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On December 14, 2015, Buzz Lightyear commented on Pixar Animation Studios: Creative Kaizen :

I think that the technology/software side of Pixar does have something to do with it. Their approach often comes across as more scientific than artistic to me. For example, they encourage their tech artists to regularly publish articles and present at conferences so that they maintain a strong relationship with the academic community.

It is interesting to note, however, that elsewhere in Hollywood, smaller-scale creative alliances do form. For example, director David O. Russell and actress Jennifer Lawrence have worked on multiple movies such as Joy, American Hustle, and Silver Linings Playbook together. I also saw JJ Abram’s long-time editors (since the show Alias) speak at the LA Film Festival this summer, and they said have gotten to know his working style over the years, and it seemed like they have refined and improved their working processes over time. I am working in development at a production company this summer, and hope to learn more about the different operating models happening in film/TV and how creative teams form and function!


On December 13, 2015, Buzz Lightyear commented on Victoria’s Secret to Success :

Great post! Really interesting to see the different ways that they have structured their product and channel operations to maintain maximum flexibility. I sometimes get my bathing suits there, and I think a big way that they distinguish themselves from competitors is their store design (as you mentioned in the post). Their comfortable dressing rooms get you to linger longer (aka try on more stuff) and the dim lighting in their dressing rooms makes you look better than you actually do in real life haha. Seems like a small thing, but I am always amazed when other stores of the same caliber do not pay attention to these details — I think it makes a big difference on sales. Thank you for the post!

On December 13, 2015, Buzz Lightyear commented on Surf Air – Subscription Private Airfare :

Nice post! It will be really interesting to see how the company handles expansion as it grows its subscriber base. The financial and flight data fueling this operating model must be really interesting to analyze. I’m sure it is quite hard to balance customer price per month with service level, routes available, and flight capacity. Very cool – thank you!

On December 13, 2015, Buzz Lightyear commented on Chick-fil-A: Recipe for Success :

Awesome post! I grew up in GA and probably ate Chicfila 3-5 times per week growing up. I was even (embarrassingly) asked to prom in a Chicfila one year haha. I did not know that the franchising model worked this way, and I wonder if any competitors or new entrants to the market have taken notice and modeled their operations in a similar way. Also didn’t know that the “my pleasure” came from the Ritz Carlton – a great trivia fact for future use. Thank you for the post!