A few notes on innovation

I enjoyed reading The Medici Effect after picking it up on impulse. Frans Johansson’s 2006 book looks at how innovation is enhanced when people from different disciplines come together to tackle problems. He calls it the intersection. “When you step into an intersection of fields, disciplines or cultures, you can combine existing concepts into a …

Alain de Botton on success and failure

A few insights to chew on in this TED talk from Alain de Botton on why we might be feeling more and more anxiety about our careers and our standing in the world. He talks about how we think about success and failure, about envy, the dark side of meritocracy, and how tragedies such as …

Startups: they’re emotional

I love the term Pandora founder Tim Westergren has for the emotional rollercoaster you strap into when you launch a startup – the wall of worry. “If you’re an entrepreneur you have to steel yourself… Unless you’re very very lucky and wind up on a fast trajectory, you’re going to [be] climbing the wall of …