Let 10 000 lights shine: how end users are cocreating innovation at Philips

This is part III of our mini-series on intrapreneurship, in which we talk to people who have the words 'innovation' or 'intrapreneur' on their business card. We are bringing you this series because we partnered with the excellent  Intrapreneurship Conference in Barcelona in December (hurry, only 8 tickets left!).  Rob De Graaf was destined to become an entrepreneur. His grandfather started a company, and was suc...

Why your company needs to embrace intrapreneurship: 4 unexpected reasons

In the run up to the Intrapreneurship Conference in Barcelona this year, I'm talking to a few people who have the words "intrapreneurship" or "innovation" on their business card. One of the speakers at the conference is Shannon Lucas, who is a Senior Enterprise Innovation Manager at Vodafone Global Enterprise. Shannon is part of a small team of three innovators who go out and help global Vodafone customers become ...

How to bootstrap (!) from zero to 365 million $ in 8 years: the Cleverbridge story

It’s not everyday that you receive an e-mail out of the blue to ask if you are interested in interviewing the European founder of a company that bootstrapped from zero to $ 365 million (you read that right, three hundred and sixty five million). Took me a few moments to get over the shock and answer back: “ARE YOU KIDDING?”. The company is called Cleverbridge, and was founded, among others, by Christian Blum...

9 lessons about the web and business from Pearltrees, the original curator of the web

Pearltrees is a French startup that wants to change the way we organise the web. Describing how it works would lead you to believe that it’s another social bookmarking site, which would do them injustice. Most of the social bookmarks are organized either alphabetically or chronologically, which doesn’t do much good when you try to retrieve stuff later. Also, due to how most social bookmarking sites were design...

Unconvention: the only startup event where entrepreneurs get unfiltered access to European policy makers

Last Friday, Unconvention 2013 ended with a photo of all the attendees on the majestic marble staircase of the Egmont palace. The palace is owned and operated by the Belgian ministry of Foreign Affairs, and usually welcomes heads of state. Last week, it was overrun with young European entrepreneurs, as the scene for a two day conference on innovation and policy in Europe. By the way, the quality of speakers and at...