Inspire Firms

Firms need help to think about and manage the challenges of a digital age: brands need to be built around the profusion of opportunities that exist.  

As the failure rate for new digital enterprise is high, and the effect on existing businesses so profound, we believe it is crucial to engage a strong advocate focused on ensuring value is created by your efforts in this challenging environment.  There is probably no better time for firms to make use of an investment led management consultant with the priorities that we have.  

Our passion is to identify, define and build digital value through our investment activities.  We grow an idea by physically operating the firm through to maturity.  Having proven the model we invite investment to grow the business further. For many businesses large and small the day-to-day gets in the way of long-term value creation.   It is easy to become overwhelmed by the digital challenge.   

Paradoi has the capacity to navigate these hazards and to improve your measurable business value.   We are your long term partner in value creation driven by insights around your place in the digital economy.   

We do this by combining our hands on experience in operating and growing technology businesses with an evidence-based understanding of the specific challenges and opportunities before you based on our research and learnings.   We bring these insights to you by offering a voice around the table.   A strong advocate for value.  We use emerging valuation techniques such a customer lifetime value and digital activity valuation to evaluate optional choices.   

We recommend this short video from the London Business School as a way of further illustrating the way we view the importance of inspiring firms to grow in a digital age. It focuses on the value of collaboration and transparency in a business ethos.

Defend business value

We are the middle of dramatic change to the way organisations are run and how they grow.   So it seems that new models of organisation are being invented every day.   The passing of cradle to grave employment patterns,  collaborative rather than directive leadership and the democratisation of intellectual property and ideas is jumping over traditional ways of managing and organising.   

There are so many ideas and opportunities to grasp that it goes beyond the reach of one individual or even one team to take full advantage of. It requires developing and maintaining an ever-changing network of collaborators.  As a recent article in The Economist’ noted:  

Startups used to face difficult choices about when to invest in large and lumpy assets such as property and computer systems. Today they can expand very fast by buying in services as and when they need them. They can incorporate online for a few hundred dollars, raise money from crowdsourcing sites such as Kickstarter, hire programmers from Upwork, rent computer-processing power from Amazon, find manufacturers on Alibaba, arrange payments systems at Square, and immediately set about conquering the world. Vizio was the bestselling brand of television in America in 2010 with just 200 employees. WhatsApp persuaded Facebook to buy it for $19 billion despite having fewer than 60 employees and revenues of $20m.Three objections hang over the idea that this is a revolution in the making. The first is that it is confined to a corner of Silicon Valley. Yet the insurgent economy is going mainstream. Startups are in every business from spectacles (Warby Parker) to finance (Symphony). Airbnb put up nearly 17m guests over the summer and Uber drives millions of people every day. WeWork, an American outfit that provides accommodation for startups, has 8,000 companies with 30,000 workers in 56 locations in 17 cities.

Along with the changes described above traditional ‘cradle to grave’ employment patterns have been fading for many years – all this is leading to the growth of an enormous ‘freelancer’ market.  The freelancer market is very broad and deep and somewhat chaotic.  Look at how newcomers such as Aldi can assault well know supermarket chains (Tesco & Sansbury in the UK or Coles and Woolworths in Australia).

How is this done in a digital age?

Well… the more you shop, the more experienced you become and soon you have the highest quality at the lowest-priced groceries in the neighbourhood at your fingertips on your smartphone or tablet.   With limited capital – this is an option that all businesses can embrace to defend themselves in the new marketplace.

Grassroots response

Watch the following video from the Sydney University Business School on how a grassroots response to climate change is countering the ‘myths’ of corporate power and the globalisation of business. Professor Christopher Wright is casting new light on climate change and how business has contributed to combatting this global crisis.

Value creation of your business, brick by brick

Paradoi always conducts a value strategy audit using the now-where-how methodology for any client firm before beginning work, as we consider this is our point of difference, our competitive advantage and the way we will win against the competition. This job helps us identify a portfolio of value improvement projects and from one of these a Brick by Brick or ‘Dan Dan’ project is chosen.