by Ryan Streeter on March 19, 2013. Follow Ryan on Twitter.
Daniel Isenberg offers some interesting insights at the Harvard Business Review blog on how entrepreneurship can flourish after a corporation cracks:
[O]ne of the deep, dark secrets of the flourishing of entrepreneurship in parts of the world as diverse as Israel, India, Colorado, and Denmark has been “corporate fall” — the death or shrinkage of large corporate incumbents whose detritus feeds the entrepreneurship culture. We don’t have far to look for current examples: Today Finland is witnessing an upsurge in entrepreneurship now in part because corporate giant Nokia is in the midst of shedding 10,000 high-quality jobs. As it happens, the “Nokia Bridge Program” is a socially minded strategy for both easing the pain of layoffs, and intentionally supporting the more talented.
A similar drama is taking place in aptly-named Waterloo Canada as RIM’s BlackBerry smartphones have become overripe. Initially fueled by RIM’s success, Kitchener-Waterloo’s “Quantum Hub” is now being fed by its turbulent ups and downs, with thousands of highly trained people flooding the small region.