Monthly Archives: February 2015

16 Ways Your Brain Is Sabotaging Your Effort To Learn

Our own brains regularly deceive us in order to make sense of the world we live in. Our brain will tell us we’re smarter and better looking than everyone else, and that any fault brought to our attention should probably be blamed on someone else.The human brain is our best friend, and our worst enemy, and unless we keep one eye peeled, it can hijack our learning completely. In this article I’d like to examine some of the “traps” the brain sets for us during the course of our academic careers, and what we can do to avoid them.

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The Customer-Funded Business – Part 2

I had the opportunity recently to interview one of my favorite professors from my time at London Business School, John Mullins. John taught a host of great entrepreneurship courses when I was there at LBS and continues to be a great teacher and a prolific writer. His latest book is titled The Customer-Funded Business. This is the second part of a two-part interview with John.

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Built to Spread

We've all seen the viral videos that seemingly come out of nowhere to garner millions of views on YouTube, videos like this one where five people play one guitar singing Goyte's "Somebody That I Used to Know", which as of this date has garnered more than 163 million video views. Now, surely Goyte's version of the song couldn't have possibly garnered more views than this viral sensation that Walk Off the Earth's cover created, could it?

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Bravo Rag and Bone!

While fashion ads have been on the cutting edge of creatively merging music, human beauty and cool clothes, to me, the gold standard thus-far has been set by Ralph Lauren’s Denim and Supply “Wake me up” collaboration with Avicii.

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Innovation Rankings – Measuring Innovation

I’ll be the first to admit that Fast Company’s “World’s Most Innovative Companies” is one of my favorite annual reports. I’m also a big fan of Forbes’ list which takes into account investor confidence and ranks companies by their innovation premium; the difference between their market capitalization and their net present value of cash flows from existing business.

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The Customer-Funded Business

I had the opportunity recently to interview one of my favorite professors from my time at London Business School, John Mullins. John taught a host of great entrepreneurship courses when I was there at LBS and continues to be a great teacher and a prolific writer. His latest book investigates the customer-funded business and what it takes to pursue this type of business successfully.

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Innovation’s Double Helix

A technology without a market is as valuable as a market without a technology – they’re both worthless. At one end of the spectrum you have something interesting running in the lab and at the other you have an interesting insight around a new market. But one won’t do, and from either end of the rainbow your quest is to find the pot of gold at the other end.

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