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Entrepreneurs... but philosophers too

The greatest entrepreneurs are known for their business skills as well as their companies’ accomplishments. But their success-stories often hide an even more exciting personal one. Their life experiences have brought them a very unique outlook on life, the people they’ve met along the way have changed them forever and their hectic lives have turned them into bonafide philosophers. Plato WHO?

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Words of wisdom by Silicon Valley’s big brains

The infographic - April 12, 2017

While Silicon Valley remains the leading hub for high-tech innovation and development, it seems to be a place filled with inspirational tales too.
Here’s a roundup of some of the most philosophical words from the Valley’s biggest brains

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The best lines in biopics about the world of business

Gimme 5 - April 12, 2017

The business world, money, and innovation have always been fascinating to filmmakers. That’s why businessmen, their trials, tribulations and crazy antics are often the subjects of big Hollywood movies. Here’s our Top 5 of the best lines in biopics about the world of business

1. Drop the ‘The’, just ‘Facebook’ !– Sean Parker: That’s the infamous advice Sean Parker, founder of music sharing website Napster, gave to Mark Zuckerberg right before Facebook’s official start in the movie The Social Network.
It’s clear today that Mr Parker knew what he was talking about: can you imagine saying « Are you on The Facebook? » ?!

2. “McDonald’s can be the new American church, and it ain’t just open on Sundays, boys” – Ray Kroc : In The Founder, the mighty Ray Kroc, played by Michael Keaton, is all about persistence. That quality alongside some clever business tricks helped him take over the restaurant founded by the McDonald brothers in the early 60’s once he started to believe that the little chapel on the side of the road could become the future of fast-food.

3. “There’s no nobility in poverty” – Jordan Belfort: In The Wolf Of Wall Street, Leonardo DiCaprio plays the famously venal Jordan Belfort. Based on the trader-entrepreneur’s life story, Leo starts his most memorable speech with this brief but precious, spot-on yet dismissive sentence before sending his devoted staff into a frenzy with the remaining of his talk.

4. “Never speak, on my behalf, about my business, again” – Joy Mangano: In Joy, Jennifer Lawrence portrays Joy Mangano, a single mom of two children who invents the self-wringing plastic mop « Miracle Pop ». As a woman evolving in man-dominated industries, this creative mind won’t let anybody speak about what’s hers without her approval.

5. “I don’t think there’s one word that can describe a man’s life” – Charles Foster Kane: For his iconic Charles Foster Kane character and his tragic destiny, Orson Welles took inspiration in the story of William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951). Indeed their paths and fates are very similar. In the movie, every character give a very distinct description of the press tycon

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“The more you adapt, the more interesting you are”

A picture says it all - April 12, 2017

Cooking shows have been a fixture of American TV for a long time. Although chef Julia Child, was already talking about French cuisine in her television shows and books in the 60’s, Martha Stewart’s arrival in the 90’s took housewife culture to a whole new level in the US.

Known for her cooking and lifestyle shows, Martha Stewart Living and later on Martha, she has become a successful businesswoman branching out into publishing, digital, ready-to-wear and even winery with her Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, and is now at the top of a mutli-billion dollar empire.
Far removed from the cliché representation of the housewife, her most celebrated saying is a true testament to her life-story: “the more you adapt, the more interesting you are”

Still a very prominent figure in American culture, Martha keeps walking by her mantra as we can see with her latest Snoop Dogg-assisted TV show. In Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party, the newfound besties are battling each other out with some refined food.
The show is a hit and many familiar faces like Robin Thicke, 50 Cent, Ashlee Simpson, DJ Khaled, Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa or Seth Rogen have graced its stage already.

Adaptability really is the key, or so it seems!

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Jason Feifer, editor-in-chief for “Entrepreneur” magazine

The 3 questions - April 12, 2017

A reference in the latest business and corporate world news ever since its creation in 1977, Entrepreneur magazine also has a Facebook page called “Inspiration for Entrepreneurs” which posts on a daily basis tips and quotes… from entrepreneurs.
The magazine’s editor-in-chief Jason Feifer tells us why “entrepreneurs-philosophers “ are so popular.

Orange Pop: How do you explain people’s fascination with entrepreneurs nowadays ?

Jason Feifer: A few decades ago, most people didn’t need to pave their own path. They could just get a corporate job, or a factory job, and work it their entire lives. But now we live in unpredictable times. Our economies are rapidly changing, and our politics seem ever-more dysfunctional. The only way to survive is to think entrepreneurially. Entrepreneurs are the people who are taking control of their lives – building their own companies, creating their own jobs, enacting their own vision. That’s exciting, and it’s also critically important.

