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This Month's MMJ Post

What’s a “GVG17?” Part I

"You've really gotta do something about that name." The need for simplicity is hardwired into our brain. Mental shortcuts called heuristics leverage rules-of-thumb to sidestep comprehensive analysis and simplify decision-making. Without heuristics, no one would make...

The Sellout vs The Magical: A Tale of Two Breweries

Imagine an industry where mid-to-small sized businesses find themselves increasingly challenged by scale and/or succession needs.  As a result, large aggregators and private equity firms step in with capital to address the challenge with a goal of driving economic...

The Path to Differentiation: Cultivating Creativity

  On June 23rd, 2000, Paul Allen opened the Experience Music Project (EMP).  In a tribute to his music idol, Jimi Hendrix, Allen smashed a glass Stratocaster guitar and declared, "Let the experience begin!" Now called the "Museum of Pop Culture" or "MoPOP", the museum...

Confronting Commoditization with Experiential Learning

Starbucks, the master of turning a commodity into an experience, discovered that their experience was becoming commoditized. As the coffee business crossed the chasm and Starbucks asserted itself as the king of "third place", it didn't take long for market forces to...

Seattle’s Hard(wood) Lesson in Succession

On April 13th, 2008, the Seattle Supersonics beat the Dallas Mavericks 99-95 at Key Arena in Seattle. It was the final home game during Kevin Durant's first season where he would win Rookie of the Year honors.  Typically, young talent translates into fan optimism, but...

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