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Entrepreneurs don’t have a special gene for risk—they come from families with money — Quartz
micro social safety net helps taking risks. see also what happens to your brain when living in poverty day to day. // And this is a key advantage: When basic needs are met, it’s easier to be creative; when you know you have a safety net, you are more willing to take risks. “Many other researchers have replicated the finding that entrepreneurship is more about cash than dash,” University of Warwick professor Andrew Oswald tells Quartz. “Genes probably matter, as in most things in life, but not much.” [...] “If one does not have money in the form of a family with money, the chances of becoming an entrepreneur drop quite a bit,” Levine tells Quartz.
Entrepreneurship  Silicon  Valley  Grundeinkommen  Universal  Basic  Income  social  safety  net  Dogma  chronic  stress  poverty  trap  Deprivation  Middle  Class  working  poor  Myth  UBI  risk  mental  health  Start-up 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
Philippe Legrain: Why immigration boosts GDP per capita - BBC News
migrants increase diversity of skills and ideas (background, edu, culture, history) thus more specialties, then collab, then innovation (likeminded people don't solve creatively hardest problems most prominent example - nobel prize winners and their teams), // George Osborne knew the benefit of immigration to Economy! some of his forecasts/expecations relied on immigration. // And helps fund pensions! Duh! //&! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-39122835 - austerity + east european low skill labour = created environment of contend
UK  immigration  Brexit  innovation  Entrepreneurship  NHS  EEA  economy  GDP  productivity  ageing  population  skill  skills  demographic  bubble  Visa 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
THE DIRTY LITTLE SECRET | DailyVee 029
3:40 - youtube.com/watch?v=in28p1aycts - "attention is the asset" // >> see mariemeimberg [ YouTube - Daily Vlogs sind asozial # DAILY VLOG FEEDBACK No2 # Youtube-Formate-Test ] Daily vlogging ist asozial! & even Casey Neistat's feel repetitive if they are not a ONE OFF CREATION via added value, life insight, lessons learned, personal note, very individual only could do ... creating and adding value for the viewer to their life's. No Time Waster's "Can I have my 10 minutes back, please?" //&! min 5:30 - YouTube land Germany is responding to what Germany YouTube wants; see BeHaind's YouTube Deutschland eine BeSCHANDSaufnahme. ... you have to do what your customers want and do ... youtu.be/VoXwDn8VlSQ - or be yourself the creative and do what you want and fewer want and do and not get the 1 million subs. and still make ~100k a year but not the million. + Patience! ... we live in world of instant gratification, tricking you. [...] how u make ur money is more important than how much!
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
American Apparel: a trip from the height of cool to lows of bankruptcy | Business | The Guardian
[ your edgy and PR storm/press differentiation can become a liability to future growth especially if you use that kind of marketing to grow, clickbait is not sustainable. stupid. should have stayed private and nimble! wall street and the numbers call it a bluff of the founder, cant be bigger & more than it was pre-ipo. no growing endlessly as edgy brand ] American Apparel has faced growing competition in the US from cut-price overseas competitors such as H&M, who have effectively replicated the brand’s fashion for a lower price. [...] recorded a loss for ten consecutive quarters, which was unsustainable given its debts. [...] American Apparel is the country’s biggest manufacturer of clothing and it is based in downtown Los Angeles. The company claims to pay experienced factory works more than $30,000 a year, compared with $600 a year for workers in Bangladesh factories. [...] we are taking this step to keep jobs in the US, and preserve the ideals for which the company stands.”
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Save the World, Turn a Profit - Bloomberg View
Building on these initiatives, Yunus Social Business -- Global Initiatives and the Rockefeller Foundation’s venture-philanthropy Zero Gap project have jointly developed a new tool: the social success note. This innovative financial instrument brings together the interests of commercial investors, social businesses and donors to achieve concrete and measurable social outcomes. In this arrangement, a private investor agrees to make a concessional loan or provide equity to a social business.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
The more you pursue happiness, the faster it runs from you | Zach Stafford | Comment is free | The Guardian
Psychologist Iris Mauss at the University of California, Berkley found that the pursuit of happiness might just leave you worse off. “Wanting to be happy can make you less happy,” said Mauss in an interview with livescience.com. “If you explicitly and purposely focus on happiness, that appears to have a self-defeating quality.” [...] In her studies, participants who were not happy would begin blaming themselves for feeling sad. They thought it was an immediate flag for their failure, making these negative feelings even more counter-productive. The people who accepted these negative feelings as normal, however, were much happier in the long run. So, accepting your sadness could actually make you feel good. [...] For Darwin, emotions were very much tied to surviving, which requires more than just happiness. [...] Be open about how you’re feeling, don’t try to hide behind it or conceal it. // &! keeping a diary talking to and about yourself compassionately.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Mike Ueberroth - Mobile Uploads
Malala Yousafzai & Kylie Jenner. Both turned 18 recently. One was given a Ferrari and spent thousands on facial modification. The other was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize, survived a gun shot to the face by the Taliban due to corruption in her country, and opened a school for Syrian refugees to combat the lack of education for youth around the world. What's upsetting is the media is only covering one of these stories as "breaking news." Share the post to spread real love and inspiration across the youth of the world. Last thing to note, Malala is infinitely more beautiful! **re-posted // hard things are hard for a reason! // what happens to the cognitive surplus what everyone talked about at the turn of the century? its being eaten by consumption pattern - on the mobile homescreen (Entertainment, utility, Gaming, Escapeism, snacking).
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Consumed: How We Buy Class in Modern Britain: Amazon.co.uk: Harry Wallop: 9780007457106: Books
[ abuse of human condition, evolution ] he argues that our social standing in today's society is no longer determined by the accent you speak with, the school you attended, or your parents. Rather, it is determined by the food we eat, our choice of holiday destination, the clothes we wear, the size of the TV we sit in front of, and whether you use a plug-in air freshener or a smelly candle. // &! Enough: Breaking Free from the World of Excess Paperback (2009) by John Naish // &! No Logo by Naomi Klein //&! The Tyranny of Choice - Renata Salecl //&! The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less - Barry Schwartz //&! The Art Of Choosing: The Decisions We Make Everyday of our Lives, What They Say About Us and How We Can Improve Them - Sheena Iyengar // &! Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less (Greg McKeown) // &! September 2015 Wish list // &! essentialism, simplicity, minimalism, minimalismus, and tim ferriss >> decision fatigue
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
The Myth of Valley DoucheBaggery - John Battelle's Search Blog
But I think our industry culture is moving far faster than the writers at Silicon Valley might wish to believe. I think we’re seeing the rise of a new culture, one that rejects arrogance and the founder worship which breeds it. Inevitable outliers aside, the Valley and technology culture I experience every day in my work at NewCo is one of passion, sweat, earnestness, and good intentions. Sure, we all fuck up. And sure, the press (especially, not surprisingly, the press in New York) has a field day when someone does. But by and large, the teams making companies like Slack, LiveRamp, Medium, Earnest, MetroMile, Lyft, Okta, Pinterest, and hundreds more are damn fine people, and they are dedicating their lives to making something that creates positive change – a product or service that makes the world a better place (even if it’s in a small way). [...] When you’re facing existential threat, our tolerance for douchebaggery in the name of making more money at any cost, ....
