What Crazy Idea Are You Putting Off?

Imagine coming up with a crazy invention that has the power to transform an industry. That’s what Mark Moore did with “The Puffin”. In 2010, Marck came up with his ‘flying car’ idea for his doctorate at university. Flying cars have been in science fiction for a century. So what was so special about the Puffin? Mark designed an electric one-man vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicle which could actually … Continued

Are You Thinking Big Enough?

How big are you thinking? Will Marshall is thinking so big, he’s thinking out of this world. Literally. He’s just bought all of Google’s satellites with his 6-year old start-up, Planet Labs. Paradoxically, Will can now think bigger because he began by thinking smaller. In 2010 he asked himself “Why are most satellite images years old, and satellites so expensive?” (The NASA satellites launched at the time cost $850 million … Continued

Are You Playing To Win?

Are you playing to win? Or are you playing not to lose? The difference has never been more stark than in the most incredible comeback in Super Bowl history that just took place today. With just 8 minutes remaining in the game, the Atlanta Falcons led the New England Patriots 28-12. No team in history had ever made a comeback from 10 points behind. Until today… The last minute comeback … Continued

Are We About To Disrupt Governments With A New Age Of Digital Democracy

The American Civil Liberies Union (ACLU) joined Silicon Valley’s top incubator, Y Combinator, and Techcrunch put out a call for ‘democracy tech’ saying: “It’s time to actually make the world a better place.” Did you know Silicon Valley began in the 1950’s to fight the threat to democracy? Techcrunch’s Josh Constine writes: “Silicon Valley was birthed from an existential threat to the world. Nazi radar defense technology was decimating the … Continued

The Future Is Here

It’s been an amazing eye-opener into the future, and I wanted to share some of it with you. Heres’ 3 amazing facts from his top trends on how fast the future is arriving: Global 1 terabit/sec Internet Access: ViaSat, a U.S.-based satellite company, has teamed up with Boeing to launch three satellites to provide 1 terabit-per-second global Internet connection. ViaSat is scheduled to launch its satellite ViaSat2 in early 2017. … Continued

What Is The Cost Of You Saying ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ ?

Mark Cuban said “I’m out” and Richard Branson said “I’m in” to entrepreneur, Jamie Siminoff. Today, the change in that one word became worth over $28 million after Ring, the company that Jamie founded 5 years ago, raised $109 million from Goldman Sachs and Qualcomm Ventures. This, after an amazing 5 year journey that brought Jamie face-to-face with two of the world’s most recognized billionaires. In September 2013, a year … Continued

How To Turn A 200 Year Old Invention Into A Billion Dollar Startup

Imagine you came up with an idea that could get people healthy and help the environment. Imagine you quit your dream job, launched a startup around the idea and 2 years later had turned the idea into a billion dollar company. That’s exactly what David Wang has just done. Two years ago David quit his job as General Manager of Uber in Shanghai after thinking “Why don’t I create an … Continued

The Sneetches By Dr Seuss

When I opened my Facebook and Twitter feeds today, they were filled with messages of conflict and intolerance. I looked for wise words to make sense of what’s going on. I found it in “The Sneetches” – Dr Seuss’ children’s story uncannily playing out in real life today. I hope we make it to the same ending. The Sneetches. By Dr Seuss 1953 *************************************** Now, the Star-Belly Sneetches Had bellies … Continued

3 Steps Blockbuster Took To Make Netflix A $60 Billion Company

This week Reed Hastings’ Netflix announced they were 36% ahead of forecast, following a 12 month expansion into 130 countries. Netflix shares hit an all-time high. Today, Netflix is globally recognized for being the leader in streaming TV. What is less know is the part Blockbuster (which was America’s leading video rental company) played in creating Netflx. Here are the 3 Steps Blockbuster took to make Netflix a $60 billion company: … Continued

NASA To Explore Quadrillion Asteroid 16 Psyche

Is NASA planning a journey to match Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist”? NASA just announced it will be visiting “16 Psyche” – an asteroid calculated to be worth $10,000 quadrillion. That’s ten billion trillion dollars (or one hundred million times the world’s entire money supply). Are they going to mine the asteroid?! No. They’re just going to go have a look… “The Alchemist” is one of my favourite books which I first … Continued

