Any Examples of Antifragile Business Models?

August 10, 2013 12:35 am

Nassim Taleb has this definition of antifragile – : “Some things benefit from shocks; they thrive and grow when exposed to volatility, randomness, disorder, and stressors and love adventure, risk, and uncertainty. Yet, in spite of the ubiquity of the phenomenon, there is no word for the exact opposite of fragile. Let us call it antifragile. Antifragility is beyond resilience or robustness. The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the antifragile gets better.”

I tried spending some time on coming up with some examples of anti-fragile business models but couldn’t. The activity was triggered by this idea.

Do you know of any business model that is anti-fragile?

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3 Comments for “Any Examples of Antifragile Business Models?”

  1. Private security contractors? Volatility, randomness and disorder are the factors that drive people to seek out their services. The contractor not only profits off them, but becomes a better security provider the more volatility they experience and survive.

  2. junior

    Thanks for the example. Sounds like a good example. I have a follow-up post lined up on this topic and this is a solid input.

  3. Other examples of Antifragile business models:

    writing and publishing a book
    startups as a group. The best ones survive.
    Fire and flood damage repair companies (after someone has a fire or flood, they call a repair company)
    security and alarm (after a person experiences a break in, or if there are a rash of break ins in a neighborhood, more people buy)
    safe manufacturers (same as above)
    Insurance companies, especially after a disaster
    Plumbers, especially after someone clogs a toilet, a drain, or has a water heater die or leak
    Gun manufacturers (sales went way up after sandyhook)

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