Notes from Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie

On Fear- No matter what happens, win, lose, or draw, never forget that life goes on Don’t fear the unknown Everyone makes mistakes Don’t worry about what others think Don’t fall victim to idea freeze – Where you get overwhelmed by the enormity of your idea that you take absolutely no action. Remember the principle of Kaizen, small improvements every day lead to a massive…

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Lagos – Africa’s Own Big Apple [markets emerging]

For everyone curious about Africa- Lagos, Nigeria specifically. Amidst the fog created by media and high level of risk involved with doing business in a high growth emerging market, here is some perspective for an entrepreneur considering the deep dive. This doesn’t nix the issues, just emphasizes the opportunities. Choose your lens carefully. Thoughts or suggestions? Comment below.

The Deep Dive [insights into IDEO’s design and innovation process circa ’99]

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity watch these videos from ABC Nightline in 1999. In this episode anchored by Ted Koppel, they redesigned the Shopping Cart as we know it. The aim of this episode was to take a closer look at how IDEO, a design firm known to design a huge number of the products we use on a day-to-day basis approaches design…

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Creative Work Environments [breeding grounds for innovation]

Really in technology, it’s about the people, getting the best people, retaining them, nurturing a creative environment and helping to find a way to innovate. – Marissa Mayer It is our first week working from our fun new office at Bigcommerce and I can’t contain the feeling of excitement and elation. I’m constantly looking forward to being at work every day and almost feel like…

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Satisfaction by Design [keep it simple, keep it fun, keep it irresistibly relevant]

Human beings today exist in an environment almost completely structured by design. The spaces in which we live, the ways we move from place to place, the tools we use to accomplish our goals, even the things we eat and drink show the influence of generations of thought and planning. Whether they realize it or not, designers wield tremendous power. – The Insight Labs I…

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Everyone is a Leader [or, could be]

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams Leaders are everywhere in an organization. At the top, the bottom and everywhere in between. Dennis Cheesebrown in this article speaks about leadership as Partnership with a mix of Timely, Consistent and Fair management. He speaks of the idea that everyone in an…

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