Investing hat on, I spend a lot of time hearing about disruptive innovations. Disruptive this; disruptive that. Sometimes it’s wonderful things, but most times it’s neither – that is, neither disruptive, nor particularly innovative. It’s just words.
One of the hallmarks of things that aren’t very disruptive is when you hear that “It would be huge, if only the incumbents would let it happen”. Really? Then you’re screwed. Because that’s a hallmark of a truly disruptive innovation: It makes things end badly for the incumbents, whatever their wishes on the matter might be. They’re hardly going to lie down and let it happen to them.