Eco-System/Industry Partners

Starting in the early 1990's, James F. Moore originated the strategic planning concept of a business ecosystem, now widely adopted in the high tech community. The basic definition comes from Moore's book, The Death of Competition: Leadership and Strategy in the Age of Business Ecosystems.  Moore defined "business ecosystem" as:

“An economic community supported by a foundation of interacting organizations and individuals—the organisms of the business world. The economic community produces goods and services of value to customers, who are themselves members of the eco-system. The member organisms also include suppliers, lead producers, competitors, and other stakeholders. Over time, they co-evolve their capabilities and roles, and tend to align themselves with the directions set by one or more central companies. Those companies holding leadership roles may change over time, but the function of ecosystem leader is valued by the community because it enables members to move toward shared visions to align their investments, and to find mutually supportive roles.”  McKinsey Award Winners for Best HBR Articles. 2001. p. 2.

Healthy and vibrant business eco-systems are an essential partner of every major industry.  Care must be taken to develop new talent, foster innovation and to support entrepreneurship at the riskier edges.  It is the responsibility of industry leaders to allow the eco-system to evolve and learn quickly how to adopt to the changes that ensue.  Without this investment, both strategic and operational, entire industries fall prey to encroaching eco-systems from the blind spots with game-changing solutions and disruptive business models.  Why, because these new eco-systems have nothing to lose...they have no minds to change, asset depreciation schedules to follow nor obsolete businesses to support.

One of the first visionfactory eco-systems that ESB Members will build is Mobile for Everyone.  In the 90's, it cannibalized its parent's profit-laden land lines.  In the 2000's, mobile apps instant gratification from content helped wrest control from wireless carriers and music industry execs alike.  Today, the Mobile Eco-System is strong and hungry tackling the Payment Processing Industry, the Healthcare Industry, Automotive, Retail, Logistics, Hospitality and more.  Kids today need to understand how each of those industries work so that they can create the mobile solutions of the near-future.  We are looking for Corporate Partners who lead their industries and understand that a strong development eco-system starts young.  We need to attract the type of talent that can embed value-creating mobile solutions in every aspect of our businesses.  

Another of the first visionfactory eco-systems that ESB Members will build is 3D Printing as a Service.  The potential impact to the Manufacturing Industry is just the beginning.  3D PaaS Fast Prototyping enables faster learning, building and measuring in any industry with a physical product no matter what it is made of.  Plastic might be easier but organic and nano
constructs are already being tested.  3D PaaS is valuable to young inventors because it requires understanding the fundamentals of design, human-machine interaction, simulation, scale and cost all at an incredible pace. The Software Industry is mashing solutions by integrating GPUs and CPUs to create HD quality data visualization in both real and virtual worlds.  Partners from the Media/Entertainment Industry, Consumer Products Industry, Packaging, Defense, Aerospace, Automotive and more who are looking to see where young, bright minds might look for solutions, can participate at multiple levels.

Additional eco-systems are being evaluated.  Music as a Business and Robots for Good are two areas of interest that the GURUs want to build.  Both will require partners with resources and facilities to move forward.

The visionfactory Eco-System Partner Program has many benefits. Contact us today to find out where tomorrow's talent is learning, building and innovating today...



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