CHRIS KALABOUKIS

MAKING PRODUCT HAPPEN

BIO

chris kalaboukis is a futurist, innovator, inventor, writer, and experienced product manager. He is the founder of IDEATE+EXECUTE, a global strategy and product management consultancy specializing in the development of new products, services, and strategies for hospitality, financial services, technology, media, and retail/e-commerce companies. He is also named inventor on 155 patents and cited on 1440 patents in the internet, social networking, and fintech space. A serial entrepreneur, he has helmed several startups from inception to launch. He has authored several books on innovation and the future and blogs and podcasts at thinkfuture.com

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BOOKS

PATENTS

Inventor on 159 issued patents and cited on 1634. Examples below:

  • Automated Friend Finder
    • Disclosed are methods and apparatus for automatically connecting individuals. A private profile of an individual may be automatically generated. The private profile of the individual may be automatically compared with private profiles of a set of individuals such that one or more of the set of individuals are identified as matches for the individual, wherein the private profile of the individual includes private data and each of the private profiles of the set of individuals includes private data. The private profile of the individual is not publicly available to other individuals that have access to a public profile of the individual. The individual may be automatically notified that the individual has been matched with the one or more individuals, thereby enabling the individual to initiate communication with the one or more individuals. The similarities between the private profile of the individual and the private profiles of the one or more individuals are not revealed to the individual or the one or more individuals.
  • Social Network Commerce Model
    • Rules-based commerce system or marketplace that proactively acquires and purchases, on behalf of consumers, works submitted by creators. In one implementation, the system involves a rules engine that makes current and future purchases of electronic content and code based on the positive fulfillment of specific pre-created criteria. Some particular implementations of the invention can be implemented to create a net of income from a large number of sources in order to support one or more social media activities. Other implementations of the invention can be configured to create forms of sponsorship whereby a consumer can create rules to automatically acquire and pay for a future work that meets one or more criteria. On the creator side, implementations of the invention can be configured to assist creators to develop an audience and corresponding income streams to support social media creation activities.
  • Tandem Purchasing And Incentivized Shopping
    • Tandem transactions facilitated through automatic application of a tandem transaction limit are provided. A system includes a group manager that identifies a group including respective identifications indicative of a first user and a second user. A transaction limit manager establishes a first transaction limit for the first user, a second transaction limit for the second user, and a third transaction limit for a combination of the first and second user. A transaction manager dynamically applies the third transaction limit based on a determination that the first and second user are performing a joint transaction. The transaction manager revokes the third transaction limit after a threshold time and applies the first transaction limit to first user transactions and the second transaction limit to second user transactions. Incentives are provided if a user remains at a location for a threshold amount of time or causes other users to visit the location.
  • Method For An Augmented Reality Value Advisor
    • A method for determining a value of an item includes receiving an image of a first item captured as a result of focusing an augmented reality (AR) device on the first item. The image of the first item is compared with images of one or more second items from a database. An image of one of the second items is identified that closely corresponds to the image of the first item. Metadata is obtained for the one of the second items. Using the metadata, value information is obtained for the first item. The value information is permitted to be displayed on the AR device.
  • Computing Systems For Proximity-based Fees
    • In an example, a method includes determining, by a computing device, a proximity of a user to a point of interest. The method also includes determining, by the computing device, a fee to the user based on the proximity of the user to the point of interest, where the fee varies based on the proximity of the user to the point of interest. The method also includes initiating, by the computing device, an electronic transaction based on the fee.

SPEAKING

TOPICS

  • Engineering Serendipity and Generating New Thinking
  • Embracing Change and Conquering Disruption
  • Growth Through Innovation – Implementing Successful Programs
  • Technology, Retail, Financial Services & Smart Cities Innovation
  • The Future of Work – the gig economy and defeating job loss through automation
  • The Future of Sales – it’s broken and how it can be fixed, decluttering the internet
  • Seamless World: Reconfiguring reality to make us better humans
  • The Future of Education – it’s deeply broken and how to fix it
Additional topics on request.

WORK WITH ME

What is Product Innovation? There are many answers to this question. For me, it is the complete end-to-end process of developing a profitable new product, from inception to launch and beyond. And the first essential step in any product development is IDEATION, tempered by DEEP RESEARCH and DESIGN THINKING with your potential and current customers. What does your customer want? Is it a want or a need, and what are they willing to pay for?

“Execution is everything,” – John Doerr

You can have the best product idea, the most engaged prospects, and a primo business model, but without flawless execution, it’s all for nothing. I’ve repeatedly successfully launched products and projects for major banks, hospitality companies, and tech firms: a single overqualified, experienced product manager who regularly over-delivers is the dividing line between success and failure.

“Innovation is rewarded. Execution is worshipped.” – Eric Thomas

While some people value ideas over execution, and others say execution is everything, I believe that both innovation and execution are equally essential in product management. Ideation and innovation do not end once the execution starts; they run in parallel, all the way through the product lifecycle, improving the product in an agile way until your end result, which perfectly matches your customer’s desire.

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