Source: Founder Collective

San Francisco, New York, Berlin, London, Shanghai… If I asked you to list the top startup tech hubs globally, these established powerhouses would certainly top the charts. They produce the majority of the elite of tech companies and the lion’s share of venture returns. And every city is trying to become the “next Silicon Valley” — without the massive homelessness and extreme inequality, of course :)

But as an American expat (and serial entrepreneur, startup growth and strategy advisor, occasional investor, and aspiring VC) that recently moved back to Zurich, Switzerland, I must say, I was shocked at the rapid…

Is this the Death of Dirty Business?

Written by Matt Ward and Gerd Leonhard

Since the advent of the microprocessor, and even more so since the dotcom boom and bust cycle of the 90s, the economy has been transforming from one based on hard goods, assets, and rxaw materials to one focused almost entirely on digital technology and infrastructure. Once Fortune 500 companies have been reduced to ash as innovative startups have swallowed up ever larger portions of the economic pie, many like Netflix vs Blockbuster, online news, or AirBnb vs any hotel chain, simply by removing the real-world physical costs of real estate.

This trend is…

By Matt Ward and Gerd Leonhard

In 1943, Abraham Maslow proposed his now well-known theory of human motivation, ie, Maslow’s hierarchy of needs — starting with physiological things like food, water, and shelter, and increasing in complexity and fulfilment, culminating in self-actualization: the achievement of one’s personal and creative potential.

While that may seem a strange starting point for a conversation on the future of work and jobs in a post-automation world, it is not. The truth is, we are rushing into a future of mass automation where most manual labor and “left-brained” thinking becomes the domain of robotics and…

Written by Matt Ward and Gerd Leonhard

Adam Smith, with his landmark book The Wealth of Nations, published in 1776, is recognized by most as the father of capitalism. In 1970, Milton Friedman built upon Smith’s legacy with the Friedman doctrine, outlining the basics of what we recognize today as shareholder capitalism — which argues that a business’s primary (if not only) responsibility is to its shareholders, ie, making more money.

This has been the dominant operating framework for modern business that has driven the boards of big companies around the world. But today — as we are nearing the…

By Gerd Leonhard and Matt Ward and Gerd Leonhard.

Covid-19 has accelerated the demise of traditional corporate capitalism

2019 was a year of great prosperity and innovation, with stock markets booming, democracy largely thriving (well, apart from what went down in Trump’s USA), and unemployment at near-record lows throughout much of the developed world. But then, Covid-19 struck and changed everything as half the world went into lock-down, economies and supply-chains ground to a halt, unemployment skyrocketed, and the world suffered its greatest health/humanitarian crisis since World War II. All of a sudden, the future look bleak.

The myth that many people want to believe is that things will…

Fixing Mental Health and Finding our Way to More High-Performers

Why is self-acceptance so hard (for me)? Why is the very idea that we are not enough so prevalent in our culture, our afflicted society? And why do so many high-performers struggle with feelings of inadequacy? Not successful enough, rich enough, famous enough…

Many books have been written on the subject, and many more will be. But what about me? What about you? Self-help books are great for ‘the masses,’ but I’m different. I’m special, unique. Isn’t that what we’re all told growing up? And in many ways, it isn’t wrong. …

An Entrepreneurs Guide to Scalable Business Growth

“Do things that don’t scale.” -Paul Graham

Worse. Advice. Ever…

Depending on the stage and size of your business, this mentality could spell disaster. The further along your business is, the less this applies to you.

Yet it’s something ALL entrepreneurs struggle with. We’re ADD. We focus on the things we like doing, or worse yet, the ones that are easy. We write the blog posts, share on social, make flyers, cold-call customers…

That’s called a job, not a business. If you’re essential to your company, you’re an employee, not an entrepreneur. There is nothing wrong with that. …

Source: TechCrunch

How companies copy others to create creative value and progress

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  1. How Copycats Steal Better Business Models

2. Creative Copying and Why Entrepreneurs Should Embrace It

“There’s nothing new under the sun.”

We’ve all heard it... but what then is creativity, what is inspiration? Is it the artist or entrepreneur creating something completely unique, or combining previously separate things in new and innovative ways?

Does it matter?

Whoever said creativity was the key to success? The starving artist is a trope for a reason. And while people HATE Zuckerberg for copying Snapchat down to the pixel, was it the wrong choice? Today Instagram’s killing Snap, crushing the…

The Pros and Cons of Bootstrapping and Venture Funding

There’s no such thing as a free lunch, at least not in the cutthroat world of venture capital. VCs (and most angel investors) are in the business of making money work, big time ROIs. And if you take outside funding, you’re obligated to deliver.

But still, free money… it’s so tempting, especially if a VC-backed competitor could come in and kick the crap out of your company in a race to market.

So inevitably, the question all founders face is: Do you take outside funding? And if so, from whom?

It can be overwhelming. Where do you even get started?

The Simple Formula for Funding, Growth, Sales and More…

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re either: a) a founder/CEO or b) someone considering starting a company. Either way, if you want to build something big and lasting, this is for you.

There are many formulas for business success, but many more pitfalls. There’s a reason 70–90% of businesses fail (depending on your source).

To avoid the obstacles, and make scaling/fundraising/growth etc… easier, here are eight all-important questions you MUST answer.

NOTE: This isn’t some stupid top ten list. This is a quiz, and your company’s future depends on your ability to answer.

So, take five or ten minutes…

Matt Ward

Investor, Startup Advisor & CEO/Business Coach: | Sci-Fi Author: | Futurist Tech Podcaster: | 3 Exits @mattwardio

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