Jun 1st, 2020

This Too Shall Pass

The other day I watched a standup comedy on Amazon Prime where the Indian-born comedian made fun of the Persian adage “This too shall pass”. During his routine he commented on the fact that this sentiment is meant to remind us that not only the bad things will pass (as I heard many people use this phrase in the context of COVID-19) but we also have to realize that the good things are temporary, and thus we should not get too attached to either.

It made me think of both the current hardship many of us experience due to the pandemic or the seemingly worsening political situation around the globe. But it also made me realize that I continue to chase the insane highs I had from working with some of the best people in the world on some of the most interesting problems in some of the most stimulating environments in my career. I count myself lucky that I have experienced these highlights multiple times throughout my career — from my first startup during the dot-com boom & bust, to building eBay in Germany, working at Mozilla when Firefox was the king of the hill, to being on stages educating and inspiring leaders all around the world at Singularity University and be radical.

And yet — all these moments were somewhat fleeting. They too passed.

But more importantly, I learned that although most/all things pass, it shall not stop us from seeking, trying, chasing, doing. As change requires us in action.

The next time you find yourself dealing with a tough situation — know that it will be temporarily. When you experience bliss — enjoy the moment. And keep moving.

May 28th, 2020

Get Your PhD in Leadership in 30 Seconds

Dee Hock, architect of payment juggernaut VISA, inventor of chaordic organizations and visionary-extraordinaire once summarized his most important leadership advice as:

Make a careful list of all things done to you that you abhorred. Don’t do them to others, ever. Make another list of things done for you that you loved. Do them for others, always.

It truly summarizes a PhD in leadership in four short sentences.

Mulling this over, it...

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May 16th, 2020

The Future of (Most) Everything

Prof Scott Galloway (of No Mercy / No Malice) recently made some pretty bleak predictions about the future of higher-ed in light of COVID-19. The tl;dr: As classes move online, campuses enforce social distancing and the whole allure of a $100,000 have-as-much-fun-as-possible while building a network-for-life essentially gone, money will dry up for colleges. This will lead to a dying of the middle (here it is again, our hourglass economics model)....

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May 12th, 2020

Competition vs Customers

It has been a while…

COVID-19 ripped through my life most likely very similar to what it did for yours: It went from 💩 to 😝 to 😱 to… you get the picture (or emoji)?

Now let’s resume (somewhat) regular programming.

The amazing Kevin Kelly recently turned 68. In best KK fashion he posted a list of 68 bits of unsolicited advice.

Pretty much in the middle you will find this:

You...

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Apr 6th, 2020

Now, Next and Beyond

Let me start with the most important question: How are you doing?

As many of you, I find myself in a “💩 is hitting the fan”-moment of epic proportions. And we are truly he lucky ones — we have a business which, I expect, will make it through these batshit crazy times; we have enough money in the bank to keep paying our employees for the short- and mid-term. It’s hard, but it will be...

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Mar 12th, 2020

This Too Shall Pass

Heretics — it has been a little while since our last dispatch. We have been insanely busy building be radical — including the launch of a revamped version of our radical Briefing (for which you should sign up here; the radical Briefing is a monthly easy-to-read email digest on the future of business — covering ‘radical’ news, research, lessons, people, and ideas).

And then COVID-19 happened.

Much has been written about the virus, its...

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Feb 12th, 2020

Are You Working on the Right Thing?

Together with many, many others I regularly put my finger on the pulse of ProductHunt to explore which products and services are new, hot and trending. Going through the list of “next favorite things,” one can only wonder what the rationale behind quite a few of the listed products is. Clearly some of them are meant to be a personal project or a side hustle — but quite a few seem to aspire to be...

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Feb 3rd, 2020

Should I Stay or Should I Go

On June 10th, 1982 the English punk rock band The Clash released their namesake No. 1 hit single asking the age-old question “Should I Stay or Should I Go”.

In many ways it is the same question startup founders all over the world ask themselves from time to time: Should I continue to work on my startup or should I give up?

The other day a founder posed this exact question to me. I...

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Jan 21st, 2020

What a Super Bowl Ad Can Teach You About Leadership

A little while ago I found myself on a conference panel with David Barett, founder of Expensify. There is a lot to be said and learned from David and his uber-successful company — anything from his leadership philosophy (parts of which we have discussed here already). But the thing which stuck with me was his story about Expensify’s Super Bowl ad.

If you know anything about the Super Bowl, you...

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Jan 9th, 2020

The One Percent-Rule

Today, my colleague Mafe sent me an excerpt from an article she read:

”We can call this The 1 Percent Rule. The 1 Percent Rule states that over time the majority of the rewards in a given field will accumulate to the people, teams, and organizations that maintain a 1 percent advantage over the alternatives. You don’t need to be twice as good to get twice the results. You just need to be slightly...

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