Tag Archives: Entrepreneurship

Don’t follow your passion

I’m a huge fan of Ben Horowitz – although I’ve never met him… and his speech to the graduation class at Columbia is such a fresh breath of air, its positive and profound – and as always he’s encouraging the new and unusual, love it !!

I wish more people would follow this advice; “When you go through life, what you’ll find is what you take out of the world over time — be it money, cars, stuff, accolades — is much less important than what you’ve put into the world.”

Ludwig Project – music, passion and equality

Did you see the Apple Keynote..? Among all the treats and trinkets from Apple – one showcase made my heart sink, bringing music to deaf people.

The Ludwig Project aims to bring the beautiful world of music to deaf people – with an armband that translates music into touch.

I’ve loved music since I was a little wee boyo, I’ve played music and I live my life to music – 1 new album per week since 1981… I’ve seen so much excitement, happiness and calm in others from music, I’ve danced like a silly person for nights and days, travelled far for it, made friends, admired the talent and creativity, I’ve seen it across all cultures and age groups, it is a language and a common ground for all of us, it brings memories from just a few notes… it is a truly massive influence, inspiration and refuge to me and billions of people.

Just imagine Your life Without music… really think about it… remove all the memories, remove the sense of rhythm, take away all the associations, your sense of movement in tune with music… take it all away… it’d be a very different life.

I’m by no means suggesting that deaf people cannot live amazing and fulfilling lives – they do amazing things by way of other senses, which I frankly wished I had the ability to do, but why shouldn’t they Also have the joy of music!!?

Anybody who does anything however small or big to bring the joy and wonder of music to those unfortunately deprived of hearing – either from birth or from loss of it, they demand our gratitude and support !!

Love what you’re doing Ludwig – Thank You ;o)

How to run a company with (almost) no rules

Ricardo Semler is a truly truly inspiring character, it takes vision and guts to run this strategy – I’m on board 🙂 !!

Watch him on TED.

You should think that in 2015 the world would have woken up and realised that top-down, super hierarchy, control mania, build-on-distrust … business models – well, they “work”… but they stink, they do not inspire or foster creativity !

Give people ownership – with responsibility, and it’s amazing how things start happening !

The Collective Project

These guys are amazing, and it is Not often I’m captured by Microsoft initiatives (which I gather this is)…

The Collective Project and anybody else who tries to make life better for those most unfortunate – always makes me go soft in the knees!!!

I borrowed the image from their own page – think they don’t mind…

Beans from A Small Section of the World

A group of women in Costa Rica takes initiative – have to make a living, starts growing coffee – and their beans ends up in my favorite Illy coffee… Gotta love stories like this!!

Check A Small Section of the World

A Small Section of the World

I didn’t know it was possible … But I think I love coffee just a little bit more today 🙂