How is it that the likes of MapMyFitness or Mint end up being purchased by the likes of Under Armor or Intuit for hundreds of millions of dollars instead of being created by these same companies?
When we think about extraordinary workplaces, we tend to think of the billion dollar companies at the top of Fortune magazine’s annual list. We picture a sprawling campus, rich with generous amenities; a utopian destination where success is constant, collaborations are seamless, and employee happiness abounds.
We live in a world that’s still filled with barriers and limits, a culture where too often people are judged, stripped of their dignity, and denied true freedoms. But at the same time, the economic and technological shifts around us have created an entirely new class of ruckus makers and have given people the freedom to stand up and acknowledge that it’s their turn.
My call to entrepreneurship happened in an unusual manner, when I was just 12 years old. A mysterious one-armed man approached me and set me off on a journey that would eventually include the launch of several companies—some successful, some not.
Companies, communities, and individuals fall for many reasons, but one of the most common — and easily avoidable — is the failure to reinvent.
The unspoken beliefs that wield the most influence over business behavior are the metaphors that people use to envision the following major aspects of the work experience…
It is one of our saddest economic statistics: More than half small businesses fail within a few years of startup.
Social media is not the catalyst for change, but merely one of its agents. We must remember that Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and the like are the networks that facilitate an uprising. However, it is repression, angst, injustice, inequality, vision, aspiration and hope that serve as the true stimulus for insurrection and progress.
A 2011 university study suggested people check their phones 34 times per day. However, industry insiders believe that number is closer to an astounding 150 daily sessions.