Opportunity spotting – What it takes to never miss your chance

Silicon Valley, New York Wall Street, Sydney’s startups, Los Angeles’ circle of influencers, or Tel Aviv’s close-knit group of fashion-entrepreneurs. Wherever you look, entrepreneurial ‘clusters’, or ecosystems, develop as self-sustained and self-propelling entities. 

However, in order to maximise your chances of success within such an environment, you need your ‘opportunity radar’ to be on high alert to spot new windows of opportunity for your business. You could meet your new investor at an informal meeting after work which you neither planned nor expected. You could be looking at your new office space across the street, and, regardless of how well-established your current processes are, a disruptive change can come in any moment. 

In 1975, Steve Sasson designed the first prototype of a first digital camera for Kodak, bringing innovation to the masses. No more than two decades later, and the story has grown to become one of the most prominent examples of strategic failure and missed opportunities. 

What went wrong? What did Kodak miss?

Most entrepreneurs exhibit the right combination of risk-aversion and creative enthusiasm. It is this equilibrium that helps to overcome the challenges of a narrow scope of idea transformation, resource crunch, or autocracy in their investor relationships.

Managing this learning curve requires a viable action plan, well-defined methodology, and determination to stay on top of it.

If you’d like me to help you with opportunity spotting in the investor space, get in touch to strategise your next move.
Daniel Hallawi - CEO at Kapvista

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