Stories and Strategies from Real Life: 12/30/16

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Some of the best learning happens when you read stories about real people and real companies. Read them for ideas, for lessons, and inspiration. This week’s stories and strategies from real life are about Nokia, Google, TIKD, Ubisoft, and Spotify.

From McKinsey & Company: Nokia’s next chapter

“The Finnish giant has exited mobile phones and doubled down on its networking business. Chairman Risto Siilasmaa explains why–and how.”

From the Economist: Alphabet’s Google is searching for its next hit

“Not yet. In the past five years, Alphabet, formed as a holding company for Google and other disparate projects in October 2015, has spent $46bn on research and development (see chart). Much has gone to so-called ‘moonshot’ projects, such as self-driving cars, smart contact lenses and internet delivered via balloons. Its British artificial-intelligence unit, DeepMind, also falls into the category of other projects. Since the start of 2015, these bets have together recorded a loss of $6bn.”

From Nancy Dahlberg: Nabbed? Tech startup will fight your traffic ticket — with a no-points guarantee

“As with many start-up stories, this one spawned from the founder’s own experience — in this case, getting nailed in a Coral Gables speed trap. Christopher Riley wanted to fight it but didn’t want to go through the hassle of hiring a lawyer or spending multiple hours in traffic court. Yes, he thought there had to be the proverbial better way — through technology.”

From Matt Peckham: Ubisoft CEO Talks ‘Assassin’s Creed,’ Takeover Bids And More

“One of the French game conglomerate’s founders chats with TIME about the company’s inception, its guiding philosophies and fending off Vivendi’s recent maneuvers”

Thanks to Smartbrief on Leadership for pointing me to this story

From Singapore Management University: Spot(ify) on: Streaming music and revenue

“The Swedish music service is accumulating technical know-how and gaining customers at the forefront of the streaming revolution.”

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