So bring us your business problems. Because frankly speaking, finding great ideas is child's play. That's why at Step Zero® skunkworks innovation, we share ideas at zero cost to the leaders of companies with a $100m+ market cap. And when we say zero, we mean free, free - not "you owe us a favour" free. Because solving your problem in unexpected ways - the "how" - is table stakes.
Founded by Jonathan Francis, PwC's British Entrepreneur of the Year, StepZero is an umbrella that houses over 70 of the best senior ex-Google, Facebook, Visa, Pinterest, Amazon, Depop, Uber & Dyson skunkworks innovators, scientists, marketers, strategists, & engineers that Jon has ever worked with. We help the world's top leaders to design next-generation products, companies & cultures. To date, we've spent time with leaders from organisations including: The UN, Unilever, AB Inbev, Kraft-Heinz, Nike, J&J & more - spanning Europe, MENA & the US. Our entire network lives on Slack, helping Jon to shape his own companies.
Our philosophy is simple:
Deploying the right answer to the wrong problem is expensive. Ultimately, finding treasure isn't about how you dig, it's all about where. Ideas are just the "how" - ideas are easy. If we think you're digging for trash, we'll tell you... because our friends can help you to locate outsized treasure. Even with a treasure map in hand, you're still stuck at "step zero" until you have gold in hand. For us, that's a rapid mockup - which is where Jon, Louis, Ryan, Preeti or Andreas can optionally plug in. Good luck finding that at McKinsey.
Our process is simple too:
1) Preeti will help you schedule a virtual coffee; we'll chat to see if any of our friends would be perfect to help you creatively problem-solve your challenge. NDAs are fine.
2) We'll connect you both, and you'll leave with free ideas.
3) Sometimes we spot problems with your problem. If you need help to work through them, hire their time. Around 1/7 chats result in a project, so we're doing something right.
4) For most leaders, they just need ideas; we wouldn't accept your money if you threw it at us. Just drop back in whenever you need a sounding board, we'll be listening.