Ford Studios™ is a global network for innovators who are working to develop tech solutions for corporate challenges. We work with entrepreneurs to grow and transform business industries and ecosystems. We have more than a decade of experience accelerating startups and we work across sectors to drive a stronger future through collaborative innovation.
Through our partners and experts, we bring together some of the leading teams in innovation, industry knowledge, and leadership management to our promising startups. We have several locations across the United States, Canada, India and South Africa. While the majority of our accelerators are industry agnostic and early-stage, we also have strategic focus on high impact and emerging categories. 70% of our participants will launch a pilot product within a year.
The relationship between corporations and startups has changed dramatically since 2008 when we first launched our company. In fact, the number of corporate investments in startups tripled in just the last four years from 2017 to 2021, with total value growing from $19 billion to $180 billion. It is now an imperative for corporations to engage with startups to identify the teams and technologies that will advance their business.
We work with corporate and industry partners to build and accelerate their innovation strategies. We leverage our global network to drive meaningful relationships with startups, connect corporations into the startup ecosystems, and support cultural transformations.
1. STRATEGIC AND BUSINESS IDEAS
It’s not common for a creative boutique to love strategic thinking, but that’s how we roll. From inventing business products to dissecting a new strategic direction for an old product or brand, we use any available client-provided research, or apply the latest digital and traditional tools to get to the bottom of the matter.
2. SOCIAL DESIGN AND ADVERTISING
Everything needs to be integrated, social and sharable today. Even traditional design and advertising must not stand on its own, it needs to be ‘circular’ and stimulate feedback and reactions from customers. We have worked with all types of budgets and surprise our clients all the time with ideas that are affordable and highly effective.
3. IN-HOUSE PRODUCTION
This is what we do on premises; strategy, design, branding, all phases of digital and traditional advertising, (digital) radio, TV, video and social media. On projects that require digital coding, we partner with our clients, their vendors or with our partners around the globe.
4. DIGITAL AND TRADITIONAL MEDIA
We may be small, but we can (and do) compete with large media agencies in bringing you the latest in digital or traditional planning and buying. Whether your campaign calls for an intricate digital approach or a local, national or international solution, we have recent experience in the latest options out there.
t is time to start thinking completely differently. You are stuck in your comfort zone, and it is time to start imaging possibilities outside the box. But while you shouldn’t be limited when determining what is possible, you should be focused. You are currently treading water, and it is time to choose a direction and move forward. Plot a path to your destination and cross the line that you have been circling.
1. Stop Making The Same Mistakes
While you are hoping for a different outcome, you keep making the same decisions, and therefore getting the same results. Learned behavior can be hard to break, as when we decide what to go in a certain situation, our brain automatically looks for precedent from past experience to guide it. That is why many people fall into this trap.
We will bring your attention to what is happening in order to snap you out of autopilot mode. This will give you a chance to make a different decision and choose a different path forward.
2. Stop Procrastinating
You know that the decision needs to be made, but you aren’t ready to commit to a response. Often, when we do this, we are hoping that if we ignore a problem, it will go away, but that’s not really how things work. If we ignore a problem for long enough, we can give up our power to resolve it. Instead, that power falls into the hands of someone else.
While that might feel like a burden lifted, it is actually a scary situation to be in. You are giving the power to make important decisions about your future to someone else, who will inevitably have different priorities to you. So, you shouldn’t be afraid to make a decision. You should be more afraid of losing your power to make that decision.
We are here to shake you out of your indecision and encourage you to take action.
3. Understand Your Priorities
We are often told that we can have anything that we want in life. And that is true, if we work hard enough, there is nothing that we can’t achieve. But while we can have anything we want in life, we can’t have everything. It is rare to have the time and energy necessary to give enough to a dozen goals and make them all happen. It is also problematic when the things that we want are inconsistent with one another, and therefore our efforts to achieve one undermine our ability to achieve elsewhere.
We are here to remind you of this, and point out when you are spreading yourselves too thin, or you are pursuing conflicting aims. We will suggest that we take the time to understand what our real priorities are, and focus our energy appropriately on what is most important.
What is the Symbolism of the number 00?
The number 00 is an intensified representation of the numeral 0, one of the most complex of all numbers.
It represents all possibilities, which exist within the infinity loop of the zero. However, it also points out that if you don’t choose a direction, you will find yourself moving in circles, and you will never progress.
So seeing the number 00 can be a reminder that you have more options than you imagine, but also a push to break a cycle of stagnation and choose a firm direction.
The number 00 suggests that you aren’t moving forward on your journey as quickly as you could.
This is very likely because you expect that growth is something that just happens as you live and experience life. But this is not the case, it must be actively pursued.
Moments that provide important life lessons are often lost in the noise that is day-to-day life, and we default to what we have always done without really taking things on board.
It is also important to choose a direction of growth to invest in and pursue, rather than eating the fruit from many different trees.
While it is important to do this while finding your direction, once you have found the direction that calls to you, it is time to focus your energy.
What to do when you see the number 00
Seeing the number 00 suggests that the problem that you are facing can be solved by thinking completely outside the box. It is time to try something new and different.