Less than three years later, we’ve reached that magical bootstrap nirvana of being debt-free and profitable.
Airbnb, the undeniable poster child of the sharing economy, may be about to face one of its toughest PR battles yet.
Marlon Brando once complained that working on the set of a troubled film was like trying to do a crossword puzzle while falling down an elevator shaft. That description came to mind today because it fits perfectly a job in Silicon Valley that recently opened up: CEO of Twitter. [Source: Pando.com]
I decided to ask myself a question: What is more important to me, my business or my employees?
Last night Perth based film maker Matt Hardie was celebrating his Tropfest win for his short film Bamboozled (above) – today however he has woken up to outrage from the Trans and Gay and Lesbian community, labelling his film as offensive and insensitive. On top of that now social media activists are berating the film for it’s glorification of rape culture.
There are four ways aspiring entrepreneurs can develop their million dollar idea. They can stand in the shower and wait for the ‘aha!’ moment. They can listen to customer complaints and detect trends. They can market-test an existing idea to see if anyone else cares. Or they can just steal someone else’s.
This article is the first time I have ever announced this in a public forum, but it’s time for me to come out.
If you are really dumb enough to think that this whole NSA Prism controversy is actually controversial then you are an idiot.
Over the last couple of months, I have been involved in a few discussions, some private, some in a group environment, some in a government capacity – all revolving around the term “startup” and who in fact it actually belongs to. I must admit, I have been fence sitting when it comes to this particular topic, and part of me get’s really annoyed about the conversation, as I don’t feel comfortable excluding a group from using a term because it doesn’t fit the definition another is giving it.
The word bigot has become like the word migraine, it is overused and has been given it’s own meaning in an urban context. Just like someone in the workplace is “going home because they have a migraine” [if you really had one, you would not be driving home, you would be crawling into the darkness of a storage cupboard at work to sleep] the word “bigot” is thrown around on and offline these days like confetti at a wedding.
If there is one thing that is certain in our society, it’s the fact that everyone has an opinion, and we are entitled to express it. If people disagree with that opinion they in turn are entitled to express that. When opinions are given in forums by people who may have a public profile, we see people expressing their opposing opinions on a grander scale such as protest, petition or demonstration – all of which are perfectly legal and acceptable ways to get their point across.