Tesla Is a Little Bit Apple, a Little Bit Google -
None of this means that Tesla should abandon its goal of building the world’s best electric cars. By competing on service, style, and the dependability of its vehicles, it can sell a lot of cars while also letting rivals use its core technology. But to be a great tech company, it’s no longer enough to just make great products. You’ve also got to let others build stuff on top of your technology—you’ve got to build a platform. Elon Musk gets this, and that’s why his company isn’t emulating just one tech behemoth. Tesla is Apple on the outside, but it’s Google at its core.
I love the concept of using your would-be rivals to build infrastructure for you.
I deeply subscribe and seek to embody the attributes of the Creative Leader. This leadership philosophy has proven to be the better long-term way to drive:
- strong team moral and loyalty
- trust in leadership
- strong communication
- less egos
- “we” versus “me” mentality
- “build to learn” culture
- a team that works well with uncertainty and ambiguity
- forward thinking
- strong product based on real world needs
To recap some of the qualities of the PayPal mafia: high-quality people, a common bond, an ethos of sharing and cooperation, concentrated in a region and industry. These make it rich in opportunity flow, and the same factors make any network and association worth your while. —
Connect to Human Networks To Find Breakout Opportunities | LinkedIn
» sounds like the Anthemis ecosystem… +1(via hackingfinance)
The most ambitious component is a pair of opt-in energy-saving programs that kick in when demand for energy is at its highest. When these periods roll around, Nest owners can rack up extra savings by letting the thermostat intelligently decrease their household’s energy needs. And it’s not just the homeowner who benefits: Nest’s new features are also intended to serve another class of customers entirely: the utility companies. —
Next For Nest: Building Out The Smart Grid, One Home At A Time | Co.Design: business innovation design
This is very clever.(via hackingfinance)
Amazing stop-motion animation using a few dozen carbon atoms under an electron microscope
How To Be Gracious -
Tom Chiarella writing for Esquire:
Remember that the only representation of you, no matter what your station, is you — your presentation, your demeanor. You simply must attend. Stand when someone enters the room, especially if you are lowly and he is the boss, and even if the reverse is true. Look them in the eye. Ask yourself: Does anybody need an introduction? If so, before you say one word about business, introduce them to others with pleasure in your voice. If you can’t muster enthusiasm for the people you happen upon in life, then you cannot be gracious. Remember, true graciousness demands that you have time for others.
The Happiest People Pursue the Most Difficult Problems - Rosabeth Moss Kanter - Harvard Business Review
The Two Most Important Words - Harvard Business Review -
Gratitude is a practice. Make it a priority.
- Thank you.
Great companies are vibrant, they can hardly contain themselves. It’s because they’re made by believers who want to find other believers and convert the rest. — An email from Scott Kraft. (via zachklein) - YES.
Le AngelList Blog: Invest Online now available to all startups with a good lead -
Finally. The future is here…
Invest Online is now available to any startup that has a top-tier lead investor.
Prior to today, startups would apply to use Invest Online and we would select which ones got in. Now it’s a self-service feature for any startup with a good lead.
And, of course, startups can still use…
Soundboy: Could VC 'value add' be quantified? -
Every VC talks about ‘value add’. The unique ways in which they believe they can help you build your business, be a great partner, and increase the chance of your start-up being a success. These include their network, recruitment, strategic advice, operational experience etc.
I have observed…