So bring us your problems: business, marketing, product, technology, whatever. We're listening. Because frankly, finding great ideas is child's play. That's why at Step Zero® Skunkworks Innovation we share ideas at zero cost to the leaders of companies with a $100m+ market cap. And when we say zero, we mean free, free - not "you owe us a favour" free. Because solving your problem in unexpected ways - the "how" - is literally step zero: no calories burnt. But ideas alone won't obliterate markets, that requires better-than-best-in-class research & strategy - the "where". If you need this, then we figure out how to either go through, go around or blow up markets - it's kind of our thing. Our day rate might make McKinsey look like McDonalds, but it's because we get the job done. Just use our friends for unlimited free ideas; and IF you ever need TNT hopefully you'll come back where you already have chemistry 💥.
Founded by Jonathan Francis, PwC's British Entrepreneur of the Year, StepZero is an umbrella that houses over 70 of the best senior ex-Google, Facebook, Visa, Pinterest, Amazon, Depop, Uber & Dyson skunkworks innovators, scientists, marketers, strategists, & engineers that Jon has ever worked with. We help the world's top leaders to design next-generation products, companies & cultures by ripping through dysfunctional market issues. To date, we've spent time with leaders from organisations including: The UN, Unilever, AB Inbev, Kraft-Heinz, Nike, J&J & more - spanning Europe, MENA & the US. Our entire, massive network of tech-friends also lives on a single WhatsApp group, helping Jon to shape his own companies. Friends > colleagues.
We went and listened to everything you had to say about consulting to make it better. Here's one comment that especially stuck with us: "I'm sick of seagulling: flying in, sh***ing over everything, and flying off." That needed fixing.
So our philosophy is simple:
Consulting sucks. When was the last time you enjoyed being consulted at? Never, that was when. We make consulting fun by making it fascinating, friendly and free; we don't have consultants, we have friends. Ideas are ridiculously easy... inventing groundbreaking ideas alongside you 1) keeps our friends stimulated, 2) we've been able to riff with some of the coolest leaders from around the world and 3) we get to help constantly crack cutting-edge user challenges. Come back again and again at no cost - we don't care, we love it. So far, about 1/7 leaders who come for ideas have wanted a market-obliteration project down the line, so we're already doing something right. For the other 6/7 - fill your boots: we're here, eager and listening whenever you want to jam.
Our process is simple too:
1) Preeti will help you schedule a virtual coffee; we'll quickly chat to see if any of our friends would be perfect to help you creatively problem-solve your challenge. NDAs are fine.
2) We'll connect you both, and you'll leave with free ideas.
3) Get our ideas. Take our ideas. Enjoy your ideas. Deploy your ideas. Around 1/7 clients have already chosen us for projects instead of our competitors so we're doing something right. You're welcome to poach our members too, we don't care. If you've got something that captures our friend's interest they should 100% take it - our friends are geniuses and if you can hire them then your project must be absolutely amazing. We all deserve that in our lives.
4) Most leaders need ideas, not projects; for this, we wouldn't accept your money if you threw it at us. Just drop back in whenever you need a sounding board, we'll be listening.