How Mark Cuban Became the World’s Ultimate Billionaire

How Mark Cuban couldn’t keep a job, so started his own company instead and made $3 billion. “I joined Mellon Bank after graduating from Indiana University in 1980 at 22. A lot of my peers at Mellon were just happy to have a job. I wanted to be more entrepreneurial. I started writing a newsletter. I did updates on current projects. I tried to inject a little humor. I thought … Continued

Happy Martin Luther King Day

As Americans celebrate Martin Luther King Day with a three-day weekend, the movement to make every weekend a three-day weekend continues to grow. Japan is leading the way. After Dentsu’s chairman resigned on Dec 29th following the suicide of a staff member after overworking, the Japan government and business are launching a “Premium Friday” campaign in February to get companies to give their workers Friday afternoons off. The campaign will … Continued

From $0 to $2 Billion In 2 Months

How resilient are you? Here’s an amazing story of how to bounce back when things get tough: The Elon Musk of China, 43 year old Jia Yueting, was under such financial stress 2 months ago, in November 2016 he wrote a letter to the staff and shareholders at his company, LeEco, telling them of the financial issues and saying he was cutting his salary to one yuan (15 cents). To … Continued

11 Things Michelle Obama Achieved The Past 8 Years

As the US switches President, I can’t help but admire the outright winner through the 2016 election race: Michelle Obama. Although she wasn’t running for President, the popularity polls put her ahead of all the candidates (and Barack Obama). The WSJ/NBC poll that took place before the election had her popularity at 59%, ahead of Barack Obama (51%), Hillary Clinton (40%) and Donald Trump (29%). Here’s 11 things Michelle quietly … Continued

Is Your To-Do List Too Long?

Joel Spolsky found a way to solve his to-do list. If that wasn’t reward enough, he sold his solution – Trello – to Atlassian this week for $425 million.How do you solve a to-do list? Five years ago, Joel and his team at Fog Creek Software took a tip from the East to solve theirs with the Japanese concept of ‘Kanban’.‘Kanban’ (which means ‘signboard’ in Japanese) was created by Taiichi … Continued

How Passionate Are You About Your Product?

Today, January 9th, is the 10th anniversary of Steve Jobs’ unveiling of the first iPhone to the world. It was the first internet-connected smartphone with no keyboard, and with multi-finger touchscreen controls. Everyone knows the Apple iPhone today. Over 1 billion iPhones have been sold and there are now 2 billion people in the world with smartphones. But when Steve Jobs first unveiled it, here’s what Apple’s competitors had to … Continued

How a Cambridge University Student Ended Up On The Streets

How do you start your first startup? My brother just sent me this photo from 1987 – exactly 30 years ago – of me and my very first business when I was 18 years old: Selling prints on the streets of Cambridge. Over the last year I’ve posted many entrepreneur stories on Facebook, and I’ve been asked to share some stories on my own journey. So here’s the story of … Continued

Where will you be in 2027?

We often overestimate what we can achieve in a year and seriously underestimate what we can achieve in a decade. This mind-boggling “Chart of the Week” from Visual Capitalist is a great example of this. It shows how much Jeff Bezos’ Amazon has grown in the last 10 years. At the end of 2006, all the publicly listed US department stores were worth more than $400 billion together. At the … Continued

2017 : Chinese Year of the Rooster

What does 2017 have in store for us? We’re about to move from the 2016 Chinese Year of the Monkey (a year of mischief and surprise endings) to the 2017 Chinese Year of the Rooster (a year of early starts and new beginnings). Here’s what the Astrology Club says about the coming year: “Consider a Rooster in a barnyard, protecting his hens and strutting his stuff. Well, that’s about it. … Continued

How To Master Your 2016 End Game

Are you trying too hard to be first when you should be trying to be last? Peter Thiel, Facebook’s first outside investor, calls this the “Last Mover Advantage.” As he explained in one of his Stanford startup lectures, “People often talk about ‘first mover advantage.’ But focusing on that may be problematic; you might move first then fade away.” “More important than being the first mover is the last mover. … Continued

Have You Found Your Ikigai?

