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The advent of new super-villains?

I recently watched back to back videos from Larry and Sergey (interviewed by Vinod Kohsla) and from Mark Zuckerberg (interviewed by Paul Graham). While I can’t recommend you enough to watch these videos as they offer rare insights from the leaders of the most powerful tech companies out there, I couldn’t help notice how brilliant these guys are.

Throughout history, successful leaders have always derived their power from strength, ruthlessness and sometimes birth right. But very rarely from intelligence. It seems to me that it’s the first time ever that more and more powerful leaders are emerging because of their intelligence. This makes me wonder: what happens when super intelligent people are super powerful?

TheBrain

Inspiration of the day #8

David Heinemeier Hansson on stage at RailsConf 2010 in Baltimore MD.Unlearn your MBA

In this great video from Stanford University’s Entrepreneurship corner, David Heineimeier Hansson, the creator of Ruby on Rails and partner at Basecamp (formerly 37signals), says that planning is guessing, and for a start-up, the focus must be on today and not on tomorrow.

He argues that constraints–fiscal, temporal, or otherwise–drive innovation and effective problem-solving.

The most important thing, Hansson believes, is to make a dent in the universe with your company.

Inspiration of the day #7

The Other Side of InnovationThe Other Side of Innovation

Companies can’t survive without innovating. But most put far more emphasis on generating Big Ideas than on executing them—turning ideas into actual breakthrough products, services, and process improvements.

That’s because “ideating” is energising and glamorous. By contrast, execution seems like humdrum, behind-the-scenes dirty work. But without execution, Big Ideas go nowhere.

In The Other Side of Innovation, Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble reveal how to execute an innovation initiative—whether a simple project or a grand, gutsy gamble..

Practical and provocative, this book takes you step-by-step through the innovation execution process—so your Big Ideas deliver their full promise.

Inspiration of the day #6

Elon MuskElon Musk, the real-life Tony Stark.

This great interview of Elon Musk by Google Ventures’ Kevin Rose, as part of the Foundation series, disclose some of Musk’s ambitions and goals in his two current ventures SpaceX and Tesla. Great watch.