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From a New York Times interview with Steve Case, conducted and condensed by Adam Bryant:
I think that when people talk about staying small, they’re saying they want to be big but still be nimble and creative and innovative and flexible. They also want to still feel like attackers, not defenders. As companies get larger — and I saw this with AOL even before we merged, but certainly after the merger with Time Warner — we did shift from being an attacker to a defender.
And I realized the world of business really separates into these two groups. The attackers are the entrepreneurs who are disrupting the status quo, trying to change the world, take the hill, anything is possible, and have nothing to lose in most cases. They’re driven by passion and the idea and intensity. Large organizations — and it’s true of Fortune 500s and it’s also true of governments and other large organizations — are defenders. These guys aren’t trying to pursue the art of the possible, how to maximize opportunity. They actually are trying to minimize the downside, and hedge risk. They’re trying to de-risk situations. Entrepreneurs can’t even think this way. It’s not even a concept they understand.
For the traditional executives running these large companies, of course they want to grow, of course they want to innovate, of course they’d rather have revenue grow faster than slower, but they mostly don’t want to lose what they’ve got. But entrepreneurs are deathly afraid that they won’t be able to change the world, and that somebody else will. Again, these generalizations are a little unfair, but corporate executives are all too often deathly afraid that the business they inherit will be less valuable when they leave than when they started.
You can find the Q&A following his talk here.
Bonus: The famous picture of the 1927 Solvay Conference, titled "Électrons et photons".
Why I Let My Students Cheat On Their Exam by Peter Nonacs
Boston design director Brian Struble used running shoes worn in last week’s Boston marathon to create this image. Photograph by Mitch Feinberg.
Nearly 18 months since my previous post about visions of a possible future.
Microsoft just released a new sequel:
Nothing really new under the sun… and if you have a look to this already five years old health focused vision you may share my feelings that today’s future is under-promising compared to yesterday’s visions.
This picture has been making some buzz for years, though it doesn’t seem so special.
Yes… George Steinmetz shot this photo from a motorized paraglider and black shapes are just camels’ shadows while actual camels are the tiny white lines.
sharpsuits.net is a place where ad creatives, designers, animators, directors, illustrators and more took time out to dress up their favourite worst feedback from clients, transforming quotes that would normally give you a twitch, into a diverse collection of posters. I am afraid they often have to "make the pig sexier"
It seems that making pigs sexier is also a concern at famous ad agency Saatchi and Saatchi. The main goal of their "Lovemarks" campaign seems to demonstrate that even a Facebook skull can become sexy when drawn at a properly rounded place… maybe the best way to envision Facebook’s real essence!
The photographer Kurt Arrigo, from Malta is awarded for his photography taken during the Volcano Race, featuring the yacht Nilaya and the reflection of the island of Capri on her hull.
“This picture has been taken during the Volcano Race 2012″, said photographer Kurt Arrigo soon after being awarded. “The weather had been bad all day, but the sun suddenly came out for a short while. We were leaving the area but I asked the pilot of the helicopter to fly back briefly over the leading boat; that’s when I took this photograph.”
Read more at Yacht Racing Image of the Year web site.
The Vendée-Globe is a round-the-world single-handed yacht race. The 6th sequel will start on November 10 and is run on IMOCA 60-foot Open monohulls (18.28 metres). Each race has been an epic human adventure, and it’s too bad it nearly remains a French affair (since 12.5 skippers out of 20 are French).
This video relates a 24 hours tour made by Yann Riou aboard Jean-Pierre Dick’s Virbac-Paprec. Something like the ordinary day of those extraordinary people sailing amazingly fast.
While AC45s, the "small boats", are competing for the Louis Vuitton cup…
… the AC72s are training for "lift-off" and let us foresee an exhilarating competition for the America’s Cup:
After breaking a daggerboard during first tests at sea, Oracle team had to build a spare part using a foil from USA-17, 2010 America’s Cup winner… and achieves a perfect all hulls lift-off.
© François Déliac – Hervé Hillard – PIerre-Marie Bourguinat – Loïc Malite – Oracle Voiles & Voiliers.com