Spring is in the air, here’s to the first Growth Weekly for May. The best growth reads we found on the web this week, plenty to inspire you over the weekend.
In this edition: Hacking growth when it stalls, growth > profitability, Netflix’s data tactics, personalized marketing, top 10 disruptive companies in Amsterdam, Elon Musk’s Boring Company, smart glass and training robots.
One of the greatest threats to long-term success is when companies aren’t vigilant enough about responding to the changes in their market—whether it’s by failing to spot product or channel fatigue, acknowledge new competition or embrace new technology coming online.
When capital costs are low, the time value of money is low. So the promise of more dollars tomorrow (through growth) exceeds the value of a few extra dollars next quarter. This is when faster growth creates more value for most companies than those that improve profit margins.
Just what does Elon Musk’s Boring Company want to accomplish? A future underground transit network where cars travel on crisscrossing layers of tunnels that include sleds shuttling vehicles around on rails at around 130 mph.
Smart ovens are now a thing, as are intelligent beds, connected doorbells, and internet-enabled fridges. Everything, it seems, is now “smart” and “connected” — and soon the windows in your home or office could be hit with the smart stick too.