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Flüchtlingskrise: "Die Verteddybärisierung der Flüchtlinge" - Kolumne - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Auf Gefühlen kann man nichts bauen, mit Gefühlen kann man keine Zivilgesellschaft neu denken, durch Gefühle ändert sich nichts. // retweet and facebook like/share does not correlate with personal action! // long-lasting change comes from intrinsic motivation (self education leads to taking action one self). Grows only slowly and Vegan trend is example. Slowly but steadily. One by one. Tribe is growing. // Can't be done entirely w nanny state nor corporate PR. Modern life is about conformity. Easy. Bc life is already hard enough. Thus effort seems unsurmountable obstacle (obstacles put in your way of change, ie going vegan). Turnaround. Admitting one was wrong the whole time and being deceived. Comfortable w status quo, uncomfortable standing out. // &! youtu.be/eEDCC5dHw_Y - ask the right question (framing). // Book: Groundswell.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Movinga vs. Movago – wer ist hier das Copycat? | Gründerszene
German start-ups copy each other now ... It's not the Samwer Brothers anymore, they have already lots on their existing plate (made up of copycats). Add the credit bubble, public market distortions and free cash that is flushing around put into seed rounds, as enabler. #Facepalm // smart heads, small opportunist ideas, x for y locally here in z.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Gary Vaynerchuk | USC Entrepreneur Talk | 2015 - YouTube
// I am an HR dictator. Don't be a dick like Steve because Steve was a dick and was successful and this icon that died a tragic death. << wantrepreneur. // its about having a product/market fit and executing well! it's what you do with it. //
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Episode 30: Felix Salmon by Product Hunt
Everyone should be doing something lefty. The internet was abt that. Now its everyone wants 2 be big. Optimised. Cool things come out of waste, wasting times, free time, ... eureka effect. Lefty things are not optimised. // "We build a fucking great bridge." Nobody did back then seismic modeling. They just build a fucking great bridge that actually can carry twice the lanes/traffic, you can just put a 2nd deck on it with another 6 lanes. << build 4 prosperity. not optimised. THUS lesson, build ur business that way, 4 prosperity, pay money if u want 2 used it. Dont optimise 4 anything specifically. // Oldest Companies are still family owned. Not pressures by Wall Street 4 growth & profit. "No one is happy being profitable." "You wind up taking risks, eventually falling on your face." #growth-fetish // Venture Capital wants an exit. U put urself in that corner & have fiduciary responsibility. // If u own category/vertical u can sort of set price! & 46 oh hi there world, own platform!!!
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Amazon's No Outlier: The Science Behind Broken Work Cultures | Fast Company | Business Innovation
via bit.ly/1LGvMtb // RESEARCH SHOWS THAT THE BETTER OUR REASONS FOR WORKING, THE BETTER WE WORK. AND IT ISN'T JUST AMAZON THAT SHOULD TAKE NOTE. // >> 4-day work week hustle and busting ass, 3 day weekend!? - via ycombinator commenter - I think that I did better work always having 3 day weekends, and opened up time for other activities like writing books and getting more exercise. - see descape.de/about/ - // work has meaning, u have identity, and get time to recover and explore else, not just identify yourself w work. // see teamtreehouse ryan carson. // http://thehustle.co/why-millennials-are-unhappy
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
What disruptive innovation means by The Economist
EVERY so often a management idea escapes from the pages of the Harvard Business Review and becomes part of the zeitgeist. In the 1990s it was “re-engineering”. Today it is “disruptive innovation” // innovators dilemma - blue ocean //
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Steve Keen on Education - YouTube
economy future relies on innovation. and if you check and monitor to death a system, and add bureaucracy on top of it, and low wages, and being under staffed and being over worked. and crowded, noisy class rooms (unable to spot talent and unable to sponsor). you can't have a prosperous future economy/generation with high social mobility. higher incomes. new industries. // oh and theyve cut research to nothing // oh and the creative digital industry is complaining, and added value industry is complaining about lack of qualified/skilled young workforce. // // UK will lose rest of its heavy industry because of energy prices it can't compete on world wide because it hasn't invested in the Smart Grid, energy storage systems, infrastructure, and renewable energy! Period. Budget2015 they cut all of renewable investment schemes and even had the audacity to put a carbon tax levy on it!
