Back in 1995, I had the opportunity to sit in on the first internet-based video telecast, put on by IBM between its New York and San Diego offices. The images were herky-jerky and the sound quality was so-so, but from that moment on, the world began to change in interesting ways, and thousands of new business ideas were sprung. Nowadays, the entire world is being run via video teleconferencing.
The experiences we are collectively having via videoconferencing may be paving the way for the next generation of business models as well. Tomorrow’s ventures may be built upon the “zoomification” of work, education and training, as explained by Lars Sudmann, former CFO of Procter & Gamble Belgium and now innovation leadership and board advisor to organizations such as The Conference Board. Expect to see, for example, “a ‘Zoom’ for university degrees, corporate training and next-level