Archive for the ‘Insight’ Category

I am a sucker for book offers, freebies and recommendations from friends. Someone mentions a book they like and it’s straight on my Amazon Wishlist, then I think – bugger it – and I buy it immediately. Here are some I’ve bought or been given and enjoyed in 2015: “Anything you want” by Derek Sivers. Via Sithan, I emailed Derek a couple of years ago – only just got around to buying his book and it’s excellent – very simple and…

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I’d hazard a guess that most Airbnb hosts and most Airbnb guests don’t know who Brian is. The startup crowd all know the story of them selling Obama O’s and Cap’n McCains and the email exchanges between PG and Fred, but it’s not important if you’re listing on Airbnb now – you just want it to work and give you the cash. Airbnb are way beyond the famous founder and that’s good – success starts at the fringes but that’s not where all…

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I have a Post-it note above my desk at home on which I wrote, “Think how Travis feels when he pisses off an entire city”. I wrote it and stuck it up there after I thought I’d screwed up a bit. I knew it would happen again. I wanted to remember that the emotion I feel – the one when things aren’t going right, when I mess up, say the wrong thing or worry about someone not liking what I’m…

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There are generally three ‘idea challenges’ people worry about, especially when challenged by potential investors. The thing about these, though, are that you still have to out-operate the others and you can’t do anything about what they do anyway. 1. No one has come up with this before This is the, “If it was such a good idea someone would have done it by now” challenge. People say they want original and creative ideas but when they hear of something…

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Above is the 15th good meal with 9others in Singapore hosted by Victor. On the same day Kathleen and Chris hosted the 7th meal in Belfast – here – and Hristo (after being an ‘other’ at the first San Francisco meal) hosted the very first in Sofia, here. We believe the challenges of business that are keeping you up at night are best solved over a good meal with others. Others who are ‘in your shoes but not in your business’.…

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Phil Hansen, an art student, was struck by a debilitating injury. The surgery he had to fix it left him with a shaky hand. Hansen was devastated, floating without a sense of purpose. Until a neurologist made a simple suggestion: “Embrace the Shake” Watch him explain the incredible story of what happened after that in his TED talk, below: —— Thanks to Sithan for sharing this.

Marketers aren’t fully realising the power of YouTube as a long-tail influence and brand advocacy tool, argues Timothy Armoo, founder of Fanbytes. Brands should look at influencer marketing as an avenue to do what they once couldn’t; create an army of advocates who spread their message within their audiences Brand awareness isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? Brand Advocacy. The previous lines are a hugely paraphrased version of a scene in the Social Network (the film about Facebook) where Sean…

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Right from launch 9others set out to connect the best entrepreneurs across London and then the world. We knew that their success required the aid of others. Our only objective was to find a way to connect people in a curated and small environment where good people could share challenges and opportunities with others who are ‘in their shoes, but not in their business’. The buzz Katie and I got from hosting meals with 9others was, and still is, seeing…

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Fun and Hard Work I never associated fun and sun with hard work. I don’t think many do. But that has changed in the past few months. I came to Bali in March 2015 to help launch a company called Coupofy. My team is based in a cool co-working space called Salty Volt which is located 200 meters from the beach. So sounds too good to be true? Well, what’s wrong with a balanced dose fun and sun? Co-working spaces…

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Rachel Bell @ShineComms “I was struggling to work out why the polls had called the vote so close and I’m delighted they got it wrong! A conservative government for the next five years will give the world continued confidence that ‘GB inc’ is worth backing. I’m also pleased the SNP has such a clean sweep as I’m hopeful it will give Scotland what they need to feel represented without seeking independence.” Ollie Purdue @LootBank “For a start-up one of the…

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