Category Archive for: Leadership

4 Unifying Principles could have saved Kodak

4 Unifying Principles could have saved Kodak. Just finished a great book entitled Be Like Amazon: Even a Lemonade Stand Can Do It, and there it was again – the story of Kodak and how they failed to stand by their unifying principles. It still boggles my mind today that a company that dominated our lexicon, was…

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Can Mega-Philanthropy at the hands of Tech Giants make the world a better place?

Can Mega-Philanthropy at the hands of Tech Giants make the world a better place? You hear the promises of a utopic future with a colossal roar. The prevalent players in the tech industry say they want to change the world for the better, and they are not shy about making big claims and promises. Amazon’s Jeff…

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Silicon Valley’s most highly anticipated deck is here – Mary Meeker’s 2017 Internet Trends Report

Silicon Valley’s most highly anticipated deck is here – Mary Meeker’s 2017 Internet Trends Report. Once again Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner Mary Meeker brings her rapid-fire briefing and insight to our chaotic planet with her annual bible of Internet trends. This year’s characteristically hefty report includes 355 slides and an absolute wealth of information.…

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Toronto as a Technological Futurescape

Toronto as a Technological Futurescape. What a future-forward couple of weeks for Toronto. First, Uber says they are going to build a new lab for their autonomous vehicles program here. Then, Omers Ventures raises another $300 million fund, taking them over a billion dollars in funding for their startup ventures ecosystem. And, if those aren’t hot…

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Elon Musk TED Talks his way into a BORING Future

Elon Musk TED Talks his way into a BORING Future. And… that’s ‘boring’ as in drilling, not yawning people. I don’t know how he consistently does it, but good old Elon stole the recent TED 2017 event in Vancouver this year, yet again, even garnering more interest than the Pope’s TED Talk (if you can…

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United – Broken Noses do NOT equal Great Customer Service

Hey, United – Broken Noses do NOT equal Great Customer Service. Common sense and customer service were anything but apparent in the United Airlines scandal of recent weeks. Layers upon layers of the “wrong things to do” surfaced in response to the incident after United Airlines forcibly removed a passenger from an overbooked flight and…

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What money are you leaving lying on the ground?

What money are you leaving lying on the ground? I love a good business back-story. I was listening to CBC’s Under the Influence the other day and heard a great one. Back in 1919, car magnate Henry Ford invited several friends to go on a camping trip – real estate mogul Edward Kingsford, renowned inventor…

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The Jack Ma Effect

The Jack Ma Effect. When Chinese Internet billionaire Jack Ma – founder of e-commerce behemoth Alibaba – started out looking for work in life, he was rejected left right and centre by dozens of companies, including KFC, which had just entered China. “I went to KFC when it came to my city. Twenty-four people went…

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Is the Internet ushering in a New Renaissance?

Is the Internet ushering in a New Renaissance? Caught a fascinating CBC interview with author Chris Kutarna. In his new book (co-written with Ian Goldin – Professor of Globalization & Development at Oxford University) Age of Discovery: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of Our New Renaissance, he postulates that “Now is the best moment in…

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Revenge of the Nerds

Revenge of the Nerds. Ok. Has the world flipped on its head? What once was the domain of the geek is now mainstream. As a kid, I used to “enthusiastically” play Dungeons and Dragons, read countless science-fiction fantasy books one after the other, play chess with a timer, and feast on a multitude of other…

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