How to think like Elon Musk

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I read an article today about entrepreneur/rockstar/innovator Elon Musk and his approach. This is what he had to say about the philosophy that sparked ventures such as SpaceX and Tesla Motors.

“The normal way we conduct our lives is we reason by analogy. We are doing this because it’s like something else that was done, or it is like what other people are doing. [With first principles] you boil things down to the most fundamental truths … and then reason up from there.”

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Companies Without Managers – Holocracy or Holocrazy?

photo-4Could you trash the standard company hierarchy and build a company without managers? That is the question put forth by Zappos, Medium and a few other companies when introducing a structure called Holocracy. Is it exciting or crazy?

I think it’s exciting (but slightly crazy), please comment what you think! Check out these articles:

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Blue Jasmine

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We just saw Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen‘s latest movie. It’s fantastic. Just wanted to tell you that.

However, I should make it clear I like most Allen movies, especially the later ones. He tells stories the way not enough people do, without special effects, without exaggerations and without gloom.

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Experience First – Lessons From SOL Republic

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Design products with passion and put the experience first and you shall succeed.

Is it that easy? Well, of course not. But if you start there it seems like you improve your chances drastically.

This constant talk about user experience is not just business blabla or a trend – it’s sense. I was sent an interesting video today talking about passion and experience from a product point of view. It’s Brian Solis interviewing SOL Republic‘s co-founder Seth Combs. Watch it below:

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How to React to Tough Feedback According to John Mayer

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You have to be able not to get your way. Cry a little bit. Take a bump.  And let it send you back to the lab. Even if you have to say “I’ll show him!” It’s all gonna be better for it – John Mayer.

I watched an inspiring video today with one of my musical heroes, John Mayer. He’s doing a Q&A at Oxford and there are some insightful bits in the 50-minute long interview. You can watch it here. If you’re pressed for time, this outtake about his friendship with Steve Jobs really resonated with me.

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What an Innovation: Indoor Clouds!

I’m crazy about big ideas, innovation and creativity. My motto in life is that we should keep moving, both physically and mentally, to always grow and develop our potential.

That’s also why I the love the Indoor Clouds in this Best Innovations of 2012 article from Time.com

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