Back in 2012, we noticed a lot of corporations were deploying idea platforms. Curious about their effectiveness, we studied dozens of attempts to launch idea crowdsourcing platforms and uncovered many reasons why a majority of idea platforms fail to produce expected results.
Since most idea platforms launch with great fanfare and then are quietly forgotten only months later , Your Ideas Are Terrible started offering hands-on mechanisms bolted onto the front and back end of failing platforms to help corporations reinvigorate and extract as much ROI as possible. This is critical, especially because many platforms are costly to license and time consuming to launch.
But often it felt like we were forcing a square peg into a round hole.
We had all but given up on the entire notion of using software to gather ideas and then convert them into successful product launches – which is all that matters at the end of the day fiscal period.
Enter Ideator. When we met the Ideator team, they had already garnered tremendous adoption in the higher education space (an incredible feat) and were starting to receive unsolicited interest from corporations. In fact they were already being used by the Salesforce accelerator and Blackstone.
Given our history with “idea platforms” we were pessimistic at first, but changed our minds after meeting Carter Wigell, Ideator’s CEO, and getting a demo.
What we saw was a simple and effective platform. When integrated with the hands-on strategies we implement for our clients, it puts a multiplier on the combined value our two firms bring to the table – adding to a corporation’s innovation practice and allowing for an unprecedented level of visibility into the process of innovation.
Ideator didn’t build an idea platform – they built an innovation network. Using Ideator, teams work collaboratively and alongside our lean startup coaches as they validate and refine concepts. Crucially, coaches offer support in the moment. This is important for teams that need to move fast and make decisions quickly. Having deeper context into a team’s activities and discussions also results in a higher quality coaching process.
As a coach, I can tell you it’s nice not to have to ask “So how’s it going?” With Ideator I already know.
Together, Ideator and Your Ideas Are Terrible are offering an unrivaled approach to seamlessly integrate a “program” of hands-on innovation methodology training and coaching with a network in the form of a digital “platform” that helps teams and coaches (and those managing innovation teams) with the real-time visibility needed to support people and teams at the right time.
And we know timing is everything.
Book a 30 minute chat with us to learn more about the Ideator + Your Ideas Are Terrible partnership (and what we really mean when we say “seamlessly integrated.”)