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Stumbling Your Way to Succes: A Myplanet Tale

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Myplanet CEO & Director Jason Cottrell presented this keynote address at Markham's Small Business Forum 2012.

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Stumbling Your Way to Succes: A Myplanet Tale

  1. 1. 10/16/2012A Myplanet Tale
  2. 2. 2002
  3. 3. 2012
  4. 4. During high In post- The scifi nerd is now aschool, the scifi nerd secondary, the scifi benevolentis typically bullied by nerd associates with philanthropist and runsso-called ‘cool’ kids. other nerds, slowly an insanely lucrative building confidence. tech firm. The nerds inherit the Earth. + 13
  5. 5. A focus on impact
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  9. 9. When we invested in Instagram, it wasn’tactually Instagram. It was a company calledBurbn, and the idea was roughly to build amobile micro blogging service.Subsequently, Kevin noticed that while Burbnwasn’t taking off, the photo-sharing componentof it was doing quite well.As a result, he pivoted Burbn intoInstagram…
  10. 10. Avon started sellingbooks
  11. 11. Amazon disrupted it’s whole business model
  12. 12. Many of it’s competitors didn’t…
  13. 13. Heck… entire industries couldn’t change…
  14. 14. Amazon’s infrastructure now powers much of the web
  15. 15. Invention has become secondnature at Amazon, and in my viewthe team’s pace of innovation iseven accelerating – I can assureyou it’s very energizing.-- Jeff Bezos
  16. 16. Pivot or persevere
  17. 17. The fundamental activity of a startupis to turn ideas intoproducts, measure how customersrespond, and then learn whether topivot or persevere.-- Eric Ries
  18. 18. The fundamental activity of a startupis to turn ideas intoproducts, measure how customersrespond, and then learn whether topivot or persevere.-- Eric Ries
  19. 19. Strategic Planning
  20. 20. – http://www.doblin.com/thinking/– http://www.amazon.ca/Gamestorming-Playbook- Innovators-Rulebreakers-Changemakers/dp/0596804172– http://hbr.org/2002/06/charting-your-companys-future/ar/1
  21. 21. HumanityPeople first, not policiesExcellenceEnsure our work is extraordinary.FocusDo less, if it means doing it better.TransparencyBe honest, be open, build trust.InnovationConstantly question convention.
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  23. 23. Client-focusedHelp our clients challenge their assumptions about how theirbusiness operates.Myplanet / OrganizationHow can we operate better as a team. How can we improve theway we do our work.Profession / Thought LeadershipEstablish your presence in a community, introduce new ideasand research.PersonalExamine your daily routines and how you work. How can we dothis harder, better, faster, stronger?.

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