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FuturistU > Innovation & Change > Adaptive Innovation > Module 4 / 5

Portfolio

Instructor: Jeremy Gutsche
In this module, Jeremy discusses the benefits of managing innovation and ideas the same way one would manage a stock portfolio. Borrowing from his years of experience in the world of finance, Jeremy shows how the methods to test and tolerate risks used in portfolio management can also be applied to business while navigating chaos in pursuit of innovation.

These tactics discuss the importance of diversification when it comes to ideas, where and how to take bets and how to recover from a setback.
Workshop Questions:
1. How might you add more of the scientific or portfolio management approach to your innovation process?
2. If you looked at all of your offerings and new ideas, how would you classify them in terms of low risk, medium risk, and high risk? Do you feel like you have enough projects in each category? With the right buy-in and financial backing?
3. If you evaluated new products not by the likelihood of winning but by the size of the bet, what ideas might suddenly be more appealing?
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Workshop Question - How can your brand utilize emerging technologies to be more efficient?
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Gen Z Investing
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Workshop Question - How could your brand better prioritize customer education and support?
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Alt Curation
Brands, artists and influencers offer distinct forms of curation
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Workshop Question - How is your brand prioritizing authentic interactions with its customers?
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Shoppable Experience
Brands create in-person or virtual experiences that consumers can shop in
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Workshop Question - How is your brand creating innovative shopping experiences for customers?
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Hygienic Skincare
Deodorants and antiperspirants adopt skincare-like benefits and formulas
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Workshop Question - How could your brand take cues from adjacent industries?
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Bust Care
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Workshop Question - How can your brand cater to the specific, niche concerns of consumers?
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Digital Parent
Digital tools are allowing for new forms of engagement between parents and children
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Workshop Question - How could your brand better help its customers cope with the stress of their responsibilities?
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Smart Factory
Manufacturing tech is increasing productivity, efficiency, and customer experience
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Workshop Question - How can your brand utilize smart tech to enhance manufacturing?
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Mouthed Gesture
Designers are exploring sensory technology that is controlled by the mouth
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Workshop Question - How can your brand make your product more accessible than it already is?
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One-to-One Retail
Stores serve one customer at a time to give safe, ultra-custom experiences
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Workshop Question - How will you satisfy the opposing consumer need for experience and safety in the new normal?
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