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Clone or Clown? Adaptation Vs Innovation For Startups Going From One Market Into Another

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Society often celebrates the inventor, the lone genius or small group of people who comes up with a new insight. We heap praise upon the innovators, those who take the inventions and make them...
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#1 Thing I Need to See in a Startup— from a Venture Capitalist

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- What do you need to see in a company before you’ll invest? - What is the main reason startups fail? I’m not a venture capitalist but I have started and bought many companies. Some failed....
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Inventor Vs Innovator — What Can Entrepreneurs Learn From Who Builds Vs Who Wins?

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Let’s start with three key principles: Principle 1: Inventors create a technology. Innovators bring the technology in everyone’s hands. Sometimes inventors and innovators are the same people. More often they are not. You can guess...
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Startups Vs Incumbents — How Davids Can Take On Goliaths

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Startups are great at creating new markets, corporates are great at scaling them. But what about startups trying to win an existing market that has started growing? Logic would dictate that incumbents would always...
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Are You Putting Digital Lipstick on Your Legacy Pig?

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There’s more to building a digital company than using the word ‘digital’. How about this for the most boring opening sentence ever? “Last week I joined an event for insurance professionals talking about the challenge...
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Deep Tech Dive #7 | Alishba Imran Co-Founder of Voltx & ML Developer at...

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Deep Imaginations Require Deeper learning For this Deep Tech Dive, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Alishba Imran, Co-Founder of Voltx and Machine Learning (ML) Developer at Hanson Robotics. Voltx is an ML company developing software to...
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Deep Tech Dive #4 | Drew Bellcock CTO of Pipedream Labs

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Building with Extensibility, Enter Holistic Innovation A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Drew Bellcock, CTO of Pipedream Labs. Pipedream is a network of underground tubes that offers near-instantaneous delivery of objects...
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How “Imposter Syndrome” is killing your innovation and how to fight it

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As persons, professionals, and organisations we fear impostor syndrome too much. Both towards others and ourselves. We live in a world where knowing, is more celebrated than trying to learn. And it is burdening...
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Sharing Brainpower is In. Splendid Isolation is Out.

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CONNECT YOUR CAREER WITH THE COLLABORATIVE ECO-SYSTEMS OF THE FUTURE: IT’S FIT OR FAIL! Once upon a time, especially in the West, the idea took hold that the most exciting innovations were born in garages inhabited...
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Deep Tech Dive #3 | Matt McGuire CEO of SafeStamp®

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“Jim Mattis invested in Theranos. Osama Bin Laden invested in box cutters. Who changed the world more?” A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Matt McGuire, CEO of SafeStamp Inc....
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You Won’t Believe The Science of a Starship Landing!

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Last December, Elon Musk the billionaire founder of SpaceX said that the company is planning on catching their new Super Heavy Booster in mid-flight during landing. His aim is to reduce the vehicle downtime...
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Second Mover Advantage — 3 Key Principles To Succeed As A Fast Follower

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Ask the general public and they will tell you being the first into a market is the key to winning. But building a company is rarely a linear race. In fact, as many have...
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Plato, tech giants, and start-ups have a secret recipe in common

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If I asked you, what you think, ancient Greek philosophy and modern innovation practice have in common, you would probably answer not a lot, if anything. But you would be surprised. The most successful methodologies applied...
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Discriminate against curiosity, not age

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Here is what I suggest for 2021. Let your organization recruit for curiosity. Let your organization recruit for good questions. Within innovation let your organization consider junior and senior profiles with the quality of...
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Three fundamentals for a fulfilled life

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In 2020, I was part of a monthly class hosted by Business Mastery Club, an initiative sponsored by The Plenipotent Company. During one particular online class tagged Answers for your Business, one of the...
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2020’s Regulatory Impacts & Our Innovation and Regulation Wishlist for 2021

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Joann Barefoot of Alliance for Innovative Regulation and Jason Henrichs of Alloy Labs Alliance join Dara Tarkowski to discuss innovation and regulation in 2020 and 2021. The top takeaway of 2020 was the acceleration...
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Optimism is a double edge sword

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Let’s agree, there is a thin line between reality and hallucination. To be an entrepreneur, you need to be delusional, and small lies are essential to progress in an environment that lacks hard evidence. Sometimes...
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Marketing’s New Dynamite: Korean Pop Group BTS Leads The Way

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When it comes to digital marketing and communication the eminently powerful guidelines are:  Engage & Involve. For all the right reasons. Consider 20th-century marketing and communication. When people wanted to buy whatever ware or...
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Digital leaders want to build the best experience

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Turbulent times call for leadership. That especially applies in a digital world with constant change and transformation. Solo entrepreneurs and big businesses try to outmaneuver each other online to gain any slight advantage. Rachel Miller,...
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Early-stage is not about speed

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I’ve long been wanting to write about speed. I am developing my 4th startup in solo mode, and I cannot go fast :-). Is it an issue? A common perception is that speed is what...