Carnegie, Dale -Publishers — Simon and Schuster, New York, copy right 1936
How to Win Friends and Influence People is a phenomenon of the self help genre. Study its lessons if you want to influence people, the damn stuff works — but in God’s name, please don’t use it as advice on how to make friends or, heaven forbid, as guidance for anything beyond the narrowly professional.
For at the heart of this book lies a moral lacuna, an inversion of the ethical hierarchy that if followed is at best, a recipe for unhappiness, at worse a blueprint for a…
The Covid19 crisis is a visceral reminder that “we cannot live only for ourselves”, that the bonds of family, friendship and community are what make life possible, and meaningful.
Around the world people have come together in support of one another. In the UK for example, a recently created mutual aid website lists over 2000 local groups and in the US mutual aid societies are springing up across the Union. In China, Wuhan residents organised themselves around districts in support of one another.
This predisposition to community is easy to take for granted in the normal run of things. It…
Seven Lessons from the private beta of Moja, a mobile app that enables family and friends to pool money simply, affordably and transparently.
Tarig Hilal, Gerard Mc Hugh, Will Gurney
Coronavirus has dealt a blow to businesses around the world and thousands of startups have been pummelled by a triple whammy of slowing investment, falling demand and restrictions on travel.
The trick it seems is to 1. Have a value proposition…
Business plans are unfashionable these days. Investors want to be sold on your company quickly and business plans lack the brevity and simplicity and, visual panache of a Pitch-Deck. They are hard to write, and time consuming to read.
None the less there is a case to be made for the business plan. Below are six reasons why you should consider writing one.
12 Lessons from our experience as non technical founders of a tech company
Leading a technology company as non technical founders presents particular challenges. Chief among these is how to deliver a product.
The answer to this is simple enough, acquire the right talent. But like many simple things, it is easier said than done.
The approach we have taken is to partner with a software development company called hedgehog lab, a global digital product consultancy that has built software for the likes of Microsoft, Santander, Mitsubishi and now our company aidx.
How exclusion can drive innovation
Innovation has become synonymous with big tech and big cities and big money. Companies like Google, Tesla, Amazon and Facebook, cluster around a small number of metropolises, investing billions of dollars in innovation, tales of their derring do and engineering genius weaving their way into the fabric of our popular imagination.
The result is the emergence of extraordinarily powerful ecosystems of wealth and creativity that have for better or for worse, birthed some of the most radical, inventive and profitable innovations of our age.
This has in turn attracted further investment and more talent, in…
Before there was Lyft there was Zimride. Established by Lyft Co Founders John Zimmer and Logan Green in 2007, Zimride was an early and successful foray into the business of ride-sharing. Sold to Enterprise Holdings in July 2013 for an undisclosed sum, it allowed co-workers and students to car pool to the same destination. The company is still in operation today and claims to be the largest closed network web-based ride-matching and carpooling service in North America.
I am a conservative. Not a Donald Trump supporter or a wild-eyed neo-con or a Thatcherite ideologue, but the old-fashioned kind—the kind whose attitudes can actually be discerned from the word “conservative.”
I am also a tech entrepreneur.
On first appearances, it is a rather incongruous marriage. Tech entrepreneurs are the rule breakers, the ones who change the world. Iconoclasts and rebels upending lives with smartphones and smart cars and trips to Mars. Übermensches disrupting the present with the promise of the future.
Six key insights from aidx paper 1
Tarig Hilal & Gerard McHugh
People helping people, it is a simple and intuitive proposition, one that will likely have the familiar ring of a campaign slogan or an organisational mission. It is an ideal for which many organisations working with refugees aspire to but frequently fall short of. Increasingly it does not have to be so.
We live in the midst of a technological revolution that is transforming human relations, connecting and empowering people on a scale and in ways unimaginable only a decade ago, offering new opportunities to solve age old…
Comey, James, A Higher Loyalty, Truth, Lies and Leadership — Macmillan; Main Market edition
A Higher Loyalty, Truth, Lies and Leadership, by James Comey is a dull book, by a strait-laced man who has been involved in some truly extraordinary events.
Written in the repetitive, grade ten English that is the stock and trade of the “direct to video” American political biography, a Higher Loyalty manages the feat of making interesting events feel tedious.
None the less its core message is important, if ultimately incomplete. Ethical leadership, Comey argues, matters.
It is sad that something so quotidian needs to be…