Consulting

Sometimes, the most powerful thing you can access is a new perspective… Consulting Services Strategic DevelopmentTeam ReadinessNew Product DevelopmentSustainability Assessments and StrategyAcademic Innovation One of the biggest challenges to organizations trying to innovate (from startup to existing enterprise) is focusing on truly meaningful and valuable opportunities to innovate). Partly, this is because the tools they use emphasize (and, sometimes, only regard) quantitative data when qualitative insights are far more pivotal to successful innovation. Traditional, templates tools like SWOT Analyses and Positioning Statements miss the mark consistently when they aren’t based on the customer decision drivers that emerge from qualitative customer research techniques (like in design thinking). This throws organizations off of the most valuable opportunities even when they’re “on-plan.” Traditional strategic tools and techniques can be modified to identify better opportunities through the following services: Business Strategy Review (Customer Engagement, Operations Readiness, etc.) Startup Strategy Review (Customer Engagement, Operations Readiness, Funding Readiness, etc.) Strategic Readiness Review & Recommendations (Methods & Engagement) Sustainability Review and Strategy (formulation) Foresight Workshops Even the best plans go awry when the right teams aren’t engaged in the right way (let alone when they aren’t the right people). Often, an honest, outside perspective is the only way to illuminate groups that aren’t functioning as teams, skills going unfulfilled, and toxic cultures operating “under the radar.” Nathan can serve companies (from startup to enterprise) with: Skills Review & Recommendations Culture Review & Recommendations Innovation is never easy and there are plenty of things that can derail the best intentions. Sometimes, an outside eye (and ear) can identify bad directions and implementations faster than anyone on the inside. At other times, teams need a new...

Projects

Businesses and Strategic Consulting Aside from consulting on several businesses, including online ventures, I’ve helped start a few myself (as an entrepreneur). This is the best way to understand what it means to start and run a company. Blurb In 2004, I helped create the strategy for this startup and created it’s first proofs of concept. These were used to plan product development and the strategy for the company. These were also used to inform partners and sell the concept to investors. Now, it’s become an awesome company under the guidance or founder Eileen Gittens! more > Deluxe Business Software In 2002, I joined three friends to create a Web-based successor to Exchange and the sorry state of calendaring applications available. We developed a revolutionary approach to online calendaring. I was in charge of the interface for the front-end and back-end and, as a result, became an expert at time zones and Daylight Savings Time. We sold the company in 2004. more > Azure Nutriceuticals From 2000-2002, I helped start this company startup, including all of the customer experience (website, packaging, print media, promotions, etc.). The company provided a unique, proven nutritional formula to patients undergoing serious illnesses (like cancer and HIV) and HIV was the company’s first focus. I built the first prototypes and products, communications, visual identity and packaging (and testing), as well as investment materials.  more > vivid studios My first company, I joined with two friends to create an interactive media and programing firm back in 1990. We grew it for 10 years, riding the CD-ROM and online service booms, and became probably the second Internet services...