"...insights for scaleups"
|Biomimicry will be the business of the twenty-first century.|
Fortune's Business Person of the Year is -- more below, but first...
Bone-Based Kayaks -- want to build a kayak with less mass? Dana Seero, President of CAPINC, used a program based on how our body layers on bone. As you'll see in Dana's video, the suggested structural pieces look like bones. Go to 2:39 in the video to see the software rending the parts - then Dana's firm used 3D printing to manufacture the supports. Go to 3:07 to see the full transformation from "bones" to parts - and as Dana states, the results look logical, in hindsight, but not obvious. At 3:47 the video shows the transformation from the standard "stick" approach to something more organic. This is the power of what is called biomimicry - using what nature has to teach us to design better products, services, and organizations.
Biomimicry Expert -- serial entrepreneur Jay Harman, author of The Shark's Paintbrush, electrified our Fortune Summit audience as he shared how leading edge firms, including his, are taking clues from nature to build next-generation products and businesses. For instance, huge municipal water tanks require massive chemicals to keep the water safe, yet with a mixer designed to mimic nature, a small "lily" consuming the electricity of 3 light bulbs can successfully keep 10 million gallons circulating and thus dramatically reduce the amount of chemicals needed.
Better Office Flooring -- taking a clue from nature's "flooring" (sand, leaves, rocks, etc.), the i2 carpet tile system allows tiles to be installed in any order and orientation, reducing installation time. This also means you can replace individual "random" tiles at any time without worrying about a perfect match (lot runs, dyes, fading, etc.). All of this saves you money, time, and waste. In addition, simply putting pictures of nature on the walls reduces stress and increases happiness/productivity.
3.8 Billion Years -- as biomimicry expert Janine Benyus notes, nature has been around a lot longer than humans and has figured out how to adapt and survive in ways that take considerably less resources and lower energy. Take a spider's web, 3 times stronger than steel. Humans use lots of pressure, heat, and force to make steel. Spiders, low pressure and water. Watch this video with your team (and family), going to 9:43 to see how students at Caltech have studied the movement of a school of fish to create wind farms 10x more efficient than what we have today. At 16:11 you'll learn about self-cleaning surfaces based on what is called the lotus effect, named after the lotus leaf. Companies are now producing paints, roof tiles, and coatings that mimic this effect to save billions in time and chemicals in keeping surfaces clean. The video is full of these practical examples which will stimulate your thinking about how nature can inform your company.
Geoversity -- a unique 5-day Singularity U-like executive program, featuring Jay Harman and other top thinkers from Fortune, Harvard, Gehry, etc. is being hosted in Panama Feb 7 - 12. I'm co-chairing this program bringing together 40 leaders (already signed up includes the YPOer and CEO of Copa Airlines) to interact and immerse themselves in practical ways to apply nature's wisdom to office design, service delivery, organizational structure, teamwork, and product development. Apply here.
Business Person of the Year (3 Pillars of Success) -- and this person is using biomimicry principles to design his new headquarters - Mark Zuckerberg. Only 32 years old, he's built Facebook into a $375 billion worth company with $22 billion in profit and 1.8 billion users (that's a lot of billions). Take 7 minutes to watch (2 minutes) and read (5 minutes) this Fortune article titled "How to Lead Like Zuck." Again, two words are associated with Mark - focused and disciplined. Notes Adam Lashinsky:
Further notes Lashinsky:
I'm only scratching the surface of this article. Take time this weekend to absorb what one of Fortune's best writers has extracted as important lessons from the Business Person of the Year.
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