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Hey, Advertisers. It's Serena Time! - Bloomberg View
In sports marketing, no one ever got fired for hiring a cute blond female athlete. It is the default choice. This can be, let’s just say it, racist. It’s definitely lookist. But it’s mainly conservative. In advertising, in television, in movies, the tendency is to look backward. Hiring only people who fit past models of success may often not work, but it comes with fewer consequences when it fails than trying something new does. To get all Keynesian about it, “Worldly wisdom teaches that it is better for reputation to fail conventionally than to succeed unconventionally.” [ risking looking like a fool ... vs playing it safe. incrementalism a to b - vs - dreamer/imagination ---- Logic will get you from a to b. Imagination will take you anywhere. Albert Einstein. ---- first break all the rules (book) ---- thus take into account ppls background where they came from/come from. are they trying to play it safe? with their advise? ]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Paul Mason: what they aren't telling you about work - YouTube
hollowing out // automation - vs - skill & problem solving (figuring out how to automate/put something together/create new) - vs - end of the chain work (low end, manual, repetitive, service...) // within the next 20 years, 47% of jobs in developed world could be replaced by robots/automation/machines // Future of Work is about problem solving, not putting (end of the chain) things together. figuring out the new, making the new, making something better, more efficient, faster, better quality, ... // and as it stands now, those who reap the rewards will be few. and gov policy, ie tax evasion, tax avoidance, tax code, fairness, --- gains have to be shared.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Survivors | Bothsides of the Table
Failure. To most people it smells. People are afraid of it. It’s like cancer or divorce. When you have it you find you who your true friends are because they’re the ones who double down on helping, on being available, on listening, on understanding. Most people run from failure or disease because they’re hard to handle. Hard to know how to deal with. Awkward. But I am attracted to those who have had severe set-backs in life because it tells you something about the mettle of the person with whom you’re dealing. It reminds me of a famous quote in one of my favorite novel’s “Damage” by Josephine Hart “Damaged people are dangerous. They know they can survive.” [...] closed up shop at the very first hurdle. I wouldn’t work with him again. [...] Honor is what I’m looking for. How you failed is significantly more important than if you failed. [play the long-game = relationships, trust, network [ character, live life 4 ur eulogy, not CV, not bank account - nyr.kr/1J5Y13X & bit.ly/1KrTfPT ]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
What to Make of Amazon's Work Practices? | Bothsides of the Table
It’s best encapsulated in a famous Jeff Bezos quote, “You can work long, hard or smart, but at Amazon.com you can’t choose two out of three,” [...] Try working at Goldman Sachs, [...] You think it’s different at any of the top consulting firms? [...] You see organizations like these thrive on large pools of some of the country’s best and brightest graduates that trade off 2-5 years of work experience under extreme pressure in exchange for skills, experiences & relationships that will last a lifetime. [Accelerated Learning] [...] Think its a cake walk working @ any of the countries top law firms? [...] Should we do an article on what it’s like to be a medical resident? How abt working in the US military? Chief of Staff for a major political figure? What abt a top athlete in the NFL or NBA or even part of the coaching staff. Think they dont have work/life balance challenges in a field theyve chosen to work in? [#Top 100 of X vs avg white- or blue-collar worker ] [what u optimize for?]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Michelle Mone: tsar quality? - BBC News
[ gov role for No Campaign support, and possible Lord's appointment ] It's a message that speaks of defiance and determination, but also perhaps a thin skin and insecurity. So what is it that drives Michelle Mone? One guide is to follow her on Twitter. [...] What I've learned is not about business, but about image. [...] The image she projects is of someone constantly on the go from top hotel to yacht, to a glamorous photo shoot, to her evening gown laid out on her hotel bed, to a peek inside her wardrobe at the choices she's got that morning. There are pre-speech nerves when facing a glitzy, powerful audience, a menu from a swish restaurant, stroking some very expensive cars, and short messages of encouragement to her admirers. This is Michelle Mone: the brand. [...] [ it's sponsored by the DWP, aiming at those on benefits ] &! bbc.in/1JiCR3p &! bbc.in/1KvZPRf off Ultimo board. &! bit.ly/1Jr4rxi
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Anti-Angel-Gesetz: Auch die CDU schießt gegen Schäubles Pläne | Gründerszene
Die Lage ist schon jetzt nicht rosig. Die Zahl der Unternehmensgründungen geht zurück – die Liquidationen übersteigen bereits seit 2012 die Neugründungen. Zudem sind die Wagniskapital-Investitionen rückläufig. „Die wenigen Risikokapitalgeber jetzt zusätzlich durch drohende Gewinnbesteuerungen von einer möglichen Investition abzuschrecken, ist äußerst kontraproduktiv“, [...] Das Finanzministerium verteidigt sich. Bei der Reform gehe es darum, ein Steuerschlupfloch zu stopfen, das durch Änderungen bei der Dividendenbesteuerung im Jahr 2013 entstanden sei. Außerdem gebe es weiterhin einen Steuernachlass für Investoren in Startups. [ ja und die grossen konzerne? ] [...] Um den Startup-Standort Deutschland attraktiver zu machen, fordert der CDU-Wirtschaftsrat eine Etablierung von Wachstumsfonds für Startups und einen verbesserten Zugang zu Wagniskapital.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Episode 49: The Shortest Interview With Jenny Lee From GGV Capital by analyseasia
8:00 don't innovate for innovation sake, R&D in the lab is only R&D. address real world problem, issue that is bothering you and you can't stand it any more that nobody is doing something about it. add value, is it of value, people coming back every week, month. are you creating more value than you take!? productise the solution. build a big or small sustainable company around it. // you are the first customer, you are solving your problem! // 10:00 the mobile super computer, connectedness, big data, relevance, targeted ... apps (appification) destructing traditional verticals, ... always on. platform offers new business models, enabled by scale and network effects, ... and convergence of different tech ( IoT in store connected to store e-commerce solution - user stores app )
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  MVP  Minimal  Viable  Product  Product/Market  Fit  vertical  mobile  first  mobile  homescreen  Appification  mobile  phone  Venture  Capital  Asia  entrepreneurship 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
What Alphabet Means — The Information
Google’s growing ambitions were complicating an already complicated structure. [...] Google’s new structure—more than a year in the making—foreshadows more big acquisitions, some spinoffs and probably some more financial accountability. But can Google avoid a conglomerate tax? // &! Larry Page and ‘Retirement’ 2.0 - It is that the transition itself is so unusual, and yet a blueprint I believe other CEOs will try to follow. [ leverage what you have to reach out even further, when you can. then do it. enabled by dual-class stock structure despite haggles with Wall Street during earning calls of spending/losses of Google X and operational costs (lavish perks and compensation) and Wall Street thinking/feeling they get the shorter stick. Forget compounding (real world impact (people, planet, health, ...) >> Brin & Page's view, imagination, vision ...) if there is no % behind it. They are financiers, making money with money. ] // &! The Verge's Social Media Video take: youtu.be/FVtMbhCV3YE
Alphabet  Inc.  Google  Inc.  Larry  Page  conglomerate  Google  X  Sergey  Brin  vision  ambition  growth  mindset  mission  Legacy  Silicon  Valley  impact  CEO  entrepreneurship  Don't  be  evil 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Larry Page says he wants his fortune to go to Elon Musk. Alphabet is the next best thing. - Vox
Big minds with small ideas. = current Silicon Valley. Old Silicon Valley was counter culture. // you will fail anyway, why not fail with something audacious. really. no fluff. no padding. no spin. ... hard science. facts. global problems that affect us all. pollution, global warming, energy efficiency, waste, democracy, health (sick population), ... // don't fear failure.
