Do You Know Why Startups Really Fail?

Like love, a great idea isn’t enough. This is written for your good, not to pull you down. Yes, you, for who isn’t a dreamer of the dream of wild success and immense wealth from a killer idea, whether in papads or neural networks? I know much expert analysis and scholarly research exists on this topic, …

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5 Shocking Tumours in the Body of Humanity Today

They are distressing and sapping it Our species is improving but still has an incredible ability to allow, tolerate, and self-inflict disease. We know we can do something about these issues, in theory. Yet we don’t, or can’t. But this story is not about the origins and fixes of these problems*. It is a list …

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10 Aphorisms That’ll Take You Places in the Corporate Hierarchy

Would you please take this seriously? Always remember Don’t let work get in the way of appearing to workThe less you do, the more you’ll progressBeing in the mind of the boss is the real mindfulnessThe appearance of innovation is enough. Don’t become lost actually attempting it.Dispatch a dangerously good idea by throwing it back …

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How Medium will be the Beacon Inspiring Humanity towards its Best Version

We only have ourselves. No one else can save us. No one else needs to. What do you think of the United Nations? What about Facebook, Twitter and Instagram? The internet and Google? Do you think of them as powers for good? Facebook has become more about narcissism, ego and manipulation than building social bonds. …

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Pensive and Hopeful

Why IBM’s Splitting Up Makes Me Forlorn and Hopeful

The existential threat to my sense of belonging to something grand and good. ‘My granddad worked for IBM’ is what I’ve imagined my grandkids telling their friends. It has the cachet for me of ‘My granddad worked for NASA’ or (unfortunately, due to the slowness of human evolution) ‘he was in the army’. Now, what’s …

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What is the Circular Economy & How Can We Enable It?

How to prosper in harmony with nature. I was reading my print subscription of National Geographic (yes, it still exists) a few weeks ago and something in it got through sceptical old me. It made me think that: The combined brainpower of my 929 connections on LinkedIn is enough to power up a small city. Imagine …

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Post-COVID Action 5/5: Practise ‘The Incredible Lightness of Being’ Human

Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time, tens of thousands of years ago, humans were separated into tribes. Then a few millennia ago, they clumped together into villages, towns, cities and states. A few centuries before now, large countries developed, and the Americas became conjoined to Europe and Asia. Humanity became one body. There was a renaissance …

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Post-COVID Action 4/5: Get More Out of Life by Working from Both Home and Workplace

Post-COVID Action 4/5: Get More Out of Life by Working from Both Home and Workplace Wouldn’t you like a better work-life balance? One way to have it is by not wholly reverting to working en masse and full time in offices, factories and other workplaces, once the coronavirus pandemic is over. Let me tell you why …

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Post-COVID Action 3/5: Slash Global Travel for Business & Tourism Forever

The coronavirus problem is an opportunity — to reverse human havoc. When I think back to the times before the coronavirus pandemic, it was like the world had gone mad with travel.  At the drop of a hat or less, people were travelling for business. With pride or lamentation (often faked) I used to hear, “Oh, I am …

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Post-COVID Action 2/5: Morph the Automobile Industry into Public Transport Industry

The coronavirus problem is an opportunity — to arrest human havoc. Why do we need private powered vehicles at all? During the global coronavirus pandemic lockdown, the use of private vehicles has dropped dramatically, besides that of flights, trains, buses and cabs. And the predictable outcomes have been the reduction of pollution, smog, noise, traffic …

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