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Cleantech presentation ci final 2013 july 19


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This presentation on competitive intelligence was given at a Cleantech conference on July 18 for start-up firms. Mary Chitty of Cambridge Healthtech developed the guidance on using secondary sources and the lists of potentially useful secondary sources. Parmelee Eastman of EastSight Consulting created the section on obtaining information from knowledgeable individuals.

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Cleantech presentation ci final 2013 july 19

  1. 1. Parmelee Eastman, MBA Mary Chitty. MSLS EastSight Consulting Cambridge Healthtech Wellesley MA Needham MA July 18, 2013 1
  2. 2.  20 plus  11-19  5-10  2-4  0  How do you define “competitors”?  How do you identify them?  What do you want to know about them? 2
  3. 3. 3  Define Competitive Intelligence (CI) ◦ Understand CI principles and limitations ◦ Competitive vs. competitor Primary vs. secondary sources ◦ CI vs. market research  Make CI part of your normal interaction ◦ Always ask one or two questions ◦ Incenting sources to obtain information  Breakout exercise ◦ Explore process and resources for researching competitors (including non- obvious ones).
  4. 4. 4 Analyze Make decisions Gather data
  5. 5. Make more money Takes time Benefits  Better business decisions – segmentation  More effective marketing  Learn from rivals  Pivot sooner vs. later Limitations  Takes resources  No single source  Rarely complete numbers  No confidential or proprietary information 5
  6. 6. 6  Be honest and take “No” for an answer  Trade information if possible  Follow ethical guidelines of your organization and SCIP ( Is this your lawyer when you mention CI research?
  7. 7. 7  Start with secondary sources ◦ Good info plus info to trade  Use multiple sources  Smile and dial  Capture information in a shareable format
  8. 8. 8 Advisors Suppliers Customers PartnersPersonal Network Tech Experts
  9. 9.  Print or electronic. Free and fee based  Terminology  Overviews and introductions  Associations and organizations  Databases – business, news, patents  Social Media and trends  What are your favorite resources? 9
  10. 10. 10  Define, prioritize and clarify decision (and therefore information) needs  Check with legal  Explore relevant vocabulary to ask good questions and locate more comprehensive information  Work with all functions in your company – Sales, Marketing, Product Management, Manufacturing, HR  Interview customers and partners. Look into industry associations and organizations  Begin with the easiest people to talk to  Think of research as on-going process
  11. 11.  Variant cleantech terms can make research and questions challenging  Not everything is on the web (for free)  OK to start small and low key – because you’re going to make changes in questions and strategies as you learn more.  Avoid analysis paralysis. Plan to iterate  There may be no answer to some questions  Ask politely and positively ◦ Take “No” for an answer ◦ Promptly move to a new topic  If a direct question would be uncomfortable, ask indirectly  Don’t try to boil the ocean  What have been your top challenges? 11
  12. 12.  1. Define your “competitive” space.  2. List known competitors.  3. List relevant and related terms. (Keep adding to and refining this list).  4. List associations. Do they have member companies.  5. Google terms. Look for relevant resources in top10-20 Google results. Try term/s plus “companies” plus “associations” etc. 6. Investigate databases, (search keywords not just job titles), relevant conferences.  8. Buyers’ guides may be helpful. Business libraries can help you identify these by industry.  9. Government agencies US Dept of Energy Funding opportunities: award search  10. Talk to people. 12
  13. 13. 1. Ask yourself what business decision(s) do you need to make 2. What information about competitors do you need to support the decision(s)? Be specific 3. Review published or secondary sources of information--Start with known sites and terms; develop new terms and site. You are looking for information that is directly useful and that might be of interest to someone else as well as names of potential sources. 4. Taking your list of questions, determine who is most likely to know this information 5. If you do not know the appropriate sources directly, who do you know who could refer you to them? 6. Begin with the people that are easiest to speak with 7. Analyze the information to understand your competitive situation 8. Make decision 9. Repeat 13
  14. 14.  International Energy Agency Glossary IEA Acronyms and Abbreviations  Technologies: Terms and Definitions, Clean Energy Portal, Government of Canada chterms.summary  Overviews useful for vocabulary too.  Many variant Cleantech terms can make research challenging. Can you recommend other resources? 14
  15. 15.  Ernst & Young Cleantech 2013  Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry Report 2012  IPCC, 2011: IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation. Prepared by Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [O. Edenhofer, R. Pichs-Madruga, Y. Sokona, K. Seyboth, P. Matschoss, S. Kadner, T. Zwickel, P. Eickemeier, G. Hansen, S. Schlömer, C. von Stechow (eds)]. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA, 1075 pp. Wikipedia can be good for overviews – and updates. Drill down to find related relevant categories and company lists. See Clean Technology, Renewable energy commercialization Category: Low carbon economy.  What are your favorite resources? 15
  16. 16.  North Shore Innoventures Biotech/Cleantech  Association of Cleantech Incubators of New England ACTION  Cleantech Open  International Energy Agency IEA Statistics  Massachusetts Clean Energy Center  REN21 Renewable Energy Policy for the 21st century  Many more available. What can you recommend? 16
  17. 17.  National Renewable Energy Lab Publications  Business and news databases available, some remotely with library card.  Boston Public Library, Kirstein Business  Mass Board of Library Commissioners Resources  Check with colleges or universities you attended for alumni access. Many other options, some fee based. Do you have favorites? 17
  18. 18.  SureChem Start with free version Google Patent Search Advanced US PTO and European Patent Office  Starting point, not a substitute for legal advice or professional patent searching. 18
  19. 19.  LinkedIn : Which groups have you found most useful?  Cleantech blog  Global cleantech meetup  Recorded Future Algae Biofuels biofuel-investment/  What do you use? 19
  20. 20. 20  Print or electronic. Free and fee based  Terminology  Overviews and introductions  Associations and organizations  Databases – business, news, patents  Social Media and trends  What are your favorite resources?