Elon  Musk  crony  capitalism  capitalism  Wall  Street  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  Google  X  Alphabet  Inc.  Google  Inc.  Tesla  Model  S  renewable  energy  Larry  Page  Sergey  Brin  philanthropy  corporate  social  responsibility  corporate  culture  corporate  strategy  zombie  corporations  corporate  values  corporate  governance  shared  economic  interest  mainstreet.org  economic  growth  trickle-down  economics  technological  progress  impact  vision  mission  Silicon  Valley  counter  culture  wantrepreneur  entrepreneurship  society  incrementalism  incremental  Failure 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Don't fear failure, unlock your inner creativity, and say yes | Don Dodge | TEDxAthens - YouTube
risk of failure greater than the chance of success. // Success is not final, failure is not fatal. Courage to move forward, counts. Move every day. None is giving you a free ride/lunch. // achieving 60% of the impossible is better than 100% of the ordinary! // NO TO INCREMENTALISM !!! // there are lots of people that you cant, and we teach conformity and not being a rebel, disruptor & creative. thus we create filters and cynicism. // we are very good at saying no ... no to fear, anxiety, the uncomfortable & the pain (the ability to grow), new experiences, // thus pattern matching. // Failure is not an option. Keep trying till you get it right - figured it out. THE LEARNING CURVE! failure is steepest learning curve (entrepreneurship). Thus everyone needs to be exposed to failure and adopt a growth mindset as child. With each failure you get closed to your goal, in case you dont stop & dont make the same mistake twice! // Dream when you are awake. Do it. Say yes to life & opportunities.
TaxiOS  Open  Source  Moonshot  Google  Google  X  entrepreneurship  social  entrepreneurship  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Failure  fear  anxiety  status  anxiety  society  Gesellschaft  stigma  mainstreet.org  shared  economic  interest  creative  destruction  courage  life  hacker  life  lesson  incrementalism  incremental  education  policy  philosophy  conforming  Tesla  Motors  SpaceX  pattern  matching  bias  learning  curve  growth  mindset  childhood  childhood  development  civil  courage  counter  culture  Silicon  Valley 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Jeremy Rifkin at the #CGC15: “The Zero Marginal Cost Society” - YouTube
From Top-Down Corporations to Prosumer (ProAm) to everybody being a potentially player! thus entrepreneurship, differentiation, being remarkable (Seth Godin). Distributed. Collaborative. Open. Transparent. (Open Source). Lateral Power. (TaxiOS project (collaborative) vs Uber (top-down Wall Street proprietary profit maximisation shareholder value with no shared economic interest, crony capitalism [ youtu.be/wCLPizjSe6I ]). // GFC 147$/barrel of oil. Started at 90$/barrel of oil --- globalisation/economic growth has a ceiling its 147$ and its starts to get prohibitive at 90$ // aggregate energy efficiency // Transport, Smart Grid, Internet, IoT; moving power, thus economic power. economic value chain // human capital; economic activity entity // digital goods = zero marginal cost of additional unit sold // Share Economy transforms Capitalism which will not be the primary exclusive arbiter of economic life // favours electricity cooperatives, E.ON, EDF, RWE & Co have to pivot //
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Startup Tips From Serial Entrepreneur Loic Le Meur | Revolution Season 3 | BrianSolisTV - YouTube
protectionism = not sharing and NDA's and being secretive. // MVP & Product-Market/Fit times execution is everything! And being flexible, learn and apply as you walk. You business plan and 3 year projections are worth nothing, contribute nothing. Lean, evidence based start-up !!! evidence based, traction, feedback loop, ... // ecosystem = walked the walk, thus I can talk and teach and advice. EU has not lots of walkers.
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  wantrepreneur  entrepreneurship  ecosystem  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  London  Scene  Europe  Start-Up  Scene  culture  society  failure 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Bank of England says UK economy to grow by 2.5% in 2015 - BBC News
Mr Carney warned of "underlying weakness" as the Bank gave a gloomier picture for productivity growth. The Bank revised down its productivity forecast because it sees a disproportionate number of new jobs as low-skilled and low-output. Productivity growth is now expected to improve only modestly in the coming year before remaining below past average rates. 'Underinvestment' "Today's report should leave nobody in any doubt about the fundamental role of productivity growth in the UK economy's performance," said Aberdeen Asset Management chief economist Lucy O'Carroll. "The Bank of England has downgraded its growth outlook, and Mark Carney has put poor productivity right at the centre of the story. "He may have put part of the productivity disappointment of recent years down to a disproportionate pick-up in low-productivity jobs, but he has also admitted that underinvestment has played a role." [...] [+ EU&Global (China) headwinds] = in no rush to raise interest rates. &! bbc.in/1RIb9Ah
productivity  UK  job  creation  labour  market  labour  economics  Niedriglohn  Niedriglohnsektor  Services  Industry  service  industrial  policy  structural  imbalance  Impediments  output  gap  recovery  working  poor  squeezed  middle  class  USA  precarious  work  Precariat  self-employment  contractor  Zero  Hour  Contract  outsourcing  borderless  flat  world  globalisation  globalization  competitiveness  competitive  competition  Manufacturing  Career  Politicians  short-term  thinking  short-term  view  economic  history  GFC  dot.com  productive  investment  hunt  for  yield  asset  allocation  ZIRP  NIRP  QE  unintended  consequences  speculative  bubbles  speculative  speculation  ecosystem  education  policy  vocational  education  continual  education  underemployed  employability  long-term  unemployment  structural  unemployment  Revolution  2.0  entrepreneurial  entrepreneurship  Start-up  SME  SMB  Mittelstand  Software  Is  Eating  The  Share  Economy  service  Sector  Jobs  2015  sociology  trust  advice  psychology  anxiety  secular  stagnation  deflationary  digital  knowledge  sharing  shadow  1099  Economy  New  Economy  Venture  Capital  wantrepreneur  Year  of  Code  practical  skills  practical  skill  set  of  economics  of  apprenticesh 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Why Silicon Valley Will Continue to Rule — Backchannel — Medium
“You can’t really understand what is going on now without understanding what came before.” Steve Jobs is explaining why, as a young man, he spent so much time with the Silicon Valley entrepreneurs a generation older, men like Robert Noyce, Andy Grove, and Regis McKenna. [...] He who lives to see two or three generations is like a man who sits some time in the conjurer’s booth at a fair, and witnesses the performance twice or thrice in succession. The tricks were meant to be seen only once, and when they are no longer a novelty and cease to deceive, their effect is gone. History, Jobs understood, gave him a chance to see — and see through — the conjurer’s tricks before they happened to him, so he would know how to handle them. [...] To invent the future, you must understand the past. [...] the Valley’s past matters today and that the lessons of history can take innovation further.
