Americans reserve a special portion of animus in their hearts for two industries: cable providers and ticketing agencies. Identifying just how broken the ticketing industry was Jack Groetzinger's bid idea. While he didn't have a perfect business model pre-fabricated in his mind, he knew that he could navigate the murky waters of an industry that had gotten complacent and stopped innovating. He hung on long enough to co-found SeatGeek and the rest, as they say, is history. Jack Groetzinger is a co-founder of SeatGeek, Inc., the online ticketing agency, and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. He leads the forecasting team and takes care of SeatGeek’s finances, fundraising, and other such 'trivialities.' Long active in entrepreneurship and particularly interested in aggregating and manipulating the web's 'data exhaust,' Groetzinger's former projects include Scribnia and Evolving Vox. He was previously a consultant at Bain & Company and is a graduate of Dartmouth College.
Nilofer Merchant suggests a small idea that just might have a big impact on your life and health: Next time you have a one-on-one meeting, make it into a "walking meeting" — and let ideas flow while you walk and talk. Nilofer Merchant has been helping to grow businesses -- from Fortune 500s to web startups -- for 20 years. She’s worked for major companies (like Apple and Autodesk) and early web startups (remember Golive?). Logitech, Symantec, HP, Yahoo, VMWare, and many others have turned to her guidance to develop new product strategies, enter new markets, defend against competitors and optimize revenue. Today she serves on boards for both public and private companies, and writes books about collaboration, like The New How: Creating Business Solutions Through Collaborative Strategy, and openness -- check out her recent ebook 11 Rules for Creating Value in the #SocialEra, chosen by Fast Company as one of the Best Business Books of 2012. She also writes for HBR, including the personal and brave essay about a previous attempt on the TED stage: "What I Learned from My TED Talk."
How would you define success ?
Take actions on your dreams
and never give up
There are three specific myths that surround our most beloved creators, and if you model yourself on those myths, you're setting yourself up for failure. The myths are (1) the lone wolf inventor; (2) the eureka moment; (3) the myth of the expert. From new theories of physics and revolutionary patents to Toy Story and the iPhone, creators depend on their ability marshal the talent of large teams of people. Yet despite the readily available evidence that we tend to romanticize innovation, myths persist because we love telling stories in narrative form.
1. Have the courage to pursue your idea
2. Try a new approach
3. Believe in meaningful work
4. Constantly revise your conclusions
5. Distinguish yourself from others
8. Be Patient
9. Understand the Rules of Business
10. Outwork others
Stephen J. Dubner is an award-winning author, journalist, and radio and TV personality. He is best-known for writing, along with the economist Steven D. Levitt,Freakonomics (2005) and SuperFreakonomics (2009), which have sold more than 5 million copies in 35 languages. Their latest books are When to Rob a Bank...and Think Like a Freak (2014).
It's a classic underdog tale: David, a young shepherd armed only with a sling, beats Goliath, the mighty warrior. The story has transcended its biblical origins to become a common shorthand for unlikely victory. But, asks Malcolm Gladwell, is that really what the David and Goliath story is about?
Capitalism is no different than jazz in that it defines something fundamental about the American spirit. But in a nation of such wealth and resources, what explains the current level of income inequality? Actor and businessman Wendell Pierce says our economic system has lost its way, limiting the freedom and opportunity of many American citizens. But we needn't throw the baby out with the bathwater, he says. The genius of capitalism is that it creates abundance, which is meant to be distributed — that's what creates social and economic growth.
"As long as there is poverty, no man can be totally rich" Martin Luther King
Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success.
GRIT IS PASSION AND PERSEVERANCE FOR VERY LONG-TERM GOALS
GRIT IS HAVING STAMINA
GRIT IS STICKING WITH YOUR FUTURE, DAY IN, DAY OUT, FOR YEAR ....
GRIT IS LIVING LIFE LIKE IS A MARATHON
TALENT DOES NOT MAKE YOU GRITTY
GROWTH MINDSET (THE ABILITY TO LEARN CAN CHANGE WITH YOUR EFFORT)
WE NEED TO BE WILLING TO FAIL, TO BE WRONG, TO START OVER AGAIN WITH LESSONS LEARNED
John Sculley, historic CEO of Apple, and Bill Gates, CEO of Microsoft, both demonstrate the impact that effective leadership can have on business and technology. Both of these large companies missed the ground-floor opportunities of the Internet, says Hugh Martin, Chairman and CEO of Pacific Biosciences. But there is a lesson to be learned in how each CEO responded. Apple mostly ignored the Internet boom, says Martin, and faced years of weak financial footing as a result. But Microsoft turned the company around to establish a deeply-rooted Internet presence - particularly its web browser Internet Explorer - in just three days. Martin uses this anecdote to demonstrate how essential leadership can be in corporate success.
What does it mean when someone calls you smart or intelligent? According to developmental psychologist Howard Gardner, it could mean one eight things. In this video interview, Dr. Gardner addresses his eight classifications for intelligence: writing, mathematics, music, spatial, kinesthetic, interpersonal, and intrapersonal.
"The most important thing around decisions is just to make decisions," explains entrepreneur Scott Belsky, co-founder of Behance. In a world filled with chaotic, highly-disorganized creative people, it's important to be clear and decisive in your professional life. This means taking gambles on decisions that may or may not be the "right" one. Making a decision -- even the wrong decision -- is always better than giving in to indecision, says Belsky. Even a wrong decision elicits valuable data and feedback which can help inform your next decision.
What do you think of people in poverty? Maybe what Jessica Jackley once did: "they" need "our" help, in the form of a few coins in a jar. The co-founder of Kiva.org talks about how her attitude changed — and how her work with microloans has brought new power to people who live on a few dollars a day.
Serial entrepreneur and investor Mark Suster urges founders to start out on their own, to avoid early dilution. Suster believes entrepreneurs deserve to keep a greater share of their companies, when possible, as they are the ones taking the critical first leap. While Suster claims some in Silicon Valley may think this idea is "heresy," he does not understand why burgeoning entrepreneurs are willing to give so much away, so early.