2018: Looking forward, looking back

By on January 15, 2018

Wow! 2017 was a whirlwind year. For the most part it felt like I was trying to tame an angry bull, which was both terrifying and exhilarating. I took on new challenges, made many mistakes, had some success, but ultimately lived to fight another day. Now having time to…

Organization Strategy Technology

The Power and Monetization of Microservices

By on August 15, 2017

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Large enterprises are often terribly inefficient. Software companies are no exception. As a company’s product portfolio expands, so does the potential for redundancies and inefficiencies in what is developed. Acquisitions bring forth new technology stacks, and ‘re-platforming’ typically delays an innovation roadmap for many…


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Why every company needs a Chief Revenue Officer

By on February 13, 2017

The Chief Revenue Officer, a role first popularized by high-growth Silicon Valley startups amidst a whirlwind of innovative new business models, products, services, is quickly crossing the chasm into the mainstream.

Now, companies of all sizes, across many industries are re-inventing their products, sales and revenue generation processes to scale repeatable and…


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Growth Hacking: the new secret sauce for enterprise SaaS

By on January 30, 2017

Ever wondered how companies like Slack, Stripe and Dropbox were able to grow their user base incredibly quickly, and effortlessly? Aside from having great products, they were able to master the art of growth hacking – an omnipresent yet somewhat misunderstood art of building viral elements into your products….


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Consumer Trends Strategy

More Rockstars should do MBAs

By on January 19, 2017

No, I’m not talking about ‘rockstars’ that are dubiously sought for in ads for software engineers (What’s with that by the way? Why would an accomplished engineer want  to brand themselves as an emaciated, promiscuous, drug addict?). Here I’m talking about the real, hard-drinking, leather-wearing kind. Why? Because the…


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Consumer Trends Organization Strategy

Nintendo’s latest supply chain disaster: What can we learn?

By on January 12, 2017

Nintendo: the most recognizable brand in videogames. A company with dozens of iconic characters and a long legacy of exciting products that have been keeping millions of gamers of all ages happy for generations. Nintendo is also credited with rescuing the industry after the North American video game crash…


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Organization Strategy

Elon Musk’s most remarkable achievement is not his technology, but his speed of execution

By on January 5, 2017

Cast your mind back to June 30th 2016. Where were you? What were you thinking? Many were still reeling from Britan’s shock decision to exit the EU, while others stateside were eyeing their upcoming 4th of July celebrations. But Tesla and Elon Musk were bracing themselves for the biggest…



By on January 3, 2017

Business and Technology strategy is ever changing. Enterprises seek sustainable competitive advantages in a playing field that is in a constant state of flux. Winners and losers are crowned every day. Here I analyze and comment on emerging strategies from business, technology and academic perspectives.



By on January 2, 2017

Technology changes our world. It affects all of us. Here I will examine technology trends and how they impact the enterprise.

Consumer Trends

Consumer Trends

By on January 2, 2017

Consumer technology is a fast moving and brutal market where companies live and die in front of our daily lives. In these posts I will discuss and evaluate consumer trends and how it relates to enterprise innovation.

Nick Milani
Redwood City, CA

Hi, I'm Nick. My career has been built on working with tech inside large enterprises. Here I write about it. Outside of work, I love the outdoors, big engines, gaming, writing, heavy metal and 80s action movies. BSc, MBA. This is a personal weblog. The opinions expressed here represent my own and not those of my employer.


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