Silicon  Valley  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  ecosystem  history  Europe  Start-Up  Scene  entrepreneur  entrepreneurial  entrepreneurship  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Elon Musk Had a Deal to Sell Tesla to Google in 2013 - Bloomberg Business
@ElonMusk had deal in '13 to sell @Tesla to @Google for ~$6B & $5B in additional capital for factory expansion according to @Bloomberg; he offered Google the deal because of how many customers were postponing orders; during negotiations sales increased & Tesla generated $562M in rev, Musk broke off negotiations 2 wks later // >> has no fear chip, demanding, in negotiations, 5bn for expansion, while having only weeks of runway. // min 36:45 - Pando.com Weekly Show from April 20th 2015 "driving an insane bargain [...] he misses that fear chip [...] extraordinarily bluffing" >> great journalism, investigative journalism, scoops,
Elon  Musk  entrepreneurship  entrepreneur  book 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Uber, the Rashomon | PandoDaily
[ low skill, routine job ] When an Uber glides to its appointed pickup point, what do we see? Do we see an innovator hastening the inexorable shift to a new information-based economy? Or an arrogant bully using cheap capital, greed, and a dangerous, misogynist culture of convenience to consolidate a trillion dollar market? Or do we see both? [...] I’m sure pure Uber defenders exist, but the truth is, most of us are worried about the sheer expression of capitalistic force that the company represents. [...] Uber is the poster child for our global conversation about the role of work in our society, and about the kind of company we want to create, work at, and celebrate. [SV] its male-dominated, aggressive philosophy of “breaking things fast” and “asking for forgiveness rather than permission.” Uber feels inevitable — a uniquely of-the-moment company, a mirror held up to the Valley’s aggregate psyche.
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
We Are All Venture Capitalists Now | TechCrunch
In Mediocristan, you work fixed hours for a fixed wage. In Extremistan, success is enormously lucrative, but failure is far more common … and, for artists, condemns you to a life of grinding poverty and/or working outside of your chosen field. Of course tech startups also live in Extremistan. So too does venture capital itself, a meta-tournament of picking winners, in which enough money is (hopefully) made from the few big hits to outweigh the inevitable failures– –and so too will we all, soon enough. I’ve argued before that, because software is eating the world, “technology is slowly dragging us all, economically, away from Mediocristan and into Extremistan.” The power of software is such that it gives ever-smaller numbers of people ever-greater leverage. Meanwhile, much of yesterday’s rote Mediocristan work can and will be automated tomorrow. As a result, our economies are moving (slowly, in fits and starts) to a power-law Extremistan future. [ Seth Godin "be remarkable" ]
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
Fred Wilson's unique advice for entrepreneurs - YouTube
“One's real life is so often the life that one does not lead.” ― Oscar Wilde // &! Casey Neistat - Zero F*cks What People Think - (1) do your own thing, of try to fit in (2) all the bullies are losers now (3) stop caring what other ppl think, they don't matter/their prejudice them being judgmental - youtu.be/NN68oWwLTMk?t=4m // &! Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth. - Oscar Wilde // &! “Life is not complex. We are complex. Life is simple, and the simple thing is the right thing.” ― Oscar Wilde // &! “The truth is rarely pure and never simple.” ― Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest // &! “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” ― Oscar Wilde // &! “Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.” ― Oscar Wilde // &! ON FAILURE: “Experience is the name we give to our mistakes.” ― Oscar Wilde
entrepreneur  entrepreneurial  entrepreneurship  serial  entrepreneur  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  life  hacker  life  lesson  philosophy  Casey  Neistat 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
ClassPass Acquires Competitor FitMob | TechCrunch
// see article, timeline from idea to MVP to feedback (don't build lonely MVP), to experimenting with Subscriptions and Passport (bundles) and seeing traction. It's called being a Start-up. The struggle. It rarely is it that what you think will work, works. But that is not public's perception about Silicon Valley nor Start-up life and how it is portrayed widely in media nor even in specific publications. Website Startupanonymous is the product of a symptom of that. Actually to talk about struggle and doubt and stress only in a non identifiable way ... possible.
MVP  Product/Market  Fit  Pivot  feedback  feedback  loop  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  entrepreneur  entrepreneurial  entrepreneurship 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Vinod Khosla (Khosla Ventures) - Accepting Failure - YouTube
willingness to fail, enables the ability to succeed. success matters. failure is inconsequential! yet, people don't do X because they are afraid of failure. fear of failure restricts people what they can do, achieve, is a limiter. most people are limited by what they think they can do, not by what they can do. sure, its not that simple, but it is more true than it is not true. what is the worst case scenario of failure? you go back to a day job with worth of business experience of an MBA. as soon as you accept the willingness to fail - you can start do things, that actually matter. if you dont accept it ie afraid of the heart ache, the bottomless pit in your stomach ... you wont try things that are material. (there are more reasons to do a start-up (or join a young start-up w traction) are overweighting the reasons to stay in your day/corporate job. don't mind failing, but if you succeed - it better be consequential (aim big, impact, affecting peoples life). &! youtu.be/MLtw31CGTHc
Failure  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  entrepreneur  entrepreneurship  culture  society  life  lesson  life  hacker  creative  destruction 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
The Illusion of Product/Market Fit for SaaS Companies - Feld Thoughts
Myth #3 and myth #4 show up all the time at MRR’s > $1m. You disrupted someone a few years ago which is what caused you to discover product/market fit. Don’t be confused about the world – someone else is gunning for you now that you are the big player in whatever segment you are in. Every time you work on something new, whether it’s a new feature, a new product, or a new product line, recognize that you are searching for incremental product/market fit. The search is a continuous and never ending quest. Don’t confuse illusion with reality.
Product/Market  Fit  user  churn  user  acquisition  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  entrepreneurship  entrepreneur  entrepreneurial  incrementalism  incremental  piecemeal  approach  feedback  feedback  loop  word  of  mouth  Net  Promoter  Score 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Building entrepreneurship - YouTube
Note: Start-ups (with traction) can be the cheapest real-world MBA for undergrads with some business/job experience at an established firm. // Business Schools still have to sell themselves.
