Entrepreneurship

Innovating From Within Developing Economies: Build What You Know

Many entrepreneurs seem focused on solving “first-world” problems for wealthy audiences. I’m often asked whether fostering startup growth in developing areas helps steer some of that creativity to a more …

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The new rocket fuel: Hypernova’s mission to create sustainable propulsion

Jonathan Lun and Zachary Lefevre both won Global Impact Challenges in South Africa and Canada, respectively. As a result, they were invited to Singularity University in Silicon Valley for GSP …

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Leadership Development for a Rapidly Changing World

Leadership Skills for Exponential Times We tend to treat leadership as a skill – something singular, specific and focal. As such we try to learn it in the same way …

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Essential Lessons for Founders: Scaling Your Startup with the Right People

By now you have heard this a gazillion times: The lore of the lone founder is not only exaggerated but plain wrong. Companies are built by groups of dedicated people, …

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This Startup Turns Indoor Spaces Into Urban Wellness Farms

Imagine a world where everyday public spaces have become lush urban farms—a world where subway walkways grow nutrient-dense produce for anyone to utilize, and public elementary school gymnasium walls have …

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Essential Lessons for Founders: Tackle Strategy Early On

Founders often smirk when they hear people talk about strategy, strategic planning, or any other term prefaced with “strategy/strategic.” In a world that constantly shifts in the blink of an …

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What Happens at the Intersection of Grit and Growth?

Often we hear about the pursuit of a growth mindset in an effort to shift our thought process away from incremental thinking towards exponential growth. You may possess incredible amounts …

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Lessons From the Co-Founder of Hong Kong’s First Startup Accelerator

No location has a monopoly on innovation. However, out of simplicity and because of selective media awareness, we often focus on a small number of innovation hubs rather than look …

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Culture: Why Big Finance Falters in Fintech

From 2009 – 2014, I built one of the first commercially viable robo-advisors, the first deep-learning network that could detect market-moving Congressional legislation, and one of the earliest trading algorithms …

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Thriving in an Exponential World (and Making a Difference Doing So!)

“May you live in interesting times.” —Chinese Proverb This (somewhat liberally translated) Chinese proverb is something you hear often in Silicon Valley these days. Some say it is a curse. …

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