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@AlexAndBooks_ David Rowan @iRowan I absolutely fell in love with Non-Bullshit Innovation at first sight. His insights and perspective into entrepreneurship and business transformation are mind-blowing. I learned so much from his talks as well.
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“Cognitive diversity, psychological safety and agreed protocols that keep you disciplined, I think, is the way to build effectively big, bold new projects." ― @iRowan, from my book #BusinessUnusual
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How can we encourage innovation, creativity and transparency, and empower talented people to drive business forward? I speak with @iRowan about this and more in this week’s episode of The Hive: nathalienahai.com/64-innovation-… #businessunusual
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That was fast, @lynchseattle @oxol. Your focus seems to have determined your reality… twitter.com/axios/status/1…
When I founded the @festivalofinnov ten years ago, it was in my mind to be implicitly about #innovation without the BS. Then @iRowan wrote the book! So I'm delighted our worlds will collide at last this year when he'll join us in #Malvern on Thur 7th Oct - festival-innovation.com/programme/show…
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Amazing opportunity for 7 climate-tech founders to join a @VOYAGERSHQ networking adventure in Portugal's wine country in three weeks, your costs generously covered by @PrimaMateria_. VOYAGERS runs these events at cost to connect mission-led people. voyagers.io/adventures/por…
Maven Clinic, which provides online health services to women and families, announced that it has raised a round of $110 million in funding, bringing its valuation to more than $1 billion, a first for a U.S. company in the women and family health space. nyti.ms/3gtG1bh
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Nice work @_KateRyder making it look easy to build unicorns. Congratulations to the @mavenclinic team on creating something meaningful twitter.com/_KateRyder/sta…
I wrote up my @SlushHQ interview with the always inspiring @eldsjal Daniel Ek of @Spotify twitter.com/NeelimaMahajan…
Rarely seen a team execute as confidently and impressively. Congratulations @KitopiHQ @BECOCapital on showing the Mid-East how to build and scale beautifully twitter.com/business/statu…
Re-learning social skills at @Founders_Forum’s first in-person gathering in two years. Kudos to the team for pulling it off. Human to human conversation is actually a rather brilliant innovation…
Mental-health startup @ForCerebral only launched last January. Super proud that it's just become the @VOYAGERSHQ community fund's first unicorn. Amazing execution, @kylerobertson41 and team. Proof that funds built on authentic communities can over-deliver bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
How do you make a 50,000-person, 70-country decentralised operation like @MSF carbon neutral? On the @VOYAGERSHQ podcast, Tyler Christie of our climate-tech community shares how he's helping transform Médecins Sans Frontières--as a crisis response. Listen: anchor.fm/voyagers-clima…
On this week’s @VOYAGERSHQ health-tech podcast I meet @ninatandon of @EpiBoneInc - bio-cultivating human bones from stem cells. An awe-inspiring founder turning science fiction into science. Listen: anchor.fm/voyagers-healt… Spotify: open.spotify.com/episode/2kn3WA…
Just in case you've missed it. We have prepared our own ranking of big European cities with the highest levels of PM10 #airpollution in April 2021. What regions turned out to be the “worst” when it comes to the quality of air? #Europe #airqualitybit.ly/3eVBlKPPr
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Our VOYAGERS climate-tech community is now a couple of hundred mission-led founders, investors...and artists. Here's how an Oscar-winning filmmaker and a projection-mapping artist will be targeting the UN HQ in October with a bold visual call-to-action twitter.com/VOYAGERSHQ/sta…
Four years ago I met the super-driven founder of a journalism startup, Byline Media. It didn't work out. But Seung-yoon Lee didn't give up: he built a crowdsourced storytelling app, Radish. I backed him. It worked out. Kudos @bylineSY Thanks @kairoshq techcrunch.com/2021/05/10/ser…
What a relief that Britain’s national broadcaster has offered its 12.2m followers news that doesn’t involve royalty... twitter.com/BBCNews/status…
Excited to be an investor in a startup determined to remove a gigatonne of CO2 by the end of the decade. Biochar for the win... twitter.com/carboculture/s…
There are 150 awesome, impact-driven people in the @VOYAGERSHQ climate-tech community, helping each other achieve meaningful goals. Meet one of them: Ferry Heilemann, who like many super-successful founders chose to focus on climate. Our podcast series: voyagers.io/pod/ twitter.com/VOYAGERSHQ/sta…
We have two startups working on nuclear fusion in the @VOYAGERSHQ Climate-Tech community. This week our VOYAGERS' JOURNEYS podcast meets one of them. A...startup...working...on...a...new...form...of...energy... twitter.com/VOYAGERSHQ/sta…
Child in Iceland roasting marshmellows on new lava. (Not april fools.) The eruption is steady, with a river of fire filling the valley, tremendous beauty, feels safe. Families having picnics in the cozy warmth.