MBA  entrepreneurship  entrepreneur  entrepreneurial  execution  Business  School 
march 2015 by asterisk2a
Without Their Permission: An Interview with Alexis Ohanian // HackCville Media - YouTube
11:20 - entrepreneurial venture, learning a ton. equivalent to MBA &! Without Their Permission: Alexis Ohanian's Full Talk at UVA // HackCville Media - youtu.be/Qa_yNfRALkY - 22:00 if you have not figured it all out, it is ok. your first version will be jenky and that is ok. sucking is the first step to becoming better at X. If you don't ship, you will never find out. Will never get any kind of user feedback.. &! Be Awesome Without Their Permission - SXSW Interactive 2014 - youtu.be/6_STlNJHDMQ &! Triangulation 131: Alexis Ohanian - http://youtu.be/2-Kg33VwT7U &! HubTalk Alexis Ohanian Reddit - youtu.be/XFNTVyjMiko &! Alexis Ohanian: Full Video from WTP Book Tour - youtu.be/5mBhQEuC8jQ
MBA  entrepreneur  entrepreneurial  entrepreneurship  HR  human  resources  book  Start-Up  advice  Start-Up  lesson  Alexis  Ohanian  hiring 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
Don't Be Awful: Rob McFeeley, Rick Bidgood and Paul Carr - YouTube
Startup mental health: “The stress which can be a positive force is also something which damages people.” ( bit.ly/1DKNUiQ ) " “You have people who are being hurt and people who are suffering. It doesn’t have to be like that. The stress which is part of doing the work, and can be a positive force is also something which damages people.” [...] Bidgood and his co-founder Rob McFeeley joined us at hour five of Don’t Be Awful to explain why tech companies need to change their thinking on mental health. They also talked about BluePeriod, the organization they created to “design solutions for mental and emotional health in the startup and technology communities.” &! &! http://www.bothsidesofthetable.com/2013/01/30/we-need-to-have-sympathy-for-those-with-depression-it-is-an-illness/ // &! &! tanglen meditation
Silicon  Valley  mental  health  mental  illness  entrepreneurship  entrepreneur  burnout  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  suicide  Aaron  Swartz  public  awareness  public  image  prejudice  misperception  public  perception  public  health  public  health  policy  public  discourse  chronic  stress  Oxidative  stress  stress  meditation 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
Florian Heinemann (Project A): "Hipness verdient kein Geld" - YouTube
4:50 - "[Oliver] lebt fuer den Erfolg." Kaempft aber nicht gg Silicon Valley & Co. auf Silicon Valley's ebene ... frontal mit neuen creativen dingen. Sondern greift an von der Flanke (existing, proven biz models, w known risk/reward ratio into their favour, global - where SV is not). // 8:00 constant iteration on small things to improve on them while keeping the big picture with known best practices (#Exportweltmeister) // 9:30 Kapitalaufwand (die nehmen wenn, dann wirklich Geld in die hand) von Rocket Internet's world expansion into Virgin Territories with known & proven business models. // 15:00 Execution, Focus, Value Prop Customers are willing to pay for - click. // 19:00 TEAM & different personalities (introverted etc). Failure because you run out of money. Your timing 2 raise $ is inverse related 2 when you need it. // 21:30 Zalando: detail oriented. BigData. Key Hires. // &! Jeff Jarvis: "Deutsche haben zu viel Angst vor dem Scheitern" - DLD 2015 - youtu.be/VAxGX4LYITI
Rocket  Internet  Zalando  Samwer  Brothers  Oliver  Samwer  entrepreneurial  entrepreneurship  entrepreneur  Exportweltmeister  Germany  USA  culture  failure  experiment  experimentation  A/B  Testing  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  risk  aversion  risk  taking  mitigating  risk 
january 2015 by asterisk2a
DLD15 - Rocket: The Sky is the Limit (Oliver Samwer, Stefan Winners) - YouTube
Kid of Lawyer, trained Lawyer w private College Education. "Rocket Internet = Platform to push proven business models w known risks (known risk/return ratio). & plan 2 play on their strengths (Experience/Speed/working harder/Best Practices). [...] We are the West Point of the Internet [about their workplace]." - Oliver Samwer, European Founders - Building Global Companies - NOAH13 - v=KMQr5m7ENmQ &! Oliver Samwer, Rocket Internet - NOAH14 - v=XTBCnlgYv3U &! Classic: Oliver Samwer's "you have to live in the dirt" talk at Idea Lab 2013 "TAKE CAPITAL IN HAND AND BUILD A PROVEN BUSINESS MODEL IN PLACE X THAT IS VIRGIN TERRITORY. PLAYING TO THE GERMANIAN STRENGTH & CULTURE; EXPORTING AND HARD WORK. [...] [he is also comparing Entrepreneurship with Bruce Wallace (Braveheart) living in the dirt] "big offices tend to become losers [...] and talks about sense of discomfert a part of progress & success/achieving xyz in life or business. you dont learn till you launch v=vBYAofSZpVk
Rocket  Internet  Samwer  Brothers  entrepreneurial  entrepreneurship  entrepreneur  Germany  Exportweltmeister  Oliver  Samwer 
january 2015 by asterisk2a
The Downtown Project Suicides: Can the Pursuit of Happiness Kill You? | Re/code
http://www.feld.com/archives/2014/10/founder-suicides.html "I’m saddened by the struggles around The Downtown Vegas Project. I’ve long thought, and continue to think, it’s a really interesting experiment." + http://chrisyeh.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/the-manic-side-of-entrepreneurship.html !+!+! http://pando.com/2014/10/01/sarah-lacy-talks-vegas-downtown-project-on-npr/ + http://knprnews.org/post/tony-hsieh-i-was-never-downtown-projects-leader "no hard decisions were made, no confidence inspired / transpired, etc etc ... media was overwhelmingly/breathless positive and cheerful with very little doubt and questioning. ... if you start a company, you are responsible, can't expect landholding and infinite pay checks etc etc ... it is your responsibility to get to cash flow positive (see their 5 year plan)" + https://gigaom.com/2014/10/02/5-questions-for-tony-hsieh-and-the-downtown-project/
Las  Vegas  Downtown  Project  Tony  Hsieh  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  Leadership  urban  planning  urbanisation  city  living  Las  Vegas  Silicon  Valley  ecosystem  complexity  long-term  thinking  long-term  view  failure  business  failure  subsidies  subsidizing  journalism  journalismus  trust  trustagent  confidence  business  confidence  entrepreneurship  entrepreneur  entrepreneurial  Venture  Capital  Vision  cash  flow  expectations  social  entrepreneurship  capitalism 
october 2014 by asterisk2a
News Roundtable: [...] deconstructing employment - YouTube
min 34 + https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8406358 "The article doesn't really examine productivity, it is examining wages." - Digital revolution has yet to fulfil its promise of productivity and better jobs (economist.com) +!+ http://www.reddit.com/r/Futurology/comments/2i5nse/the_economist_labour_is_steadily_losing_out_to/ - http://www.economist.com/news/special-report/21621160-labour-steadily-losing-out-capital-those-have-shall-be-given 'It's The Economist making a case for wealth redistribution!' +!+ How computers threaten the jobs of mid-skilled workers (economist.com) - youtu.be/PR8OkkfvnT8 'few benefiters + we need substantial skill upgrading and change in education policy' +!+ Is A.I. the problem or the solution? youtu.be/lge-dl2JUAM - Automation, Robotics, mid-skilled jobs, routine jobs, lessons from Industrial Revolution, need investment in practical skills for the future, infrastructure investment, education policy, Universal Basic Income - so that no one is left behind
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october 2014 by asterisk2a
Before the Startup
+ http://avc.com/2014/10/paul-graham-dropping-serious-wisdom/ + @cdixion ""At its best, starting a startup is merely an ulterior motive for curiosity." via bit.ly/ZwNf4v + Eric Ries: "I want to say one more thing about @paulg's latest. People often can't understand why liberal arts education helps with being a tech founder. [...] Now when I get this question I'm going to say read this." bit.ly/1uEOuv9 + @cdixion "Startups are so weird that if you trust your instincts, you'll make a lot of mistakes." bit.ly/1nSQZIo + bit.ly/1oFsAAV + https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8399209
