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As much as it cannot be denied that living with any disability will impact your life, it is important to reiterate that a disability does not have to mark the end of someone’s entrepreneurial ambitions. There are, in fact, a number of very inspirational and acclaimed entrepreneurs who are leading successful, fulfilling life in spite of their disabilities.
Entrepreneurship is a rare thing. Not everyone will have the diverse combination of traits and skills that make a successful entrepreneur - one who is dedicated to their innovations, with resolute persistence and passion that sets them apart from the competition and brings their ideas to life.
Why a positive review is oftentimes anything but positive.
We’re living in a world of information overload.
Why comparing ourselves with others can compromise our relationships
The chief executives of the world’s four biggest tech firms appeared before Congress this week.Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, was there to defend against Antitrust allegations that Amazon has been undercutting competitors by pricing products at a loss that only it can sustain, thus shutting out competitors in the long-term.
Symmetry is something that the human mind is innately drawn to, and something we find beautiful.
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about personal productivity lately, having appeared on a number of podcasts in the lead up to the release of my next book, Time Rich, in October.
The eight hour workday is just one of the hallmarks of the industrial revolution that still characterises the modern company.
COVID-19 has served as a wake-up call to leaders everywhere.
Only 15 per cent of employees worldwide are engaged by their jobs — that is, only 15 per cent are emotionally invested in delivering on their organisation’s mission.
‘I’ll get to it when it suits me.’ This is the nature of asynchronous communication.
COVID-19 has forced companies the world over to enact — or create — remote working protocols.
The world seems a lot different today than just 30 days ago.
Now that we’re in the early stages of COVID-19-inspired working from home, the internet is flush with giddy professionals posting group selfies, like the one above.
Optimism — a mental attitude reflecting a belief or hope that outcomes will be positive.
If you’re the type of leader who likes to micro-manage, oversee every action your employees take and ensure that they have no autonomy or sense of control, then you’re probably feeling a little disoriented by having everybody work from home as a result of your ‘COVID-19 policy’ being activated.
Recently, my company was engaged by a large telecommunications provider to perform an innovation assessment.
Cold calling is dead.Or at least that’s what I was lead to believe — until recently.
Andrew Ross is the founder of URBNSURF - Australia’s and the southern hemisphere’s first surf park, which opened its doors to the public in January of 2020 to much fanfare.
One of my favourite thinkers of the modern era would have to be Nassim Nicholas Taleb.
Customized baseball bats, personalized shampoo and dog food formulated for individual dogs — these were just some of the ideas that Netflix co-founder, Marc Randolph, pitched to Reed Hastings, before coming upon the idea that would eventually become the streaming service we all know and love today.
In the ever - changing retail landscape, businesses succeeding today have to either change the game or be agile enough to move with it.
The business model of the new economy is characterized by talent and services on demand, automation, and magical user experience.
In the wake of the Christchurch shootings and the disturbing video that made the rounds on social media afterward, Australia’s Government expeditiously passed new legislation that puts the onus on tech companies to remove violent material from their platforms or face criminal charges.
Listen to the likes of leadership coach and retired Navy SEAL, Jocko Willink, and you will be up at the crack of 4:34am, you’ll proceed to splash some cold water on your face and “get after it”, despite every fiber in your body, more likely than not, willing you to go back to sleep.
As Warren Buffett put it, “the difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.”
The 9 to 5 workday is a product of nineteenth-century socialism.
In the early days of Collective Campus, like most new organisations, we kept ourselves afloat by taking part time jobs on the side and working with a number of small clients who paid us just enough to keep the lights on.
The startup activity in Southeast Asia is currently booming with deals on track to hit record numbers in 2017. Over 500 deals are expected by the end of this year, following an impressive 2016 that resulted in 347 deals.
Many organisations stifle the very innovation that they seek through ingrained habits that block creativity and risk-taking. Here are 10 habits that choke disruption and kill innovation.
The sign of a healthy innovation culture is one in which its people feel comfortable sharing their ideas, opinions and criticisms, without fear of retribution.
Here are 10 products that would not have seen the light of day, had it not been the result of multiples failures, human error or serendipity.
Our top ten podcasts on corporate innovation and entrepreneurship.
In just the last two years, millions of dollars from corporates and government have been committed to numerous accelerator programs. Here is a list of the top ten corporate accelerator and incubator programs in Singapore, which combine both deep domain and startup building expertise.
Overnight successes are usually anything but. In most cases, what appears to be a sudden rise to prominence is often the the manifestation of years of frustration, trial and error and time spent honing one’s craft.
