making this world a better place through good design and technology. Jas holds an MBA in Innovation from Imperial College Business School.

  Troy Norcross Business Model Ace Making flows of revenue, value and information clear is a rare talent. Troy doesn't hesitate to use it. Outside of Upstart, Troy is cooking up solutions for senior care, was CEO of MyHealthPal and FinMobile, and consults to seed and scaling startups. Innovation Warehouse has him as Advisor and Mentor in Residence - which works for us.

 

Troy Norcross

Business Model Ace

Making flows of revenue, value and information clear is a rare talent. Troy doesn't hesitate to use it. Outside of Upstart, Troy is cooking up solutions for senior care, was CEO of MyHealthPal and FinMobile, and consults to seed and scaling startups. Innovation Warehouse has him as Advisor and Mentor in Residence - which works for us.

  Vladimir Frolov Data Ninja In rapid strategy development you need someone who knows how to find information fast. Vladimir has a sixth sense about what you're going to need and he's likely to find it 30 minutes before you ask. Effortlessly glides between MedTech, HealthTech AI, robotics, energy, property and anywhere else where disruption is taking hold.

 

Vladimir Frolov

Data Ninja

In rapid strategy development you need someone who knows how to find information fast. Vladimir has a sixth sense about what you're going to need and he's likely to find it 30 minutes before you ask. Effortlessly glides between MedTech, HealthTech AI, robotics, energy, property and anywhere else where disruption is taking hold.

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Does It Work ?

The Upstart way was born when our clients kept asking us to come up with a strategic direction and an action plan ASAP. We've tackled difficult-shaped topics in regulated areas such as healthcare, pharma, media, government, hardware and industrial processes. 

Whenever we've worked the Upstart way it's delivered a step change in understanding, speed and mindset, taking our clients from fear to action in weeks. 

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“Having worked like this I wouldn’t want to do it any other way. “

Brian James, CEO, Digital Clipboard

 

If you think Upstart can work for you,  get in touch and we can arrange an interview with one of five satisfied CEOs.  

We've Had Enough. Have You ?

The future looks nothing like the past. So why carry on using the same linear models in an exponential world? Get in touch to talk about how we can help you create strategies for disruptive times.