What was the Internet like in the beginning? Can you even remember? This cool animated infographic above explains all the steps it took to create The Internet as we know it. It’s a fun and inspirational video, that shows, once again, the power of the visual. After all, we like our information visual, digested and ordered, right? I know I do!
Business entrepreneur, successful venture capitalist and 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year at the British Muslim Awards, James Caan presents his rules for success. Part of the jury-investors at Dragon’s Den (British business show), Caangives you the “dos” and the “hows” for getting at the top of your business, in this short video.
By “definition”, entrepreneurship is all about shocking the world, changing the status quo and just helping people with your products and services. Being an entrepreneur is a lifestyle. And not just any lifestyle, but one that means embracing risks and constantly improving yourself. But it’s also a lifestyle that creates a lot of impact once you’re successful. So how do you get there?
You want to be an entrepreneur? You know something about the lean methodology? Then you probably heard about one of the masters, Steve Blank!
Steve Blank knows his lean startup methodology. After more than 20 years in the tech business and a lot of successful startups, Blank is the guy to learn from. Considered one of the most influential people on the planet by Forbes, he founded E.piphany, Zilog and many others. So, let’s see some tips from him in the collection below. Click and note!
“Startups are painful, stressful and at times demoralizing. You need to be a true believer in the vision of what you are doing. You need to be passionate about it and love what you’re doing.”
“At the end of the day, you can decide whether you want to be an employee with a great attendance record, getting promoted to ever better titles and working on interesting projects – or whether you want to attempt to do something spectacular – this be or do should be a question you never stop asking yourself — for the next 20 years, and beyond.”
“Don’t confuse “raising money” with “building a sustainable business.” In a perfect world, you would never need investors and would fund the company from customer revenue. But to achieve scale, startups need risk capital. Raise as much money as you can after you have tangible evidence you have product/market fit, not before.”
“You need to ask yourself, ‘Where do you want to work: startups, mid-size or large companies?’ …If you find yourself debating the ‘startup versus large company’ choice you’ve already chosen the big company. Entrepreneurship isn’t a career choice it’s a passion and obsession.”
“Building a successful business model isn’t about changing your company based on every bit of feedback: It’s about understanding whom to listen to and why.”
“Disruption on the first day always looks like a toy…”
”My position is fairly radical… that says, ‘No.’ Most of the things you learn on how to execute (at) a company are actually destructive in the first year or two at a startup; eventually they converge. But you need a different body of knowledge that you will not get as a business school professor consulting for large corporations. This is why entrepreneurship (programs) in universities… are helped when they are taught by adjuncts with startup entrepreneurial experience either as venture capitalists or as retired entrepreneurs.”
“After you’ve raised money, shut up, put your slides away, stop selling, and start listening to your customers.”
“Success is predicated on too many factors for one methodology to guarantee that any single startup will be a winner. But on the basis of what I’ve seen at hundreds of startups, at programs that teach lean principles, and at established companies that practice them, I can make a more important claim: Using lean methods across a portfolio of startups will result in fewer failures than using traditional methods.”
“In a startup no facts exist inside the building, only opinions.”
“My advice was to start a policy of making reversible decisions before anyone left the meeting or the office. In a startup, it doesn’t matter if you’re 100 percent right 100 percent of the time. What matters is having forward momentum and a tight fact-based data/metrics feedback loop to help you quickly recognize and reverse any incorrect decisions. That’s why startups are agile.”
“More often than not, the DNA strand that makes entrepreneurs great is the one that’s their undoing when confronted with “flatlining” user adoption, growth, referrals, or frequency. These entrepreneurs need to switch smartly out of “do” mode and return to the earliest “discovery” steps to find a distinctive, exciting solution to a seriously painful customer need or problem. It’s the only way to make a startup not suck.”
Do you want to be an entrepreneur and change the world? Are you in search for a bit of inspiration? You have to watch the motivational video above. It’s a talk with Gurbaksh Chahal, an internet guru and serial entrepreneur who, by the age of 25, founded and sold two companies for a total of $340 million. How did he do that?
As you’ve seen in the video above (if not, click and watch!), great brands have their own mishaps. Bad marketing ideas and bad ads mean unsatisfied clients or no clients at all. You may think you have a creative, cool or fun idea to begin with. But then you fail miserably. The examples shown in the video are a perfect case study for you to understand why failure is a must. So, what’s the value in that?
