Author Archives : Whitney Pyles Adams

What’s the “poison pill” that prevents pilots from going to scale?

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What’s the “poison pill” that prevents pilots from going to scale? According to scaling expert Larry Cooley, it’s complexity. We’ve been thinking a lot about how to reduce complexity in order to achieve scale. In fact, “How do we reduce cost and complexity?” is key design question #4 that we explore in our Designing for Scale lab in the accelerator.…

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The Power of Social Franchising

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The Krishi Utsho model got a shout out this week from SEEP and a reblog from Next Billion! “An innovative microfranchise model called Krishi Utsho (agro source in Bengali) launched by CARE Bangladesh has developed a network over 110 franchisee agro-dealers who serve over 30,000 farmers providing a wide variety of products (medicine, feed, vitamins, machinery, seeds, etc.) coupled with…

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Meet our Partners: Unreasonable Institute

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The Accelerator participants are taking a break during the month of August but our partners are busy creating our next labs.  We’re thrilled to be working with Unreasonable Institute for our next two labs on Business Model Generation (September) and Pitching (October)! We were going to write a more detailed profile to introduce you to the fantastic Unreasonable staff but this video…

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What We’re Reading: Scaling Up Excellence

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Another book that helped us think about design question #3 – “What is the optimal fidelity for scale?” – is Scaling Up Excellence, by Robert I. Sutton and Huggy Rao. “The first major business book devoted to this universal and vexing challenge” – Amazon The authors walk us through decades of case studies on how various companies and initiatives found the…

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What We’re Learning: What do legos have to do with scaling solutions?

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In our Design for Scale lab, design question #3 asks us: “What’s our optimal fidelity for scale?” What is fidelity? Very simply, it’s the degree of exactness with which something is copied and reproduced. Why is it important? Well, in some fields it’s both easy and critical that that the fidelity of an intervention is high. For example, when you’re…

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