Business confidence for designers.
The d.MBA is an online business program for design leaders, who aim to run more balanced organizations. We believe in a different business world, by design.
The podcast is hosted by Alen Faljic, the founder and CEO of d.MBA and an ex-IDEO business designer.
Yancey Strickler ex-CEO @Kickstarter - Towards more generous capitalism
Yancey Strickler is the cofounder and ex-CEO of Kickstarter, which revolutionized the field of early-stage investments with the crowdfunding model.
After leaving Kickstarter, Yancey became an author and wrote a beautiful book titled This Could Be Our Future: A Manifesto for a More Generous World. In this book, Yancey lays out how we got to the world where making money became the main and only goal for companies and how we can change that culture through the Bento method.
Why would Tesla accept Bitcoin payments?
Last week, Tesla announced that it will let customers buy their cars with cryptocurrency Bitcoin. We break down the business rationale for this decision and use it as a good excuse to introduce business topics such as:
- three fundamental business documents that designers need to understand (Profit and loss statement, Balance Sheet, and Cashflow statement),
- what is inflation and when it happens,
- and what is the difference between a currency and assets?
This is our first ever Guestimation Challenge!
It’s a game in which we try to make fast estimations with very little data. For example, estimate how many miles of highway does the US have? Players can only use a calculator, pen, and paper to come as close to the correct number as possible. Without the use of their computer or additional resources.
Prototyping with Numbers
We recently hosted a webinar Prototyping with Numbers. In this episode, we share an audio snippet of the first part of that webinar, where Alen explains how to create numerical prototypes to uncover the viability and feasibility risks of design concepts.
You can access a video recording of this webinar here
Can you become business-savvy without compromising design values?
In this special episode, Alen shares his latest essay on the dilemma between business and design. Many designers are afraid that business literacy will lead them to compromise their values and principles.
Alen shares why this is a false dilemma and why in reality the relationship between the two is actually synergistic!
Circular economy, outcome-based pricing, cutting out middlemen
In the latest Business Design Jam, Alen is joined by two d.MBA mentors, Jo Roberts (Lead business designer at Designit) and Andreea Strachină (business designer expert at PWC IXDS). They talked about:
- circular business models and how to apply them to service businesses,
- how to apply outcome-based pricing to different industries,
- and how Away founders built a billion-dollar startup by redesigning the arena’s value chain.
Engaging & useful
This podcast is a must for any designer. Alen is a great host. His questions are thought provoking and always spark a lively conversations with his guests. It is one of the few podcasts that is not only interesting but strongly actionable and useful.
Very insightful & super relevant
Alen always has great conversation partners that educate in a very casual way. I love that it feels both high-level and very actionable at the same time. The recent episode of mixing strategy into design sprint has been one of my favorites so far 👌
Perfect balance of design and business discussions. Consistently interesting guests, and a smart, prepared host. Always looking forward to new episodes!