And this week we’re back with some inspiring posts to stir your entrepreneurial imaginations, including a fun and delightful video about the alternative of a ‘would be’ world without the Internet. Enjoy!
Michael Hayman MBE and Nick Giles, founders of the campaigning organization Seven Hills, have just written a book. Mission: How the Best in Business Break Through. According to the authors, the nature of entrepreneurship is changing – and the mission now is to improve the world through business.
Hayman and Giles define 3 types of entrepreneurs: carers (those who want to change people’s lives for the better), sharers (who want to bring people together with networking) and darers (resilient trail blazers harnessing technology to achieve ‘impossible’ heights).
The authors suggest that startups revise their story to better connect with investors and customers: “It must be simple, remarkable and connect with people on an emotional level. It should also consider the customer, the competition, the campaign, and show the founder’s commitment to the cause.”
Don’t miss Linkilaw’s take on entrepreneurs and mentors who contributed to their success, posted earlier this week.
An interesting read on the reasons you should hire and retain (maybe at all costs) an employee with an entrepreneurial nature. Though they may be hard to work with at times, the value they can bring to your business with new ideas and fervent drive can far exceed any inconvenient ruffling of feathers.
According to author Elizabeth Hotson, Sir Richard Branson (who has an estimated net worth of £3bn) has certainly thrived running his own businesses. He says: “I think anyone who sets up a business is to an extent a disruptive individual, because starting a business is simply someone thinking ‘I can do it better than anybody else, and I know how to do it’.
Many employers have lost out when a disruptive talent has gone on to startup their own business, and ended up competing with them. Owning your own business isn’t for everyone, though a unique talent with a tenacious spirit is a prime candidate.
If you own a legitimate copy of Windows 7 or 8.1, the new Windows 10 download is free. Businesses can upgrade from August 1st, and other users will be notified of availability during the staggered roll out. The innovative Windows Insider Program allowed access to preview builds, with participants giving feedback to help shape a better product.
Welcome news is that ‘10’ is more like a throwback to Windows 7, ditching much of Window 8’s unpopular touch-based interface. Windows 10 also has enhanced Windows Defender and Smart Screen, to help guard against cyber threats.
According to BBC reporter Peter Shadbolt, instant recognition is the holy grail for a business, and that’s why multinational companies spend hundreds of thousands (and even millions) on their logos.
Shadbolt interviews several logo experts, including Martin Christie, of the London-based logo design firm Alchemist, who tells him that “simplicity is key.” But he also cautions that firms shouldn’t rush into a decision. “It’s common sense to spend time on your logo – it’s the first thing that people see; it’s the look of your company; and it’s going to reflect what you do.”
This week, Linkilaw digs deeper into the difference a great logo can make, with do’s and don’ts and lots of inspiration for creating your very own.
This whimsical video is the lighthearted result of a collaboration between private tech entrepreneur network Founders Forum and communications agency Freuds, to mark the former’s ten year anniversary and raise awareness for The Web Foundation, launched by one of the video’s many stars, Sir Tim Berners Lee, in 2009. Narrated by Stephen Fry and produced by Wikipedia founder, Jimmy Wales.