J. Kelly Hoey - Build Your Dream Network

In 1996 Kodak was the 4th most valuable brand.

It overwhelmingly dominated the film (90%) and camera (85%) markets.

Then the world changed and in 2012 this valuable brand was bankrupt.

But what if…what if Kodak had seen itself as something more than film or photo-paper or chemicals?  What if it had expanded the notion of what it thought it was beyond the mere physical product to the emotion embedded in it? Images are:

  • Memories
  • Nostalgia
  • Moments
  • Experiences
  • Milestones
  • Relationships
  • Emotions

What if it had, could Kodak have innovated Instagram or Pinterest or TikTok or DropBox or Oculous?

I’m musing on Kodak not simply because it is back in the news now that it has pivoted to producing generic pharmaceutical ingredients.

I’m musing on Kodak as I look around at entrenched attitudes — you know the ones, they toss out “I want things to go back to like they were last year” or “when we get back to the office”, while huddled around nodding heads filled with similar mindsets.

Yeah, 2020 sucks but…

what if…rather than clinging to what was, we embraced what could be? What if we took what we already know and exposed it to different perspectives, imaginative ideas, diverse thought-leadership?

What if, the vested interests at Kodak had listened to the engineer who invented a digital camera in 1975? It’s true. 1975. Samsung got around to including a camera in a phone in 2000. 

What if…you did the same for yourself.

What if you refused to shoot down a dream because it was too crazy, or wild or unrealistic or scary? What if…you imagined it was actually possible? What if you shared your ideas with more people, and you gained new insights, what if…

If you’re clinging to an old, comfortable but limiting vision of what your career was to be this year…I want you “what if” it this week.

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J. Kelly Hoey

J. Kelly Hoey

Kelly Hoey is the author of Build Your Dream Network (January 2017 / Tarcher Perigee). She has been lauded from Forbes (“1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship”) to Fast Company (“1 of the 25 Smartest Women On Twitter”) to Business Insider (“1 of the 100 Most Influential Tech Women On Twitter”) and Inc. (1 of “10 Most Well-Connected People in New York City's Startup Scene”). Empowering A Billion Women By 2020 included her on their list of the “100 Most Influential Global Leaders Empowering Women Worldwide”. Not bad for a former corporate lawyer. She’s a limited partner in two emerging tech funds (Laconia Capital Group and Lattice Ventures) and can frequently be found on Twitter @jkhoey.