Ideatrotter: Disruptive 2.0 Intelligence

From 48 Cents in the Bank to Escape Velocity

When Shane Snow co-founded Contently a few years ago he had just 48 cents in his bank account. Fast forward to the end of 2011 and the startup was on track to clear over $1 million in revenue. 

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Better Collaboration Leads to Big Success

In this interview, we hear from the Swedish-born founder of SoundCloud, Alex Ljung. When he was a kid, Ljung never had a lemonade stand or dreamed of becoming a startup entrepreneur, but the founder of SoundCloud has quickly become a leading pioneer in our new wired world - due to the ease of collaboration, social interactivity, and iconic orange waveform that define his online audio distribution platform.

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Entrepreneurship in times of crisis

LAUNCH Ticker News Flash brought to you by Bing! Entrepreneur and angel investor Jason Calacanis shares tips for startups and founders about how to keep the business calm when a war breaks out, or a financial crisis looms. These big events can rattle markets, sometimes for years, and excessive worry can set it. Great companies can grow through a crisis. Here are some of the steps to make it happen. 

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The 6 Pivots of Hot or Not

Hot or Not’s James Hong explains how he set out to create a fun way to compare and rate people’s attractiveness online and quickly discovered that success can kill if you don’t figure out how to handle it quick.

Hong knew he had struck gold when he saw his own father compelled to rate people on the site, and in their first week of launch, Hot or Not had over two million unique page views, an extraordinary feat for a website started with little to no capital - but it was also the beginning of the extraordinary challenges he would face. Some companies pivot once or twice. 

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Stem Cell Guru Talks Innovation in Treating Disease

"One of the most powerful demonstrated capabilities of our company has been to look at innovation as a way to change the paradigm in the treatment of serious diseases," says Bob Hariri, founder and CEO of Celgene Cellular Therapeutics.

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Inside Elon Musk’s $17M Bel Air Mansion

Musk seems to be the topic of most of the news in recent days. Even if you are for or against it, chances are you have seen the plan of the Hyperloop. This is one of the many epic creations from Musk’s mind; others include Tesla Motors, Solar City and Space X. In this video, Betty Liu of Bloomberg takes an inside look at how well the serial entrepreneur lives.

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What Do You Get After 14 Years Of Entrepreneurship?

Meet Nirav Tolia, the CEO of neighborhood social network Nextdoor, who shares his lessons about entrepreneurship and what it means starting early in life.

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Hitting It Against All Odds

At first glance, Tito Beveridge, the charismatic founder of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, appears to be an unlikely success story, possibly even a complete fluke. 

Beveridge tells Big Think he didn’t set out to build a big nationwide vodka company. He just set out “to meet some girls, write off my bar tab, and maybe make $1,200 a month.” So what’s the moral of this story? Beveridge did what he loved, followed his dream, and ended up beating the odds. Maybe his success is not such a fluke after all.

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Steve Case on Startups That Attract His Attention and What Kills a Deal

Many aspiring entrepreneurs think they have a big idea, but few truly are, says AOL co-founder Steve Case, who invests in startups through his venture-capital firm Revolution LLC.

"Most companies are not big ideas, they’re small ideas," Case says. "They’re just trying to do something in a modest sort of a way." What Case looks for when funding a startup is a team intent on executing a revolutionary idea, one that has the potential to be a big company.

In this video, Case outlines how a startup can capture his attention, as well as some of the most common red flags that almost always kill a deal.

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How to find your element

Finding one’s passion and true purpose in life is essential to human flourishing. In this new RSA Shorts video, Sir Ken Robinson argues that education, organisations and communities need to be built on a model of diversity rather than conformity, so that every individual is able to discover and develop their unique talents and abilities. 

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