Introducing the Anti-McKinsey: Why Hire Career Consultants When You Can Ask an Entrepreneur?

Foursquare’s Naveen Selvadurai, Craiglist’s Craig Newmark, Dotcom doyenne Esther Dyson and Nassim “I see a Black swans” Taleb walked into a Chelsea loft. No, it’s not a lead-up to some joke about how Wall Street is drowning the tech bubble. It was the scene of a dinner party hosted by Takeout, a budding consultancy that sloughs off the dated McKinsey model for a fresh look more appropriate for the digital age.

Why task a bunch of MBAs to tell you how to fix your company when you can hire someone who runs their own? Hey, it could have saved Conde Nast somewhere in the six figures. Just imagine how their troubled iPad editions would look if they’d tapped the brains behind New York’s tech scene to figure out the internet instead.

Takeout, a reference to “taking out” the status quo (and not,  say,  Seamless deliveries), started in London in 2007, but recently ramped up its efforts in New York. By next month, it expects 75 percent of its business to be based out of its New York office. Microsoft, Gilt Groupe’s Jetsetter, and iVillage are already clients, along with a few other big players that prefer not to be named. But the proof is in the pounds. Read More


  1. Anonymous says:

    iVillage!  I still haven’t figured out the question that this answered.

  2. Ed Tam says:

    Interesting. I don’t for one bit doubt that companies like Takeout can deliver superior products. What we need to understand is the context of corporate culture. But bringing in a big name consultant, and spending six figure sums helps  executives proof to the board and their shareholders that they are taking matters seriously. It’s stupid…but it’s ceremonial.

  3. Amanda Boyle says:

    Hahaha… I’m an MBA, have never been a consultant, but have started 5+ businesses… in construction, tech and business services. But I take your point – there are too many talk a good game but couldn’t make a play if their lives depended on it. Good luck :)

  4. Sarah says:

    actually Ms. Kimball is on the right

  5. Anonymous says:

     Ah, a fellow NYMag commenter.  Welcome!

  6. Nitasha Tiku says:

    Hardy harhar. Shouldn’t you be in a Googleplex somewheres?