Greg Satell

The Access Economy

When Henry Ford started his company in 1903, he did more than just create a car or an assembly line (neither of which he actually invented). What he did was establish an entirely new form of organization, culminating in the vertically integrated River Rouge complex that was completed in 1928.

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Tim Cook Is No Steve Jobs… And That May Be a Good Thing

There’s no doubt Tim Cook has a very tough job. When he stepped in as CEO of Apple he was following in the footsteps of one of the most—if not the most—iconic entrepreneurs in history. Every step would be scrutinized by a legion of die hard fans and magnified a thousandfold.

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Why Smart Companies Put People First

In the go-go eighties, Dunlap’s enthusiasm for aggressive cost cutting and massive layoffs made him a corporate superhero. His subsequent indictment and conviction on fraud charges led business people to question his character, but not necessarily his methods.

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The New Age of Platforms

In 1905, a young Albert Einstein shocked the world. In one miracle year, he overturned the prevailing assumptions of his day and changed how we see the universe, transforming forever how we think of time, space, mass, energy and light. He paved the way for our modern world.

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How Google Attacks Problems - Not People

One Friday afternoon in 2002, long before his company became a household verb, Larry Page walked into the office kitchen and posted some printouts of results from Google’s AdWords engine. On top, in big bold letters, he wrote, “THESE ADS SUCK.”

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5 Business Lessons from the Debacle at the New Republic

Leadership is a tough business, especially in the digital era. In earlier times, managers paid their employees to perform tasks and directed them how, where and when to do them. These days, however, professionals are paid to solve problems and think creatively about products, strategies and new technologies.

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5 Reasons To Be Optimistic About the Future

As we enter the year 2015, it seems like the headlines have never been worse. A conflict in Ukraine has sparked a new Cold War between Russia and the west. Deadly terrorist groups like ISIL and Boko Haram threaten entire states. The Ebola outbreak threatened to become a global pandemic.

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2015: The Year The Cloud Bursts

Technology revolutions tend to come in waves. Personal computers. The Internet. Search engines. When path-breaking new ideas first arrive, they set the tech world afire, but mostly bore and confuse everybody else, who go on with their lives much as before, mostly oblivious to the change around them.

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Why It Doesn’t Matter If Consumers Are Willing To Pay For Content

It doesn’t seem so long ago that the best way to get instant access to content was to stop by a newsstand and handover a few dollars for the publication of your choice.  You could also fill out a little card and receive a subscription for a discounted price.  Either way, you paid for the privilege.

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Today, Strategy Must Take Into Account New Sources of Power

Power has always been easier to recognize than to define. To many, it is simply the ability to get what you want, either through coercion or persuasion. Although that may be accurate, it isn’t very helpful, so strategists have long sought to come up with more operative definitions.

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