O. Pop: Entrepreneurs’ quotations and intellectual traits now coincide with those of great writers, philosophers and artists of all disciplines. Have entrepreneurs become the new thinkers of the Modern Times ?

J.F: I think so, yes. Entrepreneurs build big, impressive things. Through the ideas that they transform into products and companies, they change their own lives, their communities, and occasionally even the world. They have a can-do attitude, and so it’s no surprise that everyone wants to understand how the most successful entrepreneurs think.

O. Pop: According you, what exactly is a good entrepreneurial quote ?

J.F: There’s no one great kind of quote. Often, in fact, the greatest entrepreneurial quotes aren’t all that shocking or revealing. Instead, they manage to crystalize a common-sense idea in a meaningful way. Entrepreneurism can be abstract; it’s not like there’s a manual for how to be inventive, stubborn, and risk-taking. So, I think it’s helpful for people to hear about those qualities in ways that are inspiring and easy to remember.

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Jason Fiefer, editor-in-chief for Entrepreneur magazine © David Rinella

Bonus question : what is your favorite entrepreneurial quote ?

J.F: Reid Hoffman often says that entrepreneurs need to live their lives in “permanent beta”. We must be constantly adjusting and reinventing ourselves. I love that phrase.

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How to become the king of the world with 6 quotes by Richard Branson?

The killer question - April 12, 2017

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Big Boss Branson (Photo for The Washington Post by Carlo Allegri)

Founder and CEO of Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Cola, Virgin Trains, Virgin Mobile, Virgin Direct, Virgin Money, Virgin Galactic… among others, Richard Branson is one of the most celebrated entrepreneurs on the planet. But most of all, he is a self-made man who always reminds people that nothing’s impossible, not even getting to the moon.

Still you have to go by these 6 rules:

 . The first one is a nod to his free spirit : « Screw it, just do it” (Source : Enigma Magazine, 2012)

. The second one is a basic principle that still needs to be repeated over and over again : Keep going until you succeed and don’t give it up (Source : Virgin StartUp, 2015)

. The third one deals with the need of observing what’s going on and what hasn’t been done ever before: Shake up with things and do better than it’s been done before” (Source : Forbes, 2013)

. The forth one is a lesson on humbleness and flair: Not try to do everything yourself. Try to find people who are better than you” (Source : Genius Network, 2011)

. The fifth one seems inspired by a famous line from a very famous movie (“With great power comes great responsability” as said by Peter Parker/Spider-Man’s uncle, Benjamin Parker): “As a leader of people, you have to be a great listener, a great motivator and looking at the best in people” (Source : Big Think, 2011)

. The sixth one, possibly the most important, is the key to respect: “Treat people well, and people will come back for more”) (Source : Ted Conference, 2007)

You know what to do 😉

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Samir Abdelkrim, the French-Algerian entrepreneur who wants to “Innovate to finance innovation”

Who's who - April 12, 2017

In a near future, “why not imagine two, three or even four African Kickstarters which would finance african innovations?” It is one of the numerous ideas Samir Abdelkrim, entrepreneur and founder of StartupBRICS.com, the first french-language media for innovation in emerging countries.

Relying on both its multi-faceted internet platform (strategic advice, linking and awareness raising, promotion and financing support) and its tech-reporter skills for Le Monde and Les Echos, he wants to show the rest of the world that Africa and the emerging countries will soon become the future champions of innovation.

8 months a year, this startup scout explores entrepreneurial ecosystems in Africa, but also in India. From Mauritania and Kenya to Gabon and Botswana, he has already visited 21 african countries to get in touch with the talents of tomorrow. His adventure is detailled in his book Startup Lions which is the ultimate guide for startups in Africa (it is also full of potent quotes!)

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Samir Abdelkrim (center) and other highly motivated african entrepreneurs © Startup Lions

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The wise Sean Parker: tech's unsung hero

Music - April 12, 2017

At a time when companies like Facebook and Deezer are ruling the world and their founders have become pop culture icons, it seems like one particular tech guy isn’t getting the recognition he deserves: Mr Sean Parker.

After launching Napster in 1999 – the first peer-to-peer file sharing Internet service – and see it shut down due to copyright issues only 2 years later, Parker has definitely left his mark in the tech industry where he is considered a pioneer – as documented in the movie “The Social Network

Owning part of Facebook, his story has been eventful to say the least and his words, although not as celebrated as those of his peers, are very uplifting too.

Here are a few quotes from a man who seems to have 9 lives:

“I definitely wanted to earn my freedom. But the primary motivation wasn’t making money, but making an impact.”

“Running a start-up is like eating glass. You just start to like the taste of your own blood.”

“Your biggest challenge as an entrepreneur is not concealing your idea from others or keeping your idea a secret, it is actually convincing people that you’re not crazy and that you can pull it off.”

