Month: October 2019

Never sell out. I’ve seen first hand how so many otherwise brilliant entrepreneurs sell majority shares to VCs, or investors, only to become the employee

Never sell out

A friend of mine was the ultimate rebel entrepreneur. On a shoestring he managed to build a multimillion dollar business in just a

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The Importance of Integrity

In 1961, Stanley Milgram recruited 500 men to take part in what they thought was a memory test. The participants were given the

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A rebel entrepreneur knows the importance of integrity and will always look for win-win solutions. They value honesty, and put their hands up when they’ve

The returning soldier effect is just one of the bizarre and unexplainable ways the world works to restore balance. Rebel entrepreneurs who are passionate

The Returning Soldier Effect

After times of war, when a large percentage of the male population is killed, there follows a huge spike in the number of

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For a rebel entrepreneur, imagination is the key, a vital source of innovation and, ultimately, proof that even the most outlandish ideas can become reality

Imagination is the key

When Star Trek first debuted, it gained a cult-following who were charmed by the innovative technology that took centre stage. Many Trekkies maintain

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Rebel entrepreneurs understand that they need to tap into collective wisdom, and they know how to use it when it comes to developing a product or service.

Tap into collective wisdom

In 1906, polymath and statistician Sir Francis Galton was visiting a country fair in England when he first observed a strange mathematical phenomenon.

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Do it for freedom

“Your salary is the bribe they give you to forget your dreams.” – Chrisjan Peters As you read this, you might be stuck

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Rebel entrepreneurs are able to take that plunge and do it for freedom. They work when they want, where and how they want. They don't do it for money.

Don't work for money

In Latin, the word currency means ‘to flow’. Picture a town where everybody is in debt. Each town-person owes money to someone else,

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A rebel entrepreneur understands that in order to make money they have to invest. They don’t let their cash stagnate. Their goal is not to work for money

The AI revolution will be no different. AI will see people leave monotonous menial jobs and start working in more creative positions. We probably cannot

Jobs

When web browsers were launched in the 90’s, sceptics feared that the advancements would result in mass unemployment as the internet made a

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Each project is completed you must begin again. There are less limitations in the sale of products. Products have the potential to earn you money while

Money

Which makes for a better business – selling a product or a service? I happen to have experience in both. I was the

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A rebel entrepreneur - whether it is in life or business - will always focus on what's ahead. Once you start orienting yourself in the direction you wish to

Focus

When Formula 1 drivers realise they are heading straight for a wall, their first reaction is not to stop, but to divert their

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Learn and master confidence

In 2008, researchers Jessica Tracy and David Matsumoto studied the body language of blind athletes at the 2004 Paralympics against their sighted counterparts.

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When we stand tall, put our hands in the air and take up space, we can assert our dominance. You can learn and master confidence

Idea

In 1952, a group of scientists conducted a behavioral study on the monkeys living on the Japanese island of Kōjima. Over the course

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When you are struck with a good idea - whether it’s a new innovation or an idea for a business - remember somewhere in the world, someone else is having

Truth

Koko the gorilla, was just a year old when her instructor taught her American Sign Language. Soon, Koko had a vocabulary of over

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Diversity in business is essential. Studies show that teams composed of men and women of different races, nationalities, sexual orientations and reli

Diversity

Picture yourself as a sports manager, assembling the best football team that would challenge the league title. Would you take on players from

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A rebel entrepreneur stands by their integrity and tells the truth. Only stupid people lie. They do so because they fear the consequences of telling the

Patient

When Colonel Sanders franchised his signature fried chicken recipe, he was in his sixties. After years of selling from his roadside restaurant in

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Rebel entrepreneurs must show investors that they have the tenacity to get through uncertain financial periods. They are patient.

Big goal

Michelangelo once said: “The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but

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Rebel entrepreneurs write down the big goal. They ask themselves continuously if what they’re doing now is bringing them closer to that single, big goal

Rebel entrepreneurs craft their product with simplicity in mind, and this makes the act of pitching easier. They develop their product knowing that if they

Pitch short

The average human attention span is short, and, according to a 2015 survey by Microsoft, it’s only getting shorter. In the study, 2,000

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As a rebel entrepreneur, more often than not, the only direction for you to move in is against the tide of the crowd. Rebel entrepreneurs are different

Different

When I first told people about my vision for 3D4Medical, they laughed at me. I was a broke outsider who disliked authority and

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Failure is crucial to the development of an entrepreneur’s business. It is not an indication of incompetence, but a powerful reminder of our growth, our

Failure

Failure, in the past, was seen as grounds for punishment, especially for entrepreneurs. Societies from Ancient Greece and pre-modern Italy would publicly humiliate

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Jump

Reid Hoffman – the founder of LinkedIn – once said: “Starting a company is like jumping off a cliff and trying to assemble

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Rebel entrepreneurs realize that they thrive in the face of fear and the unknown. It's only when they take that jump, that they understand what they are

Loveable product

After years of grafting and sleepless nights, I finally felt ready to launch our product. We were given a great opportunity to launch

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A loveable product can be judged not by what it is, but by what it is not. They lack friction points - or anything that prompts frustration or confusion.

When you develop a product or service, endeavour to make it both easy to use and explain. Make it simple. If you are unable to capitulate what your product

Simple

Before it was called Instagram, it was called Burbn. With this app, users could share photos, connect with friends, earn points and check-in

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Good or bad

There was once a farmer, whose stallion was his most prized possession. He took excellent care of the animal, until one day, the

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If we can look at any situation from a larger perspective, and with the understanding that situations are only good or bad if we label them as such. Often

Control your own destiny

I remember the exact moment I made the decision to become an entrepreneur. I was 18, working in the US on a Christmas

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A rebel entrepreneur understands their own worth. They take control of their own destiny. If they have to temporarily work for a boss, they are aware that