Lean startup expertise to effectively guide entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs through launch and growth acceleration.

Starting a new enterprise is a rewarding but tumultuous experience. The journey is riddled with uncertainty, hidden pitfalls, competitors, and grueling hard work. All of this is compounded by the fact that very few startups or small businesses have the infinite amount of experience, time, human capital or capital to weather all of the potential…

Competitive Analysis

Assessing the “Intent” in Strategic Intent – Pt. 1

I recently took an executive education course in which I was asked the question, “What is Strategy?”As I listened to a myriad of answers, all of which could have been correct in my opinion, the course instructor put a counter-intuitive spin on the answer. “Strategy” as it pertains to business always seems to give the connotation of plans for future action. Most of us tend to think of “strategy” as…

Productivity – the Goal of Modern Age

Starr & Associates understands how to use the tools of business intelligence, analytics, and data mining to improve process efficiency and customer service. Our industry focus is diverse and includes public sector, healthcare, manufacturing, mining, and telecommunications. We use proven practices and technologies to improve productivity and reduce costs. In this article, we hope to…

Sony’s Silos Prevent Collaboration Across Divisions

In 2001, Apple’s market capitalization was $7 Billion, while Sony’s was $55 Billion.[i] Apple introduced the iPod, a portable digital music player in October 2001 and the iTunes music store eighteen months later. Through these two strategic moves Apple redefined the music industry reinventing itself as a communication and content delivery mobile device company. Signaling its renaissance Apple changed…