The future of marketplaces

Marketplaces are some of the hardest businesses to build (as our own testimony at PeoplePerHour shows). They are complex beasts with lots of moving parts, the parts need constant tweaking and polishing, and the sum of the parts – when they are put together properly – is greater than the whole (the ‘network effect’). It takes a lot of hard work, analysis, creativity and most of all persistence to get to what’s commonly called ‘critical mass’. But once you do marketplaces are some of the most defensible and beautiful businesses.continue reading »

The main essence to The Innovators Dilemma

The Innovators Dilemma is arguably one of – if not the – most important book in describing how technological innovation works and why almost always the incumbents and leading players in markets fail to capture the next wave of innovation in their market   and have their lunch eaten by a newcomer. This book is so good I read it multiple times and every time I learn more.  Below I share what I think is the most important excerpt from this book which captures its key essence (although I highly suggest anyone operating in the technology business to read the entire book)continue reading »

The 3 attributes of true leadership

“The ability to charm dogs off a meat truck”…   “When people want to follow you even if just out of curiosity” …  “The ability to make the other guys feel in charge”.  To “empower”, to “motivate”, to “inspire”…  The list of attributes to what makes a great leader is countless.  They all make a good read, but none of them fully capture the true essence of what makes a great Leader in a complete way, I believe

Great leaders may posses a myriad of attributes, no least of which are smarts, intelligence, charisma and natural charm. All of these things matter. However you can be a great leader and not be naturally charming or very intelligent, or many of the other attributes named. continue reading »

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