My attempt to redefine Uber mission and success through an analysis of its business model.

A new Uber’s mission statement:

“Our mission is to bring fast and accurate convenience to everyone one ride-share at a time. Ubers strives to develop better and cheaper technology to transportation and delivery to all customers in the digital age. We are committed to provide safe, affordable, innovative solutions to our drivers, our riders, our business partners.”


This is an analysis of Warby Parker’s business model using the V.A.R.S framework, constructed by Dr. Deepak Somaya.

The V.A.R.S framework:

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Warby Parker’s store on Vine St. in historic district Over-The-Rhine, Cincinnati

Can a strong culture be the end all, be all for success? Will the company enter a new era with the passing of its iconic leader?

Tony Hsieh’s Zappos (1999–2020)

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Tony Hsieh at Zappos headquarter office, 2016. Source: Fortune. PHOTOGRAPHS BY BRAD SWONETZ


Airbnb’s humble beginnings and 2020 strives

What is disruptive innovation?

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Disruptive Innovation Model, “What is Disruptive Innovation,” HBR, December 2015

Lessons learned from JetBlue and the J.Peterman Company

JetBlue in 2004:

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Neeleman, JetBlue founder and former CEO, exiting a JetBlue plane (Fast Company, 2004)

Analysis of HBR and Wikipedia articles on the topic of social dilemma, and generational difference.

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Can generational difference be resolved by a shared identity?

Harvard Business Review Article: How Gen Y & Boomers Will Reshape Your Agenda

To…


Lessons drawn from articles about Microsoft’s 2005 and 2013 restructurings and how the company has revitalized itself to stay competitive in 2020.

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Geekwire Illustration of the evolution of Microsoft between 2000 and 2013

The company’s reorganization will merge seven business units into three divisions. That is aimed at helping the company become more nimble and giving executives broader power to make decisions without bringing in top leaders.


The lessons we can learn from the ancient foragers. Link of Harari’s book Sapien, published in 2014.

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Bushmen (San) indigenous hunter-gatherer group, primarily located in Botswana, Namibia, Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and South Africa.

Hunter-Gather Genes:


Part II of my summary of this book. See part I here.

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Brunson+Sterling Gentleman’s Cream was set up by James Hamblin to demonstrate the unregulated nature of skin care business. All rights are reserved by James Hamblin.

DETOXIFY:


Here are my notes and reflections while learning and coping with the unexpected death of my father, who I was not able to see due to the pandemic.

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“A purpose in life is a central, self-organizing life aim.” — Dr. Vic Strecher

Vic Danh

A motivated learner and observer of technological, health and social trends, and a part-time creative writer.

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