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Don’t Believe Everything You Hear About Platform Businesses

When Enron was formed in 1985 through the merger of two natural gas pipeline companies, it became the second largest gas marketer in the America. Over the next decade the firm grew to be a dominant force in the industry and built a sophisticated trading operation that could compete with the biggest New York banks. …

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Most Science Startups Fail. Here’s Why:

It seems like every day we see or hear about a breakthrough new discovery that will change everything. Some, like perovskites in solar cells and CRISPR are improvements on existing technologies. Others, like quantum computing and graphene promise to open up new horizons encompassing many applications. Nevertheless, we are still waiting for a true market …

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The Change Management Field Needs to Change, Before it’s Disrupted

It’s no secret the world is changing – fast. That’s why over 60% of all executives now believe disruption will hit their industries hard in the next year. It doesn’t matter the industry – management consulting, financial services, education. Everyone’s at risk. This is exactly why I recently outlined why “organizational lag” is every company’s …

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Elon Musk Targets Press, Competitors in Combative Tesla Earnings Call

Elon Musk‘s typical bravado was on full display Wednesday during Tesla’s first quarter earnings call.  The Tesla CEO answered questions boldly and even defiantly at times, at one point going on an anti-media rant and at another point challenging the head of a major competitor. Musk, who tends to respond to criticism with bombast and address …

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To Be a Better Leader, Be Less Optimistic

In addition to being an important driver of personal health, optimism has been cited as one of the most important qualities of an innovative leader. There’s a pessimistic view, however. Leaders who are too optimistic can actually diminish their team’s morale and productivity. This is because excessive optimism (for example, a “we can do anything” …

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The Co-Founder of Salesforce is Taking His Talents to the Blockchain–Here’s Why

Halsey Minor is among one of the latest big names to venture into blockchain. Where the name may be unfamiliar to most people, truth be told Minor helped pioneer the Internet revolution and shaped the future of technology as we know it. His first significant accomplishment was founding the iconic CNET in 1994, known for its …

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