Christensen’s Cup of Tea

Clayton Christensen is the author the celebrated book The Innovator’s Dilemma (1997), where he explains why companies fail, rather than succeed – his theory is that the threats from competitors’ cheap, low quality offerings are underestimated and companies react only when it is too late. Disruptive innovation is his term; think of how the Ipad literally changed the game for children’s interactive entertainment and ate Nintendo’s lunch – to take a recent example.

Netopia likes to follow the blog Mr Tea Cup, which recently applied Christensen’s theory to Silicon Valley start-ups, arguing that they over-use these thoughts and that just because a tech is disruptive, does not necessarily mean it’s good or helpful. If you only read one more blog post today, read this!