Celebrate 4th July America, but it could have been SO MUCH BETTER

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQcPZWctDfM But don't believe us Brits. Ask an American. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IniY_y8jCOQ    

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Happy Independence Eve, America from the Brits.

The 3rd of the July is the day to celebrate, not the 4th of July, if you are British.  But it could have been SO much better for the Americans if the Brits had won all those years ago.  And this is why..... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1YvJBwC4xQ However, the ad above was run by Newcastle Brown last year. And … Continue reading Happy Independence Eve, America from the Brits.

The most important factor for start-ups

The most important factor in the success of a startup is TIMING, more important than the other 4 factors; idea, team, business model or funding.  Too early means too much educational marketing, but too late means there is too much competition.  On balance innovative companies are early rather than late.  Which is why our recent book … Continue reading The most important factor for start-ups

Ideas need nurturing, even when they are ugly @ge #innovation

A lovely video from GE talking about the importance of giving ideas the understanding and love that they need to grow and produce amazing things.  This is a tribute to those of us who face the ridicule, laughter and disdain as we try and bring new ideas to market. It gets ugly. It gets messy. … Continue reading Ideas need nurturing, even when they are ugly @ge #innovation

Another brilliant talk by Sir Ken Robinson. ALL TEACHERS & EDUCATORS PLEASE WATCH

Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish -- and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational "death valley" we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility. It … Continue reading Another brilliant talk by Sir Ken Robinson. ALL TEACHERS & EDUCATORS PLEASE WATCH

The amazing power of improv…. to get you out of trouble #improv #presentation

Yesterday in a my blog I reflected on the preparation required to make "your client look a star" by interviewing them on stage. One of the key skills which makes it easier is improv. Most people think of improv as Whose line is it anyway, comedy clubs or improv troupes like The Maydays. But improv … Continue reading The amazing power of improv…. to get you out of trouble #improv #presentation

Speaking English makes me more likely to be #obese, #smoke and not save #TED

What can economists learn from linguists? Behavioral economist Keith Chen talks about his absolutely fascinating research which first of all exposes the concept of "Futured" and "Futureless" languages; languages without a concept for the future -- "It rain tomorrow," instead of "It will rain tomorrow". He then starts, with the help of extensive survey data, … Continue reading Speaking English makes me more likely to be #obese, #smoke and not save #TED

Sometimes when marketing gets carried away #ces #qualcomm #keynotefail

Normally Microsoft does the keynote at CES, but for 2013 Qualcomm stepped up.  Their marketing team were keen to make an impression and make sure that no one forgot the keynote. The achieved their goal - FOR ALL THE WRONG REASONS. I cannot describe the keynote, so best that you watch this set of edited … Continue reading Sometimes when marketing gets carried away #ces #qualcomm #keynotefail

A short guide to Facebook Law. #funny #social media

This very funny video quickly sums up how out of touch people are with the law.  Not that they ever were; did you read ALL the terms of your credit card contract or that hire purchase agreement?  But now we happily click through "Do you Agree" as we download software, sign up for web-based services … Continue reading A short guide to Facebook Law. #funny #social media

Business is Social – the script according to Salesforce.com’s Benioff

If you were one of the 90,000 who attended Dreamforce you would have been swept away in the energy and euphoria that is the Salesforce.com machine. Who couldn't be. It is now the largest tech conference with 800 sessions, 350 partners and big name bands. And now Salesforce.com has a run rate of $3bn per … Continue reading Business is Social – the script according to Salesforce.com’s Benioff