FACT vs OPINION

At Harvard, a young boy by the name of Mark was suspended. They said he violated the rules in starting an idea. Deeply passionate about his idea, he left “their Harvard” to follow that idea. That idea became a multi billion dollar intangible product and brand, its called Facebook!

Mark Zuckerrberg – Facebook CEO

Today, the same school that suspended Mark  for facebook (Harvard) now pays him to have and promote “a facebook page”!

The Lessons:
Don’t let anyone shrink your big dreams into the small frames of reality.

Opinions Vs Facts.
Opinions suggests that you can’t, the fact is that you can!

Everyone has a right to an opinion. And opinions are relative. In the words of the American conscious rapper, Talib Kweli, ” You can have your own opinions but not your own facts”.

Understand the difference opinions, noise, voice and facts for out them, you create strategy!

When it comes to thoughts and life, don’t let the outer noise (opinions) drown the inner voice (facts). Listen to the noise, but pay attention to the voice.

When it comes to business, follow the words of Socrates,  “know thyself” and then others. Its a subset of Competitive Complexity.

Source:
© Hexavia!
www.hexavia.net

Advertisements

6 Entrepreneurial Lesons I Learnt from Jeff Weiner and LinkedIn

I recently watched Cory Johnson interview Jeff Weiner on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg West” and it was mind-blowing for me as an entrepreneur and that’s why I’ve decided to share. You also might learn a thing or two.

Image

ON THE MAJOR CHALLENGES FACED BY HYPER-GROWTH COMPANIES

The challenge we had before are similar to the ones we have now; remaining focus clearly defining the core of the and staying true. (With) Hyper-growth companies it’s easy to get distracted by the numerous opportunities ahead of you.

One of my favourite lines in business is managing hyper-growth is like putting a rocket out in the space; if you’re off by inches at launch you can be off by miles in orbit.

ON SCALABILITY

Making sure you have the right foundation so you can scale. Not only having the right team, which is paramount, but also the right infrastructure, the right processes and I think that has made a huge different for us.

ON THE SPEED OF GROWTH
…Making sure you’re prepared for the variability. It’s a very dynamic environment so you have to be comfortable with change. I think you have to be really focused

We talk about focus so often, we actually created an acronym:

F- Fewer things done better
C- Communicating the right information, to the right people at the right time.
S- Speed and quality of our decision making

ON OPEN COMMUNICATION

I hold town meetings every other week. I think open communication is so important and again it comes to the notion of managing speed. The more optics we can provide to our employees, not only of what’s working but also of what’s not working, the better we can all come together to improve what needs to be improved upon or to learn from the things that are working and to continue to invest and share that across all 26 cities that we operate around the world.

ON CULTURE AND VALUES
…For us is taking the time and investing in our culture and values, defining what those mean. For us culture is the collective personality of our organisation and it’s not only who we are, it’s who we aspire to be.

And I think that adding that element of aspiration gives you the permission to dream a bit about the kind of organisation you wanna build

Values are the operating principle we use to make day to day decisions which is a subset of that culture. And once you understand those elements of your organisation you’ve gotta hire against it, you’ve gotta ‘unboard’ against it, you gotta do learning development against it, you gotta evaluate performance against it and it’s all about leadership manifesting it day-in day-out. It’s not enough to put it on the wall, you’ve gotta leave by it.

ON TRANSFORMATION
They key word about this company is transformation; cultural transformation and We think about that in 3 ways:
– We think about transforming the trajectory of our employees’ careers
– We think about transforming our company and realising the full potentials of our platform
– And we think about transforming the world and realising our vision to create economic opportunity for every professional in the world. Where we’re defining professional as the 3.3billion people in the world of course

Jeff Weiner is the current CEO of LinkedIn and former Vice President of Yahoo’s network division. LinkedIn is a a business-related social networking website with over 25 million users around the world.

By  Adejuwon Isola-Osobu, CEO 1500naira.com

Technopreneur: Adejuwon Isola-Osobu

Meet the man told to leave Saudi Arabia for being ‘too handsome’

Omar Borkan Al Gala

Meet the ridiculously good-looking man who was reportedly told to leave Saudi Arabia for being too handsome.

Omar Borkan Al Gala, an actor and photographer from Dubai, was given his marching orders along with a number of other men at a cultural festival earlier this month.

With his perfectly formed cheekbones, captivating gaze and well groomed appearance, it’s easy to see why authorities felt so threatened by his good looks.

They were so worried, in fact, they thought the United Arab Emirates delegates might corrupt impressionable women at the annual Janadriyah Festival.

Good looking Continue reading

#DCCSocialMedia: Understanding Social Media Evolution in Nigeria

Image

Daystar Christian Centre held a Social Media Business Seminar tagged “Understanding Social Media Evolution in Nigeria” on Saturday 13th, April, 2013. The main aim was to help entrepreneurs reach a larger market and tap into the enormous potential of Social Media. The event held the Annex 2 of Daystar and was also live on twitter via the hashtag #DCCSocialMedia. The guest speaker were Deolu Akinyemi, Japhet Omojuwa and Chude Jideonwo and they all carried the conversation via their respective twitter accounts. (@deoluakinyemi @daystarng @Chude @omojuwa).

Here are some excerpts from twitter:

“Your job is to cut out all the noise and focus…you need not join every platform” ~ Chude

“Not every new platform is meant to be used by you” ~ Chude

“Your choices must be informed by utility” ~ Chude

“BlackBerry may not be effective everywhere in the world but it is a very effective tool here in Nigeria” ~ Chude

“Find where your audience is” ~ Chude

“Follow your market wherever it is. Big businesses know they should follow their market. Where are they? Follow them!” ~ Deolu Akinyemi

“As a business owner, you need to have values you are offering to clients.” ~ Deolu Akinyemi

“Your values should be clear. Once you have values, then you need to identify those who need them.” ~ Deolu Akinyemi

“when i tweet, i don’t see numbers i see human beings” ~ Omojuwa

“Any time i tweet fooltball there has to be something behind it” ~ Omojuwa

“there are 2million google searches every second” ~ Omojuwa

“272,000 dollars is spent online every second” ~ Omojuwa

“On Social Media platforms, don’t see numbers, see humans” ~ Omojuwa

In all, the seminar opened the eyes of many prospective and actual entrepreneurs to the vast resources and limitless opportunities that abounds online via the effective use of social media. Attendees were taught basic principles about value creation, finding the right audience and achieving best results by monetizing their efforts.

To get a full gist of what went down use the hashtag #DCCSocialMedia to follow the discussion from the guest speakers as well as reactions from various people on twitter.