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Our weekly @VOYAGERSHQ podcast showcases the amazing impact-focused people in the VOYAGERS.io community. This week I talk to @NagarajahJevan of Better Dairy, using synbio to make tasty, non-plant dairy substitutes without involving animals twitter.com/VOYAGERSHQ/sta…
Excited to back another European mission-driven team, this time Krakow's @airlyorg - building the global database of local air quality twitter.com/airlyorg/statu…
Maybe the world doesn't need another weekly podcast...but the impact-driven people in the VOYAGERS community are so damn interesting we couldn't resist twitter.com/VOYAGERSHQ/sta…
New on the VOYAGERS' JOURNEYS podcast: Joost den Haan of @PlanBlueHQ (in our @VOYAGERSHQ climate-tech community) explains how his "underwater satellites" are mapping the ocean floor. Why? Because the planet's health demands it. open.spotify.com/episode/147m8L…
We started a small health-tech fund at VOYAGERS.io to invest as a community in amazing startups solving meaningful health problems. US WIRED covers our portfolio company @vivanglobal that's giving real hope to cancer patients wired.com/story/could-fr…
About to interview Oscar-winning director @bryanfogel about @TheDissidentMov The Dissident, his must-watch documentary on the Saudi murder of Jamal Khashoggi. Which for some reason the bigger distributors (hello @netflix) shied away from... youtube.com/watch?v=2I6hjw…
Read @iRowan’s book. I’m Very sceptical of books on innovation. After reading this - I can’t recommend it enough. The stories are fascinating, the depth is incredible. I highly recommend this to any one interested in what companies have done to succeed (and what hasn’t worked)!
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Innovation from Paris-based insurtech @_indeez: independent workers get paid if COVID stops them working twitter.com/_indeez/status…
“I grew up in a society where everything you did was eavesdropped on, recorded, snitched on," Jan Koum told me. Nobody should have the right to eavesdrop, or you become a totalitarian state -- the kind of state I escaped as a kid to come to this country...”
"I worry about what [an acquiring] company would do with our population," Acton told me. "You're never hands-off in the long term. To have someone come along and buy us seems awfully unethical. It goes against my personal integrity." How did that work out?
Re-reading my WIRED cover story on WhatsApp from seven years ago, and wondering how furious founders @brianacton and @jankoum must be now over @Facebook’s betrayal of its users’ trust wired.co.uk/article/how-wh…
Proud as an early investor of @NicoPrincen and team at @Glose for building a quality reading app, acquired by @Medium. Another signal that the Paris tech ecosystem is maturing. Also a sign of @Medium’s ambitions to become the ultimate reading destination techcrunch.com/2021/01/14/med…
The VOYAGERS.io community, 300 people supporting each other to build serious stuff such as health-tech and climate-tech, formed a lockdown band this year to tap their less serious side. To bury 2020, here's VOYAGERS' take on Yazoo's Only You... medium.com/@VOYAGERS/the-…
Thanks @halconada and @LANACION for covering my innovation book and my work with startups. And a nice mention of my VOYAGERS.io community. Excited to be in a great Argentinian paper, wishing my school Spanish was as smooth as this translation lanacion.com.ar/el-mundo/coron…
Gracias a @halconada y @LANACION por la entrevista sobre mi libro de innovación y mi trabajo con startups. Y una mención de mi comunidad VOYAGERS.io. Me siento honrado de estar en un importante periódico argentino. lanacion.com.ar/el-mundo/coron…
A fine @JenSeniorNY piece recommended for anyone who has ever reflected on happiness - or navigated its opposite twitter.com/JenSeniorNY/st…
The FT's "page not found" is a gem. It gives possible economic reasons, including Marxism (the page failure "is a consequence of the inherent contradictions in the capitalist mode of production") and game theory ("By not viewing this page you help everyone else get better pages")
A huge thanks to @iRowan, for encouraging me to write this article as a part of the VOYAGERS.io stories and for being my editor on this piece. As we see the number for #Covid19 increasing again, I hope this can be used…lnkd.in/g785EYS lnkd.in/gbu9yiA
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Just received the beautiful Japanese edition of Non-Bullshit Innovation, and I just wish I could read the translator’s and editor’s names to send them big Twitter hugs for putting in so much care...
As we start this year’s virtual Festival, here’s one by @iRowan for your bedside table. A series of informative insights and lessons-learnt by various transformative companies as they adapted, pivoted, reinvented... #innovation #Entrepreneurship #intrapreneurship
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Must-read @nytimes piece by @DavidStreitfeld on @eBay's toxic leadership culture in which then-CEO @devinwenig oversaw insane levels of victimisation of mom-and-pop critics. Like, being sent live cockroaches and stalked. How can he still be on @GM's board? nytimes.com/2020/09/26/tec…
A wow moment when @eldsjal announced in our @SlushHQ session that he will commit €1bn of his personal wealth to fund European moonshots. Game-changer. We need more founders like Daniel who put impact first.
Excited to interview the always thoughtful @eldsjal Daniel Ek of @Spotify at @SlushHQ's online event Node by Slush on Thursday. Last time we met was for a WIRED cover story wired.co.uk/article/wired-… What would you ask him today?
Quality product, super-impressive team, making longform journalism accessible through actors' narration. (Declared interest as an early investor/advisor, but trad media need more innovation like this) twitter.com/govindbalki/st…
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