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  entrepreneurship  entrepreneur  Liberal  Arts  Education  policy  ycombinator 
october 2014 by asterisk2a
Startups Anonymous: The startup world is one big hoax | PandoDaily
[ Could have come out of the mouth of David Heinemeier Hansson - @dhh - See intrvws on ThisWeekInStartups bit.ly/ZheCPA !!! ] Ultimately, if in the end you still want to be in startup land, stay away from these crowds and the big hoax. I promise it’s depressing and not worth your energy. Focus on your customers and your business. Don’t worry about raising money and just worry about generating revenue. Hanging out with other entrepreneurs or so called investors or VCs isn’t going to make you a better entrepreneur. Go and hang out with your family and friends. They are the better judge as they will bring you practical advice that’s more holistic to your well being then the regurgitated flavor of the day. And if you made it and your business is really making it, then pay it forward by not surrounding yourself with the pack of wash ups. Instead stay away from that group and mentor sparingly; maybe to students in high school or college during career day. And remind them of the big hoax.
Base  Camp  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  business  model  entrepreneurship  entrepreneur  David  Heinemeier  Hansson  37signals 
september 2014 by asterisk2a
The Case For Intelligent Failure To Invent The Future | TechCrunch
The future will not be like the past. The future will be built by those who will take risks and action to invent the world they want. [...] Over the years, I have developed great skepticism toward so-called experts and pontificators who seem authoritative in forecasting and create an illusion of knowing based on very little actual expertise. [...] I have experienced the power of doers, the chaotic and naïve world of optimistic entrepreneurs who just try things, admit mistakes, fail, learn, iterate, try again and find solutions – often out of necessity. Accepting, even encouraging, the right kind of failure is the best way to discover the solution to our problems and close the resource gap. Learning by engaging, iterating and persisting, rather than pursuing academic studies or writing papers, seem to be the major drivers of change. [...] The biggest risk we can take is to not take any risks at all. [...] we need the impossible to bridge our resource gap.
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
Cultural Realities Of Latin American Entrepreneurship | TechCrunch
// In Latin America, the fundamental cultural impediment to creating a sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystem is lack of individual risk-taking. While this is true at the entrepreneurial level, it is not a crucial element due to other factors compensating – primarily the attraction of the Silicon Valley lifestyle. However, this is not true in the investor layer, and thus a crucial piece of the infrastructure – the post-startup financing – is severely underdeveloped. The cultural factors here are clear: lack of comfort with technology, group decision-making, long decision-making cycles, desire for control and severe discomfort with failure result in an anemic investment community.
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
A Chat With Jack Conte, Musician And Entrepreneur | TechCrunch
Learn about EQ, compression, and limiting, starting now. It is an art that takes years and years to master. The internet is the greatest textbook ever written. And it’s free. Seriously, read that shit. Get a cheap video camera, a laptop, and a crappy microphone. Start right now. Stop reading about how to do it, and go do it. Record a song, publish it, and get feedback. Then do that 100 more times. [...] Expecting results within 5 years. This is a long fucking haul. You gotta love it….
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august 2014 by asterisk2a
The most ridiculous quotes from NYMag’s feature on the future of Time Inc. | PandoDaily
That said, it hasn’t stopped Time from at least talking like a startup. The company’s CTO Colin Bodell, a former Amazon executive, sounds almost like a parody of a fail-fast entrepreneur, spouting off Silicon Valley koans to Sherman like, “I don’t care if it’s the janitor who comes up with the next big idea,” and “We know we have to iterate very, very fast.” [...] Time seems as confused on the editorial side of the company as it is on the business side. Ripp tells Sherman he brought in Pearlstine, a longtime staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal, because he understands the magazine’s “traditions.” And yet Ripp supports both native advertising (hell, who doesn’t these days) and, perhaps more troublingly, Forbes’ contributor model, which basically lets any hack publish under a Forbes byline no matter how compromised by special interests the writer is. [...] Time is talking the entrepreneurial talk, but not walking the walk.
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august 2014 by asterisk2a
The Long Game Part 1: Why Leonardo DaVinci was no genius on Vimeo
honing your craft, put the work in, grind it out, ... sort of the 10k hour rule by gladwell - sort of. // Part 2: http://vimeo.com/87448006 // ++ THE GAP by Ira Glass - http://vimeo.com/85040589 - hone your skill your craft by putting stuff out. period. // ++ “The most important possible thing you can do is do a lot of work.” [...] The question of what makes someone successful has occupied some of history’s greatest minds. For Alexander Graham Bell, success was bound to befall the person “who carefully advances step by step, with his mind becoming wider and wider.” [... prolonged exposure ... grit ... personal growth and professional growth mindset ... there is no overnight success. ] http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2014/01/29/ira-glass-success-daniel-sax/
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
Newsweek Feature Stories: The Future of Branding - YouTube
+ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Imyo7r2L_1o << democratisation of voice, KPI - social following, influence, engagement, ... currency is respect; long-term view/long-term thinking - domain knowledge - domain expertise. ... long-form content << measure of quality. not just instagram snaps. differentiation. standing out from the noise. the constant bombardment (( full video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vy0VaJL4XO8
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
David Friedberg: Most Entrepreneurs are Not Rock Stars - YouTube
there is a feedback loop between VC's (capital) and Press/Reporting/Lack of Original Reporting; former want's to find and pick the needle in the hay stack and put that badge on his jacket and wear it for life carrying it everywhere he/she goes, the latter wants to be the one seeing and reporting the the needle in the hay stack and wants to be able to always link to it back when he/she covers the exit in what form it may ever be. Having that on record. And then there are those that read all that crap about the former and the latter. ||| Brad Feld: Why Are You Doing It? - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cIe2dCe6Cs
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june 2014 by asterisk2a
Travis Kalanick of Uber - TWiST #180 - YouTube
MVP - minimal viable product, test of thesis; they rented a handful of cars with drivers in SF & build little app, the rest is history. make move to not have drivers but enable people to be drivers with income. Uber - elegance, design, ... this is now a brand, a status symbol. +++ on demand lifestyle, making magic happen via technology - employing STEM people. +++ could, because of supply liquidity, deliver, at premium, food to your door. +++ because of their technology, their platform, they either could licence out their problem solving platform (ie demand prediction - people just opening up the app - math is an operational cornerstone) to air transportation and or goods transportation. +++ Travis Kalanick at Startup School 2012 - http://youtu.be/rQ6GoY2_Ujw >> multi-product company - for different budgets. Operations, Scaling - one problem that needed solving, a Playbook for expanding from one city to the next. Changing how u live, over months. not decades, today's age.
