The Kalypso Story

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The who, what, when, why and how of Kalypso's founding.


<p>Kalypso was recognized as one of Consulting magazines 2011 Seven Small Jewels. The firm was selected for its explosive growth and unique blend of innovation and strategy.</p> <p>Read the article</p> <p>Small Jewel 2011</p> <p> We started Kalypso to address a glaring need in the professional services marketplace for the combination of deep industry expertise and product development knowledge. </p> <p> , Founding PartnerGeorge Young </p> <p>The Kalypso StoryThe concept for Kalypso was born in a St. Regis hotel room in Houston when George Young and Bill Poston - then partners at a large consulting firm - were attending the retirement party of a close friend and mentor. His retirement was the spark that ignited an idea.</p> <p>The idea was Kalypso.</p> <p>They left comfortable roles with their old firm during the consulting industry turmoil of 2003 to create something special and have some fun.</p> <p>The Story of Kalypso is the Story of its People</p> <p>Kalypso Founders George Young and Bill Poston</p> <p>In Their Own Words We founded the firm on a core principle to serve clients the way they want to be served. Serving clients is a privilege and it is our responsibility to do it well.</p> <p>We saw a market with niche competitors focused on narrow aspects of innovation, strategy and operations, and large technology competitors implementing product lifecycle management (PLM) systems. We did not see anyone who could combine management consulting with PLM technology implementation expertise.</p> <p>Three factors allow us to truly make something innovative happen in the marketplace: (1) an exclusive focus and a comprehensive set of capabilities to deliver sustained improvements in innovation, (2) a unique blend of people true characters with character, and (3) a strong set of core values and a cultural affinity for hard work on cutting-edge concepts.</p> <p>What is it that makes Kalypso so special? We work really hard and balance that with the fact that we get to do interesting work for amazing clients every day. But behind it all, the key to it, is our people.</p> <p>Our VisionWe will be the worlds premier innovation consulting firm. </p> <p>We will combine a comprehensive set of world-class capabilities to deliver on the promise of innovation while becoming the worlds most respected provider of objective technology advisory and implementation services.</p> <p>As a private partnership, we serve clients, not shareholders. We are a platform for professionals to grow personally and professionally by creating friendship, eminence, excellence and prosperity.</p> <p>2010 Consulting Magazine Best Small Firms for Strategy </p> <p> Hardest Working Firm Most Interesting Assignments</p> <p> Kalypsos unique focus on innovation, product development and PLM technology, along with the high integrity of all of the team members, has made it an exciting time to be a part of the firm. </p> <p> , Senior ManagerRich Gaby</p> <p>Our MissionKalypsos mission is to help clients deliver on the promise of innovation. Kalypso helps clients innovate more and fully harness innovation to drive profitable, sustainable growth by:</p> <p> Capturing new top line revenue</p> <p> Growing product margins</p> <p> Getting more from existing resources</p> <p> Extracting greater value from IP</p> <p> Stripping out cost, inefficiency and waste</p> <p> Increasing agility and improving time to market</p> <p>How We Deliver on Our MissionKalypso helps companies by improving capabilities across nine dimensions of The Innovation Engine:</p> <p>BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE &amp; INNOVATION ANALYTICS</p> <p>BUSINESS &amp; INNOVATION STRATEGY</p> <p>PLM TECHNOLOGY</p> <p>LEADERSHIP &amp; ADOPTION</p> <p>INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT</p> <p>FRONT END OF INNOVATION</p> <p>PORTFOLIO &amp; PIPELINEMANAGEMENT</p> <p>NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT EXECUTION</p> <p>VALUEREALIZATION</p> <p>The Kalypso DifferenceKalypso was founded on a core principle we will serve our clients the way they want to be served. </p> <p>We are a firm big enough to provide the experience, expertise, resources, and tools needed to help clients succeed, yet nimble enough to ensure clients get exactly the type of support and service they deserve. </p> <p>The Kalypso approach is unlike traditional professional service firms its the Kalypso Difference.</p> <p>Exclusive Focus Focus on enhancing innovation performance across the front end of innovation, portfolio and pipeline management, new product development and introduction, and value management.</p> <p>Comprehensive Capability Deep experience across all aspects of innovation, including business and innovation strategy, process improvement, PLM technology, organizational effectiveness, and intellectual property management.</p> <p>Flexible Delivery - Serving clients the way they want to be served, assuming shared project risk and structuring client engagements to allow for maximum flexibility.