Interview Transcript (Draft)
Steve is a management consultant who has worked and consulted for Vodafone Allianz, Nortel, Lucent and Wolters Kluwer, to name a few. He’s also taught courses in the business school at Irvine University. Steve, a big welcome to you.
Steve Shu: Thank you very much for having me, Michael.
Mike Zipursky: Let’s start by having you tell us what it is you’re doing for clients these days.
Steve Shu: Great. Typically, what I do is I help incubate technology-oriented startup initiatives within other companies. This typically includes things like new business units, innovation areas, new product development, and I also do some pure startups but it’s typically kind of startup initiatives within larger companies.
Mike Zipursky: Can you give us a bit of a – like if we were to take that idea and break it down a little bit so people can get a bit of a better picture into exactly what it is you’re doing. Could we just play off maybe a recent project example or one that you’re comfortable sharing what you did?
Steve Shu: Sure. One of the clients that I worked for recently was involved with starting up, they wanted to start up a new business unit. They wanted to move into an adjacent market space leveraging their current software products. I got involved early on with helping them kind of define the business and also secure the funding from, you know, at the CEO level to invest and develop the business unit, so started off with the funding and the strategy for the business then we went into things like the planning and the incubation and acquisition of new clients and staffing the organization. That’s a somewhat long process. The funding efforts can take a few months to a half year and then we go through kind of incubation phases of getting those businesses started. Continue Reading