What we actually do with you

We’re here to help you do something about your Now or Never moment and create the sustainable and thriving business for your future.

If you designed your business today from scratch, it would look nothing like the business that actually exists right now. 

 

At the heart of it, big companies are designed to maximize profit and minimize risk. This is the opposite of what is required to do something new. Doing new things is inherently risky, and likely doesn't make an immediate impact on the Q3 returns. Change requires courage and guts, not to mention the ability to take a leap of faith in a big, bold idea. 

 

We believe it really is possible for big companies to innovate. They have to, but they haven’t got a hope relying on other big companies doing it for them. 

 

Many are having what we call a Now or Never moment, where societal, technological and regulatory change are coming together, creating a moment where most businesses must innovate or plan for their inevitable demise. 

Advisory: for when you need a little outside help

We work with clients to navigate what they should do and where they should invest by exploring new opportunities, trends and technologies.

 

Previously this has included facilitating customer insight sessions, hosting field trips to connect clients with their peers or inspiring innovators in other markets, designing new concept portfolios, supporting the set up of innovation functions and running design sprints. 

 

You pay us a reasonable rate for the time and materials you require.

Modular projects: for when you need a diverse set of skills

When you need to deliver a bigger piece of work, a complicated project or a enterprise wide program, we assemble specialized agencies together under one contract as an antidote to the traditional big, slow and expensive professional services firm. You know who we're talking about.

 

Our network of tried & trusted partners spans Canada, the UK, USA and Australia. We work collaboratively to bring the best in their field to our clients, across strategy, design, brand and technology. Pretty much everything you need to launch a new product or service. 

 

We act a bit like your executive producer, ensuring you buy the best people for the job instead of the expensive generalists. 

Outsourced ventures: for building the business of tomorrow

We work with corporations and other agencies to "co-found" ventures that we believe should exist in the market outside traditional project structures. We define a venture as a new product or business that is notably different to the core business. This usually needs to be stand alone in order to build it differently, giving it room to grow fast. 

 

This could be the challenger proposition you need to cannibalize your existing business and want to put outside your walls, or it could be a great idea that won’t seen the light of day under traditional reporting frameworks. 

 

We align the incentives and share the risk, taking either equity or success based bonuses rather than full fat fees.