Entrepreneurship

Don't Waste This Crisis

Use it to get back on the path you need to be on. by Idris Mootee There were tours visiting our office last week. People were curious about what we do and what kind of people we hire. It is an interesting question. I guess our job is to help large companies go through mid-life crisis. Crisis is a popular ...

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Combining Open Innovation with Corporate Ventures

I recently wrote a blog post, Is Open Innovation Replacing Corporate Venturing? which got lots of comments here and especially in our 15inno LinkedIn group. One comment came from Ignaas Caryn, who is Director of Innovation and Venturing at Air France KLM. He suggests a more holistic approach to innovation including a kind of a hybrid model for corporate venture ...

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Running Towards the Competition

(Instead of Running Away) by Glen Stansberry I used to run from competition like a schoolboy runs from the playground bully. I’ve had plenty of ideas for sites and products that I never developed because I was scared stiff of the competition. In fact, a couple of years ago I abandoned a project that was 95% completed because a huge ...

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Brilliant Accidents

I love hearing stories about how big ideas came to be. It turns out that, oftentimes, world-changing innovations weren’t the result of an isolated epiphany or the effortless insights of a genius. They were accidents. The technology blog Gizmodo recently told the story of the “10 Greatest (Accidental) Inventions of All Time.” My favorite involves one of the most ubiquitous ...

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One Simple Action Can Change Your Life

Recently, a number of people have asked me how I became an author and professional speaker. I reflected upon it and realized that it all started with one simple action. And maybe, to make major change happen, that’s all you need: one small move. The year was 1993. I was a relatively junior person at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). I ...

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Why Hollywood Will Succeed Where BP Has Failed

As efforts to contain the Gulf spill appear to be on the brink of collapse, Costner’s Ocean Therapy device is going to be tested in real life conditions – monstrously larger than life conditions, actually. As a scientist or simply a logical human being can I affirm that the device will work? No, I can’t. But I will. Why? Let’s ...

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20 Strategies for Solo Social Media Success

A recent post highlighted strategies for creating an informal social media team within your organization to help carry out social media strategy. Debra Feldman was nice enough to tweet a link but gave it the frown emoticon for not being applicable to solopreneurs. I promised to create a comparable list for individuals in business for themselves. Hopefully, these twenty strategies, ...

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The Crowd of One

The Customer Segment of “Me” by Ric Merrifield I think a lot of people have seen this collision coming, where so many people want to express their individuality, but so many of the things we buy are mass-produced – it gets harder and harder in many ways for people to express their individuality without spending a fortune. Somewhat of a ...

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Rules of the HP Garage

[The garage where Hewlett and Packard started HP, 1939 photo] by Paul Williams Founders Bill Hewlett and David Packard had the right idea when they first built their company. They believed if you had passion for what you did – and did it with quality – the money will follow. This was a pretty radial idea back in the 1940s, ...

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