ZEBRAS AND CAMELS: NEW ALTERNATIVES TO SILICON VALLEY’S UNICORN OBSESSION

Many investors proclaim to be unicorn hunters. They are not stalking mythical animals but looking for companies that will reach valuations of over $1 billion. “A new kind of startup founder will emerge,” predicted LinkedIn’s co-founding editor Isabelle Roughol in LinkedIn’s 20 Big Ideas that will change your world in 2020. Roughol sites the Zebra manifesto, written by entrepreneur Jennifer Brandel, which makes the case for companies that focus on building sustainable profits at reasonable speed. Brandel chose the zebra to present her point because “zebra companies are both black and white: they are profitable and improve society. They won’t sacrifice one for the other.” Alexandre Lazarow, author of Out-Innovate: How Global Entrepreneurs from Delhi to Detroit are rewriting the rules of Silicon Valley talks about the camel. Camels companies are “organizations that can capitalize on opportunity but can also survive in a drought.” Alternatives are a response to high profile market failures. They are also arising because the Silicon Valley model of fast growth at all costs is simply not available to many entrepreneurs.  Read More >>

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