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june 2014 by asterisk2a
DLD NYC 14 - Winners/Losers in a Digital Age (Scott Galloway) - YouTube
Apple knows that competition is catching up faster and faster in terms of design and functionality etc etc. They hired 2 fashion people already (burberry and from LVHM). And to differentiate the brand further (price/status symbol - above middle class) and to keep selling it's Apple Products ... including wearables (Watch & Headphone) they hired those key people or b(r)ought them into the mothership. They could have long ago bought personal cloud storage companies and other stuff to add to its portfolio bla bla bla.... but that 'Software', you can't display - show off - walking around downtown manhatten. Wearables, phones, tablets - you can. ... Apple focuses on their core competencies - software like iTunes is only 2nd class, that is why it still doesn't stream. >> “They want Jimmy and they want Dre,” said the source. “He’s got fashion and culture completely locked up.” ( http://techcrunch.com/2014/05/22/apples-beats-deal-is-happening-and-its-a-dre-acquihire/ ) + !!! v=NP0P2BT0vTc !!!
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
Startups: Wagniskapital - Deutschland scheut das Risiko - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Manchmal rappt Horowitz seinen Rat an Jungunternehmer und formuliert seine Management-Tipps mit Hilfe von Songtexten bekannter HipHop-Künstler. Wenn Gründer mehr Mut beweisen sollen, bedient er sich etwa bei Ice Cube und rät: "If you are scared motherfucker, go to church." Die Lobby von Andreessen Horowitz in einem eleganten Flachbau am Rande von Menlo Park ist dekoriert mit Originalaufnahmen von Atombombentests. Das alles wirkt manchmal etwas brachial. Aber trifft man Horowitz in seinem Büro, erlebt man einen sehr freundlichen Mann in Pulli, Jeans und Turnschuhen, der während des ganzen Gesprächs nicht einmal die Stimme hebt. [...] Dann spricht er lange und ausführlich über Regulierung und Arbeitsmarktgesetze in Deutschland. Dass es drei Monate dauere, ein Unternehmen zu gründen. Dass, wenn es nicht gut läuft, kaum eine andere Möglichkeit bleibe, als "gleich ganz zuzumachen", weil nicht schnell und einfach Personal abgebaut werden könne. Dass es an Unternehmergeist mangele. ...
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
Franchise redux: The professionalization of the sharing economy has deep implications | PandoDaily
But for all Airbnb and Uber’s much deserved “disruptive” acclaim, these businesses have older roots than the hype cycle suggests. According to conventional wisdom, Airbnb and Uber enable “regular individuals” to make a few extra bucks renting out an extra bedroom or giving fellow travelers a ride. They unlock a new class of assets, where fellow consumers share in collaborative consumption. In fact, while these businesses nailed rapidly changing consumer preferences  –  buying services at time of usage, rather than owning assets fits the post-recession, Millennial sensibility of the moment –  the supply side of their businesses does not match the narrative. Supply in these marketplaces is increasingly delivered by entrepreneurial, small business owners, not fellow consumers. Uber and Airbnb are best understood as reimagined franchise operations that leverage mobile data, the social graph, and continuous feedback loops to deliver a better consumer experience.
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
WordPress.com Parent Automattic Has Raised $160 Million, Now Valued at $1.16 Billion Post-Money | Re/code
Wordpress - democratising publishing. Wordpress VIP plus its new corporate communication platform geto2.com - will compete with the likes of Yammer (MSFT owned) and Slack, atlassian's platforms as well as Salesforce's platform. smart raising a round when money is flushing around - hunt for yield. taking the money for the long-term. likely giving them +5 years runway and solidifying their publishing platform might. there will be acqui-hires along the way I guess. + Automattic’s competitors have certainly been investing, noted Mullenweg. In their last rounds, Weebly raised $35 million, Squarespace $40 million and Medium $25 million. In addition, Wix is currently valued at around $730 million, raising $127 million, in an IPO. ... Automattic's aim is, to become cash-flow positive - I guess. Not in a hurry but naturally with pushing mobile, e-commerce and the Freemium model (driving up conversion) on Wordpress.com.
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
Euphemism of the day: Airbnb admits they ‘hacked customer happiness in the wrong direction’ | PandoDaily
the pains of growing not hockey stick like but, steeper than one can human possibly hire people to deal with it on the back-end. and what most hurts retrospectively is, that you couldn't and or didn't pay attention to things like culture and management ... and actual happiness inside a growing child (business).
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
Sexism sucks less once you’ve raised $56 million | PandoDaily
“The third wave of e-commerce is coming – it’s about the full stack today,” Park says, referring to the fact that Julep produces its own products. “We’re doing something fundamentally different in terms of how we serve the consumer.”
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
Why I’m Bullish on the News - POLITICO Magazine
Go maximum mass or maximum specific. [...] News organizations are also going to have to mix and match revenue models. I see eight obvious ones: advertising, subscriptions, premium content, events, cross-media promotion, crowdfunding, micropayments and philanthropy. [...] Today, this same science culture, this civilization of engineers and math, is again on the rise. And to many, it feels like it’s running away with the future. [...] The point is that, for people who aren’t deep into math and science and technology, it is going to get far harder to understand the world going forward. || + http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/05/1-destroy-the-village-2-save-it-105923.html + http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/05/lords-of-the-viral-internet-105905.html + http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/04/brauchli-keller-interview-the-new-york-times-is-not-going-to-turn-into-buzzfeed-105900.html
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
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