“When you bow deeply to the universe, the universe bows back.” ~ Morihei Ueshiba Have you found your ikigai? Ikigai is the Japanese concept of “a reason for being.” Everyone has an ikigai, but yours is personal to you. Your ikigai is the intersection of your passions (what you love), your talents (what you are good at), your purpose (what the world needs) and your enterprise (what you can be … Continued

What Could You Achieve If You Had This Board?

Imagine if you could have a Board that had Bill Gates as the Chair and included well-known billionaire entrepreneurs like Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Reid Hoffman, Michael Bloomberg and Marc Benioff, and the leading entrepreneurs in their countries, China’s Jack Ma, Japan’s Masayoshi Son and India’s Ratan Tata to advise you? This isn’t a fantasy, but a real life board that was announced this week to run the … Continued

The 7 Human Rights We Can Do Without

 Dec 10 – is Human Rights Day! In a day when we celebrate the rights that all of humanity deserve, are there any rights we should be taking away? My experience of the top leaders and entrepreneurs is that their success comes directly from depriving themselves of certain rights that others take for granted. By sacrificing these rights, they don’t sink, chained to an “anchor of entitlement”, but fly free, … Continued

Masayoshi Son Made $2 Billion This Week, Here’s How He Made His First $2 Million

This week the richest man in Japan, Masayoshi Son, hit the headlines for meeting Donald Trump and telling the world he would be investing $50 billion in America and creating 50,000 jobs. That one announcement has made him $2 billion richer in 3 days as Softbank’s stock shot up 6%. It’s difficult for any startup entrepreneur to relate to an investor talking in billions. But Masa also began Softbank as … Continued

The Best Books To Read This December

By coincidence both Richard Branson and Bill Gates each came out with their Top 5 recommended books of 2016 yesterday, so here are 10 books to add to your reading list from the UK’s and USA’s best known entrepreneurs! RICHARD BRANSON’S TOP 5 BOOKS 1) If I Could Tell You Just One Thing (Richard Reed) – Written by the founder of Innocent Drinks, on the advice he’s been given by … Continued

Andrew Sachs the beloved actor from Fawlty Tower passes away

Sad to hear that Andrew Sachs, who played Manuel in Fawlty Towers, passed away today. I was a big fan of Fawlty Towers, and of John Cleese who said of Andrew: “If you met him you would never think for a moment that he was a comedian, you would think he was a rather cultivated bank manager… And then you stuck that moustache on him and he turned into a … Continued

Top 10 Future Trends of 2017 – Trend #10: World Wide Wealth

In 2017 a series of buggies will land on the moon – the first time since the US and USSR moon landings in the 1970s left five buggies up there. While the old buggies were operated by astronauts, the new buggies will be remote controlled, and sent by private teams who are all competing for the $20m Google Lunar X Prize. 4 of the 17 teams have already hitched a … Continued

Top 10 Future Trends of 2017 – Trend #9: Return to Earth

We are at a tipping point which few are aware of – and it’s a positive one. After 100+ years destroying the planet, 2017 is the year we begin the irreversible return to a sustainable Earth. Why? The rise in innovation, the drop in technology cost and the growing collective action to switch to renewable energy and reverse climate change are all converging to five major 2017 milestones: 1) Solar … Continued

Artificial diamonds that can generate electric power for over 5,000 years

This is amazing. Yesterday researchers at the University of Bristol reported success in converting nuclear waste into artificial diamonds that can then generate electric power for over 5,000 years. The researchers worked out how to heat radioactive waste from nuclear reactors, turn the radioactive carbon into gas, and then how to collect and compress the gas into a safe diamond battery. As University of Bristol Professor, Tom Scott, explains: “There … Continued

Top 10 Future Trends of 2017 – Trend #8: Renaissance 2.0

500 years ago Europe came out of the Dark Ages with entrepreneurs like the Medici Family bringing back the ancient wisdom of the Platonic Academy and Humanism, and sponsoring artists like Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci to lift the human spirit. The age that became known as the Renaissance was based on artisanship and personalized masterpieces. Today, the same shift is taking place from mass production to customization, from information … Continued