</p> <p>Informed Opinions Providing clients with informed opinions and uncommon solutions, helping clients turn challenges into success stories.</p> <p>Sustained Results Dedicated to helping our clients create solutions that deliver sustainable results.</p> <p>Why We Are UniqueKalypso is distinctly qualified to help companies attain business improvements, bringing:</p> <p> The expertise to improve business, innovation and product strategies</p> <p> The knowledge and tools to improve innovation and product development execution through innovation process improvement</p> <p> The experience to change innovation culture on a global scale </p> <p> The know-how to maximize profit and return on investment through skillful pricing and value management</p> <p> The capability to enable change and sustain innovation improvements by implementing appropriate information technology and training programs</p> <p> The most exciting thing about Kalypso is in its unique set of values. A successful client relationship is one that does not end at project completion. </p> <p> , Senior ManagerEmily Adams</p> <p>Our ValuesWe are a diverse group of professionals with a common set of core values that shape our culture and set us apart. </p> <p>At the heart of this culture is a belief in the power of innovation both in the way we deliver services and in the products that we help clients to develop. Our values are consistent across all of our team members, and are evident in the way that we work.</p> <p> Our improvements in innovation capabilities are, in significant part, due to Kalypso support. Their experience, thought leadership, and unique focus on enabling the individuals involved to be successful are driving the organizational changes needed. </p> <p> , Cor Bosselaar</p> <p>We act as the leaders behind the leaders.We invest in the long-term success of our individual clients, not just their companies. We celebrate every individual client promotion and view them as a measure of our value, and believe that trusted advisors do not stop advising when the project is complete. We reserve the spotlight and glory of success for our clients, not the consulting team.</p> <p> Kalypsos focus on innovation and its experienced, professional staff set it apart in its ability to bring clients real and lasting results. </p> <p> , PartnerNoel Sobelman</p> <p>We harness the power of creativity and innovation.We believe that innovation combined with action can change the world for the better. We value different ways of thinking and problem solving, and expect lively debate and dissent from all levels of the organization - ours and our clients. We feel that the diversity of our teams bring fresh perspectives and insight to our work.</p> <p>Network of Executive Women Leadership Summit</p> <p>We have passion for personal development.We do not tolerate intellectual sloth or stagnation - continuous learning is required. We stay on the leading edge of management thinking and adapt new concepts rapidly. We genuinely care about one anothers success and work hard to help our colleagues, believing in the development of the whole person, not just the business side.</p> <p>Titan Award Winners</p> <p>We are committed to our business partners.We treat our business partners as if they were our clients or our practitioners, and bring integrity and respect to our alliance relationships. We go to extraordinary lengths to help each other - without keeping score - and expect the same in return from the people we choose to do business with.</p> <p> What is special about our team is the diverse backgrounds everyone brings to the table. These are real, multi-dimensional people who complement their expertise and intelligence with personality and integrity. </p> <p> , Founding PartnerBill Poston</p> <p>We value professionalism, integrity and quality.We believe that serving clients is a privilege and accept the responsibility to do it well. We demand unquestioned integrity and veracity from all of our people in every situation. We hire exceptional people for their professional excellence and superior performance, and balance creativity and passion for ideas with professionalism and pragmatism.</p> <p> Kalypso is filled with exceedingly intelligent and generous people. I am enormously fortunate to spend time with and learn from them, and hope to contribute to their successes. </p> <p> , Operations DirectorTimi Lynch</p> <p>We are a team of characters with character.We think that interesting people are more fun to work with, and build life-long relationships with our colleagues. We foster a healthy lack of respect for hierarchy and positional authority. We are passionate about what we do and know how to have fun - at work and after.</p> <p>What It Means to Be a Kalypsonian</p> <p>You will work hard. Maybe a lot harder than at any other firm. The benefit is working with world-class clients on the most interesting assignments imaginable. We are changing the way the world innovates, improving peoples lives and the economies in which we operate in return. This is a privilege and it is our responsibility to do it well. This is not just a job or a career its a calling.