Large organisations are engaging startups in growing numbers, due in part to a realisation that companies have not been built to respond to the accelerating pace of change in a timely manner, and that short of restructuring the entire organisation from the ground up, partnering with startups who are unencumbered by bureaucracy, short-term shareholder demands and employee incentives, is an easier way to tap into emerging technologies, business models and talent.
Corporate startup partnerships represent a massive clash of cultures. There are countless platforms that corporates can leverage to connect with startups such as Crunchbase, Angelist, Startup List and Gust. Add to this meet-ups, pitch nights, conferences, blogs and social media all making it easier than ever to identify and connect with startups doing compelling things in your industry or adjacent industries. What’s really lacking is a roadmap on how to work with startups.
When it comes to corporate innovation programs there’s a number of different structures that large organisations can adopt, however knowing which one to adopt can be a challenge, and oftentimes executives find themselves chasing after shiny metal objectives such as innovation labs where strategic alignment can often become an afterthought.
When it comes to innovation and entrepreneurship, a number of core qualities or attributes are fundamental to success, which are best encapsulated by the following four Ps.
Here's our list of 20 best books on innovation. These are essential reads are relevant for innovation management, creativity and entrepreneurship for 2016, 2017 and 2018.
URWork, one of Asia's largest co-working space operators with a valuation of more than US$1B, is set to open its first operation out of China in Singapore.
There are countless tools we use with clients to build fast, learn fast and measure fast in order to determine what will ‘wow’ customers enough to extend or generate new lines of revenue and remain a competitive force well into the future.
Lawrence Levy was CFO of Pixar from Toy Story through to Monsters Inc. Uncover 10 key insights on corporate innovation and culture change.
The story of a 3M researcher, $99 purchase orders and a $60B empire.
The role that Government should play in fostering entrepreneurship.
Why your ideation tools aren’t working and how to bring ideas back to life. In this article, we cover the definition of the ideation process steps, followed by recommended approach, examples and techniques. This is essential for the execution of design thinking.
Last week I had the pleasure of attending Startup Bootcamp’s Fintech Demo Day in London.
The Mills Oakley Accelerator has been established to commercialise legaltech.
Mills Oakley is launching Asia-Pacific's first Legal Startup accelerator.
The team at Lemonade Stand are proud to announce that we have successfully secured $100,000 as part of LaunchVic's $6.5m first round of funding allocations.
This blog is about your ego, and why you should kill it.
Our podcast has just turned 50! To celebrate, we've listed out 50 of the most important and memorable lessons about innovation.
Large organisations are beginning to invest in innovation - usually this takes the form of idea contests, hackathons, incubation programs and intrapreneur programs.
Half of the S&P500 will be replaced over the next 10 years at current rates of churn. 187 companies in the list today first entered it in the past 10 years alone
I recently caught up with Kmart Australia’s innovation program manager, Fabio Oliveira, on my podcast for a discussion on innovation in retail and what the ‘store of the future’ might look like.
Our recent Lemonade Stand program Lemonade Stand brought kids together to develop their entrepreneurial mindset and capabilities.
The Lean Canvas is designed for entrepreneurs seeking to validate their idea. Leveraging parts of the Business Model Canvas, as well as the underlying principles of Lean Startup methodology, the Lean Canvas helps users de-risk their idea as quickly as possible. Developed by Ash Maurya, the Lean Canvas empowers entrepreneurs by enabling as much learning as possible. Maurya sees the Lean Canvas as a "grounds-up tactical plan or blueprint that guides the entrepreneur as they navigate their way from ideation to building a successful startup."
The Innovation Manager's Handbook is a comprehensive guide to innovating in the enterprise. Packed with over 110 pages of content, the book will go over everything from the why and the how, to changing company culture. There are also dozens of guides, case studies and instantly actionable tips backed up by in-depth research and the latest and greatest in innovation theory.
The Business Model Canvas gets innovators to think intimately about the key business model elements in an effort to define, understand and test key assumptions. This supports the development of virtual prototypes and minimum viable products to rapidly test assumptions, increase the speed of learning and iterate towards product market fit. The canvas, in its original form, was first published by Alex Osterwalder, author of Business Model Generation.
The Value Proposition Canvas gets innovators to think intimately about the customer jobs-to-be-done, pain points and desired gains. This develops an explicity understanding of customer value creation, helps innovators design products and services that customers will want and supports marketing and business development activities. The canvas, in its original form, was first published by Alex Osterwalder, author of Value Proposition Design.
96% of startups fail. It's not because they build products that don't work. Rather, it's because they build products that nobody wants! The startups that succeed are those that define the key make or break assumptions underlying their business model, create experiments and pass/fail metrics and get out of the building to test their assumptions using real people. Speed and making as many changes based on validated learnings as possible before running out of resources is imperative to success. Before you do this though, make sure you've completed your business model canvas first.