Pivot Patrol

Harvard Business Review Clutches Its Pearls at Pivot ‘Promiscuity’

Not what social media was invented for. (pulse2.com)

Is there any startup that doesn’t pivot at least a couple of times these days? The term is everywhere, to the point that, during a recent round of putt-putt golf, we overheard an entrepreneur passing off the many pivots of his e-commerce startup as acceptable first-date small talk.

Well, the Harvard Business Review has discovered the trend, and the venerable publication isn’t so sure it likes what it sees.

The magazine’s September issue takes a look at four recent(ish)ly released business books–The Launch PadThe Lean StartupStartup Weekend and The Ultralight Startup–and came away quite alarmed indeed. The title of its review: “Too Many Pivots, Too Little Passion.” Read More