“Don’t be afraid to get creative and experiment with your marketing.” Mike Volpe
It may not turn well sometimes, but you have a lot to learn from it! Why? Because you need to fail in order to succeed. That means taking important risks. As Tina Seelig presents in the next video, you need to be able to fail fast and frequently. You need to get out of your comfort zone and assume more risks. You may have the next big idea. That’s the entrepreneurial mind set!
Enjoy future possibilities!Jason Silva, yes, the futurist philosopher, gives an inspirational talk in this video. What is the link between imagination, mental projections and evolution? Well, if you dream it, envision it, project it in your mind, then you can make it happen! The brain is wired so as to transform what seems impossible into what becomes daily life.
Gadgets are part of our lives, it’s kinda’ like breathing nowadays. From smartphones to smart watches or smart coffee makers to smart nano-robots, we seem to get more and more out of our user-friendly gadgets. Improving our life with technology is not only a daily habit, but also a fun thing to do.
So techies all around the world rejoice! Here’s a collection of cool, funny, a bit weird, but useful gadgets you can have in 2013. Click on the images below to run the gallery and pick your favorite!
Are you ready to start your business? Dreaming about being an entrepreneur? More like a way of life than a career, right? So, what’s keeping you? Peter Jones, the British businessman, awesome TV panellist and luxury/mobile entrepreneur is an inspirational example. Watch him as he gives you the 10 rules for a successful entrepreneurial life.
You probably know by now the video above, right? I must admit, that’s some social marketing done really well! The guys from Guinness were truly inspired, so they reached millions of views so far. But what makes a commercial great? Like for real! It’s not the visual. It’s not the story. It’s not even the brand…
“It did what all ads are supposed to do: create an anxiety relievable by purchase.” says David Foster Wallace
So that’s it! A mix of brand, storytelling and the power of persuasion. If it has a social message as well, than the creatives are doing it right.
Let’s see some more inspirational ads in the lines below. Print or video, it’s a job well done:
Why is animation so popular in today’s world? My guess is that it’s so successful because it can do almost anything. It’s not just about real life, but it’s about the unlimited possibilities. Explaining things, exaggerating things, making charts and learning things, and having fun while at it. That’s pretty much it! Or, in the spirit of inspirational Disney:
Animation can explain whatever the mind of man can conceive. This facility makes it the most versatile and explicit means of communication yet devised for quick mass appreciation
As Disney says and the video above shows, animation is the medium to communicate everything. So, from the relation between coffee and brain to evolutionary theory on fast-forward, I give you a collection of awesome animated videos:
Remember Stephen Hawking? The world’s most famous scientist? Our boy genius? Not only an inspirational character, but also a brilliant physicist and cosmologist, who just happens to have explained our existence in a new way. Starting from black holes and the universe. The video above explains it in a fun, animated way. You definitely need to see it! The Guardian really made a good job in converting his big ideas to animation.
Meet Bo, the explorer, and Yana, the storyteller. They’re Play-i’s new, colourful, shiny robots and a cool way to introduce programming to your kids. Games and robots combined! Designed for children aged 5+ those two transform play into IT literacy, starting kindergarden. Through a music, animation and stories app interface, the kids can program Bo and Yana to move, climb and other real stuff. Pretty amazing, I say! This ad clip presents the two robots and the team behind it all.
Did you know that every second your eyes take in 72 gigabytes of information? That you have 86 billion neurons to process all this data? That’s pretty much how you create your vision of the world. The mind-blowing video above presents the greatest computer ever known to mankind – the human brain. I’m telling you: your brain is the most awesome operating system ever invented!
They’re called digital enablers and they can drive your company to success! Technology is the result of innovative thinking, but is can also be a tool for constant improvement. More and more companies today are using technology (instead of people) to drive their research and development! That’s pretty cool, when compared to what was happening only a few years ago. In business, we’ve surely evolved from human critical thinking to machine thinking. And a lot of big companies are taking advantage of this.
Richard Branson and Novak Djokovic on Necker Island for charity Necker Cup
Funny, relaxed, with a down-to-earth feel about him, a guy who may seem, at times, your average Joe. A dyslexic child, a student with low performances, a Brit boy who used to ran The Student magazine. Nothing special, right? Well, this same guy happens to be now on Forbes billionaires’ list with a net worth of US $4.6 billion (in 2012). The average student turned magnate is none other than Virgin Group founder, Richard Branson.