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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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Eco-Digital Economy
Brands are leveraging technology for sustainability and economic growth
Trend - In the era of eco-digital advancement, brands are leveraging digital technologies that not only generate economic value but also prioritize environmental and social benefits. By leveraging tools like AI for efficiency, blockchain for transparency, and synthetic biology for sustainability, brands aim to reduce waste, improve supply chain sustainability, and drive business value.
Workshop Question - How can your brand leverage technology to bridge the gap between cutting-edge innovation and meaningful sustainability practices, while aligning with the growing consumer demand for "innovation with a conscience"?
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AI Brainstorm
Brands are launching AI tools that foster creativity and collaborative ideation
Trend - Startups are launching artificial intelligence (AI)-powered tools that automatically expand on and connect rough ideas. These tools are designed to foster creativity and enhance the value of brainstorming sessions—quickening the process of turning ideas into actionable plans.
Workshop Question - Where could your business implement AI-powered tools to improve its day-to-day operations?
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Medical Electrolyte
Electrolyte-based supplements and drinks come with additional medical benefits
Trend - As the demand for "clean" ingredients enters even OTC medicines, health and wellness brands are positioning new electrolyte-based products as medicine for mild ailments. These products are purported to treat everything from headaches and nausea to sleep regulation.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better prioritize "natural" sourcing and positioning?
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Consumer Marketplace
Brands are launching first-party storefronts to connect consumers to others
Trend - Brands across multiple industries are launching consumer-to-business-to-consumer (C2B2C) storefronts. C2B2C offers consumers discounts on products and enables consumers to sell unwanted products while the business handles transactions and verifies the quality of listed items.
Workshop Question - How might your brand benefit from connecting its consumers via an online marketplace or forum?
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Dried Preservation
Brands are preserving nutritious foods and health products by freeze-drying
Trend - Freeze-dried snacks, ingredients, and supplements are becoming popular--particularly in natural foods that lose nutritional value with other, more common preservation methods. Freeze-dried products guarantee shelf-stability and nutrition, while their airy texture offers sensory appeal.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better adapt to the well-informed consumers' evolving standards?
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Everyday Web3
Web3 is integrated into everyday routines
Trend - Though the introduction to Web3 has had a shaky start, it's adoption in everyday routines and business practices is showcasing the real impact of the decentralized web. Customer service, online shopping, and even health care are enhanced by Web3 services when they're seamlessly integrated.
Workshop Question - How could your brand make new tech more digestible for its customers?
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Inflation Relief
Brands are reducing and locking prices to help combat rising inflation rates
Trend - Restaurants and grocery stores are locking and reducing prices to show customers that they value affordability and accessibility. Rising inflation rates continue to affect even the most affordable fast-food restaurants. These price commitments help retain loyal customers as they face economic uncertainties.
Workshop Question - How is your industry maintaining customers during rising economic inflation?
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Probiotic Desserts
Ice creams and other dairy-based desserts are focusing on probiotics
Trend - Ice cream and similar desserts like gelato and frozen yogurt are now being made with an emphasis on their probiotic and prebiotic content. By incorporating live cultures into these desserts, brands are able to appeal to health-conscious consumers.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better cater to consumers' desire for balanced indulgence?
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Intelligent Inventory
Grocers are using IoT tech to streamline inventory management
Trend - Supermarkets are leveraging IoT solutions to improve inventory management processes. Not only do IoT systems ensure supermarkets are stocked with the right items in the right quantities, but they also help these brands achieve their sustainability objectives by reducing food and energy waste.
Workshop Question - How can your brand utilize emerging technologies to be more efficient?
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Gen Z Investing
Investing for young Gen Z consumers is made easier with apps and communities
Trend - Gen Z is entering a new world of fintech, and banking apps, community platforms and services are being designed to help them navigate investing in the modern age. These platforms ensure that young consumers are able to set themselves up for the future in today's changing financial landscape.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better prioritize customer education and support?
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