True genius sees solutions to problems no one thought they had,  or others that couldn't be cracked.

Without a great problem there is no solution. Without a great problem, there is no company. And, most importantly, without a great problem, there is no category.

We are looking for the pirates, dreamers and innovators who live to solve great problems in new and astonishing ways.

They are like Les Paul, who had to make guitars louder by making them electric. Or Steve Jobs, who had to make a phone no one knew they needed. Or Elon Musk, who had to show the world cars don’t have to run on gas.

These are the troublemakers, the rebels, the black swans. They see things differently and have no respect for the status quo. They change the way we do things and push the human race forward.

They abide by the credo of Captain Jack Sparrow: “The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem.”

To us, such people are inspiring. They are just crazy enough to spot a new problem, build a product to solve it, create a world-changing company, and dominate a new category.

These are the people who Play Bigger. And we’re here to help

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Play Bigger Discovers IPO Sweet Spot

Our Play Bigger research is highlighted in the January-February issue of the Harvard Business Review. We worked with the HBR team to produce what we think is a very sobering look at the reality of value generation for tech firms. Specifically, the article highlights the IPO Sweet Spot that we discovered in our Play Bigger IPO Sweet Spot Report.

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Category Designer?

Enter here if you are a pirate, dreamer, or innovator. Or, if you just want to change the way the world works.

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The Book

Winning today isn’t about beating the competition at the old game. It’s about inventing a whole new game—defining a new category, developing it, and dominating it over time. Play Bigger—How Pirates, Dreamers, and Innovators Create and Dominate Markets—reveals a ground-breaking new business discipline called category design.

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The Team

Dave, Al, Naomi, Mary and Skittles do one thing. We design categories for a living. 

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Category Research

Play Bigger initiated our research agenda to study the science and data of how categories are defined, developed and dominated.

We worked for more than 20 years as operators and coaches, and have interviewed 100s of the technology industry’s brightest minds, and have built a database of every U.S. VC-backed company founded since 2000 to understand the business discipline and strategy of category design and category timing.

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Play Bigger Process

We have developed the business discipline of Category Design. Our battle-tested framework will get companies and executive teams of all sizes and stages ready for the Category Design journey.

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