Category Archives: Innovation

Y Combinator Secret Tips for Successful Startups

by Helen Whelan Y Combinator, a top accelerator for startups, shared some not so obvious tips for startups at a recent Alley co-working gathering in NYC. Figured I’d get your attention.  Got mine too. Y Combinator’s CEO, Michael Seibel and three of his … Continue reading

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When to Begin Anew

“If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.” –Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors “Bad shit is coming. It always is in a startup. The odds of getting from launch to liquidity without some kind of disaster … Continue reading

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Shift Your Thinking to Optimism in the Face of Fear

By Judith E. Glaser Are Your I-Centric Habit Patterns Getting the Best of You? We live in a world of moving targets. Once we get into routines we feel comfortable, and from comfort comes confidence. Yet in a world of … Continue reading

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Courageous or Heroic?

While many claim that courage and heroic are synonymous, commingling them as such does a disservice to the concept of courage. Firefighter Captain Mary agrees, “People notice heroes dealing with disaster and emergency responses. When a civilian dials 911 for … Continue reading

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Are You Green-lighting or Stopping an Important Work Relationship?

by Judith E. Glaser The consequences of your interactions are filed daily in your memory bank, either as “feel good” or “feel bad” experiences. Memories with strong emotions linger, since the brain more easily files and calls up memories attached … Continue reading

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The Danger of Mirrortocracy in Silicon Valley and Beyond

by Helen Whelan “We’ve created a make-believe cult of objective meritocracy, a pseudo-scientific mythos to obscure and reinforce the belief that only people who look and talk like us are worth noticing. After making such a show of burning down … Continue reading

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How Leaders Become Change Warriors and not Change Worriers

By Judith Glaser and Joe Bonito If you are entrusted with making change happen, think about what it takes to get to the actual essence of facilitating change. When successful change occurs, those involved feel like authors of change not … Continue reading

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Growth Junkies More Important than Growth Markets?

by Peter Thies Ask anyone to describe the current post-recession economy and they’ll give a terribly unexciting answer: “sideways”, “sluggish” and “creeping upward”.   Ho-hum… According to the Conference Board’s Global Economic Outlook 2012, annual growth rates in emerging/developing economies from … Continue reading

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Richard Branson Key Leadership Skills Video

Have you ever noticed how large companies will often describe “entrepreneurial experience” as a key desired trait for future employees. No wonder. It takes a certain steely resolve and “do whatever it takes” attitude to be an entrepreneur. Large companies … Continue reading

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Steve Case on Innovation, Entrepreneurs and Risk

Steve Case, the founder of AOL and currently the Chief Executive of Revolution, an investment firm, probably makes one of the best distinctions between entrepreneurs and large companies in his interview with The New York Times. He calls entrepreneurs “attackers”, … Continue reading

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