Sean Parker is more than a movie villain, as much as he is depicted as a tech bad boy, he still is one of its biggest heroes, an unsung one, but still a hero.

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When YouTube takes over the « Darude – Sandstorm » craze.

Stories - April 12, 2017

REJOICE! The reason behind internet phenomenon « Darude – Sandstorm » has finally been uncovered and we’ll try to explain it as clearly as possible.

A few years ago, on video game streaming platform Twitch, «Sandstorm » a song by Finnish DJ-producer Darude would automatically play every time the system would crash. Tired of seeing comments asking for the song’s information, the users started answering mechanically “Darude – Sandstorm”… even when it wasn’t the song people were asking about. Later on, YouTube’s comment sections were infested with “Darude – Sandstorm” answers as soon as anybody was asking to identify a song, and it quickly became the ultimate answer to ANY question that was asked on social media.

The meme was so successful that Jawed Karim, aka one of YouTube’s co-founder, even updated his “Me At The Zoo” video – the first to ever be posted on the platform – and added that the song playing in the background was… “Darude – Sandstorm”… even though no music can be heard in the video…

When the mighty YouTube validates a catchy phrase, it automatically becomes LEGENDARY.

… and if it wasn’t clear enough, just watch this video.

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Twitter's co-founder, Biz Stone, sets the record straight (in less than 140 characters)

Stories - April 13, 2017

Another day another new social media… or so it seems. Some allow us to share our thoughts and moods with the world; others let us know about the latest trends. Truth be told, a lot of people are struggling to keep up with this very 2.0 era.

It seems like one guy in particular is fed up with the comparisons that are made between the different socials out there, and that guy is none other than Biz Stone, aka the co-founder of Twitter.

In less than 140 characters, the boss man has managed to sum up the main differences between his platform and his main competitors’, namely Facebook and Pinterest. With this tweet he also says that even though they all aim at bringing people together on a global scale, there’s room for everybody.

After all, who can talk best about a social media than the guy who has created it?

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Richard Branson wants you to "think like a toddler"

Stories - April 14, 2017

When you know that Sir Richard Branson’s favorite book is “Peter Pan” by J.M Barrie, the quote below makes even more sense.

« There is huge power in thinking like a toddler »

Branson explains on his blog that unlike adults, toddlers tend to face obstacles head on. They are never discouraged to try over and over again until they succeed. This very state of mind was the one he was in when he launched his first business aged 16.

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And just like his hero Peter Pan, the entrepreneur has always tried to defy the limits of space and time as evidenced by his Virgin Atlantic, Galactic and Orbit subsidiaries.

Maybe this quote by Richard could be coupled up with a famous one by Mark Twain : “they did not know it was impossible, so they did it”

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Cannes Film Festival welcomes Netflix and becomes "a laboratory"

Stories - April 17, 2017

« The Cannes Film Festival is a laboratory »

This sentence was said at the unveiling of this year’s Cannes Film Festival selection. It didn’t come from an entrepreneur but from Thierry Frémaux, the director of the festival, when he was referring to the inclusion of a Netflix-produced movie (Bong Joon-Ho’s “Okja”) in the selection.

By saying this and putting Netflix at the forefront this year, Frémaux expresses how Cannes Film Festival should always be optimistic about the future and never-out-of-touch with what’s going on.

Goes to show that entrepreneurs and their brilliant ideas are so influential that even the most prestigious organizations have no other choice but to adapt their formats.

It reminds us of something co-founder and CEO of Netflix Reed Hastings said: “Don’t be afraid to change the model”… sounds like Thierry Frémaux took it literally.

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The motto of the entrepreneur, according to "Flickr" co-founder, Caterina Fake

Stories - April 18, 2017

In this speech that resurfaced a few days ago, Caterina Fake, the co-founder of Flickr and Hunch, has made the statement we’re sure every successful entrepreneur has lived by and that every aspiring one should carry:

“If you are an entrepreneur, you are never not thinking of the next great idea”

The mogul explained during her speech that there isn’t a specific place or time to think about your next big project and that an entrepreneurs’ mind should always be switched on.
Most of the times, they are inspired by their surroundings, their daily life.
In the rest of her speech that was delivered in Phoenix, Arizona; she gave advice on how to maximize your time in order to be more creative pointing out that she now only goes on social media twice a day: an hour in the morning, an hour in the afternoon.

When it comes to entrepreneurship, nobody can teach us better lessons than the guys who have managed to be successful with their crazy ventures.
Hopefully this week’s stories have been as inspiring to you as it has been to us.

Now GO FOR IT! 😉

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See you next week!

To be continued - April 12, 2017

Next Wednesday, we’ll show you just how much pop culture Loves AI!

 

 

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