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Start Me Up: Keith Richards’ Startup Advice

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Guitarist Keith Richards is infamous for heroin addiction and supposedly snorting his father’s ashes. Those topics should pale in comparison to his incredible musical accomplishments with the Rolling Stones. But, he also is an illuminating source for startup inspiration and advice. Richards has the answers to questions such as, “How do you get it started when you’ve never done it …

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Early Stage Failures: The Path to Success?

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I’m in the early stages of some digital product ideas, one of which is approaching what I will call the official “startup” stage. This particular idea is my “Big Idea,” and therefore it’s the one that has potential “Failure” written all over it during my darker moments. That’s given me some time to reflect on the subject of Failure – …

The Startup Creator’s Dilemma: Fear and Learning

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DC TechDay was invigorating yesterday. Better put: the more you engaged in it, the more you got out of it. Talking with so many marketers, designers, founders, and coders yesterday made me grateful that we live during the exciting world of smartphone-centered, cloud-based technological power. Prior to 2007, it was never so much fun as it now is to be …

Travel Bloggers, Where Art Thou?

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World-renowned wine expert Jancis Robinson, in this morning’s particularly fine FT Weekend, is refreshingly honest about the changing role and status of “experts” like herself in today’s society and economy. A couple quick quotes by Ms. Robinson succinctly state today’s new reality: “In the 21st century, the internet and now, particularly, the smartphone have changed everything.” “I have gone from …

Where Are the Opportunities in the Post-Capitalist Economy?

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Today I just published a new post to LinkedIn as a reaction to Paul Mason’s article on the emerging post-capitalist economy in The Guardian. Mason discusses three interesting, emerging aspects of post-capitalism: The nature and definition of “work” The market’s price-setting mechanism in the emerging “economy of abundance” The spontaneous rise of collaborative production My reactions to his article as …

Must the Pursuit of Truth Precede Market Insight?

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We are surrounded by sameness in our lives. Commercial institutions (you could call them “companies”) of all kinds succeed in delivering the status quo: hotels, airlines, banks. The list is endless. Embracing “conventional wisdom” appears to be the conventional wisdom. So what makes a market? Or rather, makes a new market – breaking old markets? You could say it’s someone …