Top 10 Future Trends of 2017 – Trend #7: Mixed Reality

Mixed reality is the mix of reality, virtual reality and augmented reality. Within a year, we’ll all be in it. Today you’re reading this post on a Facebook Wall. In a year, you’re more than likely going to be reading, watching or connecting in a virtual Facebook Room. Last month Mark Zuckerberg did the first live demo of what he called “Social VR”, where he went from the Oculus Connect … Continued

Top 10 Future Trends of 2017 – Trend #6: The fall of Email Marketing

Do you use email marketing as one of the main ways to connect with your customers? Then don’t ignore this trend! You’ve probably noticed a decline in your email open rates and click-throughs over the last few years. But you may still be persevering as you still get some results. If you don’t make some changes in the coming year though, get prepared for a nasty shock. Why? Because customer … Continued

Top 10 Future Trends of 2017 – Trend #5: Digital Currencies

Trend #5 has been a long time coming – Digital Currencies. While digital wallets like Apple Passbook & Google Wallet, and Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin & Ethereum have been around for some time, 2017 will be the year of mass adoption. Why? Because it’s getting exponentially easier to access and trade in digital currencies. Companies like Stripe, which just raised $150 million at a $9 billion valuation on Black Friday (http://bit.ly/2gqd8uU) … Continued

A story of Turkeys and a Unicorn on Thanksgiving Weekend

While many are busy spending money on Thanksgiving Weekend, others are making money. Like Irish brothers, 28-year old Patrick and 26-year old John Collision, who just doubled the value of their startup, Stripe to $9 billion after raising another $150 million. How did they grow their startup so fast? Here’s their 3 simple not-so-simple steps: Step #1: Solve a bigger problem As teenagers, in 2007 Patrick and John started their … Continued

Top 10 Future Trends of 2017 – Trend #4: Learning Networks

Trend #4 hits the mainstream next year and will revolutionize the speed at which we all learn. Learning networks are the evolution of social networks. When social networks like Facebook and LinkedIn appeared 10 years ago, they transformed our speed and volume of connections. But as the focus of social networks is conversation, they also multiplied our noise and distraction. Over the last five years, more and more people are … Continued

Top 10 Future Trends of 2017 – Trend #3: Less Walls More Doors

Trend #3 is about the waves that are breaking the barriers between us – and why the pace of walls falling will accelerate exponentially in 2017. Over the last decade, social networks like Facebook, Youtube, Instagram and Linkedin, together with trading platforms like Amazon, eBay and Alibaba, have connected people and places, markets and movements globally. Politicians in England can plan to separate from the EU, and the President-Elect of … Continued

Top 10 Future Trends of 2017 – Trend #2: Experience v/s Content

Trend #2 is the surprising consequence of the downward cost of content: As content moves to its nominal cost (ie. Free), people are spending more on experiences. This is a trend which will rapidly grow in 2017. Ten years ago, musicians would make their money selling songs and albums. Today, most music is listened to for free, and musicians make more from their concerts, merchandise and fan clubs. They are … Continued

Top 10 Future Trends of 2017 – Trend #1: The 3 Lane Economy

These are the 10 most critical things to know about how business is changing in the year ahead. Each trend explains what the big shift is, what it means to you, and what to do to keep your business on the cutting edge. If you find these of value, please share! Trend #1: THE 3 LANE ECONOMY As speed grows and time shortens, we have moved from a 1 lane … Continued

What would Alexander Hamilton do today?

Despite dying in a duel 212 years ago, Alexander Hamilton is in the news today… Unless you’ve seen the sold-out Broadway musical, read the news articles of the cast’s message to Mike Pence (or Donald Trump’s tweets in response), you probably won’t know much about Hamilton. Even if you have been following, it’s still easy to miss the huge lesson he left us. As a Hamilton myself, I’ve spent years … Continued

How focused are you at your one big thing?

Today Elon Musk got the green light to merge two of his companies, Tesla and SolarCity – opening the way for a fully integrated solar powered solution to live a zero carbon life. “We’re trying to make an integrated product,” Musk told Tesla shareholders today. “So you have an integrated solar roof with a Powerwall and an electric car, and you just go into a Tesla store, just say yes, … Continued