Importance of Silence and Reflection in the Life of an Entrepreneur

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Premise: We are living in a world where there are just too many demands on our attention as entrepreneurs. There is the internal chatter about our people, products, processes, etc. Then there is the external chatter of marketing, networking, selling and to top it all off, there is social media and NEWS (fake or otherwise). Add to this there is a huge movement about increasing productivity. Every other blog (at times, this one included) tries to gives us hacks that can help us increase our productivity. So, in this environment, it is quite natural for us to try to use all […]

Entrepreneurs Bring Ideas to Life

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Premise: Today, we have machines which can work as assembly line workers, hotel clerks, concierge, nurses, companions for elders, lawyers, doctors, drivers, artists, journalists, gamers, coaches, board members and many more. The value proposition for businesses to employ more and more machines is strong and will get stronger with the increasing capabilities and complexities of these machines and dropping costs. Add to this, the already accelerating trend of organizations looking to hire contract employees rather than full-time employees, both to reduce cost and to leverage the global talent pool rather than limit themselves to the local talent pool. What this […]

Changing the World needs us to change the way it works…

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One of the things that almost every entrepreneur does, whether they start out thinking about doing it or not, is that they change the world that they are a part of. Here is a short movie that illustrates a shares a very important point about changing the world: If we want to change the world, we need to change the way it works! The movie shows that it is our responsibility to not only understand how the world works but also to take responsibility to break away from the norm (if required) and bring about the change that we believe […]

Innovation Lessons From the World’s first Rope Free Elevator and a Human Powered Elevator

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Thyssenkrupp unveiled their latest product – Multi. This is the world’s first rope-free elevator that can move both horizontally and vertically. I think this is a breakthrough that is worth celebrating. They claim: Introducing the elevator industry’s holy grail and the end of the 160-year reign of the rope-dependent elevator. MULTI harnesses the power of linear motor technology to move multiple cars in a single shaft both vertically and horizontally! This opens up new possibilities in urban development. You could envisage a time when if you were to move from one building to another, you could take an elevator to […]

Breakthrough Innovations

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Introducing Vycle: Vycle is a human-powered vertical transport system for our expanding cities. It’s a cross between a cycle and an elevator. This enables us to use the concepts of riding a cycle but instead of going forward, we go up. This idea also combines the idea of allowing us to do a little bit of exercise over the course of the day, without having to take time out to exercise from our schedules. There is already a growing body of science that shows that non-intensive and consistent movement through out the day might be much more beneficial than intense workout for […]