Summary of Complexity Avalanche

Overcoming the Threat to Technology Adoption

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Complexity Avalanche book summary
Do you know how to use all the features on your smartphone? If you don’t, welcome to “the consumption gap”!


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10 Applicability

8 Innovation

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In this accessible, widely applicable book, technology industry executive J.B. Wood addresses a visceral reality: As technology explodes, manufacturers of new products add features faster than users can learn to use them. As a result, returns of perfectly good products skyrocket, consumers turn mulish and sales of new products stall. However, Wood offers a solution: Shift your organization’s focus from sales to customer success, in the form of service and support. He details his suggestion by documenting what such a transition would offer and explaining how challenging it would be to implement. His presentation is not perfect. It needs better proofreading and, as president and CEO of the Technology Services Industry Association, Wood perhaps beats its drum a bit too hard in preference to other possible solutions. Those caveats aside, leaders and marketers from every company dealing with technology should read this book. In particular, getAbstract recommends it to executives planning for the future, corporate managers focused on high tech and would-be innovators who don’t want to far outpace the buying public.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How high-tech devices drop users into the “consumption gap,”
  • How that affects your tech products business
  • Why you should shift from selling tech products to selling user success


What Is the “Consumption Gap”?
Any company whose product involves new technologies faces a serious problem. Inventors, programmers and engineers happily generate innovation after innovation, attempting to set their companies apart from their competitors. But, unfortunately, new inventions...
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About the Author

J.B. Wood is president and CEO of the Technology Services Industry Association. He co-founded InsightExpress, which helps companies use the Internet for market research.

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