</p> <p>You will work in innovation.Our exclusive focus on innovation, product development, and product lifecycle management means that you will always be working on projects within that scope. This is all we do. Driving growth through innovation is exciting and intrinsically rewarding work. If this is your thing, Kalypso is the place for you.</p> <p>You are in control. It is what you make it.Kalypso was built for future generations of partners. It is a platform from which to manage your career. Our partnership model is unlike other public or closely held firms in that each member of the Kalypso team has the opportunity to become an owner. You can build the house you want to live in. Your path may look different than your colleagues. You are in the drivers seat. </p> <p>You will grow. A lot.Our firm has a passion for personal development, but your own passion is what will drive your growth. Sure, the learning curve may be steep at times but you will have the opportunity to learn from and work alongside senior practitioners with years of experience. And, because we believe in the development of the whole person, we want you to pursue what you love outside of work as well. Like skydiving? We want to hear about it. Play in a band? Tell us more. We are characters with character, not consulting automatons.</p> <p>You will be virtual.Our innovative business model enables us to work virtually around the world, ready to fly to a client whenever the need arises. No relocation necessary means you can live anywhere in the world at any point in your career. Social technologies are our friend. Your fellow Kalypsonians may not sit in a cube beside you but they are always available to help.</p> <p>You will play hard.We know how to have fun at work and after. Any given week you will find project teams creating new ways to incorporate fun into client service, finding new spots for team dinners, and exploring cities around the world. Not to mention weve perfected the art of throwing a party. New Orleans, Chicago, Keystone, Washington D.C. just a few of the cities weve invaded for our annual celebration or frequent retreats.</p> <p>Pamela Soin: A Character With CharacterAs a child, I wanted to be the change we all wish to see in the world. A world full of colors, light and sparkle. But alas, its never easy. Desperate to begin my revolution, I was trapped in places like Beaver, WV and Clemmons, NC. So, I set my sights on Manhattan (my current home). But before I could declare victory in spreading my noble cause, Live like the world is flat (LLTWiF), I needed something bigger. </p> <p>In 2004 I moved to London and lived in a bar. Later through Kalypso, I lived in Amsterdam where the LLTWiF movement was formalized. Ive walked Thai islands, survived N. Korea/S. Korea conflict in Seoul, wandered Australian rainforests and Indian urban chaos. The success metric for the LLTWiF movement is simple: % Full Passport Pages. I am proud to say after attending a wedding this year in Argentina, I earned the coveted LLTWiF 6th degree quadruple-ninja-hadouken-Level 8 master Jedi Blackbelt. This honor is bestowed once you achieve 100%.</p> <p>What is your motto?Life moves pretty fast. If you dont stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. - Ferris Bueller</p> <p>What is your greatest fear?Babies on planes.</p> <p>When was a time you felt the entire world was against you?Calculus III, Thermodynamics and trying to maintain socialite status all in one semester at NCSU.</p> <p>Which living person do you most admire?Pashauri Lal Jauhar. Also known as my 90 year old grandfather who escaped death and lost everything in the 1940s in the India/Pakistan war; who still writes poetry and delivers speeches at every event like he is running for office; and who spends 4 hours a day in the gym. Enough said.</p> <p>If you were an architectural structure, which structure would you be and why?The Eiffel tower, because not only would I get to live in Paris, every night I would get to do a sparkling light show for the people. My people.</p> <p> Being a Kalypsonian means the world is your oyster. You have unlimited opportunity to create and make the biggest mark you possibly desire. </p> <p> , Senior ManagerPamela Soin</p> <p>Pamela Soin</p> <p>A Kalypso Journey: Q&amp;A with Joe Dury, Director</p> <p>How did you get here?After over 25 years in high tech I joined Kalypso back in early 2006 as a senior consultant to work with and grow the electronics and semiconductor client base. I was excited to help grow Kalypso as a professional services firm, having had years of experience in my corporate career hiring and working with R&amp;D and new product development (NPD) consulting firms. I knew I could provide input on what I liked and didnt like about those experiences. Since then, Kalypso has helped me to thrive in the areas of innovation I love working in semiconductors and intellectual property (IP) management. Now almost six years later, being part of the leadership and ownership team at Kalypso, I find its critical to reciprocate the mentoring and coaching I received both within Kalypso and with our clients. </p> <p>What does being a Kalypso dire...</p>