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  • The Challenge Of Scaling Talent
    If you've ever pitched to investors, you'll have heard the same five questions over and over. They're the same questions asked on "Dragons' Den" and "Shark Tank." They're the questions ...
  • Maximum Alignment Equals Maximum Success
    I had breakfast recently with a friend from college who is doing very well for himself. His company deals in public utilities. They work all over the world. I asked ...
  • The Luxury Of Analog
    We received a postcard last week. It looked fake -- or, at the very least, salesy. But in fact it was a picture of some friends, taken by the Thames ...
  • Your Next Hire: Chief Serendipitist
    Let me tell you about Greg. Officially, Greg is a salesman. He works for a computer company, securing significant corporate contracts for data centers. He is very good at this ...
  • Stop Asking Permission And Begin
    We are permission-seeking creatures. We want permission to act, to pursue, to create, to engage. We look for permission from bosses, civil authorities, spouses, parents. The concept of social proof ...
  • Eight Rules About Harnessing Movement
    1. The movement is not about you. It is not about its leaders, or even about its followers. It is about itself. Like all complex systems, a movement has emergent ...
  • When Social Media Isn't The Answer
    "We need to be on Facebook," they tell me. "Everyone's on Facebook." "Yes," I say, "but you're a B2B company. When people are on Facebook they want to hang out ...
  • Stone Soup And The Lost Art Of Storylistening
    I spend a lot of my time telling stories. When I teach, I use stories. When I consult, I use stories. When groups of us come together to collaborate and ...
  • Think Gesture Control Is Cool? Try Thought Control
    A good friend of mine works for a radio communications company. Ask him about his vision of the future, though, and he'll sound like he's quoting a science-fiction movie. "We ...
  • Test-Driven Development Produces 100 MPG Car For Team Wikispeed
    Here are two characteristics that will give you a major competitive advantage, no matter what your field of endeavor: 1) learning to identify your own assumptions, and 2) learning to ...
  • How To Be An Entrepreneur
    Look up. Lift your gaze from your screen and your device and your social media, and fix your gaze on the Everest you are pursuing. Sear it into your mind's ...
  • The Power Of A Goal That Doesn't Matter
    A few years ago, I set a goal to speak at TED. The goal provoked some interesting reactions from my friends. Richard said, "That's an excellent goal, because of what ...
  • As Election Season Gears Up, Technological Assistance Lags
    Here is the problem: There's a heck of a lot of stuff that's both really deeply important and really difficult to understand. Take politics. When I lived in Denver, I ...
  • The Net Was Never Neutral
    Are you a fan of net neutrality? I'm going to guess that most readers of this column are. Net neutrality, the idea that service providers shouldn't be able to make ...
  • Can Social Media Empower Victims Of Abuse?
    When the movie "Kids" came out in 1995, it terrified me. Not because Larry Clark's portrayal of a group of kids doing drugs and having unprotected sex was so disturbing, ...
  • Flame Virus Proves Cyber-Terrorism Concerns Well-Founded
    One of my favorite talks at CeBIT Australia last week was from Russian billionaire Eugene Kaspersky. While the other keynoters offered rosy visions of growth and opportunity, Kaspersky -- whose ...
  • Social Change Facilitated By Social Media
    I'm filing this column from Sydney, Australia, where I spoke at CeBIT earlier this week on how social media is completely transforming the way we engage with each other and ...
  • The Definition Of Marketing
    Merriam-Webster defines it as "the process or technique of promoting, selling, and distributing a product or service." The Chartered Institute of Marketing says it's "the management process responsible for identifying, ...
  • What To Do When You Hit A Brick Wall
    If I asked you to move a brick wall, how would you do it? Would you slam your weight against it until it began to budge? Would you get a ...
  • The Birth Of An Idea
    In any given moment, we are surrounded, in vast quantities: millions upon millions of them, crowding and jostling for our attention. Some people become overwhelmed by them. Some try to ...
  • The Definition Of An Entrepreneur
    A few months ago, Inc. magazine taught me that the classic definition of an entrepreneur was coined 37 years ago, by Harvard Business School professor Howard Stevenson. An entrepreneur, he ...
  • Andreessen's Market Focus Pays Off For Instagram
    The importance of being market-ready was first driven home to me back in 2009, when Marc Andreessen was busy writing the best business blog in the world. In a post ...
  • The Caine Effect Inspires -- Well, Everybody
    It's only been four days, but by now, you've probably seen the Caine's Arcade video. If you haven't, I give you my personal guarantee that this mini-documentary -- about a ...
  • Crowd Comfort For Security Flaws in Facebook, Twitter, Google
    A couple of years ago, some buddies and I were putting together a movie for a friend who was going through a rough time. We'd taken a bunch of goofy ...
  • Static Privacy Legislation Dangerous In Dynamic Digital Age
    I agree that an employer should never ask you for your Facebook password as a condition of employment. Actually, they should never ask you for your Facebook password, period -- ...
  • Do We Need More Women In Technology?
    The politically correct answer, obviously, is, "Yes." The statistically correct answer is, "Yes," as well. In 2009, according to The National Center for Women & Information Technology, while women held ...
  • Saying Bye-Bye To Britannica
    In 1999, Ken LaVan and I wrote a book called "The Real People's Guide to the Internet." In it, we marveled at the Internet's size and power. "Currently, there are ...
  • Can A Culture Of Sharing Eradicate Shame?
    I've spent the last few days reviewing entries for the Interactivity category of the Prix Jeunesse competition. The age group I was tasked to look at was 7-12-year-olds, and I ...
  • Part Of The Crowd: How Technology Is Changing Our Paradigms Of Presence
    I confess to being a little dismayed at the email I received a little over a year ago in response to my application to attend the TED conference in Long ...
  • Nomophobophobia Strikes: Fear of Fear of Being Out of Cellphone Contact
    Last week, CNET revealed that nomophobia, the fear of being out of mobile phone contact, is on the rise. Apparently, two in three adults suffer from anxiety when not reachable, ...