Browsing: Innovation

One Country. Two Worlds. One Idea.

Lately, I’ve felt increasingly conflicted. I’ve spent the past ten-plus years in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley as an author, entrepreneur, and angel investor. The optimism here is endless, and fear does not exist. Yet, I grew up in Colfax, California, a small rural town three hours away where the biggest story… continue reading »

How Andreessen Horowitz Is Disrupting Silicon Valley

Just over the crest of the highest point on Sand Hill Road, amid a cluster of relaxed buildings that could easily pass as residential units, sit the offices of Andreessen Horowitz (A.H.). Inside, you enter a lobby that doubles as a library featuring some of the favorite books of Marc Andreessen, who originally made a… continue reading »

Five of Steve Jobs’s Biggest Mistakes

Originally published on Harvard Business Review’s blog. It’s a great disservice to everyone, especially young people, that the stories that we often hear about the most accomplished entrepreneurs sound so effortless. The truth is just the opposite, even for visionary creative success stories like those of Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, Howard Schultz, Wendy Kopp, and… continue reading »

Why Google CEO Page should friend Amazon’s Bezos

Published originally on MarketWatch. SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Google Inc. has reached another fascinating period of its growth and evolution. Three years ago, the Internet giant risked becoming the next Microsoft as it became more political and bureaucratic on the back of astronomical growth. But Larry Page’s return as CEO has brought welcomed product focus, leadership,… continue reading »

The Little “Nudges” that Would Make Even Churchill Proud

Last week, thanks to Kieron Boyle, Head of Social Finance and Investment at the UK Cabinet Office, who I was introduced to by Jonathan Greenblatt, head of the White House Office of Social Innovation and special assistant to President Obama, I had the privilege of visiting 10 Downing Street with a group of BLK SHP… continue reading »

“Perfectionism and imperfection” (from goop; Gwenyth Paltrow’s blog)

From the Entrepreneur Peter Sims “Breaking free from perfectionism isn’t easy, largely because of how we’re raised and taught. We’re rewarded and loved by parents, teachers, and mentors for getting good grades, accomplishing athletic achievements, or getting into a great school or job. The problem with that approach to praise and reward is that it… continue reading »

Obama’s Second Chance: Fulfilling the Untapped Potential

Originally appeared on Forbes. This article is by Peter Sims, author of Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries, coauthor with Bill George of True North, and founder of the BLKSHP. He must radically change the way he leads. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The first time that I believed Barack Obama wanted to be… continue reading »

Why GivingTuesday is the Social Innovation Idea of the Year

reprinted from Bloomberg, original article here. The most adaptive, agile companies and organizations are figuring out how to leverage what they do best to take advantage of global, seismic shifts in media, technology and society. Today’s newest and brightest example is a distributed philanthropic movement called GivingTuesday. I’ve seen the underlying trend firsthand as an… continue reading »

Can You Solve America’s Problems? via Inc. Magazine

Fuse Corps received a flattering writeup in Inc. Magazine today.  Please send your nominations for the prestigious 2013 fellowship to me so that I can pass those onto the team. http://www.inc.com/jessica-stillman/use-your-entrepreneurial-skills-to-solve-americas-problems.html Are you a brilliant, entrepreneurial troublemaker? A fellowship program that pairs business people with local government to actually get stuff done wants to hear… continue reading »

Fuse Corps becomes a BIG bet, thanks to many Black Sheep

I’m very proud to be a part of the Fuse Corps team, a social venture that places some of America’s most talented entrepreneurial leaders in the trenches with a mayor, governor, or dynamic social entrepreneur to discover new approaches to sticky problems.  Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, for example, needed Erika Dimmler, a CNN producer who… continue reading »