Alistair makes early-stage companies improve their go-to-market strategies, and works with some of the world’s largest firms on business model innovation. He also helps governments understand the impact of technology on society, ethics, and resiliency.
As an entrepreneur, Alistair co-founded Coradiant; the Year One Labs accelerator; and a variety of other startups. He has also launched and chaired some of the world’s leading conferences on emerging technology, including Startupfest, Strata, the Scaletech Conference, Cloud Connect, FWD50, Bitnorth, the Enterprise Cloud Summit, Pandemonio, and more.
Alistair is the author of four books on technology and entrepreneurship, including the best-selling Lean Analytics, which has been translated into nine languages and is in its fourteenth printing in China. He speaks internationally on topics such as data science, innovation, scaling startups, digital government, AI, and applying critical thinking to technology. A graduate of Dalhousie University, he has also been a visiting executive teaching data science and critical thinking at Harvard Business School.
Every startup starts with a potential solution to a problem. Either it’s a new kind of solution made possible by technology, or a newly discovered problem. But most of those startups die in infancy because of one fatal error: They mistake a solution for a business model.
If you’re a hair salon, then cutting hair is your solution; but filling chairs is your business model. Founders who...